2018 State Convention Highlights

Lynn Preble, Past-President News & Events, President's Message, State Convention

Ready…Set…P.L.A.Y. Physical Literacy for All Youth

Are you ready for this? The Arizona Health and Physical Education 2018 State Convention is going to be epic! We have a full schedule of amazing sessions that you will not want to miss.  We have presenters coming from all over Arizona, from all over the country, and from all over the world! Our schedule is already completely full! We will release the full schedule with session descriptions at the beginning of next week so look for it with a link to Sched, our very awesome website. This is how you will find the session times, resources from speakers and all other information. It is a site that we can update any changes instantly. We won’t have printed schedules so please check out the site next week so you are familiar with the navigation. It really is easy and I think you will really like it. 

Here are some of the highlights of Day 1, Wednesday, October 24:

Learn a new way to track your student’s laps with EZ Scan, Hockey in the desert? Absolutely! And presented by a former Olympian. The ever amazing Melanie Levenberg is back with DancePL3Y and will wake you up with a yoga and fitness session. Need some help with teaching motor skill progressions? We got that! Time for a little Pickleball action. What is Universal Design for Learning you ask? Come to this session to find out. We got some strength training for the non-athlete and for those of us with three left feet, we got you covered with a session too. What’s so Ambiguous about this new game? Come find out. Physical Literacy, more than just the new catch phrase, it is a way to move our students forward with fundamental skills, and there’s a session for that too. Want to take your running club to new levels or learn more Modified Physical Education ideas? Catch these sessions then. Districts are all about staff wellness(finally) so be sure to catch a session on enhancing your staff wellness program. Corn hole with a twist? Yup, that’s Ramp Shot for you. Yes, fitness and fundamentals can be FUN, just ask Kyrene. Games, games and more games, that’s what Action Team Games are all about! Heard of Floorball yet? This session will give you all the knowledge you need to begin playing with your students. Raise your hand if you’ve ever secretly dreamed of being a drummer. Well, here’s your chance to drum and get fit with DrumFit. Rock on! Creating a dance unit will be made easy for you with a new model for teaching dance in physical education. Our teacher’s of the year will combine for an awesome demo slam you will not want to miss. Want to personalize learning for your students? Come check out the virtual learning session. Tennis anyone? There’s a session for that too! What better way to end a full day of amazing sessions than with our State 48 All Convention Social at The Park? I hope Day 1 has something for you, I’m pretty sure it does. Wait until you see Day 2!

Highlights of day 2, Thursday, October 25th:

Are you and your students OPEN to fitness? Well, some awesome teachers from Chandler will show you how it’s done. Let’s ZumbaⓇ! Join Shannon for an energizing start to your morning. We know how Fuel Up to Play 60 benefits our schools, this session will help you activate your program. Come see what our future professionals are researching. MVPA…WTF? (Where’s the Fun)? This is guaranteed to be a blast of a class. Omnikin, more than just crab soccer, come find out how much more! It is time for us all to move the CSPAP forward in our school, let Keri show you how. Sport Stacking, ramp up your stacking skills with an advanced lesson on Sport Stacking. Learn some fun dances from around the world. Are you looking for a functional fitness assessment for your classes? Check out ABC Fit.  Sport Education is a great model to motivate every student in your class to be active and participate. You’ve heard of the Dog Whisperer, well, we have the Classroom Whisperer! Come get your superhero groove on at a superhero dance party. Watch some amazing middle school students present a functional fitness lesson. Heart rate monitors or pedometers, this session will help you answer that. Thinking of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher, come check it out and get your questions answered. We just can’t get enough OPEN time! Teach your students physical literacy through play with POWERPL3Y. Learn how we can make our classrooms and gyms more inclusive and create safe spaces? PEDAL your way to physical literacy. Are you looking for a new fitness curriculum for your secondary classes? Come check out Fitness Foundations Curriculum, an adopted curriculum used in Idaho. Have you heard of Plickers? Well, the newest and easier way to assess students is called Plagnets and we have a session to show you how. Whew! If that doesn’t get you excited for our convention I am at a loss. But wait, there’s more! FRIDAY workshops!

Workshop Day, Friday, October 26

This year we have two workshops scheduled from our neighbors to the way north, Canada!

Back by popular demand, Melanie Levenberg of DANCEPL3Y will be conducting an Express 1-day Teacher Training.

Fellow Canadian Glenn Young will be running a fantastic workshop on Inquiry-Based PHE you will not want to miss.

Both workshops will be amazing and we are honored to have both Melanie and Glenn joining us this year.

Of special note: both regular days, Wednesday and Thursday will start with regular sessions promptly at 8:00 am so please be sure to arrive early to get registered and ready for the first sessions. Also, new this year, we will not be issuing digital certificates. Each day, after the last session ends, we will hand out certificates. We will trade you your wristband for a certificate. So please plan on staying until the last session is over each day. I guarantee it will be worth your time to stay the whole time.