8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

General Session

CPS District Leadership Speakers:

Dr. Sherly Chavarria

Chief, Office of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Kenneth L. Fox, Jr

Office of Student Health and Wellness

Chicago Public Schools and the Whole Child

Every district strives for its students to reach their highest academic potential. Learn from Chicago Public Schools Leadership and Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy's specific examples on the whole child as a district core value. How they support their students so they are healthy, safe, engaged, and academically challenged will be shared. The audience will engage with a panel from Saucedo to include the principal, physical education teacher/wellness champion, school supports manager, a community member from Latinos Progresando, and the CPS Director of Health and Physical Education.

Stephanie A. Morris

CEO, SHAPE America

Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy Panel Members:

Virginia Hiltz


Juanita Herrera

School Supports Manager and a National Community in Schools Member

Natalie Kerrigan

Physical Education Teacher/Wellness Champion

Latinos Proresando

Eileen Hare

CPS Director of Health and Physical Education


Dr. Sherly Chavarria

Chief, Office of Teaching and Learning

Time Location Session Title and Description
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Room 305 health. moves. minds. Delivered

Bill Casey, Department chair for P.E., Health and Driver Ed. at Neuqua Valley High School

Neuqua Valley High School has delivered the health. moves. minds. program for two school years. Because of the flexibility of the program, we have been able to present content to the entire school based on the practice of the focused skills of kindness, mindfulness, empowerment, advocacy and gratitude. Come see how we approached the pilot and the success we experienced by introducing this social and emotional learning program that is health. moves. minds. Many of the lesson plans and ideas can easily be modified and/or delivered at any grade level.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Room 322 Trauma-Sensitive Practices in the Health Education Classroom

Sarah Benes, Merrimack College

This session synthesizes research and evidence on trauma-sensitive practices in schools. We will focus on strategies that can be implemented in the health education classroom and special considerations for health educators. We will also discuss strategies for supporting trauma-sensitive practices within the broader school context. This will be an interactive session that provides foundational understandings of trauma-sensitive practices and ideas for application.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Room 314 Addressing Chronic Absenteeism with Healthy School Environments

Kenneth Varner, Community Engagement Manager, Healthy Schools Campaign
Rosa Ramirez Richter, Director of Programs and Policy, Healthy Schools Campaign

Students who aren’t in school—no matter the reason—can’t learn. While the causes are multi-fold, one stands out as especially significant: student health. Compounding the problem is the fact that many students do not have access to healthy school environments. This workshop will help participants: 1) increase their awareness about the connection between health, attendance and learning, 2) understand the health-related factors surrounding chronic absenteeism, and 3) gain practical guidance for creating meaningful change to address health-related chronic absenteeism.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Room 304 Implementing the WSCC Model in Your School: A Case Study

Fran Cleland Donnelly, Professor - West Chester University

In this session participants will be familiarized with how to implement a needs assessment, and subsequently design an intervention plan for their school based on the 10 components of the WSCC model. A sample school intervention plan conducted by a teacher from Mannsdale Upper Elementary in Madison, Miss. will be featured. Additionally, the presenter will explain how teacher candidates at a university are also implementing intervention plans during student teaching using the WSCC model.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Room 318 WSCC and how it Relates to Health, PE and School Wellness

Candace Decker, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education

This session, presented by the Illinois State Board of Education, will provide insight on how WSCC can be used in health, PE and wellness programs. Participants will gain insights on how to incorporate the WSCC Model to promote health, PE and wellness in their school environments. Other topics included will be how state policies and practices align with WSCC.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Room 302 Supporting Transgender, Non-binary and Gender Nonconforming Students in Chicago Public Schools

E Marshall, LGBTQ+ and Sexual Health Project Manager, Chicago Public Schools

This session will detail the policy and practices of supporting transgender, non-binary and gender nonconforming students in Chicago Public Schools. The Chicago Public Schools "Guidelines on the Support of Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students" will be covered. Best practices in navigating gendered spaces such as sports teams, locker rooms, bathrooms and PE will be discussed. (Participants new to this topic are encouraged to read through SHAPE America's Transgender Inclusion section on their website:

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Room 322 Active SEL: The Power of Movement to Address Equity and Engage Your Community

