We did it!  Advocacy works!


We did it! Advocacy works!

Advocacy works!  Through communication, we were able to get wording for "Physical Activity" to be changed to "Physical Education"!  The State of Alaska worked with us to communicate the importance of PHYSICAL EDUCATION!



Webinar! Hurry, it's LIKE THIS THURSDAY!

Thursday Jan 7  noon-1pm AK time


**It was a bit tricky to register…If you’re not already a SHAPE member you have to create an account, then you search and put the webinar in your shopping cart and ‘check out’ even though it’s free.



New ESSA Webinar


Getting Started with ESSA: What the Every Student Succeeds Act Means to You<http://shapeamerica.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT00OTMwNjE4JnA9MSZ1PTc3NzExNTA3OCZsaT0zMjEwMjI1Nw/index.html>

Date of Broadcast: Thursday, January 7 from 4-5 p.m. EST

Speakers: Carly Braxton, senior manager of advocacy, and Karen Johnson, advocacy consultant, SHAPE America


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces No Child Left Behind and opens new funding opportunities for school health and physical education. This webinar will give you insight into this federal education legislation and will highlight key advocacy resources to help you prepare for implementation in your state and school district.


Join this webinar to learn:


*   How school health and physical education are addressed in ESSA and what funding will be available for these subjects;

*   About SHAPE America's advocacy activities related to ESSA over the past seven years and some of the consequences of No Child Left Behind;

*   How to advocate for school health and physical education funding in your state or school district through ESSA;

*   Where to access SHAPE America’s ESSA resources and how to get involved in our annual SPEAK Out! Day.


Register by noon on Thursday, January 7<http://shapeamerica.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT00OTMwNjE4JnA9MSZ1PTc3NzExNTA3OCZsaT0zMjEwMjI1OA/index.html>. This webinar will be free to both SHAPE America members and non-members.


Can't attend? Register for the webinar anyway and watch the recorded session at your convenience on the SHAPE America website. It will be available starting one week after the initial presentation.


After the webinar, you will also be given access to the newest SHAPE America e-guide, Getting Started with ESSA: A Guide for Health and Physical Educators.






Support School Health and PE


We hope you'll join us on March 1-2, 2016, for SPEAK Out! Day<http://shapeamerica.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT00OTMwNjE4JnA9MSZ1PTc3NzExNTA3OCZsaT0zMjEwMjI2MA/index.html>, SHAPE America’s annual advocacy event in Washington, D.C. This year's event will feature a new physical education policy forum and will highlight results from our 2016 Shape of the Nation Report.





SHAPE America Applauds Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act


For more information, contact:

Paula Keyes Kun (703) 476-3461; pkun@shapeamerica.org

Follow SHAPE America on Twitter; hashtag #SHAPE50Million and like us on Facebook and Instagram


SHAPE America Applauds Passage of the

Every Student Succeeds Act


RESTON, VA, December 9, 2015 -- Today the U.S. Senate joined the U.S. House in passing the Every Student Succeeds Act – the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, replacing No Child Left Behind


As a result of today’s vote the role of both school health and physical education has been elevated and acknowledged as part of a student’s “well-rounded” education.  Other subjects noted in the definition of well-rounded education include art, civics, history and geography. The term well-rounded education replaces the term “core subjects” that was used in previous Elementary and Secondary Education Act proposals.


"We applaud the U.S. Congress for recognizing the importance of school health and physical education as key components of a well-rounded education," says SHAPE America Chief Executive Officer E. Paul Roetert, Ph.D. "Health and physical educators are uniquely qualified to ensure that all of America's students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity for a lifetime."


This is a significant designation for school health and physical education, and something that members of SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators have worked on tirelessly for over half a decade. Health and physical educators from across the country have communicated relentlessly with their members of Congress and participated in the organization's annual advocacy event, SPEAK Out! Day, to gain support for the inclusion of these critical subjects in federal education law.  


