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March 3, 2021
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New Book Release
Just Published! The Essentials of Teaching Health Education
The Essentials of Teaching Health Education, Second Edition, presents a skills-based approach to teaching K-12 health education that prepares students for success in the 21st century. It provides educators all they need to build, teach, and assess a health education program that will help their students become health literate, develop self-efficacy, and gain the 21st-century skills they need to maintain or improve health and well-being. LEARN MORE
Online M.S. in Leadership in Physical Education and Sport graduate program students pay in-state tuition! Advance your content, pedagogical, and leadership knowledge for improved professional practice in physical education, coaching, and sport settings. Accepted students may begin fall, summer, or spring and typically graduate within five semesters. No GRE required.
Shareable Mind & Body Activity Calendars
The March Mind & Body calendars are a great resource to send home with students or share through a link in a newsletter or email to parents. The calendars encourage students to stay physically active while working on aspects of mental wellness, too. Available for both elementary and secondary — in English and Spanish. VIEW ACTIVITY CALENDARS
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.
UnLock Research: Undergraduate Students’ Experiences With Educational Podcasts to Learn About Inclusive and Integrated Physical Education
Physical education is one of many academic areas that has expanded into the creation and use of podcasts. However, there is little research about the influence of podcasts on PE. The purpose of this study was to understand the impact of listening to a podcast on undergraduate students’ learning of inclusion and integration within a PE setting. READ MORE
• Now Available: Enhance SPARK Middle School Lesson Plans
• March Webinar: Authentic Assessment for Evaluation of Physical Education Teachers
• New Resource: Advocacy Alerts
• SPARK Blog: Tips to Engage Students and Increase Participation in PE
• SPARK's Nutrition Education Partner: OrganWise Guys®
More Opportunities to Connect at #SHAPEVirtual
The 2021 SHAPE America Virtual National Convention will feature two new session types that facilitate small-group discussion. Coffee Talks are informal and unscripted networking conversations where you can discuss a specific topic with other health and physical educators, brainstorm ideas, and share solutions. Lunch & Learn sessions feature expert panelists who will discuss a specific topic and answer key questions from attendees. There are lots of popular topics to choose from! EXPLORE PRELIMINARY PROGRAM
• My PE Pack - Personal equipment packs and expert-written activities for teaching PE in any environment
• Earn CEUs Access 80+ hours of FREE virtual professional development in multiple formats
• Read blogs, listen to podcasts, and view free activity ideas written and created by PE teachers
• Ensure PE is safe for students and staff with PPE & COVID-19 response products
• Free Webinar The PE Huddle: Accepted the Challenges of Virtual PE
Free Webinar: Teaching Positive Mental Health and Resilience
By educating teens on developing healthy coping skills, you can set them up for success in dealing with stress and challenging circumstances and reduce their chances of exploring substance use as an alternative. Join us on March 11 at 6 p.m. ET for a sponsored webinar with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) around the upcoming National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. Learn about the new mental health activity which is mapped to National Health Education Standards. REGISTER NOW
Help Teens Build Resiliency During National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
No matter where you are, school looks different this year. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) is a great opportunity to engage students in a dialogue about coping strategies to help build resilience in response to these challenging times. NDAFW highlights the science-based facts about how drugs and alcohol affect the brain and body.
NIDA's new Nurturing My Mental and Emotional Health lesson, aligned to the National Health Education Standards, includes activities that teens can practice right away to enhance their emotional wellbeing. This short lesson is designed to be delivered virtually or can be adapted for in-person classes.
Register for NDAFW March 22-28, 2021!
Peer to Peer
Health and physical educators across the country are sharing top-notch ideas, resources and more!
Check out the latest videos on our YouTube channel:
New episodes of the SHAPE America Podcast, hosted by Sean Nevills:
TeacherTalk: Keeping Kids Healthy, No Matter What
In this TeacherTalk video, health and physical educators share how to incorporate physical activity in your instruction, even during remote learning. This video features SHAPE America members and is moderated by Michelle Carter, director of educational content and programs for SHAPE America. VIEW VIDEO
News Around the Nation
Free Webinar: Learn Tried-and-True Parent and Taxpayer PE Advocacy Strategies
We’re making March all about PE — why it’s so important, how it’s made a difference during the pandemic, and how families can advocate for PE moving forward. Join Active Schools for #PEMovingForward, a social media campaign to celebrate PE! Follow along on Facebook and Twitter throughout the month — and join us on Monday, March 15 from 3-4 p.m. ET for a webinar featuring SHAPE America advocacy experts and three parents who have successfully advocated for PE. REGISTER NOW
Physical Activity in Youth With Autism Can Be Boosted by Picture Books
The findings of recent research have suggested that people with developmental disabilities don't exercise as often as their typically developed peers. In an effort to close this disparity, a researcher at the University of Missouri recently created fitness picture books that help youth with autism exercise more frequently. The findings published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis also offer low-income families a simple resource for workout motivation when outdoor fitness equipment might not be accessible. READ MORE
How to Raise Resilient Kids
Resiliency — the ability to bounce back from tough experiences — has been a buzzword during the pandemic as parents wonder how months of isolation, anxiety and boredom will impact their children in the long term. “Resiliency is a skill that can be learned, practiced and developed as kids grow,” says Allie Riley, who oversees programming and evaluation for Girls on the Run, a non-profit that helps girls develop social and emotional skills through physical activity. READ MORE
Kids' Mental Health Is Still Pediatricians' Greatest Concern, One Year Into Pandemic
Physician Steven Shapiro chairs the pediatrics department at Abington Hospital … and a big chunk of his medical practice these days is devoted to mental health issues, far more than ever before. "Twenty percent of the calls I take now are to put kids on more medicine for panic attacks and anxiety," said Shapiro. "It's more than you could ever believe.” READ MORE
How Exercise Protects Your Brain Against Depression and Anxiety
As with many other physicians, recommending physical activity to patients was just a doctor chore for me — until a few years ago. That was because I myself was not very active. Over the years, as I picked up boxing and became more active, I got firsthand experience of positive impacts on my mind. I also started researching the effects of dance and movement therapies on trauma and anxiety in refugee children, and I learned a lot more about the neurobiology of exercise. READ MORE
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