Rhonda Clements

Rhonda Clements, EdD

Professor, Physical Education

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About Me

Dr. Rhonda Clements is a professor and Program Director for the Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy Master’s Program. She has written or edited eleven books in the area of movement, play, and game activities for children and has also written 50 articles concerning the need for physical play. She has presented at 70 national, international, state, and local conferences. Dr. Clements was one of eight national experts to contribute to Active Start: A Statement of Physical Activity Guidelines for Birth to Five Years, a document sponsored by SHAPE America. She is the recipient of the Early Childhood News’ Director’s Choice Award for the Let’s Move, Let’s Play product. Dr. Clements is a past president of the American Association for the Child’s Right to Play (IPA/USA), and also served as a training consultant to numerous state education departments and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She conducted a national survey aimed at investigating the extent to which children are playing outdoors today. She is a past associate editor of an international online journal and is serving on UNICEF’s Early Childhood Development Unit. She has been interviewed by more than 100 reporters and news and television journalists.

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Movement Sciences and Education, EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University
Curriculum and Teaching Physical Education, Master of Education, Columbia University Teachers College
Curriculum in Physical Education, Master of Education, University of Maine
Health, Physical Education, and Dance, BS, University of Maine
Feature Publications


Moving with Words & Actions: Physical Literacy For Preschool and Primary Children

Clements, R. L., & Schneider, S. L. Reston, VA: SHAPE America; Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2017.

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Urban Physical Education: Instructional Practices and Cultural Activities

Clements, R. & Rady, A. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2012.

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Encouraging kids to be active: The importance of play.

The American College of Sports Medicine Fit Society (2007, Late Summer/Early Fall), p. 3.


Four Considerations for Urban Physical Education Teachers

The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, (2009), 80 (8), 29-31.

Awards & Grants

Recipient of the New York State Association for Health, PE, Recreation, and Dance (NYS AHPERD) Professional of the Year at the 82nd Annual NYS AHPERD State Conference, (Nov. 22, 2019), Verona, NY.

Recipient of the University of Maine Presque Isle, Most Distinguished Alumni Award, Presented at the Alumni Weekend Banquet (Sept. 28, 2019).