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, […]

February 15th, 2011

People often ask “What is Let’s Move! really doing?”  Well, as the First Lady has often said:  “We won’t solve our problems just by passing laws in Washington.  We know that stopping childhood obesity isn’t the job of just the government, or doctors, or community organizations.  We all have a role to play.” Let’s Move! […]

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. […]

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 […]