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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.


Longtime PE professor isn’t giving up on fitness in retirement

SHAPE America member and Active Start co-author Steve Virgilio has dedicated his life to his passion in physical activity and physical education. As he prepares for retirement from Adelphi University, the longtime professor looks to continue practicing what he preaches.

Education Dive

PE adapts for social distancing and virtual learning

Carly Wright, vice president for advocacy and equity, diversity and inclusion at SHAPE, said P.E. instructors are being creative in their efforts to continue instruction during the pandemic. “Students still need to be able to receive high-quality, standards-based physical education. We wanted to see that continue no matter what type of learning is taking place,” she said.

Media Planet / USA Today

How New Learning Models Can Help Us Have Healthy, Active Students by Stephanie Morris

The COVID-19 crisis has affected young people of all ages, with many experiencing a level of trauma that can’t be ignored. As we enter a new school year, it’s vital that we consider students’ physical, mental, and social-emotional health above all else.


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."

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.

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