The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) identifies school health and physical education (HPE) as part of a student’s well-rounded education, giving every HPE teacher an opportunity to elevate their program and gain support from their school and local community. ESSA requires broad stakeholder engagement in order to implement comprehensive and effective state and school district plans. Key contacts and stakeholder groups from your state are listed below. 

Key Contacts
Illinois AHPERD - state association for HPE
Jessica Gerdes
, Dept of Ed HPE Specialist, 312-814-5560
Margie Harris, Dept of Health PA Specialist, 217-782-3300

Illinois State Board of Education
ESSA Information 
Illinois State Board of Education 
Board of Education, Physical Development & Health 

Education Stakeholders
Chief State School Officer
Illinois PTA
Illinois School Administrators
Illinois School Principals
Illinois ASCD
Governor Bruce Rauner

UPDATED 5/09/2017
Questions? Contact advocacy@shapeamerica.org