EPISODE 38: Physical Education & Public Fitness

On Thursday, February 18 at 4:00 pm US-EDT, we present a new episode of Reinventing School on Learning Revolution.

This time, the subject is Physical Education--a subject that rarely occupies more than a weekly hour of instructional time. And yet, from a lifelong learning perspective, it may be the most useful, and most economically sensible subject on the school curriculum. Please join our guests Crystal Williams, Elementary Physical Education Teacher, SHAPE ELIT Member, TAHPERD VP Elect, and TAHPERD Technology Chair; Brett Fuller, curriculum specialist for health and physical education within Milwaukee Public Schools; Michelle Huff, New Jersey State Coordinator for SHAPE America’s nationwide initiative health.moves.minds, and Michelle Carter, Director of Educational Content and Programs at the Society of Health and Physical Educators – SHAPE America.

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More about this week's guests:

8566093276?profile=RESIZE_400xCrystal Williams has over 10 years of experience in health and fitness; which includes teaching at the college-level, pre-K-8 physical education, and coaching sports. Currently, she is an Elementary Physical Education Teacher, SHAPE ELIT Member, TAHPERD VP Elect, and TAHPERD Technology Chair. In past years, she was a Lead Physical Education Teacher for her school district and a Cooperating Teacher for the University of Memphis. She was recently named SHAPE Southern District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Students, parents, and faculty members love her energetic vibe for supporting all students and teachers. She is the true definition of a teacher helping teachers to provide their students with a great learning experience.


8566095253?profile=RESIZE_400xBrett Fuller is the curriculum specialist for health and physical education within Milwaukee Public Schools, which supports 160 physical education specialists. His career spans more than two decades, and in that time his philosophy has centered on teaching students to be healthy for a lifetime. At the state level, Brett served as president of Wisconsin Health and Physical Education and on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health. At the national level, he has presented and published on topics ranging from bullying in the PE classroom to the Danielson Framework. In addition, he led a task force on revising the NASPE Dodgeball Position Statement, and is a certified trainer of SHAPE America Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program. Brett is the current President of SHAPE America.


8572574284?profile=RESIZE_400xMichelle Huff is the New Jersey State Coordinator for SHAPE America’s nationwide initiative health.moves.minds. Michelle is on the NJAHPERD Executive Board, serving as the role of Physical Education VP-Elect. Michelle Huff has recently been selected to SHAPE America’s Emerging Leaders Innovation Team (ELIT) and is a HPE teacher at Metuchen High School. Michelle also serves on the New Jersey Department of Education, Health & Physical Education Standards Review Team. She is looking forward to continuing to advocate for Health and Physical Education across the country, empowering other educators and ensuring that all of our children receive a high-quality education. :)


8543408069?profile=RESIZE_400xMichelle Carter is the Director of Educational Content and Programs at the Society of Health and Physical Educators – SHAPE America. SHAPE America is the national organization that serves as the voice for 200,000+ health and physical education professionals across the nation. In her role at SHAPE America, Michelle is responsible for the development and review of educational content, as well as SHAPE America’s signature Teacher of the Year program. She is also the co-creator of the SHAPE America's newest, initiative and service learning program, health. moves. minds. Michelle serves as an internal subject matter expert for SHAPE America, drawing from her educational background and years of service as a physical education and health teacher in the District of Columbia Public Schools.


4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.


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