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 – stay tuned for 2017 Institute dates to be announced later this fall.                           Early Childhood […]

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 […]

Which Type of Physical Educator Are You? [QUIZ]

July 14th, 2016

Phys Ed teachers gather ’round! Take this quiz to find out your fitness teaching style.

Fun Physical Activities for Summer

July 12th, 2016

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant Include physical activity into every family event (e.g. parties, picnics, reunions, vacations, etc.). Choose activities that are fun for everyone; remember these do not need to be competitive or sports-oriented. You may have to invest in a few equipment items to help with this; some examples are […]

Staying Active over Summer Break

July 5th, 2016

By: BJ Williston, SPARK Trainer and Curriculum Development Consultant It’s finally summer break! Your kids have been working hard all school year long and now they get to sleep in and veg out all day, right? Well, while they technically could do that, they really shouldn’t! Having so much free time over the summer is […]

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 […]