SHAPE America health education (HE) Twitter chats include various panelists of preK-12 and higher education health educators as well as other HE stakeholders. They cover a variety of topics in the profession, offer ideas, activities and best practices grounded in a skills-based approach to teaching.

We invite you to take a look at the questions before the chat and chime in using hashtag #SHAPEHealthEd.

Next Chat June 3rd at 9:00 p.m. Eastern
Why the Essential Components of Health Education Matter
Brian Griffith; @BGHEPE, Shonna Snyder; @slssshonna, Scott Todnem; @ScottAmpersand 



1. How do effective health education programs enhance the health and learning of students?

2. Why is it important to define the components that are essential to an effective health education program?

3. How can educators/admin use the newly-released Essential Components of Health Education guidance document to support effective health ed programs?

4. When looking to develop an effective health education curriculum, are there any resources that you would suggest educators and/or administrators look to?

5. There has been much discussion on skills-based health ed that facilitates skill development among our students, is aligned with the National Health Education Standards, and allows for integration of SEL. Can you provide any lessons or resources?

6. What should formative vs. summative assessment look like in health education where assessment should allow for the measurement of student performance, including knowledge acquisition and skill development?

7. What resources are still needed to enhance the effectiveness of health education programs?

Panelists Bio:

Brian Griffith
Specialist for Secondary Health and Physical Education, Frederick County Public Schools, Maryland

Brian Griffith began his career in 1995 as a middle school health education teacher in Baltimore after graduating from Penn State University. During his career, he was a teacher, department head, curriculum specialist, and the health education specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education. He achieved his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Coppin State College and administration certificate from McDaniel College. Brian volunteered on multiple committees within his state and national associations, including as president of the state association. Brian is currently the Secondary Specialist for Health and Physical Education with Frederick County Public Schools, Maryland.

Scott Todnem
Health Education Teacher, Scullen Middle School, Naperville, IL

Scott Todnem has been teaching Health Education for 18 years at Scullen Middle School in Naperville, Illinois. He was awarded the 2019 National Health Teacher of the Year. Scott is an avid presenter and writer. He is the author of “Growing Up Great”-- a puberty book for boys to be released in the summer of 2019. Scott has been on social diversity and multicultural teams, the head of educational trips to the U.S. capital, and team building coordinator for students and staff. Scott coached cross country and track & field for 15 years and is a community fitness leader as co-owner of a local strength and conditioning facility.

Shonna L. Snyder
Associate Professor, HPE Program Coordinator, Gardner-Webb University, NC

Dr. Shonna Snyder is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Health and Physical Education in the Department of Health, Sport, and Physical Education at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina.  She has been teaching health education methodology courses in higher education since graduating from Purdue University in 2006 and this is her primary teaching and research interest area.  She is a co-writer of the Appropriate Practices in School-based Health Education, a key guidance document in health education from the Society of Health and Physical Educators - SHAPE America. 

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