2021 Best Practices in Health and Physical Education
July 20-21, 2021 | 9 a.m.-noon
Online via Zoom


Tuesday, July 20, 2021 and Wednesday, July 21, 2021 | 9 a.m.-noon
A virtual event via Zoom

​Details


The Best Practices in Health and Physical Education Conference will be virtual this year. To help alleviate video conference burnout, we are running two, half-day sessions. Recorded sessions will be available after the conference to all registered participants.


​Registration Information


Online registration for Best Practices is closed. 

Registration Information


WHPE Member
  • Preconference (July 14, 2020) - $65
  • Conference (July 15-16, 2020) - $125
Non-WHPE Member 
  • Preconference (July 14, 2020) - $75
  • Conference (July 15-16, 2020) - $150
UW Student
  • Conference only (July 15-16, 2020) - $45
* Registration fees include meals and materials * Registration fees include meals and materials​ * Registration fees include meals and materials​

​Minimum Computer Standards


Participants are responsible for ensuring they have the minimum computer standards for participating in the virtual conference via Zoom.  Zoom works best with Chrome or Firefox. UWSP is not responsible for participant technological issues, including, but not limited to, inadequate bandwidth and/or registrant equipment malfunction. 

​Best Practices in Health and Physical Education Conference Schedule and Breakout Sessions

​Tuesday, July 20, 2021

 9-10 a.m. | Opening Keynote: Kate McCoy, Ph.D.

Keynote Presentation: Resilient, Relational, Real: Strengthening Students and Schools in the Post(?) Pandemic Classroom 


Click here to replay the Keynote Presentation


Presenter: 
Kate McCoy, Ph.D., Research Analyst, Madison, Wis. 

For many of us, life is returning to normal. It would be easy to go into next school year narrowly focused on academic catch-up. But more than any particular lesson plan, what students need right now to help them stabilize, learn, and thrive, are school’s human connections. This presentation explains why and makes the case for turning down student and teacher stress while holding open space to be relational, resilient, and real.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the link between school connections, learning, and health.
  2. See the various ways the pandemic has undermined connections and increased student risks.
  3. Realize how teachers can use existing tools and approaches to address this challenge.
Presenter Biography:

Kate McCoy, Ph.D.’s experiences teaching college students and seeing their anxiety and distress, helped to fuel her passion for youth mental health. She is currently the Research Analyst at the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health, which reports to the Governor’s Office. From 2015-2021, she worked for the Department of Public Instruction, where she oversaw Wisconsin’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and worked on grants and initiatives related to student wellbeing and school climate. She has authored and co-authored State reports, served on State-level advisory councils and working groups; and presented to the Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention, to individual lawmakers, and to heads of State agencies. In April 2021, she wrote a piece on student mental health during COVID-19 for Wisconsin School News that was quoted and tweeted by the National School Board Association. She is married to a teacher and has two school-age children.

Handouts: Companion Resources for Keynote Presentation

 10-11 a.m. | Breakout Sessions 1 & 2

#1  Building Your Capacity for Mental Health


Click here to join the live session Building Your Capacity for Mental Health

Presenter: Andrea Turtenwald, Family Relations Coordinator, Madison, Wis. 

This session will provide resources from the Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health. Through skill building and reflection this session will provide support for educators entering the 2021-2022 school year. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Increase understanding of mental health literacy.
  2. Practice utilizing resources to support the mental health of students.
  3. Reflect on practice and consider areas for growth.
Presenter Biography:

Andrea has served Wisconsin youth, parents, and families for over ten years. Her professional experiences include youth development, child welfare case management, parent-empowerment program facilitation, and social-emotional learning program management. In 2016, Andrea earned her Master’s degree in Public Service from Marquette University. Andrea’s personal journey includes managing ADHD, self-harm, depression, anxiety, and navigating parenthood as a new mom. Andrea joined the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health in 2018, and she is honored to use her role to raise up the voices of those with lived experience.

Handouts: 
Building Capacity to Support Student Mental Health

#2  Practical Application of Social and Emotional Learning in Physical Education


Click here to join the live session Practical Application of Social and Emotional Learning in Physical Education  Passcode: 571631

 



Presenters
Paul Wright, Ph.D., Director of PALS Group, Geneva, Ill. and K. Andrew R. Richards, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Champaign, Ill.

