SHAPE PA is proud to advocate on the local, state, and national levels for quality health and physical education. 


What is Advocacy?

Unfortunately, the concept of advocacy is often misunderstood. Simply put, Advocacy is “Educating others and/or conveying an opinion."

Advocacy is what you do when you are actively supporting a cause. Although advocacy is often compared to public relations, it is quite different. When teachers advocate for an issue, they are committed to providing information to stakeholder groups that will build support for their vision. They also recognize the importance of building networks and alliances that will support their efforts.

When representing our department at meetings such as Curriculum Council, School Board, Faculty, Home and School meetings we need to be good advocates for our profession at all times.

To be a successful advocate for HPE, you need to:

  • Recognize your role importance as an advocate 
  • Communicate effectively
  • Educate yourself, on current issues, federal and state requirements, on laws, rules, guidelines, and legislation for HPE 

We live in a time of great uncertainty. As Health and Physical Educators, we need to be the best we can in our profession. All of us need to advocate, stand together, and speak with one voice. Want to learn more about our public policy and advocacy? Check out our full statement below:

SHAPE PA Public Policy