Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Sept 6, 2017
Advocating for Health and Physical Education


Do You Matter?
In a world that values "high stakes" academic achievement, many feel the educational system doesn't place the same value on health and physical education. For the first time in decades, there is opportunity to make a real impact.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) passed by Congress is step one. Through the tireless work of SHAPE America and Indiana AHPERD advocates, health and physical education is now defined as part of a well-rounded education. What does that mean? It means we matter in the eyes of policymakers. It means we have a seat at the table. We are part of the discussion. It also means we must have something important to offer.

In Indiana, health and physical education will have access to federal funding on an equal basis with other important educational initiatives like mathematics, language arts, college and career readiness and all other aspects of a well-rounded education.

That's big news! While we have made great strides, so much more work remains. Federal and state policy is slowly opening new opportunities. However, the real work will be done within school districts where local decisions decide what is in the best interest of the community.

Our profession depends on local champions like you!

Become an ESSA expert in 77 seconds
Each school district and each school needs advocates for health and physical education. If not you, who? Not just for the profession but for the health, well-being, and happiness of all students.
Indeed, advocacy is a part of everyone's job description. Don't worry, you are not alone. More programs, more resources, more information, and more professional development are on the way.
In fact, the state conference is full of great opportunities to learn how to speak up for health and physical education. Our two keynotes will talk about the importance of physical literacy and moral courage. The SHAPE America president will talk about '50 Million Strong' and why that matters. Countless break out sessions will demonstrate innovative techniques, how to improve outcomes, assessment strategies, and other professional development opportunities.
There has never been a better time to "GET IN."


Also in this newsletter:

Indiana AHPERD President Advocating
Online Advocacy Day
Support H/PE
ESSA Myth Busters

        Conference Details       
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Stan Advocates

Heidi Stan Advocates
Listen to National, State and HSE Teacher of the Year advocate for health and physical education. BTW: She is our Indiana AHPERD President!  
    Radio Interview    

Online Advocacy Day

Online Advocacy Day
Together, let's ensure all children reap the benefits of an effective health and physical education program. Tell your members of Congress to support #MoreTitleIV funding.  
    Support H/PE    

Support Active, Healthy Kids

Support H/PE
We will post this one-time message to your Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr account on September 14th.  
    Joint the Thunderclap    

ESSA Myth Busters

ESSA Myth Busters
We’ll debunk myths and dispel common misconceptions about opportunities for health and physical education under ESSA.  
    SHAPE Webinar    

Indy Sports Corp
ISC is giving away $6,000 rewards to teachers! Teachers in 8th grade and below apply by October 27.

Get ISC funds

New SHAPE Leader
Stephanie Morris brings a vision where all children are prepared to lead healthy, physically active lives.

Meet Stephanie

Health Standards
The Indiana DOE issued new health standards for public comment (available until October 1)  

New Standards

Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance: A professional education association for teachers, administrators, researchers, coaches, college students and other professionals who are engaged in and dedicated to the promotion of quality health, physical education, recreation, dance, sport in public and private schools, colleges and universities, and community agencies throughout Indiana.

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