The only organization dedicated solely to helping state boards advance equity and excellence in public education.


Physical activity improves students’ academic achievement, behavior management, sense of connectedness, physical health, and emotional well-being. Whenever students’ normal outlets for physical activity are disrupted by school closures, state leaders can reengage students and promote their well-being by prioritizing quality physical education and extracurricular programs to ensure that all students have opportunities for physical activity during the school year.

Using a nationally representative survey of parents and caregivers in fall 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that parent reports of their children’s physical activity levels and emotional well-being varied depending on whether students engaged in virtual, in-person, or combined instruction. Parents of children who received only virtual instruction were more likely than parents of children who received in-person instruction to report that their children experienced decreased physical activity (62.9 versus 30.3 percent) and time spent outside (58.0 versus 27.4 percent). …


Reengaging Students through Physical Activity



Related Content



Featured Items

Preparing School Leaders for Crises

Leadership preparation programs and state and district leaders all have a role to play in building principals’ capacity to face crises with resilience and lead in ways that best serve students and support and retain teachers.

Building Trauma-Informed School Systems

This analysis highlights ways states can embed trauma-informed practices in mandated teacher training and ensure that schools reduce the risks to teachers from STS.

Advancing Math and Science Instruction

Advancing math and science education entails doing something different so it is possible for all students to achieve mastery.

Upcoming Events

From the States