Physical Education Teachers Are Paving the Way for Active Futures

Physical Education Teachers are at the forefront of helping students meet the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day. But your role in keeping kids active and healthy stretches well beyond that. PE teachers often wear many hats and many have unique responsibilities to act as the physical activity leaders and health educators in the school. But that means you are uniquely positioned to help kids grow into physically literate adults.

When you join the Active Schools movement, you can:

  • Empower yourself with the latest tools, training, and confidence you need to continue providing quality physical education.
  • Support your students with access to the equipment, space, and programs they require to thrive.
  • Receive support from outside organizationswho provide valuable training, program material, and implementation tools for your school.
  • Convince parents and the boardthat activity and physical education is vital to a child’s overall health and receive the support you need to promote it.

Collective impact means gathering people together for a common cause. We all know how important increasing physical activity in children is. You can bring everyone together to make it happen.

What Joining The Active Schools Movement Means For You

There’s nothing to joining the Active Schools movement. There’s no commitment, no obligation, and never any cost to you or your school. There are only benefits:

  • A newsletter with free resources, training, special offers from our partners, and cutting-edge fitness programs from nonprofit organizations.
  • A network of schools, NGOs, athletic companies, and parents who want to promote activity in the next generation.
  • Join the growing ranks of people who are promoting health in the next generation.

We’re not an organization. We don’t need you to join us. We just want you to add your name to an organic movement of leaders like yourself. Together, we can improve outcomes for all our children.

Apply for a Grant

You might be too busy to scour the web for grants and contributions. We’re not. We’ve collected them for you. Find one that will give your school the tools it needs.

We are incredibly disappointed to cancel Summer Training Camp 2020 due to uncertainties around summertime large gatherings and travel. We hope to see you at camp in summer 2021!



Bring PE to Your Family Week October 19-23, 2020

This year, we might not be able to bring parents to PE (like previous years’ Take Your Parent to PE Week), but we can Bring PE to Families! During the week of October 19-23, physical educators around the country will participate in Bring PE to Your Family Week.

Active Schools has teamed up with the Online Physical Education Network (OPEN) to bring you all the resources you need to make this virtual event an important advocacy experience for everyone.

Here’s how it works.

Step 1: Take 2 minutes to REGISTER your school for this important advocacy event. WHY? Because Active Schools can bring more media attention to Bring PE to Your Family Week, and physical education in general, when we are able to report a large number of participating schools.

Once you register, the Bring PE to Your Family logo (in various formats) will be emailed to you.

Step 2: Set the date for the week of October 19-23 and invite families to join their child virtually for physical education. If that week does not work for you, that’s okay — pick a date that does. All resources will be live for a full year.

Feel free to modify and use this parent letter template.

Step 3: Download the lessons for the grade levels that you teach — elementary (K-2), elementary (3-5), and secondary (MS & HS).

Step 4: Plan 1 or 2 lessons with a Bring PE to Your Family Week theme. Lesson materials focus on the value of physical education and routine physical activity, mindfulness, enjoyment, and nutrition.

Step 5: During the event, use #FamiliesLovePE on all social media channels to share screenshots, parent testimonials, and advocacy gems for the #PhysEd world to enjoy. Encourage parents/caregivers to post about their family’s participation as well.

Step 6: Ask your principal to videotape a short greeting to the families about the importance of physical education and his/her support for it — and to thank them for participating in Bring PE to Your Family Week and supporting their student. Show the video at the beginning of each class’s first lesson of the week.

Check back often to Bring PE to Your Family Week resource landing page on OPEN’s website for new advocacy resources focused on making this event an important opportunity to share your work and your passion for physical education.


YouTube Playlist for Bring PE to Your Family Week — Each one of the lesson activities selected for this important event has a complementary YouTube demonstration video. Check out the playlist now!

News and Resources

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Lead Your School In Movement

We all want healthier children. As a physical education teacher, you have a powerful place in a national network of like-minded activists. With you, we can change health outcomes for the next generation.