Margot Toppen, EduMotion

This session explores the power of movement to address equity, engage diverse learners, and deepen family engagement. The most successful social and emotional learning programs use active forms of learning to teach students. Evidence suggests that dance out-paces other forms of physical activity arts learning when it comes to measurable SEL outcomes. What’s more: these outcomes are most profound for students of low socio-economic status and for English Language Learners. In this session, participants will explore the research behind these claims and engage in activities designed to explore exactly how movement can be used to develop all five SEL competencies: Self-Awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. As we explore each domain, participants will actively engage in activities that are rooted in music, dance and cultural expression. In addition to introducing strategies that can be used to engage students, the session will also explore how to share the joy of movement with families to deepen parent-child bonds. Participants will walk away from this session with new ideas about the power of movement to engage diverse learners in meaningful social and emotional development. Additionally, they will have a clear understanding of the research related to the strategies presented, and a specific action plan to take the strategies and ideas back to their team. Social and emotional learning and movement-based learning are natural partners that can help educators achieve whole-child education and whole-school engagement in a very powerful way.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Room 302 Creating a Culture of Health and Wellness: The Healthy CPS Initiative

Syretta Shealey, Healthy CPS Specialist, Chicago Public Schools
Jaime Tully, Health Information Manager, Chicago Public Schools

Healthy CPS is an initiative that supports schools in implementing 40+ health-related federal, state and local policies. This initiative was created to streamline those policies into one cohesive structure. Representatives from the Chicago Public Schools Office of Student Health and Wellness (OSHW) will discuss the reach and scope of OSHW’s work of leveraging resources, facilitating stakeholder engagement, and guiding strategic coordination toward creating a cultural shift in a school setting.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Room 314 Weaving Health Education Standards with SEL Competencies

Scott Todnem, Scullen Middle School, 2019 SHAPE America National Heath Education Teacher of the Year

Meet SEL competencies in the health classroom. Use social and emotional activities to boost health literacy skills and foster real-life connections. Build self-management and other health skills through abstract concepts, kinesthetic movements and great reflection. Yes, SEL can be fun! Come ready to be involved in activity.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Room 304 Whole Child through the Lens of Health Equity

Jamie Sparks, SHAPE America President
Jessica Lawrence, Cairn Guidance

This presentation will build participant knowledge and skills around focusing on the whole child through a health equity framework. We will share success stories, resources and engage participants in activities and share health equity best practices to fully engage the audience. The idea of integrating and aligning policies and systems to create supportive school environments has been a strategy for years. Health equity is having the personal agency and fair access to resources and opportunities needed to achieve the best possible physical, emotional and social well-being. We know many students come to school with disadvantages. We plan to focus on what the participants can do to promote equity among students and become aware of system inequities through the lens of the 10 components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Room 318 How to use the Whole School, Whole Child Model to Create Sustainable Change

Mikki Duran, Health & Human Performance Program Leader, Appleton Area School District

Do you feel like you are doing a lot to promote your program but not sure how it fits into a system? Or are you working with so many frameworks you are wondering how to make impactful changes? Utilizing the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model could help you navigate and communicate changes within your system to create an environment where every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. Participants will explore how to use the WSCC as a systems approach to facilitate and create change.

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Room 305 On the Hunt for Community Engagement

Will Navis, Elementary PE Teacher, Saint Charles School District 303

Let's explore a very simple, user friendly web-based scavenger hunt that will engage your community in ways you can't event imagine! Using GooseChase will allow you to connect your PE or health program to your school, your staff, your school families and community organizations or businesses.

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Room 304 WSCC 101: The Inside Scoop on the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Approach

Holly Alperin, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire

In this session participants will gain a better understanding of each of the WSCC components and how this model can be used to create and improve a culture of health and well-being in our schools.

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Room 305 One Love: An Innovative Approach to Relationship Health

Annie Forrest, Engagement Manager, National Partnerships
Emily Lloyd, Engagement Manager, National Sports Partnerships

One Love creates emotionally engaging educational tools for teachers to empower young people to improve their healthy relationship IQ for themselves and others. One Love utilizes both peer-to-peer and train-the-trainer models to give students and educators the ability to adapt our cutting-edge content and discussion guides to fit their specific classroom and community needs. Founded in 2010, One Love has reached over 900,000 people through in-person workshops. Come learn how you can bring One Love’s multi-layered education, awareness and movement-building campaign to your students.

