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 […]

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.

Quidditch – Should You Embrace the Global Craze?

June 3rd, 2016

Kids and adults at all fitness levels can participate together in Quidditch in some way, thanks to its variation of player roles.

4 Ways to Keep Girls Interested in Sports

May 31st, 2016

By the time girls are 14 years old they are dropping out of sports at a rate four times higher than boys.

50 Activation Grant Winners Announced

May 26th, 2016

In celebration of Sportime’s 50th anniversary and in partnership with Let’s Move! Active Schools, Sportime featuring SPARK is proud to announce (50) Activation Grant awards to schools nationwide to help students get active before, during, and after school.

Can a Healthier Lifestyle Promote Good Character in Kids?

May 24th, 2016

The early years make up an important developmental phase in any person’s life. Up to the age of 18, we’re constantly learning new habits, information, and behaviors – while establishing foundations that will shape our experiences as an adult. In short, childhood represents both opportunity and vulnerability when it comes to promoting a healthier lifestyle. […]