Jones & Bartlett Learning and SHAPE America Announce New Publishing Partnership

Mar 19, 2019, 13:37 PM by Andrea DeFronzo

BURLINGTON, MASS. (PRWEB) MARCH 18, 2019 Jones & Bartlett Learning (JBL) a world leader in quality print and online learning solutions for faculty, students, and professionals and SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators are proud to announce a new multi-year publishing partnership aimed at developing resources around health education, physical education, physical activity, dance education, coaching and sport. This collaboration will enhance their missions to advance professional practice and promote research related to those specialties.

“I couldn’t be more excited to work with SHAPE America on this exciting partnership,” said Cathy Esperti, Director of Product Management at Jones & Bartlett Learning. “For years SHAPE America has been at the forefront of creating texts that advise practitioners on important national standards. This collaboration allows both Jones & Bartlett Learning and SHAPE America to expand their reach and develop the highest quality market-ready products.”

A national nonprofit organization that represents 200,000+ health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America has an extensive community of members, advocates, and supporters, as well as five districts and 51 state affiliate organizations (including the District of Columbia).

SHAPE America provides the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level. They have published national standards and practice guidelines including:

National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education (2013), which delineates what students should know and be able to do by the time they graduate from high school to develop physical literacy and lead healthy, physically active lives.

National Standards for Initial Physical Education Teacher Education (2017)
National Standards for Initial Health Education Teacher Education (2018)
National Standards for Sport Coaches (2018)
Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines for Elementary, Middle, and High School Physical Education (2009)
Opportunity-to-Learn Guidelines for Elementary, Middle, and High School Physical Education (2010)

“JBL publications span the academic curriculum, and we see many opportunities to expand our focus on social and emotional learning as we develop new health and physical education resources for our community,” said Stephanie Morris, CEO of SHAPE America. “I am excited by their shared vision and support for our mission, as well as their commitment to advance professional practice by offering SHAPE America members a 30% discount on Jones and Bartlett Learning publications.”

“JBL has a rich history of successfully partnering with prestigious organizations, helping increase outreach on a global scale and enabling greater focus on the core mission,” said Ed Moura, President, Jones & Bartlett Learning. “Our dedication to deeply understanding each partner's strategic imperatives is incredibly important to us and allows our teams to consistently push the envelope for the sake of our partners' success. We are excited to welcome SHAPE America to the JBL family and we are eager to get to work.”

About Jones & Bartlett Learning
Jones & Bartlett Learning is a world-leading provider of instructional, assessment, and learning-performance management solutions for the secondary education, post-secondary education, and professional markets. Jones & Bartlett Learning develops educational programs and services that improve learning outcomes and enhance student achievement by combining authoritative content written by respected authors with innovative, proven, and engaging technology applications that meet the diverse needs of today's instructors, students, and professionals. For more information on Jones & Bartlett Learning, visit

About SHAPE America
SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators is the nation’s largest nonprofit membership organization of health and physical education professionals. Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and the National Standards for K-12 Physical Education serve as the foundation for well-designed physical education programs across the country. SHAPE America provides programs, resources and advocacy to support health and physical educators at every level, from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit