Big Results in a Short Period of Time

September 20th, 2016

New Research on SPARK Middle School PE program Published! By: Paul Rosengard, SPARK Godfather Did you know today’s SPARK’s Middle School Physical Education curriculum and teacher training program evolved from the three largest studies of MS PE ever conducted? It’s true. The three National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research projects, M-SPAN (Middle School Physical […]

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.”

5 Ways to Improve YOUR Health Before Summer

April 15th, 2014

Spring is a time for renewal, and as the green leaves emerge and the weather improves we’re more motivated to be active outdoors. So how do we press “Play” again after a long winter on “Pause?” Here are 5 tips I hope you’ll find helpful.

SPARK’s Paul Rosengard Receives Honor Award

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.”

Advocating for Physical Education and Student Health

March 14th, 2014

Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much these days, but that doesn’t stop hundreds of people from going on “The Hill” to advocate for quality physical education. And, it seems to be working! Advocacy has helped provide federal funding for physical education and other important public health initiatives.

Holiday Message from Paul Rosengard

December 7th, 2013

Hi everybody: Happy holidays to you and yours from SPARK! Hard to believe it’s nearly the end of 2013.  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 has been busy […]

Cheerleaders are Athletes Argument – AB 351 Information

September 1st, 2010

Oh we Californians. We’re proud to talk about our beautiful beaches, mountains, deserts and diversity, but when the topic turns to politics, we deflate like a leaky balloon. That’s because when you google “budget crisis,” you see a big picture of the Golden State with a black hole where Sacramento used to be. California was […]

Physical Educators North of the Border

June 3rd, 2009

I always liked the Canadian national anthem. Think it has a nice melody. I heard a real Canadian sing it in beautiful Banff at their national PHE (Physical and Health Education) conference this month, and she really belted it out with pride. The conference was terrific. It was attended by 1,000 dedicated professionals, a nice […]