Ben Robison, President | January 2016

President's Welcome

Greetings from Tiffin! I hope this note finds you all enjoying 2016, and enjoying your school year. I am so humbled and happy to be serving as your IAHPERD President this year. There are great people in the leadership of the organization, and I'm happy to report that we've had a couple of months of productive meetings and we are working on great things to progress IAHPERD!

If, at any time, you have questions, comments, suggestions, or constructive feedback, please don't ever hesitate to let us know:

Ben Robison, President: benrobison@ccaschools.org

Jennifer Peterson, Past-President: petersonj@oskycsd.org

Jodi Larson, President-Elect: jodi.larson@ankenyschools.org

I look forward to serving you all this year!


Spring 2016 Student & First Year Teachers' Workshop

IAHPERD will be hosting a Workshop for any future professionals who attend Iowa's Colleges/Universities and/or First Year Teachers on February 28. This is COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE for Students if they pre-register. Please encourage any students you know to take advantage of this great opportunity for professional growth and networking!

If you are interested in helping with Workshop, please contact Jennifer Peterson (petersonj@oskycsd.org) or Jodi Larson (jodi.larson@ankenyschools.org)

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Iowa AHPERD has funds dedicated strictly to grants for its Members. This is a great opportunity to purchase new equipment for your program, and the options are vast! For more information and to find an application, please visit: http://www.iowaahperd.org/grants.html. Deadline for Grant Applications is March 1, 2016.


Please be sure to update your Membership for the 2015-2016 year. Your membership makes the organization stronger! Membership information can be found at: http://www.iowaahperd.org/membership.html

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

From SHAPE America

The U.S. Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

This bipartisan legislation replaces No Child Left Behind as the federal education legislation that funds and provides the framework for elementary and secondary education in the United States.

ESSA Quick Facts

  • School health and physical education are identified as part of a student's "well-rounded" education.
  • School districts will be able to access funding from Title I, Title II and Title IV through their state department of education.
  • Funding previously allocated to school districts through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program from the U.S. Department of Education will no longer exist. The funding available in the block grants through Title IV will replace the PEP grant funding.
  • ESSA funding for Titles I, II and IV will begin to flow to states on July 1, 2016. The regulatory and implementation process for accessing funding will be developed throughout the first half of 2016 by the U.S. Department of Education and Congress. SHAPE America will keep members updated as this process progresses.

2016 IAHPERD Convention

I'm so excited to bring the 2016 IAHPERD Convention to Simpson College this Summer. Convention information, including registration (now open) can be found at: http://www.iowaahperd.org/2016-convention.html.

WE WANT YOU! We have 50 presentation slots available and we want to showcase the best teachers Iowa has! Please submit your session proposals at: tinyurl.com/IAHPERDProposal. Submissions will be accepted through March 1, 2016. Please help us spread the word, by inviting one of your colleagues to register AND submit a proposal!

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