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What school [physical education] class looks like in pandemic times

"We hope that through this horrible situation that we can raise the value and role that health and PE teachers play in the school," said Michelle Carter, director of educational content and programs at the Society of Health and Physical Educators America. "There's a connection between the mind and the body. Now more than ever, that connection is something we must celebrate."

Pennsylvania Auditor General

Michelle Carter spoke with the Pennsylvania Auditor General on Facebook live about ways to keep children and teens active and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Missouri State

COVID-19 and physical education: Working it out

Sean Nevills, physical education and sports management alumnus, is ready to help schools across America work around COVID-19. At the start of August, he was appointed project director for the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America‘s COVID-19 project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control.

In his role, a year-long cooperative agreement, Nevills will lead efforts to create resources focused on distance learning, trauma-informed practice, teacher self-care and cultural sensitivity in physical education.

UM Graduate Student Honored for Health Analytics Work

Seungho Ryu, a University of Mississippi doctoral student in health and kinesiology, has been named the 2020 Measurement and Evaluation Graduate Student of the Year by the Society of Health and Physical Educators, known as SHAPE America.

Pleasanton Weekly

Cindi Chase wins 2020 SHAPE America National Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year

A Pleasanton teacher won a top national title in physical fitness instruction as the 2020 SHAPE America National Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year this week.

Chicago Tribune

A long way from dodgeball: How the coronavirus school shutdown has changed PE class

Across the U.S., there are roughly 200,000 physical education and health teachers in kindergarten to 12th grade schools, according to the Maryland-based Society of Health and Physical Educators, and many of them are now teaching virtually.

Senior Program Manager Michelle Carter said that in addition to wide disparities in students’ access to digital resources, the ability to lead a successful online PE class also varies dramatically, and often hinges on a teacher’s level of expertise and confidence with using the technology.

Washington Post

The ultimate parents’ guide to education and activity resources

SHAPE America has instructions for an arts and crafts project (you have to create your own deck of fitness cards) that can provide kids with the option of several screen-free games for one to five players. Some games are suitable for young kids and others for middle-schoolers and older. For the youngest kids, this project requires older-sibling or parent involvement.


Portland PE teacher shares fun ways to get kids moving at home: Chalk, jump rope, geocaching

Oregon Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE): Has downloadable Health Move and Mind fitness calendars with suggestions in English and Spanish.

Khan Academy

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