In this presentation, Paul Wright, Ph.D., and Kevin Richards, Ph.D. will discuss their recently published textbook on social and emotional learning in physical education. The relevance of this topic for today's youth and physical education will be discussed as well as concrete examples of putting these ideas into practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand what social and emotional learning is.
  2. Participants will reflect on the importance of integrating social and emotional learning in physical education.
  3. Participants will discuss practical examples of promoting social and emotional learning in physical education.
Presenter/Co-Presenter Biography:

Paul Wright, Ph.D., is the Director of the Physical Activity and Life Skills (PALS) Group at Northern Illinois University. He is an internationally recognized scholar specializing in the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility model. His work is relevant to school and community settings. Much of his recent focus has been on the integration of social and emotional learning in physical education.

K. Andrew R. Richards is an assistant professor of physical education and children’s physical activity. He studied physical education at Springfield College before completing his master’s and doctoral degrees at Purdue University. He remained at Purdue University for a post-doctoral research appointment in the Center for Instructional Excellence before faculty stints at Northern Illinois University and the University of Alabama. Richards scholarship focuses on the recruitment, education, and ongoing socialization of physical education teachers. His focus on teacher socialization has extended to examine the socialization of physical education teacher education (PETE) graduate students and faculty members. He also coordinates and conducts research on physical activity programs that seek to promote social and emotional learning, primarily through the teaching personal and social responsibility (TPSR) model.



 11 a.m.-noon | Breakout Session 3

#3  Wisconsin Physical Education Standards New and Improved


Watch the Recording

 

PE Standards Presentation Exit Form

PresentersPenny Kroening, Executive Director WHPE, West Allis, Wis., and Brett Fuller

WI Physical Education standards were reviewed, revised, rewritten during the 2019-2020 school year by a committee of educators from throughout Wisconsin. Committee members represented and gave voice to the thoughts, concerns, and understandings of Elem, Mid, HS, Higher Ed, APE, and Administration levels. In March 2020, the PE Standards were presented to the State Standards Board, accepted by the Standards board, and finalized by Carolyn Stanford Taylor, Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The session will look at the major changes as a whole and then break out into Elem/Sec. During the breakout, the groups will be able to take a deeper dive into understanding the standards and performance indicators. There will be live Q & A.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide a deeper awareness of the H/PE standard process in Wisconsin.
  2. Review the specific changes regarding the working document.
  3. Open up the discussion in two zoom rooms to provide a live Q and A. Attendees will be able to select Elem/Sec to take a deeper dive into understanding the document.
Presenter/Co-Presenter Biography:

Penny Kroening is currently the Executive Director of Wisconsin Health and Physical Education. She has also served as Co-Chair of Wisconsin DPI Physical Education Academic Standards Rewrite Team, 2016 SHAPE America National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, 2020 UW-LaCrosse Bert and Norma Altman award for Outstanding Teacher Educator and significant contributor to Children and their school communities. Retired Elementary Physical Education Teacher.



​Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - Morning Welcome


 


 9-10 a.m. | Breakout Session 4

#4  Sex, Power, Privilege, Representation and Curriculum: An Exploration of Implicit and Explicit Messaging That Persists in Education

Click here to join the live session Sex, Power, Privilege, Representation and Curriculum

Click here to watch the recording of Sex, Power, Privilege, Representation & Curriculum.
*The recording was started late, but only introductions were missed. 

Presenter: Samuel Coleman, Director, Shorewood, Wis. 

This presentation will interrogate how the persistence of implicit and subliminal messaging in education upholds oppression, exclusion, and the marginalization of students and individuals in society. Participants will reflect on their own experiences as students and educators and will explore language, lenses, and ways to lead that result in the intentional affirmation, liberation, dignity, and equity for all. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will reflect on their own experiences and practices for the purposes of personal and professional growth.
  2. Participants will explore effective strategies of resistance to the educational status quo that harms students and society. 
  3. Participants will leave with tools to engage students and colleagues in critical discourse about health, education, and equity.
Presenter Biography:

Sam Coleman is a lifelong resident of Milwaukee and currently serves as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Shorewood School District. Sam is a researcher and practitioner and his passion for service and learning are at the intersections of equity, education, policy, and health. 


