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

Stop and reflect on your yearly teaching goals.

Make professional development a priority.

  • Plan now to attend SHAPE America’s 2018 National Convention & Expo in Nashville, March 20-24. This event brings together thousands of the nation’s health and physical education professionals — so it’s a great opportunity to share ideas, get inspired, and learn from industry experts! Register today and save with early-bird discounts!

Keep striving for improvement.

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

Have your students select a healthy resolution to work on this quarter/semester.

  • Incorporate lessons from an existing health unit or have students journal about the steps they would take to develop or maintain health-enhancing behaviors.

Resource tip: Check out SHAPE America’s Health Education Youth Empowerment Series for ideas on how to empower your students to make positive health changes in their own lives and the lives of others.

Improve the social-emotional climate in your school.

  • Prepare yourself to take a leadership role within your school community on the issue of social-emotional development.

  • Review your school’s anti-bullying program and reach out to the school’s counseling, psychological and social services team.

Resource tip: Read this Strategies article for ideas on how health and physical educators can address the importance of social-emotional learning and serve as a resource within their school community.

Increase physical activity opportunities in your school.

  • Learn more about developing a recess plan for your school using SHAPE America’s Recess Toolkit, which was created in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • Get inspired by Bonnie Richardson, elementary physical education teacher and subject of a SHAPE America case study about her before-school physical activity program.


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

Reflect on a moment in the school year that has been especially impactful for your students.

  • Share this story in a letter to your school board to show the impact of HPE on students — or attend the meeting to tell the story in person!

Resource tip: Need inspiration? Visit SHAPE America’s Case Study Library to see how our members are making a positive impact on students’ lives.

Reach out to your school’s principal.

  • Learn more about ESSA and build your advocacy skills using SHAPE America’s 10 Top Tools for Health and Physical Educators. These resources will help you become a voice for HPE in your school — and you can start by sharing our customizable ESSA Support Letter with your principal and encourage him or her to share it with the superintendent and district coordinator.

Reach out to legislators.

  • Tweet your legislators about the work you are doing in your health & physical education program. Use photos for even more social media impact!

  • Invite your legislator(s) to visit your classroom. Make sure you take pictures and inform any district communications personnel.

  • Sign up to attend SHAPE America’s 2018 SPEAK Out! Day, where you can meet your legislators face-to-face on Capitol Hill!

Resource tip: Check out your state advocacy toolkit for more ways to advocate at the grassroots level.