Physical Education Division
The Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance includes different divisions which have been developed to promote disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning in the core disciplines represented by members of the Association. The Divisions will promote professional development programs and workshops for their specific membership throughout the year. In addition, the divisions are responsible for encouraging presentations at the Annual Convention within each specific discipline.
Each division and its chair shall also serve as state-wide advocates for curriculum, public policy, and policies which affect the disciplines represented by its membership.
If you are interested in contacting the chair of the Physical Education division, contact Margaret Bernard.
OAHPERD IS NOW ON TWITTER!!!
Now I know what many of you might be thinking…"I don’t do social media!” Before you think that excuse gets you off the hook, I want you to know that this is my first experience with social media as well, and I’ve found that Twitter has many professional applications that I’ve found very beneficial. I encourage you to give it a try.
Follow me @OAHPERD
. In addition, you can follow other great organizations like NASPE, SHAPE America, Healthy Schools Campaign, and the American Heart Association, among many others. A special thanks to Selene Kelley for convincing me this was a good idea!
to read about how Twitter is used in education.
to read an article about how Twitter improves education.
NEW SHAPE America JRFH/HFH E-MEMBERSHIP INCENTIVE
SHAPE America now offers a special discount electronic membership incentive to prospective members who coordinate JRFH and HFH events. This membership includes access to all online materials and online publications for only $65 a year, more than a 50% discount off the full membership price. Click HERE to learn more!
Register for free to any of the sessions at STARS.
Title: Physical Education Updates and Feedback Session
Keywords: PE, Physical Education
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PHYSICAL EDUCATION EVALUATION
Here are a few resources available to help you prepare for this important assessment. ODE has created a comprehensive webpage with a variety of resources including FAQ, a PowerPoint, a collection instrument, and a general description of the assessments. Click here to access the ODE webpage. They also created a webinar covering the assessment basics. Click here to view the webinar.
NUTRITIONAL STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL MEALS
You’ve probably heard about new nutrition standards for school food as a result of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act
. This act has made the first major changes to school meals in the last 15 years. Click here
to learn more and click here
for a useful comparison chart between the old and new standards.
FREE GARDENING CURRICULUM
Do you have an environmental or gardening club at your school? Gardening can be a great activity to teach your students how to grow, prepare and eat healthy food. Please click HERE for a free gardening curriculum.
Are you looking for additional funding for your physical education program? There are plenty of opportunities available if you’re looking for more funding for your program. See below for a list of grant opportunities. Click the links for more information.
WHY WE SHOULD NOT CUT PE
Many administrators have the mistaken belief that cutting physical education to make room for other "core” subjects increases student achievement, even though there is no research to support such a claim. Click here to read an article from ASCD that explains why that is not the case.
THE EFFECT OF BUDGET CUTS ON PHYSICAL EDUCATION
EXERCISE MAY BOOST KIDS’ GRADES
A Dutch review of 14 prior studies reveals that physically active children are more successful academically. The research that I've seen is related to cardiovascular activity, and the subsequent blood flow to the brain, which enhances cognition and focus. Click HERE to read a brief article.
OBESITY IN SCHOOLS
New research indicates that schools may be the best place to combat childhood obesity. After researchers examined 55 interventions in previous studies they concluded that school-based programs were critical in getting children to healthy weights. Read more here.
National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) POSITION STATEMENTS
The organization that created our national standards has also authored a host of position statements that can be very useful and informative. Click the link below to review several new position statements including topics such as a "Code of Conduct for Physical Educators” and "Physical Education is Critical to Educating the Whole Child.”
PHYSICAL EDUCATION VS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Have you ever had someone suggest that physical activity and physical education are the same thing? Well…they’re not and as a result, our physical education programs should reflect a clear difference from mere physical activity. Explore the two resources below to learn more.
PE BENCHMARK ASSESSMENTS
The physical education benchmark assessments have been posted on the ODE website. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year we will be required to use these assessments to evaluate our students. Review the evaluation instrument here and view the data collection sheets here.
As physical educators, our professional value seems to be constantly questioned. Being able to advocate for your program is absolutely critical! I always keep a few advocacy articles close at hand just in case I need to hand one to an administrator or email one to a colleague. The articles below are outstanding advocacy resources that you can read and share with others. – Nick Miller
Physical Education, Physical Activity and Academic Performance
The Role of Schools in Preventing Childhood Obesity
Helpful Statistics for Advocacy (NASPE)
"F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future
Five Factors that Stimulate Muscle Growth
Click here to read a great article from Human Kinetics on muscle growth. This article would be excellent for a personal fitness course, or for use in achieving your own personal fitness goals.
Rise in Cancer Linked with Inactivity, Obesity
Physical educators have known for a long time that exercise reduces your risk for heart disease and stroke, but many individuals are not aware of the link between inactivity and cancer. Click here to learn more.
Ohio Benchmark Assessments
While we were one of the last states to adopt state standards, we are one of the first to adopt a statewide assessment that will appear on our school report cards. This significant change will hopefully elevate the status of physical education in the eyes of our district and state leaders in education. These assessments are currently being piloted by a group of physical education teachers throughout Ohio.
Ohio Benchmark Assesments
Physical Education Division Leadership