SPARK Update

As education evolves, we are evolving too.


That’s why we’d like to share some updates with you regarding our physical education product offering. School Specialty is no longer distributing the SPARK curriculum products or SPARK professional development workshops. We will continue to support the digital content for current SPARKfamily members and online professional development for SPARKecademy members.

For 30 years, SPARK has been a leading physical education research-based program; however, we believe the needs of physical educators are changing and therefore we are committed to evolving to best serve teachers and their students.

We will be doing that through further investment into new, broader and innovative health and wellness solutions and look forward to bringing you exciting new programs in the future.

We will still provide professional development services to support physical education and health best practices. And we proudly continue to support the SHAPE America® Teacher of the Year program.

Finally, we keep investing in our renowned Sportime brand which offers a full line of best-in-class physical education products including adapted and inclusive solutions as well as our Teacher Approved products that have been recommended by award-winning, nationally recognized teachers that you can view here.

To browse our entire selection of physical education, health and wellness products and services please visit SchoolSpecialty.com/physical-education.

For more information, please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions below. Thank you for choosing School Specialty and Sportime.

We look forward to continuing to work together to explore the possibilities of supporting student health and wellness and inspiring a lifetime of physical fitness.

Frequently Asked Questions


What happens to my recent SPARK curriculum order in process?
All SPARK curriculum orders received through October 31, 2018 will be shipped by School Specialty on or prior to December 31, 2018. No orders can be accepted after October 31, 2018.


What happens to my current SPARKfamily membership?
SPARK users with active SPARKfamily.org memberships can continue to access the online resources and digital instructional materials through the end of their subscription or until December 31, 2021, whichever comes first.

The website will be closed by 12/31/21 or when the San Diego State University Research Foundation contracts with a new distributor to deliver the SPARK content.

Members will not be able to renew their subscriptions with School Specialty.

The SPARKfamily.org website address will change to: pehealth.schoolspecialty.com

Please update the web address in your favorites or bookmarks to continue accessing your SPARK digital content!


What if I have a SPARKfamily access code that I have not activated yet?
Go to pehealth.schoolspecialty.com and click on “Register” to create your new account. We recommend that you activate your account as soon as possible to access the full term of your subscription.

The website will be closed by 12/31/21 or when the San Diego State University Research Foundation contracts with a new distributor to deliver the SPARK content.


What happens to my scheduled SPARK professional development workshop?
We will continue to support current users of the SPARK program by providing prescheduled training and professional development through March 31, 2019.

If you have a professional development event planned, please follow up with your School Specialty representative or contact us with questions.


What happens to my purchased credits for online professional development on SPARKecademy.org?
We will continue to provide online professional development for customers who have purchased SPARKecademy credits to support current users of the SPARK program through March 31, 2019.

Members will not be able to purchase additional SPARKecademy credits, but can use credits that have already been purchased.

Starting January 1st 2019, the SPARKecademy.org website address will change to: petraining.schoolspecialty.com

Please update the web address in your favorites or bookmarks to continue accessing your SPARK online training modules!


Who do I contact to place new orders and for support after December 31, 2018?
You can email inquiries to the San Diego State University Research Foundation at sdsurfspark@sdsu.edu.


What’s next for School Specialty and Sportime?
We are excited about the future of the Sportime brand and are looking for opportunities to expand our physical education and health solutions to offer a well-rounded approach to student health and wellness as part of the School Specialty 21st Century Safe School offering.

Stay tuned and make sure you sign up to receive our emails to get the latest and greatest on new products and services!

Thank you for being a School Specialty customer and we value your business. We look forward to continuing to work with you to support student health and wellness.


If you have additional questions for School Specialty, please send an email to SPARK_customer_service@schoolspecialty.com or call 800-772-7573.