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K-12 Dive

Should students have to change clothes for PE class?

“The goal of dressing in physical education has to do with [how] to facilitate movement,” said Cara Grant, a director on the board at SHAPE America, which represents health and physical education professionals. “Reduced restriction based on clothing, this just doesn’t work well when you’re trying to move your body.”

American School Board Journal

Rethink PE

SHAPE America recently held a series of roundtables focused on increasing diversity in the field. “We know how much research shows that kids learn better when they have access to a teacher or a staff person in school that looks like them, that they can identify with,” says Carly Wright. “Our national board of directors has really made a strong recommitment to EDI.” Wright is SHAPE America’s vice president of advocacy and equity, diversity and inclusion.

NIU Today

SHAPE America names Paul Wright chair of Research Council for 2022-23

Wright, the EC Lane and MN Zimmerman Endowed Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, will lead the organization’s efforts during the next year to encourage and promote research activity.

Sports Business Journal

NBA, WNBA launching Jr. NBA Leagues program in local U.S. markets

The Jr. NBA is also partnering with SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) -- a professional association serving more than 200,000 health and physical education pros nationwide -- to assist 40 Title I schools, which receive financial assistance because of a high concentration of low-income students. Schools will receive Jr. NBA programming and resources at no cost. RCX Sports, a Jr. NBA partner since 2018, is the official operating partner of the program.

Washington Post

What happened to P.E.? It’s losing ground in our push for academic improvement.

“When money gets tight, P.E. is one of the first to go,” said Terri Drain, past president of SHAPE America, which supports professionals in P.E., health, recreation and dance. The organization provides guidance and research and leads lobbying on health issues in Congress.

Southwest News Media

Jessica Matheson named SHAPE America's 2022 National Teacher of the Year

Jessica Matheson, of Chanhassen, has many roles at Rockford High School. From health and physical education teacher to district equity coordinator to assistant girls varsity basketball coach.

Now she can add SHAPE America 2022 National Teacher of the Year to her list of titles.

Education Week

School Sports Are Back. Where Are the Athletes?

Terri Drain, the president of the Society of Health and Physical Educators, who taught for 34 years and coached high school field hockey, said these setbacks are a “lingering effect” of the pandemic.


Students Get Active at Health Moves Minds

At least 292 K-6 students in School District No. 1 learned how to get active and move around on Thursday at Western Wyoming Community College.

Health Moves Minds was run by local PE teachers Annette Ice, Gina Comstock, Matthew Gardner, Katie Searle, Eric Urlacher, Kim Fouts, Kim Buston, Deb Stephenson. Twenty-five Western college athletes also volunteered throughout the day.

The stations focused on sport skills, movement, mental health and plenty of other informative and fun activities.

WORLD Digital

Post-pandemic, PE teachers warn of lost skills

“A lot of the impacts of COVID aren’t visible,” said Terri Drain, president of the Society of Health and Physical Educators, or SHAPE America, a professional organization providing national standards for health and physical education. She noted concerns like obesity are more apparent than mental needs: “All this has been going on for so long. COVID’s just accelerated things.”

The Hechinger Report

How PE teachers are tackling ‘physical learning loss’

“Terri Drain, the president of SHAPE [America], argued that schools fail students when they treat physical learning loss as less serious than its academic counterpart.”

K-12 Dive

Curricular Counsel: Trust, options key to navigating PE amid COVID-19

"Education is all about building relationships," Brett Fuller, curriculum specialist for health and physical education at Milwaukee Public Schools and president of the Society of Health and Physical Educators, told K-12 Dive. "If you build relationships with your students and those students know you're sincere and you're consistent with them, and at the end they trust what you're doing, you're going to have a much better chance of getting the purchase rate in your activities."

Washington Post

Kids are shooting hoops with rolled up socks, but pandemic physical education is not canceled

“We’re disguising fitness,” said Brett Fuller, the president of SHAPE [America’s] national board of directors and a curriculum specialist for health and physical education in Milwaukee Public Schools.