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April 1, 2020


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Take Home Packet for Secondary HPE


This new resource gives secondary health and physical education teachers a collection of standards-based, ready-to-use activities that are perfect for distance learning. The packet is ready to download and share — no more searching for virtual resources!


The activities include both physical education and health education and do not require internet. .


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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As outlined in this article from the March 2020 issue of JOPERD, Conceptual Physical Education uses a text and classroom sessions to teach healthy lifestyle concepts and principles, as well as self-management skills that promote lifelong fitness and active living. The article provides physical educators with information to help them gain the support of all stakeholders including students, parents, administrators, board members, and members of the community. 



Online Physical Education

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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In this recent blog post, guest author Kate Cox shares the challenges she faced when her school closed due to COVID-19 and she had to quickly get up to speed on facilitating remote learning. Read her suggestions for best navigating the unfamiliar territory of teaching HPE virtually. 

New Digital Resources
HPE Distance Learning Resources

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In view of this year's unprecedented events, we are offering both the Health Education Curriculum Builder and Physical Education Curriculum Builder for a huge discount online.


Save up to 40% and earn up to 20 SHAPE America contact hours for each series. Courses build upon themselves to help you create your own customized yearly plan! 


Become a Leader in Athletics

Advance your career in athletics with Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU) 18-credit fully online High School Athletic Director certificate. The certificate can be completed as an individual credential or as part of FDU’s Master of Sports Administration, a theory & practice-based graduate degree helping to transform busy professionals into dynamic leaders.


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As more and more schools move to distance learning due to COVID-19, we continue to compile new health and physical education resources that will help you provide high-quality, standards-based lessons in a virtual environment. Adapt, repurpose or use these HPE resources as you see fit. 



Teacher of the Year Program




For the last two weeks, a Fairfax County elementary school physical education teacher has been holding daily online fitness events for students featuring stretches, short workouts and challenges. “It’s just so fun, and … sometimes I wear my crazy pants and people get so excited about it. I’ve gotten such a great reaction,” said Suzanne Metz, a teacher at North Springfield Elementary. 


Education Dive

Even during stable times, social and emotional learning helps students connect. Mandy Manning, the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, urges students to engage with each other, regardless of whether it’s in person or online. Skills like social awareness and self-management can be practiced online if students act as they would in person and know that their online relationships impact their offline lives. 


Riverhead Local

The coronavirus quarantine may have closed schools across New York for at least a month, but local teachers aren’t letting that stop them from connecting with their students at home. Educators and staff across Riverhead Central School District have found a variety of creative ways to cheer up their classes during the quarantine, even while classrooms have been forced to shut their doors. 


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NBC News

Advocates, educators and parents say that kids with disabilities are particularly vulnerable as schools shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus and turn to remote learning. In fact, when school districts first closed, some opted not to provide distance learning to any students, in part out of concerns that they wouldn’t be able to effectively serve kids in special education and would face lawsuits as a result. 


Advocates for Youth

The Future of Sex Education (FoSE) Initiative, a partnership of Advocates for Youth, Answer, and SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change, has released the second edition of The National Sex Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K–12 to support educators in providing medically accurate, trauma-informed, inclusive sex education. The National Sex Education Standards — which have been endorsed by SHAPE America — outline the foundational knowledge and skills students need to navigate sexual development and grow into sexually healthy adults. 



As schools across the country remain closed, students with trauma, difficult home situations, and anxiety need support now more than ever. The abrupt change can trigger stress and fear in students that can leave mental scars. A framework of safety is critical for students’ brains and can be the first phase of healing for those experiencing trauma. Help students feel safe through the three Cs: communication, consistency, and control. 

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