18th Annual Best Practices in Physical Education and Health

      UW-Stevens Point, Dreyfus University Center, Laird Room 

July 24-26, 2018 Tuesday-Thursday


Goals and Objectives

  • Develop skills to enhance abilities to excite young people about their physical and mental health
  • Incorporate teaching strategies to improve instructional practice in their field of physical education
  • Incorporate cutting-edge techniques on ways to connect physical activity and health practices


 Registration Fees (fees include meals and materials) 

​WHPE Member ​Non-member
​July 24 Pre-Conference ​$40 ​$50
​July 25-26 Conference ​$100 ​$125
Parking pass ​$3/day ​$3/day


 Health Education Breakout Sessions

 Physical Education Breakout Sessions

 Conference Schedule (Times are subject to change)

Tuesday, July 24 - Pre-Conference Schedule ​
​Registration Check-in opens ​9 a.m.
​Physical Education: OPEN (Online Physical Education Network) with presenter, Scott Williams ​10 a.m.-4 p.m.
​Health Education: Making the Shift to Skill-Based Health with presenters, Holly Alperin and Sara Benese ​10 a.m.-4 p.m.
​Lunch break ​noon-1 p.m.
​WHPE Social sponsored by Gopher in the DUC Alumni Room ​4 p.m.-7 p.m.
​Wednesday, July 25 - Conference
​Registration check-in opens ​7 a.m.
​Welcome ​7:40 a.m.-8 a.m.
Changing How We Keep Score with Keynote Speaker, Aaron Beighle, Ph.D. ​8-8:50 a.m.
​Breakout Session 1 ​9:05-10:20 a.m.
​Breakout Session 2 ​10:40-11:55 a.m.
​Lunch break in DUC ​11:55 a.m.-12:55 p.m.
​Breakout Session 3 ​12:55-2:10 p.m.
​Breakout Session 4 ​2:30-3:45 p.m.
​Demo Slam ​3:45-4:45 p.m.
​Picnic sponsored by US Games at Bukolt Park Pavilion ​5:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 26 - Conference
​Breakout Session 1 ​8-9:15 a.m.
​Breakout Session 2 ​9:30-10:45 a.m.
​A Four-letter Word That Can Create Big Changes in Your Practice with Keynote Speaker, Doug Hallberg and conference closure ​10:55 a.m.-12:15 p.m.



Tentative scheduled time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Title: OPEN (Online Physical Education Network)

Strengthen your game with OPEN. Come and experience the most comprehensive, free curriculum created. This extended pre-conference session will provide you with the fun that keeps your students engaged and the rigor that your administrators want to observe.

This session will focus on:

  • Student Engagement with Academic Rigor
  • Effective Instructional Strategies
  • The Academic Language of Phys Ed
  • Tiered Questioning Techniques 

avatar_jpg_320x320px.jpgPresenter: Scott Williams

Scott Williams graduate from Fairmont State University in West Virginia in 2001 with a BA in Physical Education (K-12) and Health Education (5-12). He received his MS in Athletic Coaching from West Virginia University in 2003. Williams was the 2013 Virginia AHPERD Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, and the 2015-16 Virginia AHPERD Dance Teacher of the Year. He is also a featured presenter and speaker at physical education conferences across the nation and has presented in 20 states. Williams is the founder/owner of Camp4Real, a summer camp that focuses on fun physical activity, character building, and eating healthy foods free of artificial ingredients. 


Tentative scheduled time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Title: Making the Shift to Skill-Based Health

Presenters: Holly Alperin and Sarah Benese-authors of Essentials of Teaching Health Education along with the Wisconsin Health Cadre

Holly Alperin.jpgHolly Alperin received her Ed.M. in Policy, Planning and Administration from Boston University, her B.S. in Health Education/Health Promotion from Central Michigan University, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).​ With over 20 years in public health and education, Ms. Alperin has  presented and worked with schools at the local, state, national and international levels with a focus on improving health and academic outcomes of students through strong school health policies and programs. Specifically, her interests include ​implementing a skills-based approach in the health education classroom, strengthening local policies to support health and academic success, and building capacity of schools to implement quality health education, physical education, and physical activity programs. 

Sarah Benes.jpgSarah Benes earned an Ed.D. in curriculum and teaching and Ed.M. in human movement from Boston University. She was most recently program director for physical and health education programs at Boston University. She has several published articles in peer reviewed journals as well as a recently published textbook. Sarah also presents at local and national conferences regularly and is actively engaged in service to the physical and health education professions as well as to the community. Her research interests include skills-based health education, physical activity in schools, and enhancing school-based physical and health education programming.

 JULY 25 KEYNOTE SPEAKER-Aaron Beighle, Ph.D.

