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SHAPE America


June 12, 2019







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The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is a collaborative, holistic approach to strengthening learning and health in our nation’s schools. It expands upon the components of a coordinated school health program, built around the whole child approach to education, and provides a more collaborative framework for addressing the relationship between health and learning.


In this Et Cetera Plus article, you'll learn about the 10 components of the WSCC model, as well as best practices for promoting schoolwide wellness through each of those components.



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.

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In his as SHAPE America president, Jamie Sparks writes, “During my year as president, my theme will be ROC, which stands for Redefining Our Community. The message of ROC will be simply about raising the bar for every health and physical educator — and no longer accepting being on the back burner. Our students have great needs emotionally, socially and physically. We are their community and we cannot be complacent, simply accepting things the way they have been.”



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.

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Since 1983, the SHAPE America Teacher of the Year program has recognized teaching excellence across the physical education and health education landscape. For the past 30 years, School Specialty, Sportime has been a valued partner and sponsor of the program. SHAPE America is now seeking to expand the Teacher of the Year program and is seeking proposals from organizations interested in becoming a program partner/sponsor. If interested, please submit your proposal before July 15.

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In this , SHAPE America Christine Botti writes, “My journey to better understand social and emotional learning and its connection to health and physical education began about two years ago. While we were evaluating our health education curriculum, an administrator asked where SEL was being taught in our program. I decided to do some research and familiarized myself with the widely used framework developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). I realized the correlation between those competencies and the health and physical education standards was undeniable.”


Promoted Content

The from the play2PREVENT Lab at the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games is a highly interactive narrative-based videogame app in which players "travel" through life, facing the range of challenges that young teens face with a dedicated focus on youth decision-making about smoking and tobacco use and includes strategies for both smoking prevention and cessation. A three-year, $1.4 million grant from the CVS Health Foundation is helping to enhance and scale current pilot programs to reach more students across the country.


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In 2020, the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo will be held in Salt Lake City, April 21-25. We are now accepting high-quality proposals that address a full range of issues facing health and physical educators, administrators and other key stakeholders as they seek to put all children on the path to health and physical literacy. The deadline for proposal submissions is July 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET. All proposals are peer-reviewed.






Times Union

Students at Castleton Elementary School in New York got a lesson in mindfulness from a voice well-known to them. New York Times best-selling children’s author Susan Verde visited the school last month and engaged with students on many topics, including how to express compassion and empathy. Children at the school have been participating in weekly mindfulness lessons, and Verde’s books compliment the curriculum. “We did a week-long unit on mindfulness for the whole school during their physical education times,” said Jamie Colloton, the school’s physical therapist. “We incorporated mindful activities, games, yoga and team-building exercises to help promote a more mindful school environment.”


The Gazette

Jamie Sebring stood in front of her eighth-grade wellness class Tuesday and summarized the concepts she and the 13- and 14-year-olds had discussed during the quarter. “We’ve covered ovulation, menstruation, fertilization,” the Taft Middle School teacher recounted, as a student in the hallway cracked open her classroom door. “Come on in, you’re in the right spot,” Sebring told the boy as he took his seat. The Cedar Rapids middle school — as with all public schools in Iowa — is required by the state to provide all students age-appropriate, research-based and medically accurate health education.


Christian Science Monitor

High school teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment. For one class period, students used a whiteboard to tally, in real time, every Snapchat, Instagram, text, call or other notification that popped up. Chavis is among a growing number of teachers, parents, medical professionals and researchers convinced that smartphones are now playing a major role in accelerating student anxiety — a trend so pervasive that a National Education Association newsletter labelled anxiety a "mental health tsunami ."


Physical Best



Around age 9, many children stop engaging in physical activity just for the fun of it, according to a new Swiss study published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise. Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, followed 1,200 Geneva students ages 8 to 12 for two years. The team discovered that from the age of 9, the more positive, internally driven reasons for exercising — it’s fun and good for your health — begin to get replaced with outside incentives: to get a good grade or improve one’s image with other people.


American Enterprise Institute

A RAND analysis drawn from surveys of the nation’s teachers and principals offers some useful insight into how they view SEL. The report drew on two surveys administered to nationally representative samples of more than 28,000 teachers and more than 12,000 principals. The results show there appears to be substantial interest in SEL. When asked how SEL ranked among all the priorities they had for their schools, 72% of principals reported SEL was their top or one of their top priorities.


Denver Post

Dodgeball in physical education classes teaches students to dehumanize and harm their peers, professors from three Canadian universities said in a presentation this week at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Vancouver. A paper on the subject is set to appear in the journal European Physical Education Review. “When you’re setting up the environment for students to learn, and you introduce the idea that it’s OK to slam the ball at whomever you like, even if it’s with a soft ball, the intention is there,” said Joy Butler, a professor who studies pedagogy and curriculum development at University of British Columbia.


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