What are The Components of a Successful Physical Education Lesson Plan?

August 27th, 2015

A requirement for a successful physical education program is a strong foundation. The physical education lesson plan that you choose to include in your curriculum is one of the most important tools in your arsenal to help provide a well-rounded, engaging, and effective class. Choices for layout, focus, and supplies abound, but most all [...]

SPARK Joins Forces with KIDS in the GAME, ICAN Foundation and Supporting Organizations to Combat Rising Issues of Childhood Obesity

August 19th, 2015

Inspired by a school counselor’s passion to implement change in her classroom and community, SPARK recently teamed-up with KIDS in the GAME and ICAN Foundation to provide the Oakhurst Intermediate School in Clarksdale, Mississippi with much-needed resources to develop a comprehensive physical education and health program.

PhysEdSummit 2015

August 17th, 2015

This weekend, I stepped out of my comfort zone to present online at the #PhysEdSummit 3.0. There is a wide audience of passionate health and physical education professionals in the world presenting and willing to give their time, resources, and friendship to help more physical education forward. While the conference was live on Saturday, the good work will continue long after!

Let’s Go Back to School with SPARKecademy!

August 10th, 2015

SPARK has a great new resource for teachers looking for ways to earn professional development credit hours. SPARKecademy.org is a web-based platform that provides an innovative menu of online courses for K-12 physical education teachers and health professionals. Courses include SPARK K-12 PE Workshops, timely topic monthly webinars, SPARK mini-units, podcasts, and technology/equipment tutorials.

Recap: 2015 SPARK Institutes

August 3rd, 2015

Over 360 participants attended the SPARK Institutes in San Diego this summer. Here are the group shots for each Institute – stay tuned for 2016 Institute dates to be announced later this fall.

Why Your School Should Be Using a Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)

July 23rd, 2015

Every piece of a child’s education is important and helps to build strong, well-rounded individuals. National standards and broad participation in physical education  programs are extremely important when determining the most beneficial curriculum for today’s youth. Analysis tools such as the PECAT and the HECAT can help schools districts and schools conduct comprehensive and measurable [...]

[Infographic] Tackling Diabetes Is No Piece of Cake

June 4th, 2015

Facts and statistics about obesity and type 2 diabetes among youth.

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SPARKecademy Movie Posters – Get a glimpse of the SPARKecademy stars!

May 27th, 2015

Each week leading up to the SPARKecademy launch we will release a movie poster featuring the SPARKecademy stars! Follow SPARK on Facebook and Twitter to see the posters first!

The Best Apps for Keeping Kids Active

May 6th, 2015

It’s safe to say that the world around us is becoming increasingly mobile and tech-oriented. People of every age are falling in love with their smartphones, tablets, and laptops, which can result in a more lethargic lifestyle and shortened attention spans. Having a healthy approach to life prevents your children from packing on the pounds [...]

10 Ways to Promote Safe Biking for National Bike Month

May 1st, 2015

Around the country, bicyclers have been supporting National Bike Month every May since 1956. Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, May gives experienced and novice cyclists a chance to participate in bicycling events, try out biking for the first time, and promote safe bicycling practices. Want to participate in the fun? Here are 10 [...]