Convention Special Edition
Fall Newsletter 2016

Fall Convention


November 13-15
Embassy Suites, Lexington

National Speaker Line-Up

Carly Wright
Carly Wright is the Senior Manager of Advocacy for SHAPE America – the Society of Health and Physical Educators. Carly Works on federal, state, and local initiatives related to improving, implementing, and assessing school health education and physical education programs and policies in schools. She also represents SHAPE America before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and participates in national coalitions which work to elevate and promote health and physical education policies around the country. Carly has led a number of webinars, presentations, and trainings across the United States on advocating for health, physical education and health of our nation’s children. She has been employed by SHAPE America for nine years and has a B.A. in Communications from George Mason University.
Susan K. Telljohann

Susan K. Telljohann, HSD, CHES, is a professor Emeritus of Health Education at The University of Toledo. She received her doctoral degree in health sciences from Indiana University with an emphasis on school and college health education. Her experience in health education spans over 30 years, including health instruction from junior high to the University level. She has conducted research and published over 60 articles on health education in professional journals, presented over 60 papers at professional conferences and is the co-author of Health Education: Elementary and Middle School Applicartions, 8th Edition (McGraw-Hill, 2015). She is the co-author of the Health Smart Curriculum and the Teach and Reach health series published by ETR Associates. She also was one of the lead authors of the CDC and Prevention’s original and revised Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT). She is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Howe Award from the American School Health Association.

Naomi Hartl

Naomi Hartl has a passion for physical education and all things tech infused. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Education. She taught for four years in Saskatchewan, Canada and has relocated to Oregon, USA. In her pursuit to push the profession forward and to advocate for quality physical education, she started a new career as the PE Development & Technology Specialist for SPARK Programs in January 2015. She currently serves as the Secretary for the Oregon Society of Health and Physical Educators, and is a co-collaborator on Naomi leads the Innovation Team with Spark Development Director Jeff Mushkin.
Sean Slade
Sean Slade is the Director of Outreach at ASCD, focusing on promoting and expanding the ASCD Whole Child approach across the United States and globally. The ASCD Whole Child approach is part of a broad, multi-year plan to shift public dialogue about education from an academic focus to a whole child approach that encompasses all factors required for successful student outcomes. It strives to enhance learning by addressing each student’s social, emotional, physical, and academic needs through the shared contributions of schools, families, communities, and policymakers.

During his more than two decades in education, Slade has written extensively on topics related to the whole child and health and well-being, and he has been at the forefront of promoting and using school climate, connectedness, resilience, and a youth development focus for school improvement. He has been a teacher, head of department, educational researcher, senior education officer, and director. He has taught, trained, and directed education initiatives in Australia, Italy, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Since joining ASCD, Slade has directed the Whole Child and Healthy School Communities programs; led the development of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model; hosted the Whole Child symposia; and been a regular columnist for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and ASCD’s In-service blog. His latest work is an ASCD Arias publication titled School Climate Change: How Do I Build a Positive Environment for Learning?, which he coauthored with Peter DeWitt.


Register NOW for Fall Convention

Click HERE to register and register online for the convention. 

If paying with a Purchase Order (PO):
NOTE: complete the registration page and submit. 

It will take you to the Paypal payment page.  You can log out at that point and we will get your registration.  You MUST register online before completing the PO so we have the correct information for the invoice.

When registering, please be sure to check membership status.  If you are paying your own membership, be sure to complete the Paypal (credit card) transaction
Send a copy of your PO to Barb Willoughby at: Include the email address of your school bookkeeper or financial person. Barb will send a copy of the invoice to you AND your bookkeeper. 

This must be completed before November 10th
Payment to KAHPERD is expected before December 31st.
Direct questions to: Jenny Dearden, Executive Director (

NEW: Fall Convention Administrator Track
Fill out an application on
(only 50 spots available)

Having administrator buy in is huge when trying to create healthier, active environments at our schools. This is your chance to show them our importance and learn with you about the Whole Child and student wellness. Have your administrator save the date: Nov. 14 to join us at the fall convention for special sessions geared just for them.
Tentative - Fall Convention Schedule
Sunday – 1:00-4:00 - Ready, Set, Tech: Using Technology to Transform Physical Education
4:30-6:30 – Awards and Student Showcases
Fuel Up to Play 60 Student Ambasssadors
Jump Rope For Heart Student Demos
Jump Rope For Heart Award Schools
Dance Student Demo
GoNoodle Student Demo
Go Noodle Recognition
Let’s Move Active Schools/Alliance for a Healthier Generation Schools
Tobacco Free School Awards
KY Action for Healthy Kids Awards
Tentative Schedule
Call for KAHPERD Board Nominations
Want to be involved with YOUR state organization? Nomination forms must be completed online. Click HERE for a Board Nomination Form.

Nominees must: (1) be a member of KAHPERD for three years or more; (2) assume the duties/responsibilities of the office; and (4) 3-year commitment for President, 2-year for Vice- Presidents, Board Members-at-Large and Section Chairs (one board meeting the evening prior to the convention, one board meeting immediately following the convention, and three board meetings that are not held in conjunction with the convention — held on Saturdays through- out the year and include one Leadership Workshop in January, one spring board meeting, and one summer board meeting).

Deadline: Oct. 1
Jamie Sparks, President

It is hard to believe that my year as KAHPERD President is almost over!  It has been one of the most rewarding and valuable experiences in my career.  2016 has been a year of tremendous opportunity for elevating health education and physical education thanks to the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The board and many of our members throughout the state have been engaged with the #KyEDListens process, as our Education Commissioner collected information on how to best implement ESSA. All that progress and excitement has set the stage for one of the most dynamic fall conventions we have ever hosted in Kentucky! 

