Pump Up P.E.: Promote Health, Learning & Lifelong Development in your Region


Pump Up P.E. is a professional development program that trains Illinois P.E. teachers to implement high-quality enhanced physical education (EPE) programs that prepare students for a lifetime of health and fitness.

Pump Up P.E. offers in-person trainings and custom technical assistance sessions for schools and districts and P.E. and school health e-learning opportunities. Click on the hyperlinks for more information:

  • Trainings:
  • Upcoming webinars:
    • Physical Education
    • School Health
  • Learn more about custom technical assistance for your school/district.
  • Links to P.E. resources
  • Sign up to receive the Pump Up P.E. newsletter to receive information on P.E. professional learning opportunities, news, grants, resources and more! Read the January 2019 newsletter here.
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Upcoming Trainings/E-Learning Opportunities:

A) P.E. curriculum webinars:
A 2-part webinar series^ on implementing the revised State Learning Standards on Physical Development and Health (SLS) and aligning P.E. curriculum to the revised SLS.
  • Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, 3:30pm-4:30pm, “Intro to Standards-Based Physical Education Curriculum Development.This webinar will help P.E. teachers and curriculum staff understand the revised State Learning Standards on Physical Development and Health and align their school/district P.E. curriculum to the standards. Register here. One CPDU available. 
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 3:30pm-4:30pm, “Pump Up P.E.: Designing Learning Activities to Achieve Student Outcomes.” This webinar will provide information on how to use backward design to align P.E. curriculum to the revised State Learning Standards on Physical Development and Health. Participants will have opportunities to learn and reflect on how to develop assessments aligned with the SLS and desired student outcomes, and design P.E. learning activities to achieve student outcomes. Register here. One CPDU available.
B) Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (CSPAP) webinars*:
A 3-part webinar series* on implementing Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (CSPAP). These webinars will introduce you to the CSPAP model and provide best practice tips, resources, and tools for implementing key components of the model. Topics include: P.E. as core to CSPAP, before and after school physical activity, classroom physical activity/brain breaks, and more! Intended audience: teachers, principals, school nurses, school health council members, and school health advocates in Illinois.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, 3:30pm- 4:30pm, “An Introduction to Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: Tools, Resources and Local Best Practices.” This webinar will provide an introduction to the CSPAP model, tools and resources for implementation, and Illinois success stories. Register here.
  • Wednesday, March 13th, 2019, 3:30pm-4:30pm, “Physical Education as Core to the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program: Improving Policy and Practice.” This webinar will focus on the importance of implementing quality enhanced physical education policy and programs, best practices for the integration of health, P.E. and other core subjects, and opportunities to reflect on potential improvements within individual programs. Register here.
  • Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, 3:30pm- 4:30pm, “Rounding out the Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program: Recess, Classroom Breaks, Before/After School Physical Activity, and Out of School Time Strategies.” This webinar will highlight opportunities for integrating more physical activity throughout the school day, including best practices, opportunities for partnerships in Illinois communities, and practical ideas for your school/district. Register here.
Additional school health webinars* coming in spring 2019 (all webinars will be recorded and available online): 
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 3:30pm-4:30pm, “Connecting to Before and After-School Partners: Out-of-School-Time Strategies for Improving Student Nutrition.” This webinar* will provide information on the latest best practice strategies on how schools can connect with out-of-school time providers to enhance health. With a focus on nutrition, this webinar will highlight Illinois-specific opportunities, resources, and case studies, and help make connections between out-of-school time providers and school health professionals. Register here.
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 3:30pm- 4:30pm, “Selecting a Quality Health Education Curriculum: Understanding Your Needs, Culture, and Best Practices.” This webinar* will introduce participants to the Health Education Curriculum Assessment Tool (HECAT) as well as best practices for choosing a culturally appropriate health education curriculum for your school. Register here.
Access the recording – Strong School Wellness Policies: Best Practices, New Resources , and Tips for Illinois Schools & Districts **
  • Access a recording of this webinar (brief registration required) to hear about model wellness policies, best practices, and resources available to Illinois schools/districts to support strong wellness policies. Also hear how wellness policies can support the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and new wellness policy evaluation tools.

C) Pump Up P.E. trainings – day-long, in-person events:

  • Waukegan: Monday, April 8th, 8:30am-3:00pm. Location: Waukegan Park District Field House, 800 Baldwin Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085. Level: Middle school. 5 spots available. Register here and download flyer here.
  • Aurora: Thursday, April 11th, 8:30am-3:00pm. Location: Johnson Elementary School, 1934 Liberty St., Aurora IL, 60502. Level: Elementary/Middle. 6 spots available. 6 spots available. Register here and download flyer here.

