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Northeast Times | October 19, 2021

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IES PE Teacher Heads To Capitol Hill To Advocate For Health & Physical Education

IES PE Teacher Heads To Capitol Hill To Advocate For Health & Physical Education

In an effort to educate new members of Congress about the importance of a well-rounded education within the bi-partisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Physical Educator Jason Leach from Independence Elementary School is headed to Capitol Hill to advocate for professional development for teachers and health and physical education programs in schools.

Leach is joining more than 150 fellow health and physical educators representing 39 states in Washington, D.C., to take part in the SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators 12th annual member advocacy day, SPEAK Out! Day, on March 5-6.

During these Capitol Hill meetings, teachers and advocates will offer insight and perspective on the negative impact of marginalizing health and physical education in schools. They will also share success stories and the links that exist between health, physical education, and social emotional learning and academic achievement.

For more event details, visit SPEAK Out! Day. Find updates during the two-day event by following @SHAPE_America and #MoreTitleIV on Twitter.