A Guide for Engaging Parents in School Physical Education and Physical Activity

Active Schools, a national movement to help K-12 schools provide students with at least 60 minutes a day of physical education and before, during and after school physical activity, has released a practical resource aimed at getting parents involved in their child’s physical education and physical activity. A Guide to Engaging Parents in Schools Physical Education and Physical Activity: Resources and Examples is designed for teachers, individuals, and groups who work with parents, such as physical education teachers, parent/family engagement staff, principals, PTA/PTOs, and school health/wellness committees.

Research shows that when schools engage families in ways that enhance student learning and parent involvement at home and school, students make greater gains. Charlene Burgeson, Active Schools Executive Director stresses that this pertains to students’ physical learning and development. “Families play an important role in helping students practice the knowledge and skills they learn in physical education class outside of school time. Just like reading and math, what a child learns about health and wellness at school needs to be practiced and reinforced at home.”

The practical 11-page guide, divided into seven easy to use sections, explores various opportunities for parental engagement. From ideas about back to school events and family fitness nights to cultivating active school environments, the interactive guide is full of links to tried-and-true examples — such as newsletters, bulletin boards, presentations, videos, and more.