 10-11 a.m. | Breakout Sessions 5 & 6

#5  Using Content and Data the Skills-Based Way

 

PresentersSarah Benes, Ed.D., MPH, CHES, Associate Clinical Professor, Natick, Mass. and Holly Alperin, EdM/MCHES, Assistant Clinical Professor, Atkinson, N.H.

In this presentation, we discuss how a skills-based approach to health education enhances the flexibility of health education programming to be able to more effectively meet the needs of students and respond to issues as they arise. We discuss strategies and considerations for integrating content into skills-based units and for using data to support curriculum- and instruction-related decisions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. By the end of this presentation, you will be able to discuss the core components of a skills-based approach.
  2. By the end of this presentation, you will be able to apply strategies to integrate content into skills-based units.
  3. By the end of this presentation, you will be able to use data to support decision-making.
Presenter/Co-Presenter Biography:

Sarah Benes, Ed.D., MPH, CHES,  has been working with schools and communities since 2010 and currently serves as Associate Clinical Professor at Merrimack College. Prior to coming to Merrimack, Sarah was the Program Director of the Physical and Health Education Programs at Boston University. She is currently serving on the SHAPE America Board of Directors.

Ms. Holly Alperin currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology’s Health and Physical Education Program at the University of New Hampshire preparing future health and physical educators. Since 1995, she has provided training and technical assistance to schools and communities at the local, state, national, and international levels. Holly is currently the chair of SHAPE America's Health Education Council.

Handouts: 


#6  Standards-Based Lesson Design and Outcomes


Click here to join the pre-recorded session Standards-Based Lesson Design and Outcomes

 


Presenter: Laura Ruckert, Education Consultant, Educator Development & Support Team, Madison, Wis. 

What are best practices for utilizing Health and PE state standards to inform lesson planning, instruction, and measurement of student success? We'll look at how the standards can inform your practice and lead to a greater impact for students.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how standards inform lesson planning
  2. Understand how teaching to standards informs strategic assessment
Presenter Biography:

Laura Ruckert has worked at the DPI for the last ten years supporting growth-centered systems of mentoring, coaching, and evaluation for teachers, principals, and other staff roles. She is a former elementary special education teacher.

Handouts: 

 11 a.m.-noon | Breakout Sessions 7 & 8

​#7  Advocacy for Self or Others: Brain Health


 


Presenters: Kristen Felten, Dementia Specialist, Office on Aging, DHS, MSW, APSW, Madison, Wis. and Kathleen Smith, BOLD Grant Manager, Madison, Wis. 

Teachers will learn how to empower their students by teaching them how to effectively speak up for themselves and others through the skill of advocacy. Students will learn about the importance of brain health and injury prevention. The final project of the unit will be to practice advocacy on the topic of brain health. The session will introduce teachers to this new unit. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Become aware of a new unit available from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on teaching the skill of advocacy.
  2. Learn how the concept of Brain Health can be used in an advocacy campaign.
  3. Understand how teaching the skill of advocacy through the topic of brain health is important to everyone. 
Presenter/Co-Presenter Biography:

Kristen Felten began working in the field of dementia care in 1996 as a front-line staff member in an assisted living facility. In 2001, she became director of a 16-bed CBRF facility and was there for five years. In 2006, she began working at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, with a focus on aging and disability resource center development, while obtaining a Master’s degree in social work from UW-Madison, graduating in 2007. In October of 2010, Kristen shifted from resource center development to the Office on Aging with a new focus on policy regarding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and she is now the Department’s Dementia Specialist. In her role, Kristen created the Dementia Care Specialist program, brought dementia-friendly communities to prominence in our state, is directing a BOLD public health grant award from the CDC, and provides leadership for the new Wisconsin state plan for dementia. Kristen has a BA from Ripon College, a Certificate in Gerontology from the Wisconsin Institute on Aging, and a Master’s degree in social work from UW-Madison.

Kathleen Smith is the BOLD Grant Manager at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The BOLD grant released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a public health approach to addressing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s disease (BOLD) is a three-year grant (2020-2023), and in Wisconsin, it includes 13 projects and 21 strategies. In her previous position, Kathleen lead a statewide outreach program at the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, School of Medicine and Public Health, UW-Madison. Kathleen led the Wisconsin Dementia Resource Network is comprised of 550 professionals and volunteers from all of Wisconsin's 72 counties and Native American tribes.



