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June 24, 2020
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HPE School Reentry Considerations Now Available
SHAPE America’s 2020-2021 School Reentry Considerations: K-12 Physical Education, Health Education, and Physical Activity includes school-wide strategies for school reentry as well as teaching strategies for health and physical education related to: equity, inclusion and accessibility; SEL; and trauma-sensitive learning environment.
The document addresses three models of learning: in-school instruction with physical distancing, distance learning, and hybrid learning. READ DOCUMENT
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.
Featured Blog Post: Why Educational Leaders Must Inspire a Culture of Health and Well-Being in Schools
In this recent post, guest author Brian Creasman, superintendent of Fleming County Schools in Kentucky, writes about the need to help students develop a love and understanding of physical activity, nutrition, and other healthy behaviors. He also shares five ways that educational leaders can inspire a culture of health and well-being in their schools. READ MORE
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National Convention Call for Proposals Now Open
Now’s the time to consider sharing your knowledge, insights or research with others in the profession by submitting a proposal for the 2021 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo, which will be held in Baltimore, April 13-17. The presentation submission deadline is July 14 and the research abstract & research symposium deadline is July 31. LEARN MORE
• NEW: SPARKecademy Live -- SPARK Staff Development Online PD + Virtual Sessions
• June Webinar: Empowering Kids to be Healthy and Smart from the Inside Out!
• Digital Activity Sessions with SHAPE America Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes
• SPARKhome: 3 Weeks Teacher and Parent Resources for Distance Learning
• SPARKecademy.org -- 50+ No Cost Professional Development Sessions
Raise Money for Your School Through health. moves. minds.®
While "typical" school fundraisers may become more difficult to implement during the next school year, your health. moves. minds. event can be completely virtual! Choose to receive 50% of all funds raised in the form of a Gopher gift card, which can grow your HPE program — or choose to “pay it forward” and give 25% of the funds raised to a local charity of your choice … which could include your PTA or another group at your school! LEARN MORE
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Celebrate Pride Month and Support the “Send a Teacher” Campaign
During Pride Month, we’re re-releasing our popular “Health & PE for Every Body” T-shirt, which highlights the important role that HPE plays in educating all children and ensuring that equality, pride, visibility and justice are always part of the conversation. All shirts are $35 and 100% of the net proceeds go to cover registration fees to help send a teacher to the SHAPE America National Convention. ORDER NOW
Introducing Home PE Subscription Boxes
Share Home PE, a 6-week subscription packed with equipment and instructions, with parents to keep students active this summer. Plus, earn funds for your program!
Building Healthy Communities
Our M.Ed. and Advanced Certificate program prepares health educators to increase their competency in teaching Skills-Based Health/SEL and Physical Education/SEL.
Newly Released: Playbook for Reopening Your School — Mental Health Chapter
Kaiser Permanente has partnered with more than 30 trusted school health organizations to develop a playbook for school reopening: Planning for the Next Normal at School: Keeping Students, Staff, and Families Safe and Healthy. In light of recent surveys indicating that mental health and well-being is a high priority and concern among school communities, the playbook authors have released the first chapter, which provides guidance and recommendations for enhancing mental health and well-being during reopening. READ MORE
California Schools Turn to Mindfulness to Help Students Cope With Stress
As students face cascading uncertainties about school, the pandemic, racial unrest and their futures, some school districts are turning to a simple practice to help young people deal with stress: mindfulness. It can be particularly helpful for young people as a means to boost attention and coping skills, according to a report published by researchers at Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research. READ MORE
How One NJ School District Is Tending to Students' Emotional Health at a Time of Crisis
Three months ago, the Saddle Brook school district was making steady progress toward social and emotional learning as a part of a district initiative. In-class yoga, mindfulness mantras and coping strategies for anxiety were part of the daily routine. Then came the pandemic. Virtual learning separated children from schoolmates and teachers at a time when the National Alliance on Mental Illness and other health experts were noting a surge in stress and depression. READ MORE
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Planning for Better Professional Development in an Uncertain Future
Teachers will be operating in a different world next year, and administrators are thinking now about how best to support them. So, what are the shifts in teacher development and support that education leaders need to have their eyes on? Here are five specific shifts that we need to address, including trauma-informed instruction, SEL and more. READ MORE
Helping Students Through a Period of Grief
Educators often face challenges supporting students through loss and grief, in part because neither teachers nor principals are generally trained as grief counselors. Yet in the coming weeks and months, many students will experience losses of loved ones and of ways of life, and schools are in a unique position to collectively engage and support them with compassion in the grieving process. READ MORE
5 Reasons to Make Sure Recess Doesn’t Get Short Shrift When School Resumes in Person
The Apopka Voice
Once children return to school for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic upended everything, they will most likely spend less time on school grounds. And as educational leaders decide how to schedule elementary school students’ days, they see catching students up on math, English and other academic subjects as a top priority. In our view, helping students heal from the stress and trauma of what they have been through this spring is also essential. READ MORE
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