If you want to show your commitment to 50 Million Strong, follow these 2017-18 Steps to Success:

Each month, we’ll give you some suggested action items. To take your first step, just click on the category you want to start with!

Download the digital badge for the category you’re working on and we’ll notify you when new action items are added in the coming months.

Effective Instruction

If you’re working on this step, the objective is to implement an evidence-based, standards-based curriculum with measurable objectives for all students.

Measure impact on student learning through formative and summative assessments — and don’t forget to reflect often and conduct self-evaluations so you are always improving in the classroom!

Month Action Items

Evaluate your program and instruction.

Deliver instruction in a way that meets the needs of all learners.

Take time to get to know your students.

  • Incorporate cooperative activities to help you and your students get to know each other.

  • Attend an extracurricular activity your students are participating in (e.g., music concert, sporting event, after-school program).

Ensuring Healthy Behaviors and Physical Activity

If you’re working on this step, the objective is to move beyond your classroom and take the lead in promoting school-wide wellness.

Ensure healthy behaviors and physical activity using a comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP) and the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. This can be a big undertaking depending on the current school environment!

Month Action Items

Learn more about CSPAP and the WSCC model.

Resource tip: Download SHAPE America’s latest case study about a school-based wellness program based on the WSCC Model.

Share the 50 Million Strong message with your students.

  • Watch Cody’s story with your students.

  • Have your students do a project about the relationship between a healthy lifestyle and regular participation in physical activity.

Share the student perspective.

  • Incorporate ideas from students’ projects in the school newsletter, parent communications and on school announcements.

  • Share student ideas using social media. Tag your posts with #SHAPE50Million and @SHAPE_America.

Resource tip: Share SHAPE America’s student perception infographic on health and PE.


If you’re working on this step, the objective is to advocate for effective health and physical education at the local, state and national level.

Another component of advocacy is speaking to other health and physical education teachers who are not aware of SHAPE America, 50 Million Strong and the importance of health and physical literacy. To impact an entire nation of children, we’ll need to get all HPE teachers on board!

Month Action Items

Learn the facts about ESSA.

Resource tip: SHAPE America’s 10 Top Tools for Health and Physical Educators has everything you need to take action.

Advocate for #MoreTitleIV.

  • Contact members of Congress to seek their support for full funding under ESSA for FY18.

  • Plan to participate in SHAPE America’s “Online Advocacy Day” by signing up for our Thunderclap activity on social media.

Support effective health and PE in schools! Sign our Thunderclap and take part in Online Advocacy Day, Sept 14.

Talk to your principal.

  • Discuss opportunities available in your state plan to support HPE, including access to funding.

  • Use your state advocacy toolkit for state-specific resources.