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  • August 27, 2013 8:06 AM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)
    Physical educators and school leaders: Be sure to share the infographics through your social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest), school website and/or newsletter and online bulletin boards, and in your back to school informational packets. To keep up to date with the latest on all aspects of physical education in schools, follow the hashtag #shapeofthenation on Twitter.




  • August 27, 2013 8:03 AM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)
    Call for Presentations


    The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), in association with the United States Coaching Coalition (USOC, NCAA, NFHS, and AAHPERD) is pleased to announce that it will host the 2014 National Coaching Conference. The National Coaching Conference is the U.S. Coaching Coalition’s opportunity to bring together the foremost leaders in sport to convoke dialogue related to the education and development of coaches at all levels of competition and expertise. The theme for the 2014 National Coaching Conference is Long-Term Coach Development.


    Guidelines for Proposal Submissions
    Please download the Session Proposal Form and complete it in its entirety. Only electronic submissions will be considered. For more information on the conference and submitting a session proposal please visit the conference webpage. In order to increase the breadth and depth of discussion around coach development, the conference program will reflect two primary tracks:

    The Coach Track
    Presentations should appeal to coaches at the various levels of sport participation, youth through elite, in the United States. Each session should provide practical application of evidence-based practice that coaches will be able to add to their “Coaches Toolbox” while simultaneously demonstrating the level of activity, skill development and competition. appropriate for the identified level of play. Sessions in this track can be considered continuing education for coaches and should reflect the conference theme of Long-Term Coach Development.


    The Coach Educator Track
    Presentations should appeal to sport program administrators or academic coach educators. Considering the conference theme of Long-Term Coach Development, sessions should reflect one of the following: (a) current research on coach development, (b) paths of coach development across sport, gender, and competitive level, or (c) critical topics in coach education. The sessions should provide coach educators cutting-edge information that directly relates to the National Standards for Sport Coaches (NASPE, 2006) and clearly demonstrates how to develop and deliver programs and resources that are beneficial to coaches.


    Means of Submission:
    Completed session proposals must be submitted electronically as an attachment to NCC2014@aahperd.org. Session proposals MUST be received by 11:59PM on Friday, November 1, 2013. Receipt of session proposals will be confirmed via email within 15 days of submission. Please note: notification of acceptance is dependent on accurate speaker information. All accepted proposals will be notified by Friday, November 29, 2013.
  • August 27, 2013 8:02 AM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)

    The 2014 AAHPERD Jump Rope For Heart & Hoops For Heart Grants
    Every year AAHPERD awards ten grants to physical educators who demonstrate passion, creativity and dedication to the Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart programs. The AAHPERD Jump Rope For Heart & Hoops For Heart Grant is available only to individuals who have completed a JRFH or HFH event in the prior school year.

    Recipients of the AAHPERD Jump Rope For Heart & Hoops For Heart Grant enjoy the following benefits:
    • Complimentary registration to attend the 2014 AAHPERD National Convention & Expo in St. Louis
    • A stipend to cover travel and hotel fees to attend the convention
    • Complimentary AAHPERD membership for one year
    • A gift voucher for physical education equipment worth $1,200 from US Games
    • Special recognition at the 2014 AAHPERD National Convention & Expo in St. Louis
    To apply, visit: http://www.aahperd.org/jump/awards/grants/

    Apply for the AAHPERD Jump Rope For Heart or Hoops For Heart Recognition Awards!
    Are you an AAHPERD member who has held a Jump Rope For Heart or Hoops For Heart event each year for consecutive years? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the 2014 AAHPERD Jump Rope For Heart & Hoops For Heart Recognition Awards! The Jump Rope For Heart & Hoops For Heart Recognition Awards are presented to two JRFH coordinators and one HFH coordinator each year.

    Award winners enjoy the following benefits:
    • Complimentary registration to attend the 2014 AAHPERD National Convention & Expo in St. Louis
    • A stipend to cover travel and hotel fees to attend the convention
    • Complimentary AAHPERD membership
    • Special recognition at the 2014 AAHPERD National Convention & Expo in St. Louis
    • Press packets sent to local TV stations and newspapers
    To apply, visit: http://www.aahperd.org/jump/awards/recognition/

    Applications are due to AAHPERD headquarters by October 18, 2013.

