18th Annual Best Practices in Health and Physical Education

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


 July 24 Pre-Conference-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 graduated 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. 


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.

 Conference Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

​7-7:40 a.m.​Registration Check-in - Legacy Room
7:40-8 a.m. Welcome and Keynote - Alumni Room
9:10-10:25 a.m. Health and Physical Education Breakout Sessions
10:25-10:40 a.m. Break: Coffee available until 11 a.m. - Legacy Room
10:40-11:55 a.m. Health and Physical Education Breakout Sessions
11:55 a.m.-12:55 p.m. Lunch - DUC Food Court
12:55-2:10 p.m. Health and Physical Education Breakout Sessions
2:10-2:30 p.m. Break: Snacks - Legacy Room
2:30-3:45 p.m. Health and Physical Education Breakout Sessions
3:45-4:45 p.m. Demo Slam
5:30-8:30 p.m. US Games Picnic-Bukolt Park

Thursday, July 26, 2018

7-8 a.m. Light Breakfast - Legacy Room
8-9:15 a.m. Health and Physical Education Breakout Sessions
9:15-9:30 a.m. Break-Coffee available until 11 a.m. - Legacy Room
9:30-10:45 a.m. Health and Physical Education Breakout Sessions
10:55 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Closing and Keynote - Alumni Room


 Health Education Breakout Sessions

Wednesday, July 25 - Health Education

Breakout 1

1. Teaching Youth How to Navigate Health Care & Empowering Them to be Their Own Advocate
Amy Olejniczak, MS, MPH, PATCH Program Founder & Director

2.Designing Skills-Based Health Education Assessments that Measure Up
Holly Alpersin, Clinical Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire
Sarah Benes, Clinical Associate Professor, Merrimack College

9:10-10:25 a.m.


Breakout 2

1. Did they just say queer? LGBTQ student's perspectives on health, physical education, and policy
Juan Alvarez
TeKerma Balentine
Chelsea Clark Edimiston
Malcolm Conner

2. "Flip Out": How do we flip an Interpersonal Communication Lesson/Activity into a Skills-Based Unit
Kaitlyn R. Bloemer, Howard Suamico School District/Bay View Middle School
Autumn L. Dickie, Green Bay Public Schools
Deborah L. Tackmann, Fall Creek School District

10:40-11:55 a.m.


Breakout 3

1. Social and Emotional Learning in Wisconsin Schools: The Why, What, and How
Gregg Curtis, Ph.D., School Counseling Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Teri LeSage, Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

2. Building an Advocacy Unit the Skill-Based Way 
Cristy Jefson Linse, Ph.D., Director of the Initiative for Study and Promotion Health & Wellbeing at UW-Stout
Erika Drengler, Health Educator, Superior Middle School
Katie Jadin, Health Educator, Appleton Area School District

12:55-2:10 p.m.


Breakout 4

1. Youth Sex Trafficking: Resources for Wisconsin's Schools
Dr. Joy Ippolito, Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

2. What Does ESSA and Advocacy Have To Do With Skills-based Health
Joe Halowich, Senior Program Manager, SHAPE America

2:30-3:45 p.m.



Breakout 1

1. Increasing Skill Competencies in Health Education: Practice Makes Perfect!
Pat Stewart, Regional Program Consultant, The Children's Health Market, Publishers of The Great Body Shop

2. Sex, Drugs and Zero Rock and Roll: Applying Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Data in the Classroom
Molly Herman, Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

8-9:15 a.m.


Breakout 2

1. Tobacco is Changing
Nina Gregersen

2. You can't make me do that, or can you?
Dakota Berg, Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Laura Lokken, Health Educator, DeLong Middle School
Mary Wentland, Health, Physical Education Teacher, Lakeland Union High School
Meg Whaley, Wellness Educator, Certified Health Coach, Horning Middle School

9:30-10:45 a.m.

 Physical Education Breakout Sessions

Wednesday, July 25 - Physical Education

​Breakout 1

1. Quality Physical Education in an Aquatics Environment...What Does It Look Like?
Julie Nussberger, Physical Education, Health Education and Aquatics Instructor, Vincent High School of Agricultural Sciences, Milwaukee Public Schools
Intended for Secondary PE

2. Active Bodies: It's Not Just a PE Thing
Alison Anderson, Health and Physical Education Teacher, Creekside Elementary
Intended for Elementary PE

​9:10-10:25 a.m.


​Breakout 2

1. Active Assessments to Educate and Inform
Aaron Beighle, Ph.D.
Intended for Elementary/Secondary PE

2. Grant Writing 101: Tips and Strategies for Securing Funds and Community Support for Your HPE Program!
Patty Kestell, WHPE President, Physical Education Teacher, Thorson Elementary School
Karen Petermann, Physical Education Teacher, Longfellow Elementary School
Intended for Elementary/Secondary PE and Health

10:40-11:55 a.m.


​Breakout 3

1. Pickleball-Teaching Strategies and Assessment
Maureen Vorwald, NBCT, Platteville High School
Intended for Secondary PE

2. Let's Move! Instant and Energizing Activities!
Scott Williams, Elementary Physical Education, US Games, Meriwether Lewis Elementary School
Intended for Elementary PE

​12:55-2:10 p.m.


​Breakout 4

1. Striking: It's Elementary Dear Watson-Building Competence and Confidence Using Personalize Learning
Penny Kroening, Retired Elementary PE Teacher
Intended for Elementary PE

2. Fun and Fast Fitness!
Scott Williams, Physical Education, US Games, Meriwether Lewis Elementary
Intended for Secondary PE

​2:30-3:45 p.m.


​Breakout 1

1. Adapted Physical Education - Connect and Collaborate While Learning Activities, Adaptations, and Resources-Part 1
Toni Bader, Adapted Physical Education Specialist, Seattle Public Schools
Intended for Elementary/Secondary PE

2. Ultimate Everything Using the "Grids" Concept to Teach Invasion Game Strategy!
Doug Hallberg, Physical Education Teacher, Mohonasen Central School District
Intended for Elementary/Secondary PE

8-9:15 a.m.


​Breakout 2

1. Adapted Physical Education-Connect and Collaborate While Learning Activities, Adaptations and Resources
Toni Bader, Adapted Physical Education Specialist, Seattle Public Schools
Intended for Elementary/Secondary PE

2. Dance with Words
Shannon Maly, Sun Prairie High School
Intended for Elementary/Secondary PE.

​9:30-10:45 a.m.

 Wednesday, 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.

 Thursday, July 26 Keynote Speaker-Doug Hallberg

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.

​​ ​



​Our sponsors

Fun Extras 

July 24-WHPE Social sponsored by Gopher - Alumni Room 4-7 p.m.

July 25-Social and picnic sponsored by US Games - Bukolt Park 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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.
To register for the conference after July 18, 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.