Holiday Message from Paul 2014

December 8th, 2014

Hi everybody: Happy holidays to you and yours from all of us at SPARK! Hard to believe it’s nearly the end of 2014.  Whether you are a preschool teacher, an after school youth leader, a physical education specialist, classroom teacher, or administrator, we know how hard you worked every day this year for your students. […]

SPARK Holiday Gift to YOU: 20% PE Equipment Discount!

November 25th, 2014

Use Promo code 081GOE to receive a 20% discount on SPARK PE equipment from December 1st – December 31st, 2014. Click Here to start shopping! Promo Details: Must order online through SPARKstore (Click Here for the SPARKstore) Valid: 12/1/14 – 12/31/14 EP 20% discount off 9/8 items LP 40% discount off 9/8 items Cannot be […]

November 21st, 2014

We are all familiar with SHAPE America goal for physical education, “To develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.”   But are you aware of the new standards adopted in May?  Our new national standards now include grade level outcomes!  These standards and grade […]

Happy 25th Anniversary to SPARK!

May 19th, 2014

SPARK is celebrating 25 years of research and dissemination this June. The first SPARK research project was funded by the NIH in 1989. As they say, the rest is history. Today, after many more research and special projects from Early Childhood through University levels, SPARK is referred to as, “The most researched and field-tested physical education program in the world.”

April 10th, 2014

Welcome to the second installment of our CCSS Survival Guide. As I mentioned in Part 1, it’s important to know and understand your district’s interpretation and guidelines for working toward Common Core Standards. This week’s tip: Planning with Depth of Knowledge (DOK) on your mind.

April 7th, 2014

At this year’s annual CAHPERD (California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) SPARK researcher, co-author and Executive Director Paul Rosengard was presented with the CAHPERD Honor Award for his “Outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the advancement of physical education in California.”

Recess Implementation Ideas & Resources

March 18th, 2014

After assessing your current recess program with the School Recess Report Card in the SPARK Recess Handbook (included in the SPARKabc’s program), prioritize the components targeted for improvement. Priority goes to the components with the lowest scores on the report card. It is then time to implement!

The Importance of Recess

March 18th, 2014

Recess has been on the proverbial chopping block in the past decade due to budget cuts and the pinhole focus on academic standardized test scores. The powers that be have decided recess just isn’t important enough to keep. Well, I for one hope to shout that it is extremely valuable and worth fighting for. I’m not the only one, and more and more folks are causing a fuss to reverse this alarming trend.

Teaching Children Good Sporting Behavior

February 21st, 2014

Sports teach kids many important lessons. One of those lessons is how to play hard and fair, while also being a good sport. Good sporting behavior not only teaches children how to compete without losing their composure, but it also helps them understand the importance of positive social skills. By teaching and reinforcing these values […]

Holiday Pinwheels Recipe from Healthy Kids Challenge

December 8th, 2013

Help kids set a goal to choose healthy snacks during the holiday season, and join them in meeting the challenge! Learn to curb impulsive holiday snacking and explore what influences holiday food choices.