New Professional Development Opportunities

January 9th, 2018

SPARK is excited to offer some new professional development opportunities for schools. Starting in January, the new Starter Workshops, which are 3-hour versions of our current SPARK PE offerings (EC, K-2, 3-6, MS, HS, AS), will be available. These 3-hour workshops will give an overview of the program and opportunities for participants to engage in […]

Teaching Fitness Goal Setting for New Year’s Resolutions

January 4th, 2018

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant The start of a new year is a great time to teach kids about the value of setting goals, writing action plans, and setting short-term objectives. If you haven’t already covered the FITT Principle this year, now is the perfect time to teach it as it […]

Steps for Setting & Following Through on New Year’s Goals

January 2nd, 2018

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant Motivation is the general desire or willingness to do something. It is the drive and determination to get something done. That desire is part of the HOW to get things done. Motivation also includes the reasons you have for getting something done. Motivation is the incentive or stimulus […]

5 SPARK Studies That Highlight the Importance of Physical Education

December 28th, 2017

Recent studies continue to prove how effective physical education is for both the mental and physical development of children. In this blog post, we are going to highlight a handful of studies completed by SPARK, or were undertaken using SPARK principles or using the SPARK program, that have provided a valuable contribution to the research […]

Is PE Class a Good Time to Teach About Nutrition?

November 21st, 2017

Good nutrition is the bedrock of a child’s health and well-being, and ensures they are physically and mentally able to learn and concentrate at school. Whether a student is hungry, hopped up on sugar, or living with patterns of disordered eating, research has shown that poor nutrition will limit their capacity for academic growth. It’s […]

iRun 201

October 3rd, 2017

Today we will extend the iRun conversation, focusing on how the SPARK HS iRun unit specifically applies principles, guidelines and methods.

iRun 101

September 26th, 2017

SPARK HS’s newest web-only addition, iRun, is a fitness-based running unit designed to promote personal health, fitness and running performance.

Does Your Physical Education Program Meet Federal Guidelines? [QUIZ]

September 14th, 2017

Are you a witness to fitness at your school? Take our quiz to see if you clear the hurdle.

SportFIT 201

September 11th, 2017

In our last blog, SportFIT 101, we provided an overview of SportFIT, which is SPARK’s High School PE high intensity, sport-like training program located on SPARKfamily.com. In this blog, we will showcase the SportFIT unit by sharing resources and tips to help you successfully implement this unit in your own program.

SportFIT 101

September 4th, 2017

SportFIT is SPARK’s high intensity, sport-like training program designed to improve each participant’s overall fitness. SportFIT relies on the unique characteristics of sport to motivate participants to fully engage in fitness-based activities, making the experience more authentic, personally meaningful and fun.