Cindy Kuhrasch

Distinguished Teaching Faculty IV, PETE Program Director

(608) 262-4348

203 Service Memorial Institute

2000 Observatory Dr

Madison, WI 53706-1121

Kuhrasch, Cynthia

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Cindy Kuhrasch is a Distinguished Teaching Faculty IV in the Department of Kinesiology where she has served for over 20 years. In addition, she serves as the Program Coordinator for the Physical Education Teacher Education program.
Before coming to UW-Madison, Cindy taught Health and Physical education to Kindergarten through 12th grade public school students.
In her current position, Cindy teaches methods, assessment, curriculum, class management and technology coursework as well as supervising the placement and evaluation of the student teachers. This year Cindy has also created a partnership with St. James school where she currently serves as the elementary Physical Education teacher. In this position, Cindy brings her University students to St. James to observe and practice their teaching skills in a real-life setting.
In addition, Cindy has served as a consultant in many school districts, working in the areas of curriculum development, instructional strategies, and technology. She has presented on a wide variety of education topics at state, district, and national conventions, and has written articles in national educational journals as well. Besides serving on a number of University committees, Cindy serves on the Executive Board for the Boys and Girls Club in Dance County through which she further creates partnerships between University students and the youth of Dane County.


  • MS Human Performance, UW-LaCrosse, 1989
  • BS Physical Education , UW-LaCrosse, 1982

Select Creative Works

  • Kuhrasch, Cynthia N., "Effective Approaches to Physical Education and the Importance of Childhood Fitness," Healthy Classrooms: A Public Health in Education Symposium, Madison, WI USA. (April 22, 2009 - April 22, 2009).

Select Media Contributions

  • EdiPHy, (2014). Media Link
    More than just a listing of activities, this site also offers resources that can help you to be a better teacher, student or supporter of PE in your school. It also provides a way for you to connect with other educators to share stories, best practices and solutions. Just go to the Links area to join a conversation. So that's what this site is all about...helping us all to make the very most out of the opportunities we have to educate in the physical, to EDiPHY our kids!

Select Publications

  • Kuhrasch, C. SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN PE: Painlessly and Intentionally Incorporating Social and Emotional Learning in Your Physical Education Classroom. Lawson, Thomas (Ed.), JOHPERD Reston, VA: SHAPE.
  • Kuhrasch, C. N. (2008). Best Practice in Diversity Poster. UW-Madison.
  • Kuhrasch, C. N. (2007). The Three Little Ps. Strategies
  • Kuhrasch, C. N. (1998). Various Lesson Plans. PE Central Website

Select Presentations

  • Kuhrasch, C. N. (2023, July - 2023, July). The ABCs of Meaningful Play. Oral Presentation presented at the Play-Teach-Learn, UW-Madison.
  • Kuhrasch, C. N. (2023, July - 2023, July). Creating Authentic and Supportive Learning Environments for All Students. Oral Presentation presented at the Early Career Teaching Institute, UW-Madison.
  • Kuhrasch, C. N. (2023, July - 2023, July). ECTI Community Building. Oral Presentation presented at the Early Career Teaching Institute, UW-Madison.
  • Kuhrasch, C. (2023, June - 2023, June). Proactive Behavior Management. Oral Presentation presented at the Boys and Girls Club Staff Training, Sun Prairie.
  • Kuhrasch, C. (2022, July - 2022, July). SEL in PE. Oral Presentation presented at the SEL in PE, Boston, MA. Link
  • Kuhrasch, C. N. (2021, November - 2021, November). Social and Emotional Learning in Physical Education. Performance presented at the Social and Emotional Learning in Physical Education, International.
  • Kuhrasch, C. (2021, May - 2021, May). SEL in PE. Performance presented at the SEL in PE, Reston, VA. Link
  • Kuhrasch, C. N. (2021, April - 2021, April). Community Building. Performance presented at the Community Building, International.
  • Kuhrasch, C. N. (2019, November - 2019, November). Does your program need a kick in the Assessment? Oral Presentation presented at the BOCES Workshop, New York.
  • Kuhrasch, C. N. (2019, October - 2019, October). Leaders Create Community. Oral Presentation presented at the Kinesiology Club, Chadborne Hall.

Select Awards and Honors

  • Induction into the Teaching Academy, Teaching Academy, 2019
  • Honored instructor, UW-Madison, 2018
  • Honored instructor, UW-Madison, 2018
  • Learning Analytics Pilot, DoIT Academic Technology, 2014