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December 6, 2023







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SHAPE America believes that technology can be an effective tool for supplementing instruction in physical education when used appropriately. This document, developed by SHAPE America’s Physical Education Council with input from the Adapted Physical Education Special Interest Group, provides guidelines for using technology to help students achieve SHAPE America’s National Physical Education Standards. It also includes a list of instructional technology resources for physical educators and students.



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Jess Sims, educator, nationally recognized fitness professional and Peloton instructor, sports reporter, and Good Morning America contributor, will give the keynote presentation at #SHAPECleveland’s Opening General Session on Tuesday, March 12 at 4 p.m. Sims will talk about the importance of the mind-body connection — and her plans to equip caregivers and children with the tools needed to build healthy and active lifestyles.


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Introduce kindergarteners to active fun with the All Kids Bike Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Program! Fostering essential skills, confidence, and coordination for a healthy, active future. Embark on a joyful, pedal-powered journey of growth within and beyond the classroom.


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Each year, health and physical educators join SHAPE America on Capitol Hill for SPEAK Out! Day — a time to meet with congressional representatives in Washington, DC, and advocate for HPE. In 2024, ; registration is open through January 16. If you would like to show your support for the profession — while supporting HPE advocacy efforts — purchase a sweatshirt before December 13. All profits will fund travel scholarships that help bring more educators to SPEAK Out! Day.


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Match your equipment needs with PE standards. Easily assess your inventory needs and match them with National PE Standards and Outcomes! The PE Calculator is a free and easy-to-use tool that can be downloaded as an Excel file or Google Sheet. !


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In recent years, there has been a notable push for innovative teaching in physical education, with a focus on health and wellness through socially just pedagogies. Meaningful PE aims to support students in valuing PE experiences by recognizing how participation enhances the quality of their lives. This study addresses the research question: What is the relationship between Meaningful PE and social justice in enacting PETE pedagogies?


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Convention volunteers receive $150 off Professional registration or $120 off Student registration, as well as a volunteer T-shirt, voucher to use at the SHAPE America exhibit booth, and a complimentary drink ticket to use at the Opening Celebration. As a volunteer, you select the tasks and timeslots that work best for you. Fill out the interest form today. (Priority will be given to college/university students, teachers at Title I schools, and first-time attendees.)


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Are you a physical educator or coach who has had success with a new teaching technique or strategy in the gymnasium or on the athletic field? We invite you to share your ideas in SHAPE America's peer-reviewed journal Strategies! Articles submitted and reviewed this fall will be published in early 2024.


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Health and physical educators across the country — including SHAPE America’s National and District Teachers of the Year — are sharing top-notch ideas, resources and more!


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The SHAPE America Major of the Year award celebrates outstanding undergraduate students in the fields of health, physical education, recreation, and dance. Faculty advisors/professors are encouraged to nominate one outstanding student per major, per college/university. The student must be a SHAPE America member; if they are not a current member, they must join within one month of nomination. Submission deadline: January 8, 2024.


In this new blog post, guest author Ronny Rodriguez writes: “As American society and schools experience growing diversity and interconnectedness, our responsibilities as teachers must embrace pedagogical approaches that nurture and celebrate diversity, inclusion, and empathy. I am a physical education teacher in New York City who is committed to embracing a more inclusive and empathetic teaching style in physical education.”

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The benefits of movement in the classroom aren’t limited to younger students. Pairing new words and concepts with gestures or dance moves locks in understanding — and active brain breaks prime students to learn even more. French teacher Nicole Goepper is famous — for dancing with her students in the school courtyard. But even inside the walls of her northern Virginia classroom at Fauquier High School, kids are on their feet.


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Educators, school administrators, parents, and education stakeholders are invited to join the Free to Learn miniseries, which focuses on evidence-based practices to prevent, address, and ameliorate the effects of bullying, violence, and hate while also supporting school safety, school-based mental health, and positive school climates. The first webinar is Creating Welcoming School Environments, held on Wednesday, December 6 from 3-4:30 p.m. ET.


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Mental health in young people across the U.S. is suffering: rates of anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges remain high, and suicide is the second-leading cause of death. To address these challenges, school-based mental health (SBMH) services are being offered by some school districts as a way to identify and treat children and adolescents who may not have access to other mental health services.

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