Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE), University of Texas at Austin

Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE), University of Texas at Austin


A UT PETE Doctoral Graduate making a big impact in El Paso ISD

The Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program prepares teachers and coaches to help all students stay active and healthy for life.

Our public school system provides the best delivery system available to reach all segments of our society, with the message of the importance of early motor skill development, regular physical activity, and healthy lifestyles for all ages.

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'Nuf said....

We think our physical education teachers (future and current) will appreciate this as well as anybody who believes plenty of time spent in unstructured, active play is critical to a child's mental and emotional development.

(You knew we were going to say this, but ...) We just happen to have one of the top national "importance-of-play" experts here in the College of Ed - Dr. JOE FROST - and he does cool stuff like consult nationwide on the design of developmentally appropriate playgrounds and play settings. We also have a professor - Dr. DARLA CASTELLI - who's a pioneer in the study of the relationship between obesity and cognitive health (FYI - her studies show obesity's a BAD thing for a child's brain) and the importance of keeping kids active. So there you go.


Mayor Coleman Pflugerville 2013

Has your school or community joined up with It's Time Texas?


SHAPE America

The President released a signed Proclamation declaring September National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!
What will you be doing in your local community to help curb this national epidemic? Share your ideas here! Become a champion of physical activity in your school via Let's Move Active Schools! 08/06/2013

CDC VitalSigns - Progress on Childhood Obesity: Many States Show Declines

CDC shows child obesity rates slightly down. Good news, but still a long way to go! Obese children are more likely to become obese adults and suffer lifelong physical and mental health problems.


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Horns Up! After 30 years of teaching tennis at UT Austin, Bob Haugen is retiring and has accepted the head tennis professional at the Arlington Tennis Center in Arlington, Texas. Bob will direct the adult and junior tennis program. "Tennis On" Bob! Congratulations!


Texas Ex Lauren Mikulencak, PE teacher at Pillow Elementary School in Austin Independent School District, is the recipient of TAHPERD Elementary Teacher of the Year Award! Congratulations Lauren!


Texas Ex Becca Lambdin-Abraham, PE teacher at Wooldridge Elementary School in the Austin Independent School District, is the recipient of TAHPERD Emerging Professional Award. Way to go Becca!


Congrats to our very special Dr. LARRY ABRAHAM on winning the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Ruth B. Glassow Biomechanics Honor. Dr. Abraham's research focuses on analysis of sport technique, changes in movement coordination related to motor skill development or neurological impairment, and basic neuromechanical determinants of human physical performance. Wonderful news! 05/31/2013

The College of Education - Schools Should Play Primary Role in Boosting Students' Physical Health

Schools (should) share a lot of the responsibility when it comes to keeping kids healthy and active, says a new Institute of Medicine report written by our Dr. BILL KOHL and Dr. DARLA CASTELLI. A new report issued today by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and developed by two University of Texas at Austin professors, says schools should play a key role in ensuring all students have the opportunity to engage in at least 60 minutes of vigorous or moderate-intensity physical activity each day... 05/30/2013

Moving for a Better Mind « Know

The CoE's Dr. DARLA CASTELLI is on the UT homepage right now in a story called "Moving for a Better Mind" - it includes a great video. The story's about how people (in this instance, kid people) NEED to move to experience healthy brain functioning. Check it out! - Darla Castelli is proving the link between fitness and brain function. Now she hopes to change attitudes about the importance of physical education. Watch a...

Commencement 2013 05/19/2013

What Starts Here Changes the World!

What Starts Here Changes the World!


Spring 2013 Graduates
Leticia Hogeda and Matthew Adkins

[05/13/13]   Mahvelous Monday with THREE new friends: RULAN SHANGGUAN, CYNTHIA DENISE and JAMES SUPAK! What are you doing to keep the world active?


Coaches - we need your help with research on benefits of HS basketball participation. Male & female players & coaches take 10-15 minute survey. All responses are anonymous.
Players' survey:
Coaches' survey:
Contact Joyce Olushola at [email protected] or 352-262-3937 for PDF version or with questions.

Need help for student research on benefits of HS basketball participation. Male & female players & coaches take 10-15 minute survey. All responses are anonymous.
Players' survey:
Coaches' survey:
Contact Joyce Olushola at [email protected] or 352-262-3937 for PDF version or with questions.

Eddie's Birthday Bash!  The Owlympics! 05/07/2013

Eddie's Birthday Bash! The Owlympics!


Thanks for all you do!
Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!

The #1 ranked public College of Education in the Nation is proud of you and the important work you do each day teaching students to be healthy and physically active for a lifetime!

