Runners Club of Miami-Dade Special Education Students Train for 5K

Originally published April 3, 2018 by NBC 6 Miami.

By Ari Odzer

It started three years ago as a way to get special education students interested in fitness. Now the AP Runners club at American Senior High School in Hialeah has turned into a source of pride for the whole school.

“The student population recognizes them, salutes them, they’re in the population,” explained Annie Perez, the physical education teacher who created the AP Runners (AP stands for American Patriots). Read More

Girls’ running club offers much more than exercise

Originally published March 23, 2019 in the Westerly Sun.

By Cynthia Drummond

Twice a week, students in Grades 3 and 4 at Ashaway Elementary School meet after school for 90 minutes in the gymnasium. What makes this after-school club different is that the members are all girls.

Health and physical education teacher Jackie Sorensen brought the Girls on the Run program with her when she moved to Rhode Island from San Diego in 2016. The program is designed by Girls on the Run International, a girls’ empowerment organization based in North Carolina. Read More

Social emotional learning and physical tasks

Originally published March 17, 2019 in the Hillsdale Daily News.

By Steve Head

The superintendents of Lenawee County schools have made social-emotional learning the focus of our monthly articles for this school year.

This month, the focus is on the role of physical activity on social-emotional learning. Physical education classes and play provide a wonderful opportunity for our students to develop the key skills necessary for self-confidence and self-esteem, along with a healthy lifestyle. Read More

Social-Emotional Learning Component Seeing Success Throughout Fulton School District

Originally published March 12, 2019 in Oswego County Today.

The implementation of social-emotional learning programs throughout the Fulton City School District has catapulted students’ sense of belonging.

Lanigan first grade teacher Samantha Finocchiaro leads a social-emotional learning lesson with her students, all of whom have become better connected with their emotions, thanks to the district’s implementation of the Second Steps curriculum.
As the district works toward its goal of having 90 percent of its students feel welcomed and part of their school, FCSD Director of Student Support Services Geri Geitner said students in grades kindergarten through 12 have become more equipped with the knowledge and tools to further develop their SEL skills and put them into practice. Read More

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MA State PE Association Measures Student SEL Progress

With its Board of Education focusing on Social-Emotional Learning, SEL, across the Commonwealth, Massachusetts physical education teachers now have a way to quantify how students master those essential skills.

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Students enjoy a pleasant conversation during PE class at Indian Springs Elementary (Texas).

IHT and the Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) have integrated SEL protocols into IHT’s Spirit Assessment Measures software. Teachers at 79 participating schools can now assess how students master SEL skills and report the results of those assessments to state leaders, including MAHPERD Executive Director Maria Melchionda. Read More