SHAPE America health education (HE) Twitter chats include various panelists of preK-12 and higher education health educators as well as other HE stakeholders. They cover a variety of topics in the profession, offer ideas, activities and best practices grounded in a skills-based approach to teaching.

We invite you to take a look at the questions before the chat and chime in using hashtag #SHAPEHealthEd.

Next Chat: November 2nd, 9 PM Eastern
Title: Teaching Social Justice in #HealthEd
Panelists: Claudette McCluney-Hall @gemi4life, Christine Soyong Harley @SIECUS, Dr. Brent Powell @Drbrentpowell, Justin Schleider @SchleiderJustin, and Rachel Hervey @HerveyPHE


Q1: What is the definition of social justice that you use? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q2: Where does a teacher begin when teaching about social justice in health education? Are there topics or resources you suggest to help teachers frame their lesson planning? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q3: How do you incorporate the idea of social justice and health in your class and or career? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q4: What health skills might you develop for this topic (ie.communication, self-management, advocacy, analyzing influences, accessing info/resources, decision-making, goal-setting). Can you share an example of a lesson/activity that’s effective? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q5: Racism is an ongoing public health crisis that needs our attention now. In what ways can health teachers start this conversation? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q6: How can health education teachers deliver culturally-responsive, anti-racist and affirming health ed skills (ie.communication, self-management, advocacy, analyzing influences, accessing info/resources, decision-making, goal-setting)? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q7: Research on microaggressions have shown that prejudice, discrimination, and stereotypes are relatively common in the classroom. What can health educators do to address these microaggressions when they occur? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q8: We believe that diverse backgrounds and ideas are crucial to academic excellence. What have you experienced related to learning about backgrounds & ideas that are different from yours as it relates to your teaching, service or some other aspect of your work? #SHAPEHealthEd
Q9: What opportunities exist for your students within your school/community to further explore social justice issues? #SHAPEHealthEd

Panelists Bio:

Justin Schleider currently teaches physical education and health, in Central NJ.  He previously taught in Springfield, Mercer County Special Services and Lambertville Public School. He is the brains behind #slowchatpe and He is also the co-creator of, and the Voxer physical education chat which has 500 physical education teachers from all over the world. Justin is also the technology director for the NJ AHPERD which is the NJ state organization for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, and Drivers Education programs. Justin provides professional development to school districts across the nation as well keynoting conferences. In his spare time, he helps organize EdCamps, attends conferences, and raising his family.

Brent Powell has served in a variety of leadership roles across the United States. Originally from Alabama, Brent began his leadership roles as a future professional in the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ASAHPERD). Additionally, he attended his first Southern District and National conference during this time.. Brent also was appointed to a three-year term as the future professional advisor for ASAHPERD. A few years later he was elected as Vice-President of Health Education for ASAHPERD. 

Rachel Hervey is a High school PE/Health/ Sports Exercise teacher and curriculum leader at Washtenaw International High School (@IBnewsatWIHI) in Ypsilanti, MI. A public consortium IB school for the entire county! She is also an adjunct professor at Adrian College (@AdrianCollege) and passionate advocate for all students.

Christine Soyong Harley initially came to SIECUS as an interim executive in October 2018 before joining the team permanently in the Spring of 2019. Chris joins SIECUS with a robust background in public policy, advocacy, program management, and strategic thought leadership, with an emphasis on increasing civic engagement in immigrant communities, communities of color, and other underserved groups.

Claudette McCluney-Hall
is currently an Instructional Lead Teacher at Drew Freeman Middle School in Prince George's County, Maryland.  She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degree's from Coppin State University in 1998 and 2003.  She has been teaching since 2005.  She is a loving wife and proud mother of five. She has accomplished many achievements throughout her life.  A few being: the Outstanding and Dedicated Service to Coppin State College award - May, 2003, Co-Writer of the Prince George's County Public Schools 7th and 8th Grade Health Education Curriculum's - June 2006 - August 2020, the 2014 Drew Freeman Middle School Teacher of the Year Award and the 2016 Simon A. McNeely Award. 


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