PEP Grant Information

Carol M. White Physical Education Program

The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) awarded millions of dollars to schools and organizations to initiate, expand, and improve high-quality physical education programs. SPARK has worked with over 150 PEP Grant winners to date; Click Here to learn about their PEP experiences with SPARK.

PEP Grant News:

January 4, 2016:

President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), into law on December 10, 2015. The act replaces No Child Left Behind as the federal education legislation that funds and provides the framework for elementary and secondary education in the United States.

School health and physical education have been included in ESSA and as a result, states and school districts will have access to funding for health education and physical education programs.

Here are some quick facts about ESSA - provided by SHAPE America:

  • School health and physical education are identified as part of a student’s “well-rounded” education. Other subjects noted in the definition of well-rounded education include science, art, civics, history and geography, as well as others.
  • School health, physical education and physical activity programs will have access to significant funding under Title IV of ESSA. Block grants will be distributed to states under the Safe and Healthy Students program. School districts and schools will apply to their state department of education for funding for a wide range of safety, health and school-climate programs, to include health education and physical education.
  • Funding previously allocated to school districts through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program from the U.S. Department of Education will no longer exist. The funding available in the block grants through Title IV will replace the PEP grant funding.
  • School districts will be able to access funding from Title I, Title II and Title IV through their state department of education. The process for accessing these funds is still being developed by Congress and the U.S. Department of Education.

To learn more about the new Every Student Succeeds Act and the impact on health education and physical education, visit the SHAPE America page:

Provided by: Carly Braxton, SHAPE America, Senior Manager of Advocacy

Information for 2014 PEP Grant Recipients (click here to see the list of 2014 grant winners) :
  1. Resource Guide for 2014 PEP Recipients Click Here
  2. School Health Assessment options & info Click Here
  3. SPARK alignment with national & state standards Click Here
  4. PECAT Reports for SPARK K-12 PE  Click Here
  5. HECAT Reports for our Health & Nutrition Partners Click Here
  6. Denver Public Schools PEP Grant success story Click Here
  7. SPARK Assessment Tools Click Here
  8. Click Here for SPARK alignment with Presidential Youth Fitness Program
  9. Click Here for SPARK alignment with the Let’s Move initiative
  10. Helpful webinars:
    1. Pedometers: Why? How? Which Ones?
    2. Integrating Technology: Authentic Assessment in Physical Education
    3. Grants & Funding (featuring past PEP Grant winners)
Why PEP Recipients Have Chosen SPARK:
  • SPARK WORKS. Over 45 publications demonstrate significant outcomes on students and teachers – including academic achievement and moderate to vigorous physical activity - a specified goal for PEP Grant assessment.
  • SPARK LASTS. A 2005 paper in Research Quarterly proved SPARK sustainability/ institutionalization.
  • SPARK physical education is the only nationally disseminated program that positively affects ALL of these student outcomes: Activity levels, fitness, sport skills, enjoyment, and academic achievement.
  • SPARK increases MVPA to over 50% of class-time (PEP reporting requirement) whether instructed by PE specialists or classroom teachers - and SPARK will consult with you on how to measure it.
  • SPARK has been honored as an Exemplary Program of the U.S. Dept. of Education; cited in the Surgeon General’s Report as a “School-based solution to our nation’s healthcare crisis;” earned a “Governor’s Commendation;” and was awarded “Gold” by the Cooper Institute. SPARK is the only program to earn “PE Gold” grades K-8.
  • SPARK offers programs that extend beyond their award-winning K-12 PE Programs, including Early Childhood, After School and Coordinated School Health Initiative (including Nutrition Education).

Click Here for a full list of SPARK Awards & Honors

Watch this video to hear what PEP winners say about SPARK:

Recent News:

  • Check out this video by Millcreek Township School District on how they used PEP dollars to impact their community.
  • New Albany Floyd County Schools and the YMCA of Southern Indiana teamed up to implement SPARK with their PEP grant. Check out this video to learn more!
  • $2.2 million PEP Grant helps Pittsfield Public School (Massachusetts) SPARK-Up their Physical Education program! Click Here...
  • Washington DC Public School District uses PEP funding to implement SPARK across all K-12 schools district-wide! Click Here...
  • Want to hear how Colorado is using PEP funds to get kids active? Listen to this podcast by Colorado Public Radio: Click Here...

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