There are a few new and updated resources for you to share with your networks to promote enhanced P.E. Please note that the full Task Force report is in the final approval stages, and we expect to send you a copy very soon.
Save the date and REGISTER for the September 17th webinar, “Leading the Nation: Illinois Enhance P.E. Task Force Recommendations & Revised Learning Standards.” The webinar will take place from 10am-11am on Tuesday, Sept. 17th and will feature members of the IL Enhance P.E. Task Force, including Mark Bishop of the Healthy Schools Campaign, Deb Vogel of IAHPERD, and Dr. Jean Sophie representing the Illinois Association of School Administrators, and will be moderated by the Executive Director of the Illinois Principal’s Association, Jason Leahy. The webinar will allow participants to learn about the specific recommendations put forth by the Enhance P.E. Task Force and practical steps schools can take to enhance P.E. at the local level.
Enhance P.E. Task Force member, Sandy Noel, and the Illinois Public Health Institute, are pleased to announce the release of a new resource, “Get Fit & Flourish: Enhanced Physical Activity Manual.” The manual provides a variety of lesson plans and activities to help students develop the skills needed for life –long physical activity. Each lesson, developed for K-8 students, focuses on the importance of team-building and cooperative learning and enhances the amount of time spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Handouts include tips for families, and resources for getting students moving more in physical education class, after-school programs, and at home. “The lesson plans are based on research and reflect the intricate web of interconnections between our brain and body, our basic and emotional needs, learning, memory, and performance. Through movement and games, students gain an understanding of the importance of making healthy choices,” says Sandy Noel. This online resource is available free of charge and can be shared with all teachers, after-school program instructors, and others who wish to enhance the quality of physical activity and physical education for their students. We thank you for your help spreading the word.
The latest compilation of news and resources for August 2013 is available. Please share relevant news and resources with your networks.
Finally, there is a revised version of the Enhanced P.E. Resource Guide. Some links in the guide have been changed, so this guide reflects the most recent hyperlinks to resources. Please use this new guide to replace any postings about the previous version.
There have been some recent announcements regarding funding for quality PE programs and for integration of physical activity into the school day that we don’t want schools to miss. Take advantage of the following funding opportunities!
Carol White Physical Education Program
The Carol M. White Physical Education Program provides grants to local education agencies and community organizations to initiate, expand, or enhance PE programs that help to move school-aged children toward reaching state physical education standards. Proposed projects must include both instruction in healthy nutrition and a physical fitness component. Awards range from $100,000 - $750,000 per year. Applications are due April 12, 2013. For more information, click HERE.
ASAP Acceleration Grants
The Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP) is requesting applications for its Acceleration Grants campaign to assist schools with launching a new physical activity program. The grant will offer 1,000 schools nationwide with seed funding, a game plan, and a network of support to jumpstart the ASAP program of their choice. Interested schools have until April 22, 2013 to apply HERE.
Presidential Youth Fitness Program
The Presidential Youth Fitness Program opportunity provides eligible schools support over two years to incorporate the three core elements of the program, including funding for a FITNESSGRAM assessment, professional development and training for physical education teachers, and award certificates for students. Online applications will be accepted April 1 through April 30, 2013. To learn if your school is eligible, click HERE.
Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60
The Fuel Up to Play 60 program have made available up to $4,000 each to help schools enrolled in the initiative for the 2012-13 year to build on and sustain improvements in healthy eating and physical activity. Schools are encouraged to apply early for the next round of applications due on June 4, 2013. More details can be accessed HERE.
Sign up for Let’s Move - Active Schools! This national initiative, spearheaded by the First Lady, is designed to be a roadmap for you and the members of your school community to transform your campus into a more active environment for kids. This roadmap is called the Six-Step Process and will help you identify your school’s specific fitness needs, measure progress through achievable goals, and create momentum by celebrating regular successes. Join at no cost, get instant feedback from a customized online dashboard, and access professional development, training, and grant opportunities. Learn more HERE.
Enhanced P.E. Fact Sheet- This briefly describes how to P.E. maximizes learning and improves behavior and health
Enhanced P.E. Resource Guide 2013- This comprehensive guide provides links to resources related to Enhanced P.E., including professional development opportunities and classroom activities
Enhance P.E. Webinar Flyer- You are welcome to join our web conference on July 16th “Enhanced P.E.: Making the Connection Between Physical Activity, Learning, Behavior & Health” from 10-11 am. Please spread the word to your network and let them know that CPDUs will be available. Interested members can register here.
Research Summary: Exploring the Link between Physical Activity, Fitness, and Cognitive Function,available here, describes how cognitive functioning and academic achievement are associated with physical activity and fitness level; research is summarized per its relevance to the Illinois learning standards for Physical Development and Health
Events, News and Resources (June 2013) – Current news and announcement distributed to the Task Force for sharing with their member networks.
PE Task Force Web page
For more information about the Enhance PE Task Force, please contact Angela Crotty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708.388.6444.