Thoughts on Classroom Management from a Seasoned PE Teacher

August 24th, 2011

This last Wednesday we hosted a webinar on Classroom Management Strategies for Physical Education (if you didn’t watch it Click Here to view the recording) and had over 700 people participate. One of the great things about sharing strategies and techniques with so many passionate educators is that we sometimes hear back from other teachers […]

What is a PEP Grant?

April 13th, 2011

The PEP Grant, also known as the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant, is a federally funded grant program designed to award money to local education agencies and community-based organizations, including religious organizations, to help them initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs for K through 12 students. In 2011, the PEP Grant will award schools and community-based organizations anywhere from $100,000 to $750,000 for programs that help students work toward meeting state standards for physical education.

Physical Educators: Team or Group… What do YOU Think?

March 3rd, 2011

Forward by Paul Rosengard Over the years, physical education has been inextricably linked with athletics and “assigned” its own, unique vernacular: “Drop and give me 20!”  “You throw like a girl.” “Take another lap around the track.”  “Winners always watch Glee and losers tape Sportscenter.”  OK, I made that last one up – but it’s […]

3 More Nutrition Education Questions Answered…

February 15th, 2011

This week we’re excited to feature three more nutrition education questions answered by our partner Healthy Kids Challenge- enjoy! 1) Can what I eat (as a teacher) affect what my kids eat? Yes, it can and it does! Research tells us that being a positive role model is important if we want to change behaviors. […]

Integrating Nutrition into the School Day

January 13th, 2011

Energy balance is crucial to healthy living and while physical education classes can be found in most schools across the nation, nutrition education is being taught in only a small percentage of schools.  Why is this the case if healthy eating is so important? Some reasons include a lack of standards and policies, lack of […]

11 Tips to Help Decrease Inappropriate Behavior

January 13th, 2011

Is it true what they say about that “one bad apple in the bunch”? We all know there are many different kinds of apples in our classes, and while some may be a little sweeter than others, they all contribute to a healthy bushel. Here are eleven tips to help decrease inappropriate behavior and help […]

NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 Funding Opportunity

January 10th, 2011

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a new organization aiming to help schools help themselves by getting kids to focus on a combination of physical activity and healthy nutrition choices on a daily basis. Is your school planning on or already participating in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program sponsored by the NFL? If […]

The Campaign to Exterminate Physical Activity

January 5th, 2011

I was taking a delightful bike ride on a sunny but brisk December day in San Diego, and I actually passed a father and son who were riding electric bikes (no pedaling). Just a couple of minutes later I saw a family zipping around like robots on Segways. Those images kind of spoiled my ride—for […]

Reduce Screen-Time with “Screen-Time Vouchers”

December 13th, 2010

As a father, a physical educator, and a family health advocate, I know that managing children’s screen-time is a critical but often challenging aspect of family wellness. That’s why we’ve begun to develop screen-time management tools like SPARK’s Screen-Time Vouchers. We feel it’s especially timely to share this resource as we hit the holiday gift-giving […]

Welcome to our first SPARK Blog!

February 11th, 2009

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: I heard this Cyndi Lauper song on the drive to SPARK this morning, and thought about how much we are asked to quantify and evaluate every little thing our students do these days. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for assessment and having standards to guide instruction, yet I wonder […]