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August 7, 2019







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The benefits of outdoor education are widely recognized and supported by research, experiments and philosophies. And, adding an outdoor or adventure component to the physical education program still meets SHAPE America's National Standards for K-12 Physical Education.

Download this free access article from the August issue of JOPERD to learn about the goals and benefits of outdoor education, then read how a Title I school in California successfully incorporated outdoor education into its physical education program.


SEL 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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On July 31, SHAPE America and Special Olympics signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize a partnership that has been in effect for more than 50 years. For decades, this relationship has flourished due to SHAPE America’s network of physical educators who have emphasized the implementation of inclusive sports and fitness through the Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools® program.


Online Physical Education Graduate Program

Take your PE classroom to the next level with an online Master of Arts in Education in Physical Education program. Choose an emphasis in pedagogy, which helps to enhance your instruction, or an emphasis in special populations, which helps understand challenges and inclusiveness of students with disabilities.

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Recess helps students to achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity that can improve strength and endurance; enhance academic achievement; and increase self-esteem for children and adolescents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SHAPE America have developed guidance documents that provide schools with 19 evidence-based strategies for recess, as well as a planning guide and template to help develop a written recess plan that integrates these strategies.


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Stock up for back-to-school savings! Human Kinetics is currently offering 33% off SHAPE America books and resources — and other Human Kinetics products. (Not valid for institutions or resellers. Some exclusions apply.) This offer expires August 31 at 11:59 p.m. CDT.



Inspire Your Student Athletes to Perform Their Best With the Powerful Potato

Check out these fun facts, perfect for sharing with your young athletes:

1) A mid-sized (5.3 ounce) skin-on potato contains 30% of your daily Vitamin C – a vitamin involved in many body functions. 2) A medium sized potato has more potassium than a banana. Potassium is an important electrolyte that aids in muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function. 3) Potatoes are a nutrient-dense complex carbohydrate. Did you know you need 1 gram of carbohydrate per minute of endurance exercise? That’s right, and a medium-sized potato can provide 26 grams! 4) Potatoes contain no fat, no sodium or cholesterol and are naturally gluten-free. Plus, they’re versatile and convenient to prep! 5) Potatoes are a good source of Vitamin B6, a nutrient that plays an important role in energy metabolism. 6) Potatoes provide high-quality protein when compared to other plant-based foods. One medium-size potato (148 g) provides 3 g of protein and 6% of the daily value for protein.1

To learn more about how potatoes fuel performance for athletes of any age .

1. Gorissen SHM, Crombag JJR, Senden JMG, Waterval WAH, Bierau J, Verdijk LB, van Loon LJC. Protein content and amino acid composition of commercially available plant-based protein isolates. Amino Acids. 2018 Dec;50(12):1685-1695.

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Join SHAPE America on February 17, 2020, as we present our second Professional Learning Institute at the Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy in Chicago. This one-day event will examine how schools that embrace the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (WSCC) model can benefit their community both academically and in social-emotional areas. The event will feature tours of the amazing academic program at the Academy, as well as breakout sessions designed for members of the health and physical education community.


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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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A generation ago, students looked forward to recess — a break in the school day when they could spend time with their friends climbing on the monkey bars, swinging, or just burning some energy. But recess isn’t a guaranteed part of the school day anymore, and parents must make a concerted effort to add physical activity into their child’s day, says Diane Bales, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension human development specialist.


Throughout the country, kids are leaving sports way too early. What's way too early? A survey conducted by the Aspen Institute along with the Utah State University Families in Sports Lab found that kids on average quit playing sports by age 11. That's typically by the sixth grade, the start of middle school, before the "my parents are not cool" phase is supposed to happen.

Medical Xpress
Students identifying as black or Latino are more likely to say they would socially distance themselves from peers with a mental illness, a key indicator of mental illness stigma, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. The findings reinforce how stigma may prevent teens who face prejudice and discrimination from seeking help for a mental health problem when they need it.

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When things are hard in the classroom, it’s tempting to blame the kids, their parents, or the communities they come from, but those are not things an individual teacher can control. Building personal resilience is about responding to adversity, to setbacks, to getting knocked down. The resilience comes from learning something in those moments.


A fitness tracker changed my life — it changed how I think about goal-setting and monitoring my exercise, it changed the intentionality of my travels, and it created a new global community of people who share my interests. I’m not alone; about a quarter of U.S. adults use some kind of tracker. The quantified life is one of four new trends influencing education, along with inclusion and equity, lifelong learning, and mindfulness.

Atlanta Journal Constitution

A national movement is underway to offer social and emotional learning, which entails teaching kids to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Historically, we expected parents and families to provide the emotional sustenance vital to raise happy and productive children. Now, the responsibility is landing on the teacher’s desk.

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