Sign up to receive the Pump Up P.E. quarterly e-newsletter to hear about upcoming training and other professional learning activities. Read the September 2018 newsletter here.

We offer a variety of options to fit your budget and needs! After attending a Pump Up P.E. teacher training program and/or technical assistance session, teachers will have the capacity to:

  • Increase moderate-to-vigorous physical activity levels in P.E. classes through classroom management and activities
  • Align curricula to the revised State Learning Standards on Physical Development & Health
  • Administer the required Illinois fitness tests and use the data to improve P.E. programming
  • Teach the brain/body connection – getting students to ‘own’ their fitness
  • Champion P.E. and wellness efforts in schools, districts and communities

Learn more about the Pump Up P.E. training program:

Pump Up P.E. is a day-long training for Illinois P.E. teachers in implementing high-quality enhanced physical education programs, aligning curriculum to the revised State State Learning Standards on Physical Development & Health and administering health-related fitness assessments.

Join the over 1,000 P.E. teachers from approximately 385 districts across the state that have attended trainings/technical assistance sessions led by our seasoned P.E. teacher trainers!


Top 5 Reasons to Attend a Pump Up P.E. Training

  1. See real results in your classroom. An independent evaluation of Pump Up P.E found that teachers trained through the program reported statistically significant increases in in their knowledge and capacity and increased physical activity levels among their students.
  2. Strengthen your curriculum. Pump Up P.E. helps teachers bring their P.E./health curricula into alignment with current best practices and new state learning standards. Read what participating teachers and administrators have to say.
  3. Meet state P.E. requirements. Pump Up P.E. provides teachers with the tools they need to ensure they are complying with Illinois state requirements around fitness testing and reporting.
  4. Maximize students’ academic achievement. Students who are physically active also perform better in the classroom. Studies demonstrate a link between regular physical activity and improved academic, behavioral and health outcomes among students.
  5. Support lifelong fitness. Pump Up P.E. will help you prepare your students for long-term success by providing them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of physical activities!

Training Packages – click here for a flyer version

Full-Day Training Half-Day Training – Ideal for Institute Days!
This 6-hour training provides in-depth information and hands-on, interactive workshops to help P.E. teachers put enhanced P.E. approaches into practice. This three-hour training provides P.E. teachers with a high-level overview of enhanced P.E. teaching approaches.
  •  Most comprehensive version – packed with interactive discussions/peer-to-peer workshops
  • Deep dive into mapping lessons to revised State Learning Standards on Physical Development & Health
  • Hands-on game modification and fitness testing administration practice with trainer feedback
  • Led by two experts trainers, allowing for more individualized attention
  • Grade-level specific guidance/examples
  • Full set of resources for teachers (resource-packed binder and over 20 handouts), including:
    • The revised State Learning Standards (SLS) on Physical Development & Health in full
    • The Fitnessgram protocols for the required IL tests
    • Guides on fitness testing equipment workarounds
    • Templates to use to map lessons to the SLS
  • All equipment provided
  • On-site IPHI staff support
  • For the purpose of implementing this program, consent is granted to training participants to share materials and learning with other teachers and administrators within their schools and districts.
  • CDPUs are available
  • Provides basic information but with less time for discussions/workshop, and no game modification practice
  • District provides handouts (four)
  • No on-site IPHI staff support
  • District provides equipment
  • Led by one expert trainer
  • For the purpose of implementing this program, consent is granted to training participants to share materials and learning with other teachers and administrators within their schools and districts.
  • CDPUs are available

  • $2,870 for trainers/staff
  • $24 per person for materials (20 person minimum)
  • Transportation of equipment/materials – TBD (ranges from $150-$600 depending on distance and other factors)

Breaks down to approximately $140 per per training participant – 30 participants maximum*

Cost: $1,400 (Breaks down to approximately $47 per training participant – 30 participants maximum)*

Personalized Technical Assistance Sessions

Districts can schedule technical assistance sessions with our master trainers to alignyour P.E./health curriculum with the revised State Learning Standards on Physical Development & Health. Tailored to your needs, budget and schedule, we can help your teachers write a Scope & Sequence, P.E./health curriculum and assessments from scratch or update your current ones. CDPUs are available. Cost: $90 per hour.*

* Stated costs are estimates only. Final cost may change depending on the details of your training/TA sessions.

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The Pump Up P.E. training program was developed with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Healthy HotSpot initiative led by the Cook County Department of Public Health.