Jennifer HoustonAdapted Physical Education, Advocacy, Best Practices, Fitness, Future Professionals, Health, Membership, News & Events, Partnerships, Public Relations/Marketing, Skill Development

May 2023

Greetings Arizona Health and Physical Educators! 

Ok, so I get that we are in the last month of school and the last thing you’re thinking about is professional development. Believe me, I get it. We’re all ready to put the equipment away (hopefully somewhat organized), submit those final progress reports or grades, and shut the gym, wrestling room, multipurpose room doors for at least 6ish weeks. I’m right there with you! But let’s be realistic. How much Netflix can one watch? I mean probably a lot, but let’s just say you get bored and start thinking about getting your stuff together for next school year. What’s a teacher on summer break to do?! How about some relevant professional development?! There are a plethora of great opportunities out there to expand your teaching knowledge with conferences, workshops, and online courses. Below is just a sample. 

Elementary Physical Education Workshop in Pomona, California

Get out of the heat and head to Pomona, CA for the Elementary Physical Education Workshop, July 16th – 20th, with virtual sessions on Saturday July 15th. 

The K-8 Elementary Physical Education Workshop (EPEW) is designed for classroom teachers, physical education specialists and school administrators who are interested in learning and/or sharing lesson ideas for teaching physical education at the K-8 level.  

EPEW is dedicated to providing an outlet to all creative and inspirational teachers who wish to share their craft with anyone willing to grow as an educator. Many of our presenters have reputations as experts in the field of Physical Education. Along with opportunities for growth in areas such as the integration of standards, assessment, technology and much more; EPEW provides everyone with the opportunity to network with teachers from not only all over the United States but also the world!
We pride ourselves in not being a “California only” conference. Participants from every state in the union as well as every country in the globe are welcomed to attend! Presenters have even come from all over the world to present their unique ideas to our participants. We hope that you can join us to rejuvenate your teaching skills and re-energize your program for the upcoming year.

In Person Registrationdeadline to register for in person in June 25th

Virtual Registration – deadline to register for the virtual conference is July 8th 

And, check this out! There are scholarship opportunities for future professionals. 


In honor of the Physical Education LEGEND,

current undergrad, credential or graduate students may apply for the

Eileen Rogers Scholarship to attend EPEW 2023.

Apply at

The Scholarship provides ALL expenses for attending the workshop including housing, meals*, all breakout and keynote sessions, share times, and evening socials.

DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2023



Or maybe you’d rather take a trip to Kentucky for the 3rd Annual KYSHAPE Move,Thrive Conference. 

The 3rd Annual KYSHAPE Summer Move, Thrive Conference will take place June 14-16th in Lexington, KY. The conference again this summer will be in downtown Lexington. Pre-conference sessions on Wednesday at the Hilton Downtown with Thursday and Friday breakout sessions at the Central Bank Center at Rupp Arena!

Here is the link for more information on the conference and how to register:



Perhaps you’ve always wanted to visit Texas in the summer! The 39th annual TAHPERD summer conference will be held July 16-18th in San Marcos, TX. 

Below is the link for more information on the conference and how to register:



Yet another option is to take advantage of online courses offered through 

For over 20 years PE Central has been the leading PE community for user-generated and editorially approved lesson plans, assessments and videos for PE teachers who want what works. PE Central’s Professional Development Services has leveraged that platform and curates meaningful, relevant and quality PD created by educators for educators.

  • Over 50 online courses with hundreds of hours of quality instruction
  • Best PD resource + CEUs available for Physical Education Teachers
  • Offering Individual instruction, online groups or on-site workshops

  • These courses are typically self-paced with the instructor providing feedback whenever you submit an assignment – no timeline when you need to finish the course. 

In addition, PE Central offers a variety of graduate level courses in which you are able to earn graduate credits through Adams State University. These courses run for 6-8 weeks, depending on the course with assignments due each week.


And last but not least, the Arizona Department of Education is presenting a virtual adapted physical education webinar on Thursday, May 18th (yes, that’s next week!). Join me online Thursday, May 18th from 4-5:15 pm for some ideas about including students with disabilities in your general education classes…here is the link to register (it’s free!):

So there you have it! Take care of you, get in that much needed rest and relaxation, and spend time with friends and family first and foremost. When you’re ready and feeling the need, just know there are opportunities out there! Also, be sure to be looking out for information about our state convention at the end of October, but more on that later. 

Here’s to wishing everyone a safe, restful and happy summer!!!