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 […]

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 […]

2011 PEP Grant Update & Helpful Tips

March 16th, 2011

As we wait for the 2011 PEP Grant competition to be announces here are a few tips to help you prepare. Update 3/29/11: Applications for the 2011 PEP Grant announced! Click Here for the application. Review last year’s guidelines: Rumor has it that very little will change for this year’s competition. However, be sure you […]

2011 AAHPERD National Convention in San Diego

March 15th, 2011

All of us at SPARK are very excited the 2011 AAHPERD National Conference is in San Diego this year! Make sure to visit the SPARK booth to see the latest and greatest, and you won’t want to miss these presentations: 1. Exergame Workshop: Oceans of Opportunities Active Games 4 Better Health: Presented by: Aaron Hart […]

300 Florida Middle Schools Implement SPARK

March 15th, 2011

The Florida Department of Health has partnered with the Florida Department of Education to bring SPARK Middle School Physical Education (MS PE) to 300 Middle Schools throughout the state. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Communities Putting Prevention to Work” (CPPW) Cooperative Agreement, the Florida Middle School Physical Activity Project (MSPAP) is […]

Help Save the PEP Grant!

March 10th, 2011

Each year, the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) awards millions of dollars to schools and community-based organizations to initiate, expand, and improve physical education programs. Funding for PEP is in serious danger and could be eliminated. Although the most recent Federal budgets (which did not include money for PEP) were not approved, there […]

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 […]

February 23rd, 2011

“If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you’ve arrived?” This statement is obviously pre-GPS technology, but I think you know where we’re going with this… At SPARK, we’re big believers in instructional alignment.  Sure, we have Standards, benchmarks, yearly plans, assessment tools, and activities, pedagogy, and equipment to coordinate.  Sheesh, […]

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 […]

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 […]