2018 Central District Conference

2018 SHAPE America Central District Conference, January 25-27, Sioux Falls, SD

January 25-27, 2018  •  Sioux Falls, SD

Sponsored by Sanford Health and co-hosted by SHAPE South Dakota


Register by December 29 and SAVE with early-bird rates!

Conference Registration

Exhibitor Information

*Exhibitors interested in presenting a session must have submitted the Call for Proposals form and the exhibitor contract with payment by August 30. (Limited availability)

Conference Details

Preliminary session schedule coming soon!

Sessions for all teaching levels and disciplines! Come learn about the latest trends and best practices in five key areas: physical education, physical activity, health, research, and coaching

Registration Rates

All full-conference registrations include one lunch and admittance to the Awards Social, where hors d'oeuvres will be served.

 Pre-Conference Workshops* — Thursday, January 25

*Register by Dec. 29 (full-conference OR one-day rate) to sign up for one of these pre-conference workshops at no additional cost.

OPEN the Potential in Physical Education / 1-4 p.m.

Join us for a dive into the free OPENPhysEd.org modules! This session will feature Pickleminton and Fitness Knowledge from the elementary modules and Badminton and Creative Mode Fitness from the secondary modules. Be ready to participate in this K-12 activity-based session! OPEN modules focus on creative ways to engage students and teach lessons that ensure academic rigor. Every module is aligned to SHAPE America's National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes. Participants will leave with a full set of lesson plans, academic language cards, assessments, and skill cards for all modules! This is a commercial presentation.

Presenter — Brian Devore

Brian Devore is a national OPEN trainer, as well as the president-elect of SHAPE America Southern District and past president of Georgia AHPERD. He works as the health and physical education coordinator for Fulton County Schools in Georgia.


Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) / 1-5 p.m.

This Empowering Fitness Education Champions training provides an opportunity for physical educators to learn all aspects of PYFP implementation, including alignment of PYFP with national, state, and local PE standards, program implementation strategies, and use of fitness assessment data. This workshop will also take you through the FitnessGram® protocols and the eight-step process, as well as teaching strategies to teach fitness education. We will also "tour" the PYFP website.

Instructor —Nancy Eklund

Nancy Eklund is the executive director of SHAPE America Central District as well as the executive director of SHAPE Wyoming.

Instructor — Tracy Nelson

Tracy Nelson is the PETE program coordinator at South Dakota State University and executive director of SHAPE South Dakota. She has taught developmentally appropriate PE/health at all levels, and has also developed and implemented a hybrid high school personal fitness/lifetime activities course. Go Jacks.

Instructor —Jennifer Reeves

Jennifer Reeves recently retired from her full-time position at the University of Arizona and is currently a part-time research associate research scientist in the university’s Nutritional Sciences Department. She is also the wellness coordinator for the Tucson Unified School District.

Student Leadership Workshop / 1-5 p.m.

This workshop (for students only) offers future professionals an opportunity to gather with other aspiring professionals from across Central District. Come spend an afternoon networking and gaining tools you can use after finding your first job.

The workshop will include the following topics:
  • 1-2 p.m. — Surviving the First Year of Teaching – A Toolbox for Success
    (Leah Wheeling - Simle Middle School; Bismarck, ND)
  • 2-3 p.m. — Utilizing Technology to Enhance Assessment
    (Megan Adkins - University of Nebraska Kearney)
  • 3-4 p.m. — Leadership Opportunities for Young Professionals
    (Joe Deutsch - North Dakota State University)
  • 4-5 p.m. — Finding and Thriving in Your First Teaching Position
    (Panel discussion with 5-7 public and private school teachers including Amy Heuer, Central District Past President, and Clayton Ellis, Central District President)

"I look forward to the Central District Conference every year! The content knowledge I gain is remarkable, but it's the relationships I have made through this organization that are irreplaceable."

— Erin Ellinger
Graduate Assistant
South Dakota State University

Conference Venue

Sanford Sports Complex
2210 W. Pentagon Place
Sioux Falls, SD

Just 10 minutes from the Sioux Falls Regional Airport, the 162-acre Sanford Sports Complex includes the Fieldhouse (with 62,000 square feet of field turf) and the Pentagon — home to regional, state and national sporting events.

Activities at the Sanford Sports Complex

Thursday, January 25
Friday, January 26

Hotel Information

Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel
3200 West Maple Street
Sioux Falls, SD

$94.99 per night*
(not including applicable state and local taxes)

Reservation Cutoff Date:
January 10, 2018

To make a reservation, call 605-336-0650.

*Guests must specify they are with SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators to receive the special group rate.

Thank you to our conference sponsor!
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