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January 22, 2020


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Coaches have the possibility to shape their athletes’ experiences in sport and build a strong skill set, in particular, the growth of mental toughness. Mental toughness is important for athletes to develop the mental and physical components needed to overcome obstacles and maintain consistency.


This article from the January/February issue of Strategies provides strategies for high school coaches to implement with their teams to develop and enhance mental toughness. 


Social & Emotional Learning Tools

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a crucial part of an educational environment where students feel safe and confident to explore, grow, and succeed. Discover our selection of tools, resources, and blog articles to support SEL in the physical education and health setting to help students thrive.

SHAPE America

This new Partner Network brings together SPARK, WellTrain, Gopher and G-W — leading companies in the educational publishing, equipment, curriculum, and professional development sectors. Starting with the 2020 class of award recipients, SHAPE America will collaborate with these partners to ensure that the Teacher of the Year program places teachers first and continues to recognize and support outstanding teachers for decades to come. 



Online Physical Education

The M.A.Ed. in Physical Education Master Teacher is an online graduate program designed to help K-12 physical education teachers enhance their instructional effectiveness. Students can choose from emphases in pedagogy or special populations to help enhance their physical fitness classroom.

SHAPE America

Support health literacy for your students by downloading SHAPE America’s Student-Friendly National Health Education Standards posters! Help your students make the connection between what they are learning in health education class and WHY they are learning it. Put the posters up in your classroom to encourage students to embrace the National Health Education Standards as they learn to embrace healthy choices! 

Get your classroom Super Bowl ready
Youth Basketball Curriculum for PE

SHAPE America

Autopay is a free service that ensures your SHAPE America dues are automatically renewed each year. To enroll, simply log into your SHAPE America account, select “renew membership,” and check the “Autopay” box during checkout. A credit card is required, and you can call to cancel at any time. As an added benefit, each autopay member will automatically be entered into our sweepstakes to receive a free registration to SHAPE America’s National Convention & Expo in Salt Lake City! 


Become a Leader in Athletics

Advance your career in athletics with Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU) 18-credit fully online High School Athletic Director certificate. The certificate can be completed as an individual credential or as part of FDU’s Master of Sports Administration, a theory & practice-based graduate degree helping to transform busy professionals into dynamic leaders.


SHAPE America

Be on the lookout for the new SHAPE America app, which will be available to use before the 2020 National Convention in Salt Lake City! Use the app to view the agenda and explore sessions; build your personal schedule; view interactive maps of the Expo floor; get notified of on-site activities in progress; and access speaker profiles and handouts. 



Teacher of the Year Program



Johnson City Press

Physical education may be directly related to how students perform academically, according to an associate professor of human performance and exercise science at Milligan College. And as state testing continues to be the norm in American public schools, educators are taking a closer look at the main factors and variables that affect students’ test scores and academic performance. 


Space Coast Daily

Brevard Public Schools has begun the implementation of a new health education curriculum in all of its K-12 schools to meet state requirements. The Florida State Board of Education recently adopted three rules requiring instruction for all students in the areas of: Mental and Emotional Education, Child Trafficking Prevention, and Substance Use and Abuse Education. 


Richland Source

Two “level-headed, hard-working” engineering students at Mansfield Senior High School in Ohio are developing devices that will allow a first grader to activate levers from his wheelchair to strike, kick or bat a ball. The completed mechanisms are constructed of PCV pipe. Tension on bungee cords will control how far the ball travels. 


Random Acts of Kindness Week



Psych Central

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may benefit socially and physically from participating in judo, a martial art form that uses unarmed combat to train the mind and body, according to a new pilot study conducted at the University of Central Florida. “We hypothesized that the emphasis on mindfulness and self-defense promoted by judo would provide benefits for ASD youth,” said Dr. Jeanette Garcia, who led the study. 



Over the past decade, thousands of K–12 schools and school districts have embraced social and emotional learning as a key ingredient in their students’ success. Now, educators want to ensure that SEL practices are enacted in ways that are culturally responsive to and equitable for youth from historically marginalized groups. 


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