  • August 27, 2013 8:00 AM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)
    AAHPERD Launches New Advocacy Tools
    Advocating for quality health and physical education programs for every child in America just got a whole lot easier!  The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), partnering with Soft Edge, is thrilled to offer new and enhanced advocacy tools to members and anyone committed to improving children’s health.
    Click the red “Take Action Now” button to access action alerts, bill summaries and to contact your members of Congress as well as local media outlets. Utilize each of the new tools below to make your voice heard.
    Take a look at AAHPERD’s new advocacy webpage - AAHPERD Take Action - view key issues AAHPERD is monitoring and find your elected officials.
    • ·         Issues - access all action alerts to ensure your voice is heard in Congress
    • ·         Directory - find Congressional contact information and use the Guide to Congress to help navigate the advocacy process
    • ·         Bills - read bill summaries on current legislation that AAHPERD is watching
    • ·         Share - download and post web stickers on your website to encourage other to advocate
    • ·         Elections - track current elections in your state
    • ·         Media - easily contact your local media to share the importance of health and physical education in schools with your community
    Take action today to guarantee that health and physical education will be addressed by Congress and become integral programs in schools across the country. Share this valuable advocacy link with your colleagues, friends and families.  Whether you are a physical education teacher, parent, principal, superintendent, school board member or concerned citizen, you have a role to play in helping our youth have quality health and physical education programs.
    If you have any questions or comments, please contact:
    Carly Braxton, Senior Manager of Advocacy,  703.476.3476 or cbraxton@aahperd.org
    Connect with AAHPERD on Social Media
    Head over to Facebook and “like” AAHPERD. On any given day, you could engage with leading experts in the profession, including award winning K-12 physical, health and dance education teachers, some you might find right in your own backyard.
    Follow @NTAAHPERD and the hashtag #shapeofthenation on Twitter to find links to similar articles, free physical activity ideas to try at home and to learn the latest changes taking place in school physical education. 
    More of a visual learner? AAHPERD’s on Pinterest too (www/pinterest.com/AAHPERD). Follow our boards to discover delicious and healthy recipes for the family, downloadable simple yet powerful infographics to help you advocate for quality physical and health education in your local schools and much more!
  • April 19, 2013 1:30 PM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)
    NASPE is excited to share our second infographic on physical activity! The information in this inaugural series stems from data collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia in the 2012 Shape of the Nation Report. Physical education is the cornerstone of a comprehensive school physical activity program. School aged children need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day. This infographic highlights missed opportunities for increasing physical activity outside of physical education class in schools. See which states are taking steps to create more opportunities to get kids moving and which are not. Be sure to also check out NASPE’s first infographic, showcasing the status of physical education in schools. Scroll to the bottom of the Shape of the Nation web page to download and view both visuals. NASPE welcomes you to share the infographics through social media, emails, and other communication platforms to educate others and advocate for physical education and increased physical activity in schools!
  • March 20, 2013 4:04 PM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)
    Kevin and Katie Morrow are both educators from O'Neill Public Schools in O'Neill, Nebraska where Kevin currently serves as an elementary Physical Eduaction teacher and Katie serves as the Technology Integration Specialist. Both have been instrumental in working with Apple on the concept and application of Challenge Based Learning,  (www.challengebasedlearning.org/pages/welcome) as well as leading their district and beyond in its implementation. Both have been recognized as Google Certified Teachers and Apple Distinguished Educators, and enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise of technology integration with other educators around the globe.


    Traditional ways of teaching knowledge and skills can be inadequate and disengaging for today's students. By embracing technology, incorporating real-world challenges, and opening opportunities for students to create innovative solutions, we can better develop self-directed, more collaborative learners. Physical Education is just one field that can benefit from this way of teaching and learning. Learn how two educators have challenged their students to develop healthier habits, promoted fitness in their communities, and extended the physical education experience beyond the classroom for their students Challenge Based Learning


    Break Out Sessions Include:

    * Scooter Board Fitness and Games

    * Massage Therapy with Foam Rollers

    * iPads in PE

    * Innovative PE

    * Concussions in Hawaii High Schools? What Educators Should Know

    * Historic! One United Fitness Test for All Children: Good or Evil?

    * USTA Schools Tennis in PE

    * The Fox Trot, Swing and Line Dances: Dances that have Changed our Country and World

    * Got Pong? Table Tennis – More than Just a Game

    * Got Rhythms?


    Click Below to Register

    2013 HAHPERD registration FINAL.doc

  • December 12, 2012 3:13 PM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)

    Lieutenant General Mark Phillip Hertling, is the Commanding General, US Army Europe and Seventh Army. In that role, he is the commander of the approximately 42,000 U.S. Army forces assigned to Europe, and he is the Army Component Commander of U.S. European Command.  Click the link to see his TEDx Mid-Atlantic 2012 talk  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWN13pKVp9s

  • November 08, 2012 6:30 PM | Jonathan Hermosura (Administrator)

    We encourage you to submit an abstract (applied or research) for the 2013 Southwest District Convention of AAHPERD to be held June 26-29, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. Proposals should support the professions we serve, including dance, health, physical education, adapted physical education, recreation, and sport. Presenters are allowed a maximum of two presentations and must register for the convention. 

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