November 23, 2022
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Registration Now Open for 2023 National Convention & Expo
Health and physical educators from across the country and around the world have begun registering for #SHAPEseattle, which will be held March 28 – April 1, 2023. The national convention brings together the HPE community to learn from top presenters, exchange ideas, network with peers, and explore new products in the exhibit hall.
• Free Fitness Lessons — Ready to use today!
• Movement Posters for the Weight Room
• See how one school is leveraging technology in PE [Case Study]
• Free, Online Professional Development Courses
• Using Data and Assessments Effectively in PE [Case Study]
Free Access Article — Fit to Teach: Uncovering the Hiring Process
This article from a recent issue of JOPERD shares qualitative findings about a study that examined the factors that school leaders value when hiring physical education teachers. The authors discuss the categories and themes that emerged through focus group interviews with school leaders, current PE teachers, recent physical education graduates, and physical education teacher education (PETE) students. They also provide tips and suggestions for individuals who are involved in the hiring process or looking for PE teaching positions. READ MORE
Buy Rollerblade skates, gear & helmets at a discounted price and do in-line skating units anytime during the year in the School in School program. Lesson plans, instructional video & maintenance tips included. Optional in-service and storage solutions available. In over 2,000 schools nationwide!
December 8 Webinar — Back to Basics: How to Build a Skills-Based Health/SEL Program
This “By You, For You” (BYFY) webinar will show you how to do the basic planning needed to combine skills-based health and SEL using backward design, including: locating data, infusing performance indicators, aligning SEL competencies, and more. This webinar will be held on December 8 at 5 p.m. ET and is FREE for SHAPE America members (just $19.96 for non-members). REGISTER NOW
Get a jump start on assessing your equipment back-to-school needs with this free equipment inventory checklist developed by Dr. Robert Pangrazi, author of Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary Students. Simply download as a printable PDF or digital interactive Google Sheet and make it your own!
Free Access Article — Using the Move Your Way Campaign to Promote Physical Activity in American Adults and to Advocate for the Enactment of the Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act
The Move Your Way campaign provides evidenced-based recommendations for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities for Americans ages 3 years and older as described in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition. The purpose of the campaign is to help Americans live healthier lives through increased physical activity. This study, published in a recent issue of the America Journal of Health Education, provides evidence-based practice that promotes and easily assesses physical activity. READ MORE
• 33 Things to Celebrate About SPARK on Our 33rd Birthday!
• December Webinar: SPARK Equity Awards
• SPARK App — World's Most Evidence-Based PE Curriculum in the Palm of Your Hands!
• Check out the new updated SPARK Middle School info page
Last Call for Webinar Proposals
Now’s the time to submit your proposal for SHAPE America’s “By You, For You” (BYFY) webinar series! As a webinar presenter, you can reach a national audience without having to physically travel to a conference location. Topics should relate to health and physical education, dance, recreation, or other relevant disciplines, with strategies and resources that participants can implement following the webinar. Proposal deadline: November 30. LEARN MORE
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Health and physical educators across the country are sharing ideas, resources and more!
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New Episode on the SHAPE America Podcast
Podcast host Sean Nevills is joined by Ruth Childs, Lauren Lieberman, and Mary Connolly, authors of SHAPE America’s newest book, Infusing Self-Advocacy into Physical Education and Health Education. On the podcast, they discuss their careers, the journey to creating this text, why self-advocacy is important for ALL students, and more! LISTEN NOW
SHAPE America’s latest text ties self-advocacy into social and emotional learning and provides ideas, strategies and activities to help infuse self-advocacy throughout health and PE curricula. It includes real-world scenarios, self-advocacy lessons, and more. If you want to help your students develop the skills they need to advocate for themselves, this book is for you.
News Around the Nation
Anxiety Higher for Teachers Than Healthcare, Office Workers During Pandemic
Teachers reported significantly more anxiety than even healthcare workers — not to mention office and other workers — during the pandemic, according to a report published Tuesday by the American Educational Research Association. Teachers were also slightly more likely to report depression and feelings of isolation compared to healthcare workers, according to the survey of 3 million employed people — including 130,000 teachers. According to the report’s authors, this study is the first to empirically assess teacher mental health during the pandemic using such a large national dataset. READ MORE
What's Being Done to Stop Adults’ Misbehavior at Youth Soccer Games
Coaches and parents berate the refs and yell at their kids and each other. Physical assaults have broken out. Adults’ sideline behavior at youth sports events has gotten so bad, there’s a national referee shortage, not to mention it’s taken the fun out of the game. According to the National Federation of High School Associations, some 50,000 high school officials — about 20% — quit from 2018 to 2021. READ MORE
U.S. Children Continue to Struggle With Meeting Physical Activity Guidelines
Physical Activity Alliance
The 2022 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth was recently released along with report cards from 56 other countries. Children and youth around the world are not moving enough to promote healthy growth and development, and the COVID-19 pandemic only made matters worse. The report revealed that modern lifestyles — increases in digital screen time, the growing urbanization of communities, and the rise in automation of previously manual tasks — are contributing to a pervasive yet unequally distributed public health problem that must be recognized as a global priority. READ MORE
MSU Students Teach Physical Education to Homeschoolers
The Free Press
At the beginning of the school year, Mallory Stiff had no idea how to ride a skateboard. But after taking a course that included a skateboarding unit at Minnesota State University (MSU), she’s not only able to ride to class, but she’s also able to teach one about it as well. Through MSU’s Homeschool Physical Education Program, Stiff and fellow students studying physical education are able to apply what they’ve learned in a classroom to teach area elementary-aged students who are homeschooled. Ben Schwamberger, associate professor and coordinator of health and physical education programs at MSU, said the program benefits both university students and those who are homeschooled. READ MORE
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