The theme, “Show Me the Money” was designated in October 2015 as an advocacy message for HPE programs for the return on investment we bring schools and communities from improving wellness. However with the passage of ESSA in December 2015, that theme has shifted to literally “Show KY the Money”.  As this is being written, there are still lots to be determined about state implementation of ESSA, especially the big question: “How much money Congress will fund?”

With that said, we have an unbelievable line-up of national and state presenters which has resulted in us shifting the program agenda to two full days of sessions!  Two of our national presenters, Naomi Hartl and Sue Telljohann will lead workshops for us. I am excited that we can offer both a three hour PD eligible session for physical education on Sunday (1-4 PM) and for health education on Monday (3-6 PM).  Both of these workshops take place outside of the normal instructional day so it can be offered for professional development credit for teachers.

Monday kicks off with ASCD’s Sean Slade, who leads their Whole Child initiative and works globally with school administrators and education leaders.  You will notice a lot of other new faces as well! Monday will feature a full day principal/administrator’s track of sessions following the keynote as well. We are excited to educate and build better awareness with education leaders for how to assess quality physical education and health education programs and practices.   Tuesday starts with SHAPE America’s Senior Manager of Advocacy, Carly Wright.  Carly has been instrumental in representing SHAPE America and the 50 state associations in Washington D.C. throughout the long process of re-authorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  Those efforts have resulted in HPE now included in the definition of “Well-Rounded Education” and for the first time in the history of federal education policy, eligible for title funding (Title I, II and IV).  

These are just a few of the many highlights for #KAHPERD16, I look forward to seeing you in November!!

Deborah Campbell, President – Elect
What an exciting time to be a member of KAHPERD!  The school year is getting into full swing and our Fall Convention is ready to empower you with some exciting and very informational sessions.   The KAHPERD board members and I have been very busy over the past six months.  Advocacy is one of President Sparks’ passions and we have tackled Washington, D.C. and our Kentucky politicians with the importance of ESSA, funding and the impact it will have on H/PE.  More work needs to be done, but we are excited about the progress being made.   I strongly encourage you to continue advocating and contacting our local representatives and senators about H/PE issues.  If you need assistance with how to reach them then email me or Jamie Sparks.  Some board members and I also attended the Southern District Leadership Conference this summer and met with other states about Advocacy, LMAS, JRFH/HFH and other beneficial topics for our association.  
Kentucky’s program review has been reconstructed and hopefully will be more beneficial for everyone involved.  Thank you to those that were involved.  Be sure to look for sessions or trainings about it.
I am looking forward to my year as your president.  The plan is to keep KAHPERD members involved with developing “the well-rounded child” and teaching our youth about the importance of their lives.  As a president, I hope to keep you up to date on hot topics in the areas of our association and to provide you with valuable professional development opportunities. If you have a concern, idea or question please contact me or any of our board members and we will be glad to help or listen.  Can’t wait to see everyone in November!
Daniel Hill, Vice President (Sports and Leisure)
On Professional Learning Communities
Professional Learning Communities or PLC’s are a means to assist educators by meaningful collaboration with colleagues.  PLC’s provide a simple way to share ideas, thoughts, feelings, and resources to grow professionally.  However, that poses a problem for the H/PE professional:  we may very well be the only person in our building that teaches our subject.  We have unique challenges and benefit greatly from content specific professional development.  If you are the only person in you building that teaches health or PE, whom do you have a PLC with?
Using social media and other online resources can assist the H/PE professional build a meaningful PLC!  The following is a short list of online resources that are designed to meet the needs of the H/PE professional:

TWITTER- The weekly Twitter Chat:  #espechat   8:00pm on Tuesday nights provides weekly discussions on current topics in Health and PE.  To find out more about this twitter chat: 
BLOGS- Check out The PE specialist Ben Landers:  Very practical tips and techniques to improve the quality and efficiency of the elementary PE classroom. 

SHAPE AMERICA and P.A.L DIGEST- Sign up for these free exchanges to post questions and get feedback from across the nation!

FACEBOOK GROUPS- Send a request to join groups:  Kentucky Physical Education and Health Teachers and PE Central are two great ones!   Once accepted, post and ask questions to grow professionally!

PODCASTS and VOXCASTS-   Listen to a podcast or a Voxcast while working out.  PD while you “practice what you preach!”  Here are some links to a few great ones:

WEBSITES- Scroll through your favorites tab and see which sites you benefit from:  

I often feel as if I teach on an island.  I’m the sole PE teacher in a school of over 700 students!  That feeling of isolation is diminished greatly by using these and other online sources.  I hope they can assist you to develop a meaningful PLC!
Billion Mile Race
Shoe Makeover Contest Winners:
Cumberland Trace Elementary!
Over 400 schools across the country entered our first ever #ShoeMakeoverContest and in the end one school took home the grand prize of brand new New Balance shoes for their entire school: Cumberland Trace Elementary School in Bowling Green, Kentucky!
Over 600 pairs of brand new New Balance sneakers were awarded to the students of Cumberland Trace in honor of their hard work and dedication to the New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race.
The Billion Mile Race is designed to boost in-school physical activity and inspire a lifetime of movement. The children at Cumberland Trace have certainly inspired all of us here at the Billion Mile Race. The students at Cumberland Trace collectively walked, skipped and ran over 7,000 miles and even raised money for causes such as Relay for Life and Walk for Water.

Check out our interview with Amy Oliver, PE teacher at Cumberland Trace who helped organize the entire day:
Check out the rest of the blog post at:

Show Makeover
Summer Convention Fun!
#KAHPERD16 #ShowKYtheMoney
#KAHPERD16 #ShowKYtheMoney @kyahperd

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