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Room 318 A WSCC-Based Searcheable Website for Evidence-Based Practice

Maria del Mar Chavarria Soto, Chief of Teaching and Learning, University of Northern Colorado
Brian Dauenhauer, University of Northern Colorado

This website is the result of a three-year process conducting systematic reviews on evidence-based practices for the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. There is a significant amount of literature concerning policies, programs and practices for comprehensive school health; however, there remains a need to organize the existing evidence-based strategies into a high-quality and usable resource for researchers and practitioners. The creation of this website responded to this need. The purpose is to provide school wellness practitioners and researchers an easy-to-access site where you can identify existing evidence-based practices related to the 10 WSCC component areas that apply to your needs related to improving health or academic performance in schools. We would love to share more on the website, the process behind it and how it can hopefully support your interests and projects around school wellness.

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Room 314 The Impact of the WSCC Model on the Wellness of a School District

Kalise Horst, Wellness Coordinator, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District

When school staff members are healthy and participate in high-quality wellness programs, it directly reflects on the wellbeing of the students and their families. In this session, learn how you can utilize all components of the WSCC Model to create a comprehensive wellness program that positively impacts all dimensions of wellness for students, staff and the community. We'll discuss effective ideas for increasing buy-in and participation to help shift the culture in your school and district. You will discover how the WSCC Model can be used as a blueprint to ensure a comprehensive, effective and sustainable program.

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Room 322 Pilot Light: Supporting the Whole Child with Food Education

Katie Colvin, Director of Education, Pilot Light

This workshop will give participants an overview of the importance and relevance of food education. It will also provide an opportunity to learn about Pilot Light, a food education non-profit in Chicago, and how food education can be integrated into K-12 education, including an introduction to the Food Education Standards and the Food Education Center, a digital hub for food education lessons and resources. Workshop will include an interactive Pilot Light lesson demonstration.

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Room 302 SEL and PE: Past, Present, Future - Goals, Actions, Results

Virginia Hiltz, Principal of Saucedo
Herrera Juanita, Saucedo School Supports Manager/ Communities in Schools Chicago
Kerrigan Natali, PE & Swim Teacher for Saucedo

In this session, Saucedo staff members will discuss our goals for our SEL and PE programming, where we came from, where we are going, what steps we have taken and will take, and our results thus far. Participants will include the principal and PE and SEL staff members. There will be time for questions and answers.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Gym 1 health. moves. minds. Delievered (Part 2)

Michelle Carter, Senior Program Manager

So you've signed up to do a health. moves. minds. event? In this session we will get to see activities in action and go over ideas on how to make the biggest impact with your event! This session will include time to brainstorm and plan.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Room 304 R.A.D.ical Self-Defense - Empowering Teens

Linda Carlson, Oak Park and River Forest High School PE Teacher, 2017 SHAPE America National High School PE Teacher of the Year

R.A.D.ical Self-Defense is about EMPOWERING teenagers. The physical education class at Oak Park & River Forest High School is designed to promote awareness, recognition, reduction and avoidance of aggressive behavior and actions directed at teenagers. Topics such as healthy and unhealthy relationships, the influence of media on culture, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, bullying, cyber safety and how to avoid violence and unsafe situations are discussed.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Room 302 A Coordinated Approach to Child Health in a Diverse Cohort of Chicago Public Schools

Abby Rose, CATCH Global Foundation
Laura Mueller, PE and HE teacher, Camras Elementary
Katrina Haynes, PE and HE teacher, Clinton Elementary
Cassidy McGinnis, Playworks recess coach, Monroe Elementary
Jenny Aguinaga, PE and HE teacher, Sor Juana Elementary

As part of the Whole Child approach, school leaders and educators are supposed to take action to ensure that every child learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle at school. But how do you get started and, once started, how do you maintain momentum and plan for sustainability? Presenters for this session include educators from several CPS schools participating in the CATCH Promise project this school year to build and sustain a healthy school environments using the evidence-based CATCH coordination framework. Learn about how they have built support for focusing on health promotion within their school communities, the programs and strategies they are using to create a culture of health, and the steps they are taking to sustain these changes. Wherever your school is in the WSCC process, you will gain new ideas for moving your school forward in supporting student health.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Room 305 PE Teachers Take Action with WSCC

Lisa Perry, Senior National Physical Education/Physical Activity Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

This session will enable participants to bring the WSCC model to life! Physical educators will engage in student-related scenarios and formulate best practices to learn how to integrate physical education and physical activity across the WSCC framework.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Room 314 Nutrition Mission: Engaging Nutrition Education that Keeps Students Moving!