Designation as part of a well-rounded education means that school districts and schools will have the opportunity to utilize federal funds for physical education programs — something that was limited under No Child Left Behind.


In addition, school health, physical education and physical activity programs will have access to significant funding under Title IV of the bill. Block grants will be distributed to states under the Safe and Healthy Students program.  School districts and schools will apply to their state for funding for a wide range of safety, health and school-climate programs, to include health education and physical education.



Over the past two decades, physical education has undergone a transformation in rigor and focus. It is now recognized as essential to a young person's overall education experience and a foundation for lifelong healthy living. Research shows a positive relationship between participation in physical education and academic achievement. The inclusion of health and physical education as part of a well-rounded education in federal legislation will help to ensure that every student succeeds.


About SHAPE America®

SHAPE America -- Society of Health and Physical Educators® is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let’s Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs. In September 2015, SHAPE America launched “50 Million Strong by 2029.” The goal of this initiative is to ensure that by the time every child now in pre-school graduates from high school, all of America’s students will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity for a lifetime.  For more information, visit www.shapeamerica.org.



JRFH / HFH Recognition Awards due 12/15


JRFH / HFH Recognition Awards due 12/15

Each year, SHAPE America recognizes up to two Jump Rope For Heart coordinators and one Hoops For Heart coordinator. These award winners exemplify leadership in the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs at the state, district or national level.

Winners are honored in front of their peers at an awards ceremony held during the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo. This year's convention will be in Minneapolis, April 5-9, 2016.



Get Involved with SHAPE (Officer and Board positions)

At the conference (Sept. 27-28) we will be looking to fill the following positions.  If you want to know what is involved, contact someone in the black footer below for more information.

           *   President-Elect

           *   Executive Director

           *   Secretary

           *   Awards Chair

           *   2016 Conference Manager (not a BOD position, non-voting position)

           *   2017 Conference Manager (not a BOD position, non-voting position)

           *   UAA Student Rep

           *   South East Rep

           *   North Slope Rep



Legislative News


Legislative News

Senators Alexander and Murray introduced a bill into the Senate which places great emphasis on physical education.  It still has to pass the House of Representatives, so make sure to contact yours and tell them how important physical education is to our students!  Read the abstract of the bill here:

Campaign to End Obesity Action Fund



2015 Convention!

A couple of our Featured Presenters

Dr. Michael Wright, California State University-Sacramento, Physical Education Assessment. •Professor & Program Coordinator for Graduate Studies in Kinesiology •Program Coordinator for Secondary Physical Education – Dept. of Kinesiology & Health Science


PJ Jarvis, 2012 NASPE National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Elementary; Summit School-Central Valley School District, Spokane Valley, Washington.  PJ has delivered dynamic presentations at the state, district and national level!


Other Possible Topics: 3Rs, Pickleball, Hiphop dance, Rock Climbing, Best practices, CrossFit, Incorporating Nutrition, Assessment in PE, and more!


Join your Alaskan colleagues for this annual professional development opportunity with a series of educational sessions by dynamic out-of-state and in-state presenters. Bookmark SHAPE Alaska’s website -www.shapealaska.com)

Don’t miss Sunday night’s social & award reception and Monday’s SHAPE Alaska Business Meeting where an excellent lunch will be provided!


We are still accepting Call for Presenters forms, if you or someone you know would like to present, see attached form and submit soon!

Registration forms will be available before the end of the school year, coming soon!








OCTOBER 26-28, 2015

Capital Cook Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska

Scholarships Available!!!

Topics include nutrition, physical activity, wellness policies, social and emotional learning, the impact on students and schools of the new marijuana law, school emergency preparedness, health and physical education, suicide prevention and many others.

To get automatic updates contactemily_fairbanks@traveletm.com



Tough Slusher!


Tough Slusher!

Tough Slusher sponsored by Healthy Futures in Anchorage at Service High, April 11.  It's free to go, but you get a sweet athletic shirt with your $20 donation!