Parent Tips: Helping Your Child Overcome PE Anxiety

February 5th, 2014

If your child experiences anxiety about PE class, you can make a huge difference—not just in their PE experience, but in their life as well—by helping them through it. Not only will your child learn to overcome fears and gain self-confidence, but they’ll get the all the benefits of PE too. After all, physical education […]

SPARK & Skillastics Team-Up to Get Kids Active

May 6th, 2011

SPARK is proud to announce a partnership with Skillastics, the leader in engaging, reinforcing, and assessing large groups of children PreK-12 in standards-based fitness and sports specific skill development activities. Skillastics, now a SPARK Recommended Resource, will enhance SPARK activities by providing an additional assessment tool, allowing the instructor the freedom to view a large […]

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 […]

Fueling Student Success with Food and Fitness

November 10th, 2010

Brain breaks for better focus and concentration… Healthy eating messages sprinkled throughout the school hallways, cafeteria, and classrooms… Nutrition education woven into PE and core curriculum K-12… Where is this happening? Check out West Orange, New Jersey school district! “Teaching our students to maintain a healthy balance with eating and exercise is our top priority. […]

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 […]