Current Wellness Resources

2017 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Boston – March 14 – 18, Save the Dates

posted Dec 20, 2016, 5:27 AM by   [ updated Dec 20, 2016, 5:29 AM ]

Leverage the Power of Active Educators, is the theme for the 2017 National SHAPE America Convention & Expo which will attract and engage approximately 5,000 health and physical education professionals from around the world who are searching for new products, services and technologies. Event highlights include more than 300 program presentations and industry experts in health, physical education, recreation and dance; world-renowned celebrity keynotes including NFL® athletes, New York Times best-selling authors, and Olympic champions; networking and social events; and a multi-faceted exposition with vendor demonstrations. Plan ahead and take advantage of this fabulous professional development only a few hours’ drive away!

FMI or register go to  SHAPE AMERICA 2017

For a complete list of professional development opportunities from the Maine DOE, please visit our PD Calendar at

Read "ME" Agriculture, March 2017

posted Dec 19, 2016, 8:03 AM by

Please submit your applications for readers in your classroom,
or to be a reader by January 1, 2017.

PhotoDownload Signup Form Here

Our 2017 book "What's in the Garden" by Award-winning Children's author, Marianne Berkes, who has spent much of her life as a teacher, is illustrated by Chris Arbo. The interactive rhyme and riddle format will lead to many discussions of fruits and vegetables grown in our state from Apples to Pumpkins!

Each classroom will receive a copy of the book, with lesson ideas inside, and information on Maine Agriculture through a volunteer reader from the area. Read more below about this fantastic Agriculture Literacy program that started in Maine in 2008!

Read "ME" Agriculture has been a very successful program since 2008, reaching over 87,000 Maine students. We are pleased to announce its return during Ag Week in March, 2017. Volunteers will read and donate books about agriculture to Pre-Kindergarten through 4th Grade Classrooms across the state. They will tell the students about their farms, programs or connections to agriculture and leave lessons and information for the teachers to use, all supplied by MAITC. Funding for this project is a direct result of the Maine agricultural specialty license plate and grants from Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

PhotoVolunteers will read this new book on Maine fruits and vegetables to classrooms across the state. If teachers request a pre-teach, or are looking for ideas for activities to use in the classroom, please visit and the National Ag Literacy Matrix searchable from the MAITC homepage. Both sites have free online lessons aligned to state and national standards.

All Maine classrooms in grades PK–4 and volunteers from agriculture are invited to participate. At this time there is no limit to the amount of presentations you schedule or materials you request. You may sign up both teachers and volunteers OR you may submit just teachers or just volunteers and MAITC will provide the missing component.

All forms must be returned to the MAITC office by January 1, 2017 to ensure that all volunteers and Singupclassrooms receive the books and materials.If we do not have the completed forms we will not issue materials. Requests received after that will be filled as long as materials are available, with completed forms. MAITC cannot receive the funding for the program without the necessary data. If you have questions, please contact the MAITC office.

Thank you in advance for your continuing support of Ag education!

Sign-up form for teachers and volunteers

Plan Now for National Drug Facts Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1

posted Jan 14, 2015, 11:53 AM by   [ updated Jan 14, 2015, 11:53 AM ]

There are less than two weeks till National Drug Facts Week, January 26-February 1. If you act fast, you can still organize a great school- or community-based event. Deadline for ordering printed booklets and posters is this Thursday! And your high school must be registered in order for students to participate in the live Drug Facts Chat DayJanuary 30. (Anyone can watch.)

National Drug Facts Week (NDFW) aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse for teens, using science and support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and locally-organized events. NIDA provides a wealth of ideas and materials for schools, groups and event organizers, including many that can be used anytime:

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NIDA For Teens - The Science Behind Drug Abuse

posted Dec 3, 2014, 10:39 AM by   [ updated Dec 3, 2014, 10:39 AM ]

NIDA For Teens is a great site to use when teaching your drug unit. Science-based resources, interactives & videos, drug & health blog, drug facts, teen prescription abuse and more.

"SPEAK Out! Day" with SHAPE America [Webinar]

posted Dec 2, 2014, 10:36 AM by   [ updated Dec 2, 2014, 10:36 AM ]

A Voice for 50 Million Students who Need Physical Education


Did you know 200,000 physical educators teach in 100,000 schools that serve 50 million students -- who need to be active every day? One voice is powerful, but 200,000 physical educator voices is a movement!


This month's FREE SPARK webinar is about how we can join together and advocate for quality, daily, physical education for every child - taught, by a credentialed physical educator!


SPEAK Out! Day is SHAPE America's premier annual advocacy event. On February 10-11, 2015, physical educators and health teachers will gather in Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress to solicit their support of quality programs for all students in our nation's schools.  


Register now for this free webinar and learn more about federal bills and national issues facing school health and physical education and how your voice can support these key initiatives. You'll receive access to advocacy resources and learn how to deliver YOUR positive message to parents, administrators and legislators on Capitol Hill.


When: Wednesday, December 10th at 3pm Pacific (4pm Mountain, 5pm Central, 6pm Eastern)


Who: Grades PreK-12 teachers and administrators, PE specialists, and after school program staff 


Duration: 45 Minutes


Cost: Free


Click Here to register for this webinar.




  • SPARK suggests registering for this live webinar even if you're unsure you can attend.  Everyone that registers will receive an email from with a link to the recorded version within a week. 
  • All webinars are posted on the SPARK website after the live presentation - click here to view previously recorded SPARK webinars. 
  • The live webinar presentation is at 3pm Pacific Time (4pm Mountain, 5pm Central, 6pm Eastern).
  • A certificate of attendance is provided for webinar participants.  

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SHAPE America Teacher Toolbox

posted Oct 29, 2014, 8:25 AM by   [ updated Oct 29, 2014, 8:25 AM ]

Monthly instant activities ideas,worksite wellness and family fun ideas. Also look for printable activities, calendars, articles and website resources. Click here.

Monster Shuffle by The Learning Station

posted Oct 23, 2014, 8:15 AM by   [ updated Oct 23, 2014, 8:15 AM ]

Check out the latest Learning Station video - Monster Shuffle . Your students will love the moves!

Explore Nature with Your Students and Let It Inspire Them

posted Jun 4, 2014, 6:58 PM by   [ updated Jun 4, 2014, 6:58 PM ]

Whether it is climbing the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park or hiking along a local stream, nature provides awe inspiring moments at every turn. June is Great Outdoors MonthIt is a great time to take your classroom outdoors. Or, if you are a parent, why not pack up a picnic and take your family on an outdoor adventure to explore your corner of our beautiful planet? Use the resources below, to get you started:


Another Brain Break Idea - Shake Your Sillies Out!!

posted May 27, 2014, 9:34 AM by   [ updated May 27, 2014, 9:34 AM ]

Check out the latest You Tube video from the Learning Station - Shake Out Your Sillies!  A great way to get your students moving in the classroom.

Celebrate Earth Day: Teaching Kids to Appreciate Our Planet and How to Keep It “Green” and “Clean”

posted Apr 10, 2014, 7:57 AM by   [ updated Apr 10, 2014, 7:58 AM ]

If we want future generations to have a bountiful, healthy, and biologically diverse world to live in, everyone has to do their part to help preserve our planet.  If we start teaching them when they are young, we can help them develop positive conservation habits that will become part of their everyday life. Earth Day is April 22.  We have pulled together some resources, activities and lesson plans on energy, conservation, and the value of keeping our planet green. A Safe Place to Learn and Play

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