Looking back at a year of life-shaping lessons

Dec. 19, 2016 

This weekend, we’ll celebrate Christmas with our friends, families, and loved ones. From all of us at IHT, thank you for all the work you do for kids and their health every single day.

For IHT, this year has been filled with immense gratitude for so many. As we lead up to Sunday; a day of unity, family, gifts, love and appreciation, we’d like to share some of the valuable lessons our staff has learned and how the holiday spirit comes year-round when impacted by teachers and children. Read More

How ESSA impacts PE funding

Aug. 3, 2016

Physical Education teachers and administrators across the country rejoiced when President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law last December.

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The Champion Initiative’s Kathleen Satterley discusses how the Every Student Succeeds Act will make funding for programs including physical education available to schools in the future at IHT’s Advisory and Innovation Summit.

ESSA replaces the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, which focused primarily on improving student proficiency in math and reading. As a result, schools struggled to fund and emphasize other areas of education including physical education, art and music, as detailed in this 2005 report, and another from 2013. Read More

Seek student feedback and leadership, advises top teacher

StudentsJuly 7, 2016

By Ashley Riley, 2014 Florida SHAPE Florida Middle School P.E. Teacher of the Year

No matter the type of teacher we are, whether we teach social studies or physical education, we strive to get the most out of each of our students. Speaking as a PE teacher, I know I often turn to my colleagues to find new ways to motivate students to reach their maximum potential.  Read More

Tips about Spirit System from successful teachers

Tue, 14 Jun 2016PE assessment tips
To paraphrase the great Robert Earl Keen, the road goes on forever but the learning never ends.School may be out for summer, and while they take a well-deserved break from the classrooms, the next lesson plan is never far from a teacher’s mind. With that in mind, we at IHT want to do our part to help physical education teachers best utilize the IHT Spirit System as they work to teach students the importance of overall health and its relationship to their entire academic performance with PE assessment tips from teachers getting positive results.

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Dallas New Tech High students driven by data to work harder

Fri, 3 Jun 2016
With the end of the school year comes the final report card. For students, it’s hopefully a positive affirmation of the hard work put in during a long year. For teachers, those report cards can be tools to judge their work, tangible evidence that they are on either the right track or need to adjust their curriculum.If the year-end data generated by IHT’s Spirit System monitoring software for its physical education teachers can be a similar indicator of success, then many PE programs would be wise to emulate what Kelly McClennon has accomplished at A. Maceo Smith High School New Tech High School in Dallas (Texas), part of the New Tech NetworkRead More