Thanks for being part of our team! 05/06/2013

The College of Education - Moving for a Better Mind: Physical activity boosts children's cognitive h

More SUBSTANTIAL PROOF that activity improves learning! Horns up for our Dr. DARLA CASTELLI! At a time when schools are facing unprece­dented budget cuts and trimming the program­matic fat, physical edu­cation often is one of the first things to be reduced or cut. But what if physical education classes weren’t “just” about giving children an opportunity to move for a few minutes and relieve... 05/06/2013

UTES Wellness | UT Elementary Fosters Growth of Future Health Professionals

PETE Service Learning highlighted in this blog from UT Elementary School At UTES our mission is three fold when it comes to all of our programs and initiatives(1) to develop students into lifelong learners through rigorous, research-based curricula, individualized instruction, high expectations, and a nurturing environment that includes parental and community involvement...


Horns Up! Fran Rush ran in the annual Schlotzky's Bun Run on Sunday, April 28, 2013 and was second in her age group! Way to go Fran! 04/29/2013

AAHPERD President-Elect Candidates for 2012

Dolly's platform statement and video before AAHPERD elections: Biographies and Audio Presentations for the AAHPERD President-Elect Candidates


The PETE Faculty elected Mary Renfro as the 2013 NASPE Major of the Year for The University of Texas at Austin. Way to go Mary!





Hey PETE friends! I was asked to share what my JH athletics/PE kiddos did recently in honor of all the Bostonians and others affected by the bombing. I'd heard about "Run for Boston" on their fb page and decided that all of my classes should participate in the movement. Our athletes ran a mile and our PE students ran one lap (or more if they chose) on the track. For the first time all year, every single student ran the entirety of what we'd asked them to do. It was truly inspiring!


What are you doing for HEALTHY TEXAS WEEK? Share your photos here! 04/11/2013

The AAHPERD National Convention & Exposition is the only event of its kind; encompassing a trade for

Who's going to Charlotte for the AAHPERD national convention?
Look for our own DOLLY LAMBDIN there. Attend the AAHPERD National Convention & Exposition in Charlotte, NC April 23-27 04/09/2013

The University of Texas School of Public Health – Dr. Bill Kohl Master Lecture

Dr. BILL KOHL gives a master lecture Thursday, April 10, on Physical Activity and Public Health: More of the Same is Not Enough.
(Thanks for the heads up Robert Knipe!) Dr. Bill Kohl will deliver a master lecture on April 10th in Austin, TX titled “Physical Activity and Public Health: More of the Same is Not Enough.” The event will be held at 4:00 PM at the AT&T Conference Center (1900 University Ave.) in Ballroom Salon C. A reception will follow. There is no regis... 04/09/2013

Increased Exercise Could Help Teen Smokers Cut Back, Study Finds

Increased Exercise Could Help Teen Smokers Cut Back, Study Finds. Another reason why you are essential! Education Week news producer Bryan Toporek brings you K-12 sports coverage that reaches far beyond box scores. He has written about education for Education Week Teacher, high school sports for the Falls Church News-Press in Virginia, and is a former NBA Team Leader for


Does your school have a Wellness Team or supportive group?

Austin Marathon Families Parent Communicators talk one-on -one and as a group about their kids' health and why it's important to build a Wellness Team to support healthy living at their schools!


What's your school doing this week during STAAR testing to stay active??

During Healthy Texas Week, all Mesquite Isd students and staff will participate in physical activity breaks called 'Jammin' Minutes' and will hear morning announcements sharing healthy messages! For more ways to get your school district involved, check out


Who worked with Dr. Jensen and Pam Buchanan in the Autism Project?

Today's WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS day and probably a good time to recognize some of our College of Ed folks who are working very hard to help families with children who have autism and, through scientific research, to discover the cause of autism and develop effective interventions. Dr. GREG ALLEN, Dr. MARK O'REILLY, and JODY JENSEN and PAM BUCHANAN w/ the AUTISM PROJECT are some of our "heroes" in the CoE who have a significant commitment to the issue.

[04/02/13]   A terrific Tuesday welcome to our new friends, DAVOUD KEIVANI and MICHAEL DEAN! How are you keeping the world healthy and active? 04/02/2013

STOP Sports Injuries | Sports Injury Prevention

It's Youth Sports Safety Month - STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries. Get expert tip sheets for specific sports, find local events. The Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention (STOP) Campaign provides sports injury prevention tips and additional information to help prevent sports overuse and trauma injuries in kids. 03/27/2013

Barton Springs to open doors for the year, following repairs - The Daily Texan

Hoping for warmer weather this weekend - Barton Springs opens! Published on March 26, 2013 at 11:47 pmLast update on March 27, 2013 at 12:15 amBy Hannah Jane DeCiutiisAlthough Texas weather is struggling to make up its mind, Saturday’s reopening of Barton Springs Pool is a sure sign that summer is on its way. The pool, which is fed by a natural spring, remains… 03/21/2013

Autism numbers rise in latest count

Rates of all forms of autism in the U.S. may be substantially higher than previously estimated, according to a new government report that found that 1 out of every 50 school-age children has the condition. Latest survey reflects marked increase in number of kids with an autism spectrum disorder.



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