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July 28
Physical education teachers educate themselves
PE Best Practices

Physical educators throughout Wisconsin broke a sweat during the 11th Annual Best Practices in Health and Physical Education conference, held this week at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

The conference was held July 26-28 in the UW-Stevens Point Health Enhancement Center, making this the ninth year that the university has hosted the event. Best Practices draws in over 80 K-12 teachers every year to learn new, innovative ways to improve their teaching programs.

"I am particularly proud that we have 10-12 alumni each year come back to Point for professional development," said Scott Frazier, a UW-Stevens Point physical education professor.

Working with the Department of Public Instruction and Wisconsin Health and Public Education, Best Practices invites top names in the physical education profession to lead workshops. This includes UW-Stevens Point alumna Cindy Forsythe, the recipient of the Health, Exercise Science, and Athletics Friend of PE award this past April.

Watch a video of this session.

For more information regarding next year's conference, contact UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education at 715-346-4069.
July 13
School of Education thanks the Neale Family
Jim & Lorrie Neale

Jim and Lorrie Neale visited the UWSP College of Professional Studies today to learn how their generosity has made an impact in the School of Education. The descendants of Oscar Neale have donated $1.9 million to UWSP to create scholarship programs, to sponsor the Oscar W. Neale Memorial Celebration of Teaching banquet honoring cooperating teachers, and to fund the Oscar W. Neale Fellowship that recognizes and supports outstanding collaboration between UWSP faculty and educators in Central Wisconsin.

The 2010-11 recipient was Karen Hansel from St. Stanislaus Catholic School in Stevens Point. Ms. Hansel collaborated with Ms. Cindy Cate of the SOE faculty to create the P.A.W.S. (Point’s Alliance With St. Stan’s) Literacy Lab. Students from Ms. Cate’s Reading Methods classes worked with classroom teachers and students at St. Stan’s to enhance students’ literacy skills using a method called Reader’s Theater.

St. Stan’s Principal Gregg Hansel and first-grade teacher Ann Molski, a 1991 UWSP School of Ed graduate, thanked the Neales and described the importance of their gift. “The greatest gift is to give these children a sense of empowerment,” said Molski. “If kids can feel important, they are empowered.”

Head of the UWSP SOE Pat Shaw and Debbie Townsend, a pre-service teacher and liaison for the Literacy Lab, explained how UWSP students benefited from the hands-on learning experience. “There were times I was able to implement something we learned in class and that brings it full circle and makes my own learning so meaningful as a future teacher,” said Townsend.

“For our students, this sort of experience makes them realize teaching is absolutely for them and it really reaffirms their career choice,” said Shaw.

“We can’t wait for next year,” said Molski. Even though the Neale Fellowship with St. Stan’s is for one year, Hansel added, “As far as we are concerned, the Literacy Lab will go on forever. It’s becoming a fabric of our school.”

Learn how to apply for the Oscar W. Neal Fellowship.
 

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