Lacrosse 101

September 27th, 2016

By: Dr. Scott Townsend and Dr. Derek Mohr, Appalachian State University What sport is… Considered the fastest game on two feet? The national summer sport of Canada? Originally derived from a game called Baggataway? You got it – Lacrosse a.k.a. Lax! Think you don’t know anything about lacrosse? Think again! Lacrosse is a field-based invasion […]

Big Results in a Short Period of Time

September 20th, 2016

New Research on SPARK Middle School PE program Published! By: Paul Rosengard, SPARK Godfather Did you know today’s SPARK’s Middle School Physical Education curriculum and teacher training program evolved from the three largest studies of MS PE ever conducted? It’s true. The three National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research projects, M-SPAN (Middle School Physical […]

Parents: 3 Easy Actions You Can Take to Boost Play for Kids!

September 13th, 2016

School is back in session. But too many schoolyards are LOCKED UP after classes, especially in Latino neighborhoods, and families often lack safe places to play. That’s why Salud America! has a new campaign urging schools to boost public access to recreational facilities. Salud America!, led by health researcher Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, is a […]

Introducing: Project IGNITE!

September 6th, 2016

By: Naomi Hartl, PE Development & Technology Specialist, Sportime featuring SPARK These two questions are frequently asked in the physical education profession today: “What does effective teaching look like in a physical education class?” “How can I observe model teaching practices in physical education?” Physical educators are not always given time to observe other teachers […]

Back to School: Creating that Positive Learning Environment

September 1st, 2016

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant The beginning of the school year is always a fun time for leading some icebreakers with your students. Icebreakers are meant to “break the ice” that might exist when a group of people, in your case, your students, don’t know each other. They are also helpful […]

Recap: 2016 SPARK Institutes

August 17th, 2016

Thank you to all 2016 Institutes attendees! Over 300 participants attended the SPARK Institutes in San Diego this summer. Here are the group shots for each Institute. Also, the dates for the 2017 Institutes have been set – click here to check them out and register!                       […]

Back to School: PREP, SET, TEACH!

August 16th, 2016

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant Well, it is that time of year again! You have squandered another perfectly good summer and now you need to get ready for the new school year. If you teach using one of the SPARK Programs, this post will help you prep for a SPARKed-up year. […]

Keeping PE Real…Real Fun, Real Engaging & Real Meaningful

August 9th, 2016

By: Dr. Scott Townsend and Dr. Derek Mohr, Appalachian State University What’s Your PE Reality? Have you ever faced the challenge of getting your students consistently motivated, engaged, and supporting one another? Can you imagine a festive, energized PE class where students, on a daily basis, show up early, give 100% effort, demonstrate leadership and […]

USC Students Excited about SPARK Physical Education Curriculum

August 2nd, 2016

By: Dr. Kristy Hilton, Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California When I signed on to teach the “Movement for Children” physical education class to current and prospective K-6 teachers at USC earning their Masters of Education degree and/or California Teaching Credential, they were using a quality, often-used textbook in these types of graduate […]

Making Fitness Personal: 4 Steps to Fitness Ownership

July 19th, 2016

By: Dr. Scott Townsend and Dr. Derek Mohr, Appalachian State University Students Motivated? Ever wonder about the best ways to motivate and make fitness personally meaningful for all students? If so, you’re not alone. To help, we want to share some proven strategies focused on student empowerment and inclusion that, when implemented properly, can help […]