SPARK Co-Founder to Receive Highest Award from SHAPE America

March 7th, 2018

Thomas L. McKenzie, Professor Emeritus in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State, will be receiving the highest award given by SHAPE America at the 133rd National Convention & Expo in Nashville on March 23, 2018. The Luther Halsey Gulick Medal honors those who have devoted their lives to accomplishment, innovation […]

Announcing the Inclusive PE Workshop Contest Winner!

May 31st, 2017

We received over 400 entries for the Inclusive PE Workshop Contest — thank you to all of the teachers who spent time completing the form for a chance to win. Congratulations to the winning school!

Does Evidence-Based PE Matter? Part 3: Is Evidence-Based PE Easy to Implement?

June 28th, 2016

Author: Dr. Kymm Ballard, SPARK Executive Director Click here to read Part 1 of this blog series on Evidence-Based Physical Education, and click here to read Part 2. What is the current evidence? Is it evidence/research-based or evidence-informed (we believe things are happening but may not be enough formal research to show it, like PE improves academic […]

Does Evidence-Based PE Matter? Part 2: Why is Evidence-Based PE Significant?

June 21st, 2016

Author: Dr. Kymm Ballard, SPARK Executive Director Click here to read Part 1 of this blog series on Evidence-Based Physical Education. Suggested criteria for prioritizing physical education research-based programs: You might begin by asking yourself: What is its relevance to the field? Will it help advance and improve the field of physical education? SPARK was and […]

Does Evidence-Based PE Matter? Part 1: What Constitutes Evidence-Based PE?

June 16th, 2016

The term “evidence-based” is used frequently in education and, fortunately for all of us, is directly applicable to physical education (PE) as well. Learn more about evidence-based physical education in this 3-part blog series.

[INFOGRAPHIC] SPARK 25 Years of Success! Countering Childhood Obesity Since 1989

June 16th, 2014

For 25 years, SPARK has made it our commitment to reduce childhood obesity. Follow us on our journey back to where it all began. Without you, this wouldn’t be possible, so thank you for all the support you have provided to help us achieve our dreams! Share This Infographic On Your Site Please include attribution […]

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 […]

Carol M. White: A Lasting Legacy of Physical Education

January 7th, 2014

On October 21, the physical education advocacy community lost a great hero and mentor. Carol M. White was many things in her life—a teacher, a congressional aide, a wife, a mother. Though White passed at the far-too-young age of 66, her legacy will live on from the important work she did advocating for quality, standards-based […]

5 Ways to Help Students Stay Focused

November 11th, 2013

Anyone who has braved the perils of babysitting, or who has taken the giant leap into parenting or teaching children knows that keeping young kids attentive, engaged, and focused can be an uphill battle at times. In the best of conditions, research has shown that children between the ages of 6 and 8 have an […]

Fun Winter Break Activities to Stay Fit

December 21st, 2012

Despite our mammalian heritage, humans do not hibernate. Still, during winter break it’s difficult for you and your kids to resist the urge to hunker under the covers all day and escape the cold. The weather might not permit an all-out workout routine, but if you think snow is a big downer, it’s time for […]