2018 Eastern District Conference

2018 SHAPE America Eastern District Conference, January 28-30, Burlington, VT

Co-Hosted by SHAPE Vermont

January 28-30  •  Burlington, VT

Register by December 15
and SAVE with early-bird rates!

Conference Registration

Exhibitor Information


Conference Details  

More than 100 sessions for all teaching levels and disciplines. PLUS, you won't want to miss these special conference events:


Programming for Future Professionals

Students — don't miss out on your opportunity to:

  • Learn from experienced health & physical education teachers;
  • Network with professionals who can guide your career; and
  • Bond with other future professionals!

Take a look at all the recommended conference sessions for future professionals.

Registration Rates

 Pre-Conference Workshops — Saturday, January 27

Must register for workshops by Dec. 15.

Full-Day Workshop / 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Implementing the National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes for Elementary Physical Education / $75
This workshop is designed to help teachers of elementary physical education better understand and apply the newly revised national standards and grade-level outcomes. Information gained from the workshop will assist teachers in curriculum design and assessment of student learning in elementary physical education. Through both cognitive and psychomotor engagement, workshop participants will experience the grade-level outcomes leading to mature patterns of skill execution and their application in gymnastics, dance and games environments.

Instructor — Tina Hall

Tina Hall is an associate professor at Middle Tennessee State University and a former K-8 physical education teacher. She is also the co-author of several books, including: Lesson Planning for Elementary Physical Education: Meeting the National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes.

Half-Day Workshop / 1 - 4 p.m.

A Primer for Teaching a Skills-Based Approach in Health Education / $50
This workshop provides the fundamentals of a skills-based approach to health education in which the focus is on developing student proficiency in the skills of the National Health Education Standards. There will be discussion on strategies for facilitating skill development through relevant and functional information. By the end of the workshop, participants will have the tools needed to transition to a skills-based approach to health education in their course, school and/or district.

Instructor — Holly Alperin

Holly Alperin is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology - Health and Physical Education at the University of New Hampshire.

 Sunday, January 28 (Highlights)

Opening General Session

Our keynote speaker Travis Roy will inspire you to set goals and conquer life's hurdles as he shares his personal story: In October 1995 — just 11 seconds into his first-ever shift for Boston University's men's ice hockey team — he slid head-first into the boards, cracking his fourth vertebra and leaving him a quadriplegic. Although imprisoned for months in a hospital bed, then confined to a wheelchair, he gradually found the grit and the will to reclaim for himself a fulfilling and productive life.

An author and motivational speaker, Travis is also the founder of the Travis Roy Foundation, which helps spinal cord injury survivors and funds research for a cure.

Keynote Speaker — Travis Roy

"In life there are times when we choose our challenges and other times when the challenges simply choose us. The question is whether we conquer the challenges life presents us, or surrender to them." — Travis Roy

Monday, January 29 (Highlights)

General Session

Inspiring to Reach New Heights
Hear from each of our speakers about the amazing hikes or mountain climbs they have achieved — or face this year — as they share wonderful stories that demonstrate their motivation and determination to accomplish these challenging experiences.

Speakers — Lynn & Kelly McClintock; Christopher Ummer; Yarrow & Zella Upton


Margaret Paulding Lecture

Active Girls Become Strong Women
Physical activity is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle; however, young females are at greater risk for not getting enough physical activity compared to young males. During this presentation, current research will be shared that will include the benefits of an active lifestyle for young girls as well as strategies to enhance physical activity opportunities for young girls in your school and/or community.

Speaker — Irene Cucina

Irene Cucina is a professor of health and physical education at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. She is also a SHAPE America Past President.

Hotel Information

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington Vermont (formerly the Sheraton Burlington Hotel)
870 Williston Road
Burlington, VT

$119 per night*
(not including applicable state and local taxes)

Reservation Deadline:
January 5, 2018

To make a reservation:

*Reference the "SHAPE America Conference 2018" to get the special discounted group rate.

Hotel Shuttle:
The DoubleTree offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the Burlington International Airport (BTV). Call 802-865-6600.

Daily Commuters:

Park at the back of the hotel and use that entrance to be closest to the conference registration.

"My experience with the SHAPE America Eastern District Conference has always been a positive one. The focus is consistently on effective, comprehensive health and physical education, guided by the latest research and resources. It is an opportunity to learn, network and grow with some of the best professionals in our field!"

— David Gusitsch
K-12 Coordinator
Westport (CT) Public Schools


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