October 17 - 20, 2018

Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel
150 W 500 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

for the PETE & HETE Conference

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    Presentations will reflect best practices NOW and/or our vision of the future. Research and practical applications related to the ever-changing ideas, challenges, and needs with regard to the following topics:

  • Professional Preparation for Whole-of-School Approaches
    Whole-of-school (WOS) initiatives across the US (e.g., CSPAP, LMAS) and Europe (e.g., Active Flag School, PE with Class, and Finnish Schools on the Move) are increasingly being adopted for their potential to help their nations’ children to achieve health-related outcomes by adopting a healthier and more active lifestyle in their youth. If successful, these initiatives, along with supporting curricular offerings, may instill lifelong knowledge, skills, and confidence toward a Health and Active Lifestyle. Presentations in this area may include descriptions/synthesis/research on (a) how HETE and PETE preparation programs are individually or collectively preparing new professionals for WOS approaches, (b) curricular offerings intended to support and deliver a WOS programs, (c) successful implementation strategies across K-12 for overcoming barriers, generating administrative support, PLCs, etc., (d) how WOS is received by students, parents, and communities. Presentations should also be aligned with at least one of three areas of emphasis: best practices, Experiential Research, or Trends and Issues.
    Emphasis: Best Practices, Experiential, Research, Trends and Issues

  • Collegiality and Collaboration in PETE/HETE
    Inter-professional collaboration is an essential element of productive college and university faculty. Presentations in this area may include descriptions of approaches and strategies for planning and teaching, effectively mentoring junior faculty, successful collaboration in joint research, university-school-community collaboration, preparation for integrating HPE, PA & Sport programs in schools, international perspectives on HPE, research and development for 21st century school and community HPE programs, grants and grant writing, advising doctoral candidates, effectively enhancing the diversity and inclusion of undergraduate and graduate HPE students, quality control of HPE programs, and field experience placement of HPE students.
    Emphasis: Best Practices, Experiential, Research, Trends and Issues

  • Preparing Culturally Relevant and Inclusive Professionals
    In the current political education climate HPE teachers continue to be asked to contribute to student achievement in multiple content areas, including STEM literacies and Common Core learning standards while keeping pace with technological and social change. Teacher Preparation programs aim to provide teacher candidates with curriculum and instructional strategies that are inclusive and culturally relevant for a variety of school and community contexts (rural, urban, low socioeconomic, ethnically diverse, students with disabilities/adapted physical activity and English language learners). Presentations in this area may include instruction to increase student engagement in healthy physically active lifestyles, intervention & prevention curriculum and programs (obesity, healthy eating, adapted physical activity etc.), social and emotional learning, on line and technology instruction, and integrated curriculum that include critical thinking, problem solving, communication, cooperation, culturally inclusive strategies, and conflict resolution.
    Emphasis: Best Practices, Experiential, Research, Trends and Issues

  • Securing a Place for HPE in Today’s Educational Landscape
    K-12 schools are facing increased demand for teacher and program assessment and accountability. Professional preparation programs in HPE must prepare teacher candidates to effectively address student accountability and grading, as well as the teacher evaluation and accountability. Presentations in this area may include addressing federal education policy, the Danielson Framework, edTPA, CAEP and other teacher education program evaluation, teacher candidate preparation for the hiring process, teacher candidate preparation for local state, district and school policies and requirements, licensing and endorsement, the dual role of health and physical education, career long professional development, preparing future professionals with strategies for working with government and corporate partners and grant writing.
    Emphasis: Best Practices, Experiential, Research, Trends and Issues

  • Advocacy and Policy Change
    The authorization of ESSA was a major victory for the health and physical education profession after years of consistent exclusion and marginalization under the 2001 No Child Left Behind legislation. Although there continues to be many challenges for HPE, ESSA aims to shift the focus to a well-rounded education for students which include health and physical education. Presentations in this area may include approaches and strategies to prepare and engage pre/in-service professionals for international, national, state and local advocacy and policy change, and research methodologies for documenting the impact of health, physical education, physical activity, dance and sport for youth and community development.
    Emphasis: Best Practices, Research, Trends and Issues