SHAPE America Blog

SHAPE America Blog

Let Our Voices Be Heard: Tell Congress to Support #MoreTitleIV




This fall, as you are embarking on the back-to-school grind, Congress returns from their summer recess with a very important task at hand — funding the federal government for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1. With implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in full swing this school year, appropriations for education is a key issue that Congress will have to address.

In March of this year, Congress passed appropriations legislation for FY18, which provided funding for the 2018-19 school year. We were thrilled to celebrate the results of our advocacy efforts because they funded Title IV, Part A of ESSA at $1.1 billion! That’s an increase of $700 million over the mere $400 million that was appropriated for this critical new state block grant in FY17.


Why Research REALLY Matters to SHAPE America




In today’s climate of fake news and neglect of science, it’s easy to dismiss evidence as something we don’t really need to help K-12 health and physical education professionals thrive in their day-to-day work. After all, health and PE have been taught in schools for more than a century.

So, you might be wondering: “Who needs research anyway?”

Over the years, high-quality research has supported many advances in our field. For example, we have a better understanding now than we did 40 years ago of the developmental patterns in the movement of youngsters and of the impact of health-enhancing physical activity.


Small Steps Toward Big Feats




As we enter the new school year, we are excited to announce more details around SHAPE America’s new signature initiatives. These new community and school-based programs will offer more choices for educational fundraising and service-based activities that support effective health and physical education programs.

Over the last few months, members have given us much feedback about future programs — and we listened when you said you want to support worthy causes, but in a fun and simple way. This fall you will have the opportunity to join SHAPE America as it takes its first steps in this new MOVEment!


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in HPE




I’m looking to start a new conversation at SHAPE America.

We’ve started and had different versions of this conversation over the years, but as a community, I think we’re ready for a new version of it. One that may make some of us uncomfortable. One that is going to push all of us to think differently. One that will actively move each of us toward taking different actions and breaking away from many traditions […]


Assessment: Don’t Overthink It!




As we begin the school year, many of you may be developing your assessment strategies and student growth/learning objectives. And if you’re like many teachers, you may have a tendency to overthink this by asking yourself questions such as: […]


Chronic Absenteeism? Talk to Your Health and PE Teacher!




Chronic absenteeism – missing at least 15 school days each year, as noted in this article by The Brookings Institution – is an old problem in search of new answers. From bad grades to bullying, mental or emotional issues to difficulties […]