#8  Moving From Information to Outcomes in Health Education

 


PresentersSarah Benes, Ed.D., MPH, CHES, Associate Clinical Professor, Natick, Mass. and Holly Alperin, EdM/MCHES, Assistant Clinical Professor, Atkinson, N.H.

In this presentation, we discuss how shifting from a focus on "what students should know" to what we want students "to be able to do" supports student outcomes in health education. We will provide tips and strategies for using behavioral outcomes to guide decision making in your skills-based health education program.

Learning Objectives:

  1. By the end of this presentation, you will be able to discuss how behavioral outcomes support student learning in health education.
  2. By the end of this presentation, you will be able to use behavioral outcomes to guide your skills-based health education curriculum and instruction.
  3. By the end of this presentation, you will be able to describe how behavioral outcomes support skills-based approaches in health education.
Presenter/Co-Presenter Biography:

Sarah Benes, Ed.D., MPH, CHES,  has been working with schools and communities since 2010 and currently serves as Associate Clinical Professor at Merrimack College. Prior to coming to Merrimack, Sarah was the Program Director of the Physical and Health Education Programs at Boston University. She is currently serving on the SHAPE America Board of Directors.

Ms. Holly Alperin currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology’s Health and Physical Education Program at the University of New Hampshire preparing future health and physical educators. Since 1995, she has provided training and technical assistance to schools and communities at the local, state, national, and international levels. Holly is currently the chair of SHAPE America's Health Education Council.

Handouts: 


 ‭(Hidden)‬ July 14, 2020 | Health Pre-Conference | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

More information to come!

 ‭(Hidden)‬ July 14, 2020 | Physical Education Pre-Conference | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

More information to come!

 ‭(Hidden)‬ July 15-16, 2020 | Conference | Schedule at a Glance

More information to come!

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Wednesday, July 15 | Opening Keynote Speaker

Mel Hamada, MS PE Teacher

More still to come!

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Thursday, July 16 | Closing Keynote Speaker

More information to come!

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Best Practices Health and Physical Education Presenter Line-up

Currently scheduled presenters:

  • Dakota Berg-Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Cassie Brooks, 2018 Mid-West Health Teacher of the Year, IN
  • Tracy Caravella, La Crosse School District
  • ElizaBeth Chase, Fond du Lac School District
  • Mel Hamada, MS PE Teacher
  • Sandy Hagenbach, Unified School District of DePere
  • Katie Jadin, Appleton Area School District
  • Cindy Kuhrasch, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ian Lacasse, Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Kristi Mally, Winona State University
  • Andy Milne, 2017 National Health Teacher of the Year, IL
  • Stephanie Morris, CEO, SHAPE America
  • Chris Nichols, Garland Independent School District, TX
  • Ashley Riley, Madison Metropolitan School District
  • Sue Tarr, Minnesota State University
  • Meg Whaley, Waukesha School District
  • Luke Witkowski, Youth Programs Coordinator, Department of Health Services
More still to come!
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Sponsors and Exhibitors Welcome!


Sponsorship and exhibit space are available for the 2020 Best Practices in Health and Physical Education Conference. To learn more about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities review the prospectus here or contact Sally Jones, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Sally.Jones@dpi.wi.gov

To apply for sponsorship or to become an exhibitor, download and complete the Sponsor/Exhibitor Application Form and email to Sally Jones, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, at Sally.Jones@dpi.wi.gov. Once your application is approved, Continuing Education staff will register your organization as an sponsor/exhibitor and email a registration confirmation to you. The registration confirmation is your invoice. Please make payments based off of the registration confirmation.

Lodging Information


 Contact the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center directly for room reservations at 715-344-0200 or book online.

Fun Extras


Tuesday, July 14, 2020 | WHPE Social sponsored by Gopher | Mezzanine Bar and Commons | 4-7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 | Social and Picnic sponsored by US Games | Bukolt Park Lodge | 5:30-8:30 p.m.
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Contact Information


Additional workshop information or for assistance during the conference, email Jennifer.Hess@uwsp.edu

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Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. 
Please contact Continuing Education at 715-346-3838 or uwspceweb@uwsp.edu.