Newsletter - April, 2022
Welcome from SHAPE Michigan!
Welcome to the SHAPE Michigan April Newsletter!
Spring is finally arriving and during the past month SHAPE Michigan completed their virtual conference series with the Spring Workshop. Again, thank you presenters and attendees for making this another outstanding professional development learning opportunity hosted by SHAPE Michigan!
Please mark your calendars and join us with our free monthly networking sessions on April 28th... discussions will focus on adapted physical education, physical education and health! These monthly networking sessions are the third Thursdays of each month.
Read about the events occurring next month. The first week of May is National Physical Education, Health, and Sport week. Throughout May, SHAPE Michigan will be collaborating with Michigan Moves Months, featuring various Physical Education and Heath educators, and promoting ACES day on May 4th.
As always, please communicate with us if you have any questions, suggestions, or have featured educators for SHAPE Michigan. You can send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org
As a professional organization, we will continue to emphasize the importance of quality physical education and health programs that facilitate effective movement, knowledge and social emotional well-being in the pursuit of healthy, active lifestyles.
We look forward to staying connected with each of you and assisting you
throughout the 2021-2022 school year!
SHAPE Michigans Virtual Networking sessions are a wonderful way to connect, collaborate, and share with other Health and Physical Education professionals. Connect directly with others in your content area. Join us....Free for everyone...Only one hour per month! Click HERE for access or go to shapemichigan.us
Michigan Move Month
SHAPE Michigan is excited to be a partner in the upcoming “Michigan Moves Month”. This will be an annual initiative during the month of May with the vision and mission to promote and encourage every Michigander of every ability to embrace diverse forms of human movement in the pursuit of an active and healthy lifestyle. A robust platform to create a unified effort to share advocacy for healthy, active lifestyles, Michigan Moves Month is a collaborative effort dedicated to positively impact the health and physical literacy of Michiganders across societal settings from cradle to the sunset of life.
Together, these stakeholders, organizations and agencies can strive to work together to create and provide quality, accessible, and sustainable programs and services that can serve to enhance physical and mental health and well-being throughout the state of Michigan.
The Michigan Moves Month initiative will serve to enlighten and ignite the awareness and support needed from our state legislators, public health, medicine, the media, and the public at large to collaboratively facilitate a physically literate culture where every Michigander can possess the competence, confidence, comprehension, and motivation to participate in regular physical activity throughout their lifespan. With unified passion and purpose, all participants can work together to generate the collective impact needed to improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enrich the quality of life for all.
National PE, Health, and Sport Week
Register your school for the upcoming ACES Day and read about activities and events associated with National Physical Education, Health, & Sport Week - LINK
Please send SHAPE Michigan pictures of the activities taking place in your classroom during this week or month.
Virtual Spring Workshop - Come Grow With Us!
Thank you to all of our attendees and presenters for our Virtual Spring Workshop on Saturday, March 19th. This was another resourceful and collaborative event for all Physical Education and Health professionals! Hopefully, you were able to take advantage of one of the workshops in our virtual series during the past few months. These have been very useful and a great addition to a SHAPE Michigan membership!
Community Partnership with GVSU HPE Students
In winter 2022, students in GVSU’s Health and Physical Education (HPE) program were able to link back with community partners and offer face-to-face teaching indoors on campus. Primarily freshmen and sophomore students partnered up with GVSU’s Children’s Enrichment Center (CEC) to teach health and physical education to the P3 class (4 & 5 year-olds) for 8-weeks. Students from the childcare center walked to campus to join the class: HPE 264 – Methods of Teaching Early Childhood Movement and Health, which is required in both the HPE program and the Early Childhood Teaching major. When the “Little Lakers” from the CEC come to campus, they are provided with instruction for 60-minutes in the following format:
· 10 minutes of dance instruction
· 20 minutes of station work
o One station one the balance beams and working on “animal walks” to build strength
o One station on the wedge mats and gymnastics bars to work on rolling and muscular strength
o One gross motor station to work on other fundamental skills
· 20 minutes of a health lesson, using the Michigan Model Curriculum
Each day the GVSU students (aka “Big Lakers”) rotate roles between teaching, writing daily anecdotal reports cards, and taking polaroid photos. For the culminating event, families are being invited to FH 170G to watch a dance performance and learn about the favorite activities their children learned over the previous 8-weeks. This is a great opportunity for our future professionals, as the link with the community, and practice promoting the components of the WSCC model.
Program Resources and Grant Opportunity
Recently, SHAPE-Michigan and the University of Michigan formed a team to work together to seek grant opportunities for our PE teachers and their students. Effective physical education programs need resources such as training and equipment to flourish. We are very pleased to announce that our team has been invited to submit our full proposal to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund’s Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle grant as the result of their review of our concept paper that included heart rate monitor systems, active recess equipment, professional development and other local program support.
SHAPE-MI/University of Michigan is seeking teachers to participate in this proposed project over the next two school years (Sept 2022-Aug 2024). The purpose of the project is twofold:
- To empower physical education teachers’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions to implement quality Physical Education and active recess by engaging in initial and full-scale professional training.
- To facilitate healthy, active lifestyles among students in 3-5 and/or 6-8 using the WSCC Model to support physical, mental and emotional wellness in schools across Michigan.
We are asking if you and your school are willing to participate in the proposed project pending funding. This is a great opportunity. Remember, at this point, we are only asking you if you are willing to participate IF we are funded. If you are willing, please, contact Deb Berkey (email@example.com) by April 24, 2021.
Upon agreeing to participate, you will be provided with a template for a letter of support that we will be requesting of Physical Education teacher and/or of building administrator. In addition, four questions regarding the school demographic information will be solicited to support the grant proposal. Contact Dr. Deb Berkey at 2692074504 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Survey - National Physical Education Standards Revision
As you may know, SHAPE America has undertaken the task of revising the National Physical Education Standards. In an effort to gather feedback from practitioners and others across the professional spectrum, the call to review Proposed Guiding Principles and Student Attributes has been extended. The live link to the call and survey are embedded in the link below. The National Standards are generally used to guide our state standards. You are encouraged to take a look and participate in the survey. Click on the information below:
Now Open: Public Review & Comment for National PE Standards Revision
Public Review & Comment - Round 1 Open April 4 through May 16 Standards-based instruction is the hallmark of effective teaching - and states and local school districts across the country use SHAPE America's National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education to develop their own standards, frameworks, and curricula.
Did You Know?
Did you know a SHAPE Michigan membership is only $40.00 per year? Be a part of Michigan's professional organization for Physical Education and Health. Collaborate, network, and support our profession. Join or renew your membership at shapemichigan.us today!
SHAPE Michigan's 2022 Partners
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