18th Annual

Best Practices in Health and Physical Education Academy

UW-Stevens Point

Dreyfus University Center

Laird Room

July 24-26, 2018



​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


Physical Education:

Title: OPEN (Online Physical Education Network)

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. 

Health Education:

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.


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

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 physical activity for youth. He is currently a faculty member 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. Dr. 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.


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

Speaker: Doug Hallberg

 Doug Hallberg.jpg

 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 or 2 credit option)


PHED 397/597, sec. 88 - Workshop in Health Education (1 or 2 credit option)

​Fall 2018 Tuition Rates Estimated ​ ​
​Credit​Student Status​Tuition
​1 credit​Wisconsin Undergraduate​$319.98
​1 credit​Wisconsin Graduate​$494.75
​2 credit​Wisconsin Undergraduate​$589.96
​2 credit​Wisconsin Graduate​$989.50
Check or money order payable to UW-Stevens Point for the $100 registration deposit is required upon registration.​ ​ ​

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. Participants must register for both the workshop and the credit course. 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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 Session Topics

​Physical Education

  • Adapted PE
  • Program Funding
  • Completing SLOs
  • Dance
  • Scaffolding, Assessing, and Fitness
  • Using the Grid

​Health Education

  • Skill-Based Health
  • Human/Sex Trafficking
  • ESSA and Advocacy
  • Tobacco/Vaping
  • Using YRBS and School Profile Data

 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



​Our sponsors

Fun Extras

July 24-Social sponsored by Gopher and WHPE

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.