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December 12, 2018
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Online Physical Education: An Inside Look at the New K-12 Guidelines
SHAPE America’s new guidance document, Guidelines for K-12 Online Physical Education, was developed to provide assistance to administrators and teachers who are currently using hybrid and online physical education courses, but also for those who are considering including this as an academic option for students.
In this Et Cetera Plus article, we take an inside look at the new guidelines, providing an overview of what you'll find in the document. READ MORE
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.
Strengthening Our Commitment to EDI
In her latest blog post, SHAPE America CEO Stephanie Morris shares recent progress toward our goal of greater equity, diversity and inclusion within the organization — and in national convention programming. This includes the exciting news that the convention’s closing session will include a keynote presentation by Hillary and Jeff Whittington, creators of a powerful, moving video documenting their five-year-old son Ryland’s transition from girl to boy. Hilliary is also the author of Raising Ryland: Our Story of Parenting a Transgender Child With No Strings Attached. READ MORE
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Free Access Article — Physical Activity, Health-Related Fitness, and Classroom Behavior in Children
This article from the most recent issue of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES) discusses a study that examined the predictive relationship among physical activity, health-related fitness, and on-task classroom behavior in children using a discriminant function analysis. Read more and learn about the study results.
New! National Convention Travel Scholarship
SHAPE America member and 2017 National Health Education Teacher of the Year Andy Milne have collaborated on a T-shirt fundraising initiative to send a teacher to the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo. You do not need to be a current SHAPE America member to receive the Send a Teacher scholarship. Scholarships are to offset registration and include a one-year Select membership to SHAPE America. Apply now.
Athletes Turn to the Potato for Its Performance Benefits
With the carbohydrate, potassium and energy they need, it’s no wonder athletes everywhere are choosing potatoes to perform at their best. Carbohydrate is the primary fuel for your brain and a key source of energy for muscles. Potassium is an important electrolyte that aids in muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function. Finally, adequate energy intake supports optimal body functions. With so many potato varieties and forms available, it’s easy to enjoy the benefits of potatoes at any time of day, every day of the week. READ MORE
Give the Gift of Membership This Holiday Season
Nothing could be more fun than holiday shopping for the health and physical education teacher on your list, and a SHAPE America membership is one gift they will certainly appreciate. At just $79, a Basic membership provides year-round benefits that include a subscription to one or more award-winning journals, free access to professional development webinars, and the ability to earn contact hours anytime, anywhere through the SHAPE America Online Institute. Remember — if someone on your list is already a SHAPE America member, you can easily add a year to their membership. Order now!
Wheelchair Basketball Event Allows 12-Year-Old to Play Favorite Sport With Classmates
Drew Beutel, 12, dreamed of playing his favorite sport with his classmates at Crone Middle School and finally got the chance when wheelchair basketball was introduced to sixth-grade gym classes. “I think it's good for them to get a perspective of what kids in wheelchairs have to do and what their perspective is,” said Drew, who has been wearing braces on his legs and using a walker or wheelchair since suffering spinal cord inflammation when he was a year old. READ MORE
Gonzaga Class Teaches PE at Underfunded Elementary School
The Gonzaga Bulletin
Gonzaga is known for being an institution that thrives on not only its loyalty for its beloved sports teams, but also for the Jesuit values that lie at the university’s core. For GU students in the “Foundations in Sport Outreach” class, this unique collaboration between sport and spirit takes place Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Trinity Catholic School. Students in the class teach PE to fifth- through eighth-graders at Trinity, a school that would otherwise not be able to afford a physical education program. READ MORE
Webinar Offered on Equity in the Classroom
National Equity Project
This free webinar on December 19 is designed for teachers and anyone who supports teacher practice. Using the Learning Partnerships framework, educators will learn to build trust with students across differences of identity (race, gender, class, family background, life experience, etc.) and leverage that trust in service of deeper ownership — and ultimately acceleration — of student learning. Learn more and register.
A New Wave of Kids Is Coming Out as Transgender — and Doctors Are Trying to Keep Up
Michael Alongi’s wardrobe usually involves a splash of rainbow: shoelaces, a bowtie, a pin. The 15-year-old’s cropped brown hair is even swirled with shades of blue. He was born in a female body, but he said he didn’t feel like he was a girl. At the beginning of his freshman year, he started using “he” and “him” pronouns at his Sacramento high school, and also tried to deepen his voice. He isn’t shy about being gay and transgender. READ MORE
Why We Created a Suicide Prevention Program That Uses Dance, Escape Room Scenarios
It is clear that suicide is a nationwide problem, but it seems especially so here in Utah. Because we understood this serious problem, leaders at SALT Contemporary Dance came up with an innovative approach to suicide prevention. With knowledge of the powerful effects of movement and dance therapy, and with experience of watching youth use movement to work through complex problems, we knew we could develop an effective outreach program. READ MORE
Study: Smartphones Mess With Your Kids' Brains
If you have kids and wonder if all that time they spend on their smartphones endlessly scrolling, snapping and texting is affecting their brains, you might want to put down your own phone and pay attention. The federal government, through the National Institutes of Health, has launched the most ambitious study of adolescent brain development ever attempted. In part, scientists are trying to understand what no one currently does: how all that screen time impacts the physical structure of your kids' brains, as well as their emotional development and mental health. READ MORE
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