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Join SHAPE America, March 20-24, in Music City!

RESTON, VA, December 19, 2017 — Attention health and physical educators! Get ready for a professional development experience that will empower you to transform your classroom and your school into extraordinary student learning experiences. Save up to $75 by registering for the 133rd annual SHAPE America National Convention & Expo before February 7th. The Society of Health and Physical Educators’ national convention is held in partnership with SHAPE America Southern District and Tennessee AHPERD.

SHAPE America has planned for inspiring speakers, focused programming and networking events in one of the country’s favorite cities – Nashville. You will find 300+ focused sessions on standards-based curriculum, effective instructional practices, evidence-based assessment and more.

The week’s activities kick off Tuesday, March 20, when you are invited to bring your assessment challenges to the workshop, “Practical Assessment of National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes with PE Metrics.” Based on the all-new edition of this popular SHAPE America resource, the workshop will provide you with suggestions on appropriate assignments and the skills to develop sample assessments for tracking student progress. That afternoon another new SHAPE America publication called Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Health Education in the Secondary Classroom will be featured in a four-hour workshop.

At Wednesday’s opening General Session with internationally known educator Stephen Ritz, he will share how we can transform schools with collaboration, coalition and get-to-yes solutions. On Thursday Olympic Gold Medalist Benita Fitzgerald Mosley who is now the CEO of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, will illustrate how sport can be used as a tool for social change. 50 Million Strong by 2029 is the theme for Friday’s General Session, which will dive into advocacy, health practices and effective teacher instruction — tools to put all children on the path to health and physical literacy through effective health and physical education programs. Popular health educator Deborah Tackmann will talk about the new risks facing today’s youth and offer solutions for creating effective school health and wellness programs.

Also joining us will be the legendary Dr. Kenneth Cooper. “I’m pleased to be this year’s keynote speaker for the Research Quarterly Exercise Science lecture,” said Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the “Father of Aerobics” and author of the pivotal book Aerobics. “I applaud what our physical educators are doing every day, and sharing the 50th anniversary of Aerobics with those who are directly on the front lines of shaping the health of our next generation is an honor.”

From the latest on funding under the Every Student Succeeds Act to trends in instruction, fitness and technology to our popular Opening Celebration at the Famous Saloon and the Hall of Fame Banquet, you will find plenty of opportunities to network with teachers and researchers from around the country. As always, a must-see at the convention will be the exhibit hall featuring hundreds of the latest educational products and services.
This largest gathering of health and physical educators only happens once a year. So, get ready to:

  • Become a more effective health/physical educator and learn from experts in the profession
  • Grow your network and build new relationships
  • Celebrate award-winning peers from around the country
  • Discover valuable new programs, products and services for your HPE program
  • Learn to be a stronger advocate for HPE in your school, community and state
  • Earn SHAPE America Contact Hours through hands-on workshops and sessions
Get inspired and rejuvenated by a professional development experience that will help you prepare all children to live their best life.

About SHAPE America
SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs. For more information, visit www.shapeamerica.org.




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Contact:
Paula Kun
Snr. Director of Marketing & Communications
(703) 476-3461
pkun@shapeamerica.org