Paul Floyd, Physical Education Teacher/Former Assistant Principal, District 126

Looking for ways to dramatically impact the health of your students, families and staff? This presentation is centered around nutrition education lessons that will impact a student’s health for the rest of their lives! With 11 years of experience in education including work as a certified teacher evaluator, this presenter will focus on lessons that will keep students moving, utilize technology, serve the needs of EL students, and is grounded in research-based practice that will carry over into all aspects of your program.

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Room 314 Out-of-School Time Experiences that Promote Physical Activity and Social and Emotional Learning

Dr. K. Andrew Richards, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Naiman Khan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alicia Richards, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In this session, we will discuss how out-of-school experiences, such as before- and after-school and summer programs, can be used to promote physical activity as well as social and emotional learning. Linkages between such programs and greater school missions related to promoting health, wellness, and personal and social responsibility will be highlighted. Drawing from our own experiences, we will overview the Illinois Physical Activity and Life Skills (iPALS) Wellness Program, which provides children with a summer camp-style experience related to four key areas: a) physical activity, b) social and emotional learning, c) nutrition, and d) academic enrichment. Specifically, we will discuss the process of developing the program, as well as lessons learned after the first year of implementation. Participants will then be invited to share and describe their own experiences developing and leading out-of-school time experiences, including the associated success, problems and pitfalls they have encountered.

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Gym 1 Empathy and Inclusion: Social and Emotional Learning for All

Mark Foellmer, President of IAHPERD
Becky Foellmer, Instructional Coach

Participants will have an opportunity to engage in hands-on learning via an activity hyperdoc on the topic of empathy and inclusion that is sure to resonate deeply. Attendees will experience various disabilities through active learning. Take this hyperdoc back to your district for classroom use or staff professional development. Great session for administrators AND teachers.

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Room 302 The P.E. Teacher as Leader in Improving Policy & Practice

Sarah Chusid, Program Manager, Illinois Public Health Institute

Physical education is a key component of a Comprehensive Physical Activity Program (CSPAP), a model that helps districts/schools provide students with the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day. In this session, we’ll discuss opportunities for PE teachers to assume leadership in improving policy and practice within the CSPAP model, including: a) ensuring your own house is in order – elements of enhanced physical education and PE best practices, and b) the PE teacher as physical activity leader within the school – policy and practice.

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Room 305 AFHK Urban School Wellness Coalition: Models of Urban Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Districts

Ali Armacost, Program and Field Coordinator, Action for Healthy Kids

The Urban School Wellness Coalition brings together 33 urban district health and wellness leaders to share information, network, coordinate efforts and inform urban leaders on the importance of student health as a driver of academic success. Best practices, implementation strategies and innovative programming around the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) framework will be shared, as well as urban-based case studies from a selection of Coalition district members. Case studies may come from large, member districts such as Chicago Public Schools. Learning Objectives: After the presentation, participants will be able to: a) Describe Action for Healthy Kids’ Urban School Wellness Coalition, b) Identify the challenges and opportunities presented by integrating WSCC in urban settings, and c) Identify strategies and best practices used by large, urban districts to successfully implement a variety of WSCC-related policies and programs.

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Room 304 SEL + HPE = health. moves. minds.

Michelle Carter, Senior Program Manager

Learn more about health. moves. minds. a new service-learning program from SHAPE America focused on SEL and HPE. Get a closer look at how SEL competencies are embedded within HPE activities, as well as, how you can make the biggest impact to improve school wellness and help your students live their best lives emotionally and physically!

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Room 318 SHAPE Physical Activity Council: CSPAP in Action!

Ann Paulls-Neal, Highland High School (APS)

Members of the SHAPE America Physical Activity Council will present this session highlighting tips and ideas for what works for them. Part of being able to implement quality components of the CSPAP model is being able to find the programs and services that work for you!

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Closing Session

SHAPE America Speakers:

Michelle Carter

Senior Program Manager, SHAPE America

Stephanie A. Morris


A Mindful Closing with health. moves. minds

After a jam-packed day, take some time for meaningful reflection. Learn how you can use traditional PE activities to teach students healthy life skills around self-awareness and self-management. In addition, learn more about health. moves. minds., the new service-learning program from SHAPE America focused on teaching SEL and HPE.