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Legislative Advocacy Center Opens!

It is very easy to contact your state or federal representatives to advocate for HPERD and education by using our new Legislative Advocacy Center! Check it out HERE!

Call for Articles!

The Pulse is the only newsletter dedicated to the Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) and Hoops For Heart (HFH) programs. It contains lesson plans, best practices, survivor stories and school success stories, as well as tips and tactics for hosting successful JRFH and HFH events.

Your voice matters! You can help increase collaboration across the JRFH/HFH programs by sharing your tips, ideas, event recaps and other relevant content in The Pulse.

We are looking for teachers, principals, coordinators, AHA staff and other individuals involved in JRFH/HFH to submit articles for the back-to-school issue by August 15, 2017. You can find contributor guidelines on The Pulse website.

Message from Bonnie Edmondson

Dear Colleagues:

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you my decision to accept a new position.  My last day in the office at Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is July 13, 2017.  I have enjoyed the privilege of working for the CSDE for over 28 years in various capacities including classroom teacher, administrator, and for the past 18 years as an Education Consultant and Program Manager providing leadership in school health education, student supports services and Whole Child initiatives.  

Together, we have partnered to address critical health and educational issues at the national, state and local levels. Most recently, education and health advocates at the state and local levels collaborated to ensure the passage of legislation inclusive of a 1.0 credit high school graduation requirement in health education. This landmark action, along with innovative, evidenced-based work implemented in districts, will continue to support and expand the delivery of vital health programs and services to all students.  

I am excited to expand the reach of this work in my new position as an Associate Professor of School Health Education and Coordinator of the Master’s Degree Program in School Health Education at Southern Connecticut State University.  I look forward to continuing our work together and preparing our future teachers to meet the health and educational needs of all students in our school communities.  I continue to be impressed with the tremendous innovation in our schools and I am honored to have worked with such professionals.  My new contact information after August 18, 2017 is edmondsonb1@southernct.edu.  Thank you.

Stay happy and healthy and enjoy your summer.


2017 CTAHPERD Fall Conference – Submit a session proposal!

Final call for submitting a proposal for a one hour session. Openings for lectures and activity sessions are available. You are encouraged to share your teaching techniques, program ideas, and successes with peers.

Public Act 17-42 AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS, was signed into law by the Governor on June 13, 2017.  The final language includes “(3) one credit in physical education and wellness; (4) one credit in health and safety education, as described in section 10-16b.”  You can follow the progress of SB 1026, now, Public Act 17-42, at this link: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=SB-1026

The legislature revised and delayed the heightened graduation requirements that were set to take effect with next year’s incoming freshman high school class in the 2017-18 school year. It extended, for another two years, the current requirement that students earn at least 20 credits to graduate. The heightened graduation requirement of at least 25 earned credits instead takes effect with the freshman class entering in the 2019-20 school year. The new law also changes the subject area content of these requirements (PA 17-42, effective July 1, 2017).

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