Title: Changing how we keep score: It's not always about the number

Teachers are the fabric of our society. This great responsibility comes with challenges that may cause frustration and burnout. This session will emphasize the importance of slight changes in perspective that will assist teachers in their pursuit of positively impacting the lives of students.

Speaker: Aaron Beighle, Ph.D.

Beighle-Aaron.jpgAssociate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion

University of Kentucky

A former elementary physical education teacher, Aaron Beighle holds a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and specializes in the areas of physical education and youth physical activity promotion. He is currently a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky where he trains future physical educators and conducts research in the area of physical activity promotion for youth. Beighle has consulted with school districts, recreation programs, and youth sport organizations across the country in their efforts to maximize physical activity experiences and promote youth to be physically active for a lifetime. In addition to publishing more than 90 professional and research articles, Aaron has written six books, including Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children with Bob Pangrazi. Most recently, along with Gopher, Beighle and Pangrazi have developed the DPE ASAP website to accompany this book.


Title: A four-letter word that can create big changes in your practice.

A four letter word! No not those words! If you only had one four letter word to describe your teaching practice, what would it be? In this discussion, we will explore the power of a single four letter word and see how it applies to our practice, our profession and our lives.

Speaker: Doug Hallberg

Doug Hallberg.jpgDoug graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland with his Bachelors degree in Physical Education(1992) and this Masters Degree in Health Education(1997).  Immediately upon completing his undergraduate degree, Doug was hired at the Bradford Central School District in the Finger Lakes region of New York where he spent five years teaching. He was then married to his wife Laurel and moved to Draper Middle School in the Mohonasen Central School District in Rotterdam, NY where he just completed his 26th year teaching. Mohonasen was a 2011 Carol M. White PEP grant recipient of 1.8 million dollars for Health and Physical Education. Doug has presented extensively at the local, state, regional and national levels and even once in Germany, to the Adidas Corporation.  Doug was the 2015 NYS AHPERD Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2017 Eastern District Middle School Teacher of the Year, and the 2017 SHAPE America National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. His favorite title however is fiDad", as Doug and Laurel have 3 children ages 16, 14 and 11.

 Credit Option and Tuition Costs

Tuition is in addition to the cost of the workshop registration fee.

Fall semester course:

HLED 397/597, sec. 88 - Workshop in Health Education (1 credit) ~or~

PHED 397/597, sec. 88 - Workshop in Health Education (1 credit)

​Summer 2018 Tuition Rates Estimated ​
​Credit​Student Status​Tuition
​1 credit​Wisconsin Undergraduate​$327.86
​1 credit​Wisconsin Graduate​$487.20
Check or money order payable to UW-Stevens Point for the $100 registration deposit is required upon registration.​ ​ ​

Participants must register for both the academy and the credit course in order to earn university credit.

Participants may take the credit course under the HLED or PHED prefix. These courses are only available for attendees of the Best Practices in Physical Education and Health Academy. Registration for the credit course will take place the morning of registration check-in.

For more information, contact Jennifer Hess, Program Manager, at Jennifer.Hess@uwsp.edu or visit Continuing Education's credit webpage.

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Fun Extras 

July 24-Social sponsored by Gopher (with food and beverages!)

July 25-Social and picnic sponsored by US Games

Want to attend the conference for FREE?​

We are seeking enthusiastic Physical Education & Health professionals and pre-professionals to be Ambassadors for this year’s Best Practices in PE & Health Conference.  Up to five Ambassador Scholarships for current UWSP Health & PE students and up to two for new HPE teachers with three or fewer years of teaching experience are available.  Application deadline is Wednesday, June 29, 2017.
Click here for the application and more details. 

Lodging-Room Blocks

Country Inn & Suites

To make reservations, call 715-345-7000 and ask for the UWSP Best Practices room block to get the state rate for standard rooms. Rooms will be held until June 25, 2018.

Baymont Inn & Suites

To make reservations, call 715-341-8888 and ask for the UWSP Best Practices room block to get the conference rate of $105.78/night. Rooms will be held until June 22, 2018.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds granted upon written request to Dotty.Mansavage@uwsp.edu when received by July 6, 2018. After July 6, 2018, a $30 processing fee will be assessed for cancellations. No refunds will be given after July 13, 2018. Substitutions can be made at any time. No shows are responsible for the full conference fee. Last minute registrations cannot be guaranteed meals, materials or a parking permit.

Contact Information

Area hotels - Be sure to ask if they have special rates for UW-Stevens Point visitors!
​Contact Dotty.Mansavage@uwsp.edu or 715-346-3912 for additional workshop information.
Call Customer Service at 715-346-3838 for registration assistance.


Please contact Sally Jones at Sally.Jones@dpi.wi.gov if you would like to be added to the Best Practices mailing list.