Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education
Dance Advocate Award Honoree
The Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education (Society) is a professional association whose primary members work in departments of education across the country. They supervise and coordinate programs in health, physical education, and related fields of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) framework. Initially founded in 1926, the organization has a strong tradition of providing leadership at the state and national levels. Over the years, the Society actively participated with numerous national education, health, physical activity, and physical education organizations; and Federal agencies to support meaningful programming at the state, school district, and local levels. Some of the organizations include the former AAHE and NASPE, as well as, ASCD,
National Education Association, National Association of Directors of Chronic Disease Directors, and Active Schools. Some of the Federal agencies include the CDC’s Division of Adolescent Health and the School Health Branch; Health Resources and Services Administration’s, Maternal and Child Health Bureau and Stop Bullying Now! The Society is positioned to continue its leadership role to ensure that the nation’s children and youth receive the most effective education possible that will enable them to lead healthy, active, and productive lives. In the early to mid-2000s, the Society offered workshop sessions at its Annual Meeting on strategies for building and strengthening dance education within the school curriculum. In 2016, the Society added to its long list of partner organizations the National Dance Society with a signed Memorandum of Agreement to work more closely on projects.