August 2018
Indiana Society for Health and Physical Educators

New State Standards

K-12 Health and Physical Education

Have you read the new academic standards for health education and physical eduation? The Indiana Department of Education updated the standards last year. Now they are asking all schools to fully implement the new standards for the 2018-2019 school year.
More information about the new state standards can be found on the INSHAPE web site. Tip: Include health literacy and physical literacy in your statements about student learning outcomes.
More information and resources about the new standards will be presented at the INSHAPE State Conference (November 4 - 6, Grand Park - brochure).

    New Indiana Standards    

The Power of Play

Fighting childhood obesity

Childhood obesity presents a critical and widespread issue for Indiana children. One in three Hoosier children ages 10-17 are overweight or obese (33.9%). Hoosier children are 14.9% more likely to be obese than their peers nationwide. This ranks Indiana as the 9th highest rate of childhood overweight and obesity.

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New In-school Programs

Get involved

INSHAPE is forming a new task force of K-12 teachers interested in developing new in-school activities. Experience event coordinators as well as newer teachers are encouraged to join this energetic group. All that is required is an interest in creating INSHAPE-inspired activities that promote activity, health, and advocacy.

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Back to School

Lesson ideas

Team building activities help the students build relationships, review sportsmanship, and develop problem solving skills. Incorporate 1-2 team building challenges per lesson for the first few weeks of school. Also, take a minute to model the behavior expectations, praise the students when they demonstrate great teamwork, and facilitate a brief discussion after each cooperative challenge.

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Brain on Movement

Bring it on!

2006 National Teacher of Year, LeAnn Haggard shares one of her favorite lessons. Objectives include: 1) demonstrate skills of cooperation, compromise and respect for the creativity of others; 2) identify the performing qualities of basic gross locomotor movements, and; 3) demonstrate the extension of movement beyond the body with the use of specific props

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Brain-Aligned Schools


The Indiana School Mental Health Initiative is offering workshops to provide evidence-based and clear strategies and tools to move towards creating brain-aligned, positive school climates that address discipline, school safety, and improved instruction for all students, and especially for students walking into Indiana's classrooms with high levels of stress and adversity.

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IN Bike & Walk Summit

August 29 & 30, 2018

Want to learn more about walking and biking to school? This education and training event focuses on best practices to advance access, safety, connectivity and fun for people who walk, bike and ride transit. Learn from others working here in Indiana and around the nation.

More information and registration

INSPIRE '18: Early Bird Registration Ends Sept 1