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SHAPE America Introduces All-New Standards-Based Online Learning Platform for K-12 Health and Physical Educators

RESTON, VA, July 27, 2017 – K-12 health and physical education teachers looking to elevate their teaching and advance their careers are being introduced today to an all-new standards-based online learning platform by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators. Through the SHAPE America Online Institute, teachers will be able to:

  • Find targeted webinars and courses of interest in just seconds using the powerful search and browse functionality
  • Uncover new learning opportunities with the recommended courses and related items features;
  • Track their online professional development and contact hours in one place from the user-friendly dashboard.

“SHAPE America has been a trusted provider of effective health and physical education resources for more than 130 years,” says SHAPE America President Fran Cleland of West Chester University. ”Not only do our National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for PE programs across the country, but they also serve as the foundation for all of our professional development.  I invite all health and physical education teachers to visit our new Online Institute to see how earning and tracking contact hours has never been easier.”

To introduce the new Online Institute, SHAPE America is offering a FREE webinar: Keeping Recess in Schools.  The live webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 2 from 3-4 pm EDT. Join the webinar to:

  • Learn about the benefits of recess;
  • Receive an overview of recess resources from SHAPE America and the CDC, including Strategies for Recess in Schools and Recess Planning in Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice.
  • Discover how schools can use various strategies to enhance their recess program and increase student physical activity.  

For those unable to join live, they can still register and view the archived webinar in the Online Institute at any time.  

From webinars to interactive courses, the new SHAPE America Online Institute delivers self-paced, effective professional development for K-12 health and physical educators that will advance their skills, help them stay on top of new and changing practices and policies as well as enhance their understanding of standards-based concepts.  

To learn more about the growing course catalog, visit SHAPE America Online Institute.

About SHAPE America

SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is the nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country. We provide programs, resources and advocacy to support health and physical educators at every level, from preschool to university graduate programs.

SHAPE America has 50 state affiliates and is a founding partner of national initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Active Schools (formerly Let’s Move! Active Schools) and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs. “50 Million Strong by 2029” is our commitment to put all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education programs. For more information, visit


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