Enhance Physical Education Task Force (EPETF)

sportsPer Public Act 97-1102, the Enhance Physical Education Task Force (EPETF)was created. The purpose of this Task Force was to promote and recommend enhanced physical education programs that can be integrated with a broader wellness strategy and health curriculum in elementary and secondary schools in this state, including:

  • Educating and promoting leadership on enhanced physical education among school district and school district officials;
  • Developing and utilizing metrics to assess the impact of enhanced physical education;
  • Promoting training and professional development in enhanced physical education for teachers and other school and community stakeholders;
  • Identifying and seeking local, State, and national resources to support enhanced physical education;
  • and such other strategies as may be identified by the Task Force.

In August, 2013, the Task Force submitted its recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on Goals 19-24 of the Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health. The Task Force focused on updating the standards based on research in neuroscience that impacts the relationship between physical activity and learning.


"" Enhance Physical Education Task Force (EPETF)


 Reports and Webinars

 Members PDF format (Rev. 7/16/13)

 Meetings


""  Committee on Promoting Enhanced Physical Education


  Members PDF format (Rev. 7/13)

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""  Committee on Revising Illinois Learning Standards Related to Physical Education


  Members PDF format (Rev. 7/13)

  Meetings


"" EPETF Newsletters/Updates

Updated August 20, 2013


"" EPETF Reports and Webinars (updated 10/3/14) updated

  • Enhance P.E. Task Force Final Reportand Executive Summary – Recommendations sent to the Governor and General Assembly on Goals 19-24 of the Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health on/before August 31, 2013 focusing on updating the standards based on research in neuroscience that impacts the relationship between physical activity, fitness and learning.
  • Enhanced P.E. Fact Sheet- This briefly describes how to P.E. maximizes learning and improves behavior and health
  • Enhanced P.E. Resource Guide - This comprehensive guide provides links to resources related to Enhanced P.E., including professional development opportunities and classroom activities
  • Enhance P.E. Webinars
  • Enhancing P.E. in Illinois: Tips for Implementing the New Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health- October 9, 2014 - Comiing Soon!
    Focus will be on providing tips for implementing the new learning standards in the schools and class­rooms across the state. Deb Vogel and Sandy Noel, members of the Enhanced P.E. Task Force who worked on the revisions, will lead participants through a series of exercises aimed and helping them understand the changes and additions to the learning standards and how to adapt their class curriculum and activities to the new standards.
    Target Audience: teachers, curriculum specialists, school health advocates, and oth­ers working with schools to implement enhanced physical education
    Speakers: Sandy Noel, Physical Educator and Curriculum Developer and Deb Vogel, Recent chair of the Enhance P.E. Task Force committee charged with revising and editing State Goals 19-24 of the Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and Health
    Sponsors: International Alliance to Prevent Obesity and Illinois Public Health Institute

  • Enhancing P.E. in Illinois: An Overview of New Learning Standards and Physical Education Requirementvideo format - October 1, 2014 new
    The Illinois Enhance Physical Education (P.E.) Task Force, established by Public Act 97-1102, brought together a diverse array of stakeholders who created recommendations driven by the compelling evidence linking enhanced P.E. with improved academic achievement, behavior, and health. The recommendations promote and support the leadership of local schools and administrators so they can be champions and models for other schools. The Task Force also proposed revisions to the state learning standards for Goals 19-24 to facilitate consistent implementa­tion of quality P.E., and those learning standards were adopted by the State Board of Education in early 2014. The Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity used the recommendations of the Task Force to develop two legislative propos­als in the spring of 2014, and two bills were passed that support implementation of the Task Force’s recommendations: HB 5397 (now PA 98—0859) and SB 3274 (now PA 98—0859).
    Previously recorded on October 1, 2014 this webinar will inform participants about the new learning standards for physical development and health and the requirements set forth in the two new laws related to physical education. The webinar will provide a brief overview of requirements, the science behind them, and the basics of when/how they need to be implemented.
    Target Audience: superintendents, principals, school board members, other school officials, teacher preparation programs and health advocates looking to learn more about the changes to physical education requirements in schools.
    Speakers: Deb Vogel and Sandy Noel, members of the Enhanced P.E. Task Force who worked on the revisions, will lead participants through a series of exercises aimed and helping them understand the changes and additions to the learning standards and how to adapt their class curriculum and activities to the new stan­dards.
    Sponsors: International Alliance to Prevent Obesity and Illinois Public Health Institute
  • Leading the Nation: Illinois Enhance P.E. Task Force Recommendations & Revised Learning Standards video format Originally recorded in September 2013, Task Force members, including the State Superintendent of Education and representatives from the Illinois Principals Association, the Illinois Association of School Administrators, and the Healthy Schools Campaign discussed the specific recommendations put forth by the Enhance P.E. Task Force, including proposed changes to the learning standards.
  • Enhanced P.E.: Making the Connection Between Physical Activity, Learning, Behavior & Healthvideo format
    Originally recorded in July 2013, this 1 hour webinar features members of the Enhance P.E. Task Force, including the State Superintendent of Education and representatives from the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the Illinois Principals Association, and IAHPERD, with a keynote address provided by a leading physical education coordinator around the neuroscience that supports the RETURN ON INVESTMENT of enhancing P.E. in schools. Intended for superintendents, principals, school board members, and other school officials looking to improve student health and academic achievement

"" Resources


Case Studies of Enhanced P.E. in Illinois


Catch Program

  • The Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) is an evidence-based, coordinated school health program designed to promote physical activity, healthy food choices and the prevention of tobacco use in children in preschool through 8th grade.


Funding Opportunities for Physical Education


Illinois Blue Ribbon Schools


Neuroscience Research


NASPE Standards


Tools and Trainings to Enhance Physical Education and Activity in Schools

ISBE and DPH do not endorse the following tools nor recommend one source over another. This list is not all-inclusive of the tools available. The intention of this list is to provide school personnel with resources.
  • Get Fit & Flourish: Enhanced Physical Activity Manual
    A variety of lesson plans and activities are provided to help students develop the skills needed for life –long physical activity. Each lesson, developed for K-8 students, focuses on the importance of team-building and cooperative learning and enhances the amount of time spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Handouts include tips for families, and resources for getting students moving more in physical education class, after-school programs, and at home.
  • Ageless Grace for Kids
    As children develop their need for movement far exceeds that of adults. Kids need to move more than to just shake their wiggles out but they also utilize movement to create the foundation of their neurological system. Ageless Grace for KIDZ!™ provides children the opportunity to perform those necessary movements for skill development in a very fun and playful manner. The 21 movement patterns performed by Ageless Grace for KIDZ!™ help kids develop and refine bilateral integration skills, hand eye coordination, and sensory processing skills. Children crave movement that their body's need to develop, grow and achieve, and succeed in all important tasks. Ageless Grace for KIDZ!™ has captured the essence of play and created a movement program where kids can express their freedom, play and increase foundational neural pathways for increased skill development.

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