Co-hosted by SHAPE America’s Western District and Central District
SEL Conference


July 31 - August 1, 2019

Convention Center at the Denny Sanford Premier Center
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Keynote Presentation

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
10:30-11:45 a.m.

SHAPE America is proud to present our 2019 keynote panel focused on the role of health and physical education in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).

A Part of Our History, A Part of our Future:  Discussing SEL in the HPE setting

Social and emotional learning has always been a component of health and physical education programs. Join us for a panel discussion to hear how SEL programming, including SHAPE America’s own health.moves.minds program, is impacting students in multiple states. The panel, moderated by Brian Devore will share its experiences from the classroom and administrative offices in order to provide models for SEL growth in all schools.

Moderator: Brian Devore

Before accepting his role as professional development manager for OPEN, Brian Devore had over 25 years of exemplary teaching experience at the middle and elementary levels. Additionally, he served as Fulton County Schools Health and Physical Education Coordinator. In 2013-14, Brian was named Cobb County’s Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, Georgia AHPERD’s Elementary PE Teacher of the Year, and SHAPE America Southern District Elementary Teacher of the Year. Most recently, he was the recipient of the first OPEN National Trainer Impact Award for his service and dedication to OPEN. In 2005, Devore was named Georgia’s Middle School PE Teacher of the Year. Along with his current position, Devore is a two-time Georgia AHPERD President, Georgia AHPERD’s Social Media Director/Webmaster, OPEN National Trainer, and SHAPE America Southern District Past-President.


Bill Casey

Bill Casey is currently the Department Chair for physical education, health and driver education at Neuqua Valley High School located in Naperville, IL. Casey has taught at every grade level (K-12) during his 27 years of teaching. He is very active in IAHPERD by taking a part in setting up the annual convention, as well as managing all the technology used by the organization. His school piloted the health.moves.minds. program at the high school level this last school year.


Kate Cox

Kate Cox is a Nationally Board Certified physical educator from the San Francisco Bay Area. She was the 2017 CAHPERD Middle School Teacher of the Year and the 2018 SHAPE America Southwest District Teacher of the Year. Cox is an instructional coach for the Health and Physical Education Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality professional development for health and physical education teachers. She is past director of the California Elementary Physical Education Workshop (EPEW), and has presented at many local, state and national conferences.


Kevin Garrett

Kevin Garrett is the Director of Special Programs at Iron County School District in Cedar City, UT. He has taught special education, coached multiple sports, and been an administrator during his 29-year career. Garrett received his bachelor’s in special education and physical education, and a master’s in education.


Andrea L. Cahn

Andrea has been with Special Olympics for 30 years and has held a variety of leadership roles in communications, program development strategy and government relations. She is the lead for Unified Schools in the U.S., responsible for the launch 11 years ago of this major partnership with the U.S. Department of Education that promotes social inclusion by creating model schools of acceptance through the innovative implementation of Special Olympics Unified Sports, inclusive youth leadership and other school wide education and awareness activities. The initiative has grown from a $5 million a year project in its first year to a $50 million dollar a year operation. The Unified Champion Schools program is currently offered in 48 states and Washington, DC, with programming in more than 7,000 schools, providing more than 8 million inclusive experiences to students across the country each year.