Maize South Middle School’s Let’s Move Club Provides Physical Education Equipment to Schools in Puerto Rico

Originally published June 22, 2018 by Active Schools.

As a physical education teacher at Maize South Middle School in Wichita, Kansas, Brandon Wolff is using the power of physical activity to make a positive impact — for his students and students in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria.

After attending a Physical Activity Leader (PAL) Training five years ago, he created a Let’s Move Club in his school. It started small — a few students setting up activities at recess and helping with brain boosts, which are classroom movement breaks that increase concentration, cognitive performance, and fitness. The club’s activities have since grown to include an annual special event, and, most recently, an effort to give back. Read More

PE Heart Rate

Students Translate PE Heart Rate Lessons into Lifelong Activities

By giving students a first-hand look at their favorite fitness activities, PE teachers help students understand the types of health-enhancing workouts they can utilize away from class.

Across the United States, teachers saw student engagement increase when they created heart rate-focused lessons based on their favorite exercises. In addition to traditional PE lessons, students learned the heart rate-raising benefits of exercises including:

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How Do Districts Plan to Use Their ESSA Block Grant Money?

Originally published June 17, 2018 in Education Week.

By Andrew Ujifusa

Many districts are about to get a big boost in funding for the most flexible piece of the Every Student Succeeds Act: the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, better known as Title IV of the law. The program just got a big, $700 million boost from fiscal 2017 to fiscal 2018, bringing its total funding to $1.1 billion. And it could get even more money next year, because the House appropriations subcommittee in control of federal education spending is seeking $1.2 billion for the program in new legislation. Read More

Public schools in EBR, others targeted for improved student nutrition

Originally published June 18, 2018 in The Advocate.

By Will Sentell

East Baton Rouge public schools will be among the targeted recipients for a $350,000 annual federal grant to improve student nutrition, physical activity and how to manage chronic health problems, state officials announced Monday afternoon.

EBR schools are among six districts statewide that will be prioritized by the state Department of Education and the state Department of Health. Read More

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Arts, PE revamped by Georgia education board

Originally published June 13, 2018 by the Gainesville Times.

By Joshua Silavent

Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield said that even during the Great Recession, funding new arts classes and developing award-winning wellness programs in physical education courses remained a priority.

“Regarding the arts, it is a cornerstone of who we are and often best fits the passion of a significant portion of our student body,” Schofield said. Read More