Part 4 Greetings! I hope by now you’re read all 3 parts of “Grow4It!” If not, just scroll down and catch up. We’ll wait for you to come back…Welcome back! So now you know that everything we’ve done thus far has led us down this personal, professional growth path. We’ve “G”athered resources, human and otherwise; we’ve “4”mulated (formulated) our plan; and now we’re in the process of “I”mplementing it. I’ve asked people in my PLN to weigh in with …
by Paul Rosengard

Part 1 -- The G in Grow stands for Gather
A rolling stone may Gather no moss, but a physical educator must Gather resources to stay relevant. Those who prepare well and embrace professional growth can move beyond relevancy to exemplary.

We're going to examine Gathering resources in two parts. This first of two articles on the G in Gather will focus on "Human Resources." No, not the HR department companies use to rec…
Physical Activity and the Brain Infographic. FREE DOWNLOAD
"Why Active Kids Make Better Learners"

“Physical activity has dramatic effects on individuals’ physical mental health,” according to Charles Basch in his report, Healthier Students Make Better Learners.

Put simply, educational outcomes are directly influenced by health. It is no surprise that students’ fitness levels continue to be low and obesity and overweight categories in…
The many benefits of physical education continue to grow.  A recent study by the Physical Activity Council shows that students who do not receive PE are more that twice as likely to be totally sedentary outside of school.

On the other hand, students who receive Physical Education are two to three times more likely to participate in sports and be active outside of school.

Clearly what happens in physical education can have a profound effect on t…
Any teacher knows that attention span is related to academic achievement.  Now a researcher has identified a link between physical activity and attention span.

A recent study out of the University of Granada has linked participating in physical activity with longer attention spans. Better cognitive abilities such as time perception were also higher in physically active participants. It has been generally known that physical activity lends …
The report: Educating the Student Body Taking Physical Education and Physical Activity to School reports on the importance of these three activities in a well rounded education.

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Is Your Child Getting Enough Exercise? infographic

It has been well documented that physical activity enhances fitness and cognitive functioning.  A new study points out that we begin to lose some of  the benefits of exercise within a week of being inactive.  After 3 weeks of inactivity the brain benefits have faded even more.

These findings were presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans.

This supports the notion of a healthy mind and healthy body are i…
Congratulations to the following 2012-2013 PEP Grant Winners!
Information from a Department of Education Press Release 7-31-2012

State Applicant Name Amount
AK Yukon-Koyukuk School District $401,525
AR Hoxie School District #46 $291,387
AZ Pima Prevention Partnership $225,527
AZ Santa Cruz Regional School District $740,073
AZ Sunnyside Unified School District -- Student Services $631,464
CA Alvord Unified School District -- Special Projects $664,…
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As the weather gets warmer and we all start to spend more time outside it’s a good opportunity for us AND the children we supervise to ensure we are getting a healthy amount of physical activity.

Children need to be active every day to promote their healthy growth and development. We also know that people who establish a healthy lifestyle pattern at a young age will carry those habits with them into adulthood.

A healthy lifestyle is something we …
The Association of Staff and Curriculum Development (ASCD) has a " Whole Child Blog" and their themes often cover physical activity and physical education and why they are critical to educating the whole child.

A recent discussion covered the topic of : Why Do We Need Physical Education in Schools?

Healthy School Communities Director Sean Slade illustrates the two sides of the debate in his blog post on the Whole Child website. Althoug…
A new Bullying Survey is available for download from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education website. It was designed specifically for use in physical education settings.

The Bullying Awareness Survey is an anonymous activity that can be used as an instant activity at the beginning of a class, or a closure activity as students are finishing up a lesson, according to the NASPE website.

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Contributed by JC BoushhAccording to the recent findings published in The New England Journal of Medicine researchers from the obesity center at Temple University are seeing an overall decline in childhood obesity in their study group of 4,500 students. Researchers followed students from sixth grade to eighth grade and half of the students in the study were involved in higher levels of physical activity and a healthier cafeteria diet. Preliminar…
This is a tribute to a well known and much loved physical educator. He composed many poems on physical education, fitness and teaching. He was the State Supervisor of Physical Education in Ohio and composed a number of records and cd's.

In his honor here's one of his poems.

A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste
By Ambrose E. Brazelton,
As printed in the Phi Delta Kappan of Feb. 73

Are some glossed over facts of modern history.
It speaks of se…
A Federal Physical Education for Progress (PEP) Grant provided Central Kitsap schools money to install Peaceful Playgrounds games and markings at all 12 elementary schools in the district.

CKSD hopes the changes also will help in the classroom.

“If the kids are not all wound up, then the teachers will have more time for instruction,” Martin said.

More on CKSD PEP Grant.
PEP Grants Released This Friday!

From the Office of Safe & Drug-Free Schools:

You are receiving this email as a result of your inquiry of the 2010 competition for the Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant (PEP). We are pleased to announce the Notice of Final Priorities (NFP) and the Notice Inviting Applicants (NIA) will publish in the Federal Register on Friday, June 18, 2010. You may log on to the federal register now at http:/…
There was an interesting article in the New York Times on the effect of our genes on exercise. The study looked at the habits of approximately 37,000 twins to determine if there is a genetic link to exercising.

According to the findings, "Using complicated statistical formulas, the scientists concluded that differences in exercise behavior were about 60 percent attributable to genes. In other words, your parents influence your decision abou…
In celebration of the new Karate Kid movie coming out June 11, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and Sony Pictures Entertainment teamed up to create a FREE downloadable fitness program for afterschool programs.

It's called, Get Your G.A.M.E. (Get Active, Move and Exercise) On and the program provides lesson plans and materials that encourage kids ages 6-14 to be active for 60 minutes a day. The kit was develo…