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Please note, the schedule is subject to change. 

Thursday 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Learning Activities to Develop Body Coordination
Wei Bian, Sport Court 2 & 4 
In this session, participants will learn and perform activities that can develop eye-hand, eye-foot, and bilateral body parts coordination. They will experience game activities as well.

Free [Yes Free!] Tools to Leverage Health + Wellness School-Wide
Alyssa Mahramus and Allen Prendergast, Integrity A
Dive into digital resources including healthy lifestyles, alcohol, and opioid education and mental wellness. Attendees will leave with accounts and how the programs fit within their scope and sequence.

Teaching Creative Dance in K-12 Physical Education
Fran Cleland, TBD
Get "outside of your teaching box" and expand your teaching repertoire! You do NOT have to be a dancer! Join in this active session and participate in sample creative dance lesson vignettes for K-12 students. In addition, you will learn how to design creative dance experiences for K-12 students

Technology to Increase Personal Productivity and Communication with Families
Betty Ann Fish and Joanne Leight, Integrity B
With so many technology tools and apps around how do you best use the tools to benefit you, your students and their families?

Ultimate Frisbee & Spirit of the Game
Turf 1

Thursday 8:10 -9:30

Keynote: Mark Friedrich, No Props No Problem
Field House Turf
It's time for us to practice what we preach! Mark will use the latest team building and cooperative activities in the Adventure Education/PE setting to kick off the 2019 PSAHPERD Conference. We use team building and cooperative activities in our classrooms to leave students with positive feelings of belonging - and we want that for each of you throughout the conference!

Thursday 9:40 – 10:40

Mindfulness Matters-Cultivating Happier Classrooms
Kelly Conron and Sebrina Doyle, Sport Court 2 & 4
Have you ever dreamed of creating a calm, kind compassionate classroom? This dream can become a reality AND it starts with you! Learn how to incorporate mindfulness practices in life and school.

Make Health a Moving Experience
Christopher Jackson, Wood Court 9
Make Health a Moving Experience incorporates health concepts such as Heart Health and Nutrition, and brings these subjects alive (oh and FUN) through games and movement.

Feel the Rhythm! Feel the Rhyme! Get on Up It's Dancing Time
Chance Condran and Alenna Condran, TBD
Let's have fun moving our bodies to the beat of the music! Come experience innovative ways to incorporate rhythm and dance into your Elementary PE Curriculum.

Organ Tissue Donation Awareness in Your School
Karen Herr and Dwendy Johnson, Integrity B
This session will provide a look at organ and tissue donation in Pennsylvania and how our educators can help spread awareness in the classrooms to assist students to make the decision of a lifetime.

School Leadership Part 1
Kim Razzano, Motivate B

Thursday 10:50 – 11:50

Fitness Activities to Engage our Youngest Students
Betty Ann Fish, Sport Court 2 & 4
Experience fitness activities and games that will motivate young students on their journey to a lifetime of wellness.

Hooking your Students on Health
Craig Shapiro, Integrity B
Hooking your students on Health will focus on activities that promote engagement, positive interactions, relationship building and the overall enjoyment of Health class.  The session will be interactive in nature.  We will discuss various best practices on how to best empower students in their own learning.  

Music has the Rhythm but Movement Can’t be Beat!
Jeff Jacobs, TBD
Uncomfortable or reluctant to teach dance and rhythmics in K-6? Be at ease! Learn fun ways to create and teach simple movement sequences and basic dances. Includes free e-access to all materials.

RampShot- A Fun and Active Twist on Cornhole!
Josh Bonventre, Turf 1
RampShot is an exciting yard game where players toss and/or catch for points, keeping all students active and engaged! Watch our “how to play” videos and learn more at!

School Leadership Part 2
Kim Razzano, Motivate B

Thursday 11:50 - 12:20

Lunch, Mezzanine Area
Lunch is included in your registration cost.

Outstanding Future Professional Violet Baumgardner Scholarship Luncheon and Networking, Integrity A

Thursday 12:20 – 1:20

Utilizing Technology for the 21st Century Learner in Physical Education
Katelyn Burdan, Sport Court 2 & 4
Explore technical applications that can be used as an extension of teaching, encourage self and peer assessment, & how they can be used in the secondary educational environment.

The Mood Pyramid: A Comprehensive Mental Health Approach
Louis Bianco, Inspire
This proactive workshop discusses how to identify and maintain mental health balance through a comparison to nutrition, and how we teach our youth about diet.

Lights-Out Fitness Drumming
Shawn Bean, TBD
This is fitness drumming in the dark with black lights and lasers. It is for grades 3-12. Participation is strongly encouraged. You'll love it!

Terry Gooding, Wood Court 9
KIN-BALL 48" requires skills and strategies not found in any traditional athletic competition. No physical contact, no intimidation, no interference, no one left out.

School and HPE Club Partnerships - How to Collaborate With a Purpose
Kelly Boyd & Shane McGrath, Integrity B
This session is designed to show schools, University HPE Clubs, and HETE-PETE faculty how to work together by creating opportunities that are aligned with and reinforce components of the WSCC model.

Thursday 1:30 – 2:30

Noodle Mania
Chance Condran and Alenna Condran, Sport Court 2 & 4
Come to this active session to learn some fun and creative ways to incorporate pool noodles into your Physical Education classes.

Social and Emotional Learning for Secondary Students
Hannah Brewer and Lorah Momeyer, Inspire
Experience activities that promote self-awareness and self-regulation. Learn why essential oils, the "headspace" app, and personal exploration activities empower youth to self-regulate.

Hip Hop Workshop
Access the fundamentals of Hip-Hop dance through refined teaching techniques that will benefit the body & brain of your students while building social skills.

Soft Lax
Turf 1
Physical education lacrosse, also known as soft-stick lacrosse, is a co-ed version of lacrosse that utilizes modified equipment and rules and is designed for youth to achieve quick success executing the basics skills of lacrosse

Don’t Count US Out
Urban Education Panel, Integrity B
Learn how teaching in the inner city is an incredibly rewarding option and pick up tips to be successful.
Thursday 2:40 – 3:40

Mark Friedrich, Turf 1
Experience icebreaker activities through one unique deck of Ubuntu Cards by High 5 Adventure Learning Center. See how one deck of 54 cards can transform any group into a TEAM.

Making an Impact with Social and Emotional Learning
Dean Boronyak, Integrity B
This session will show you how North Allegheny's Social and Emotional curriculum is integrated into HPE class and our buildings to foster student wellness.

US Games, Plug and Play Fitness
Nick Kline, Sport Court 2 & 4
This session will help you prepare your students to maximize their understanding of critical fitness concepts.

The Hidden Potential of PE to Foster SEL
Bo Shappell, Wood Court 9
Explore ways to foster self-reflection, mindfulness, and self-awareness through movement. Learn how to apply these strategies in your PE curriculum.

Securing Your Financial Future
Mark Sapita, Inspire
Awesome! You got the job! You have some big decisions to make now that will have a lasting impact on your financial future.

Thursday 3:50 – 4:50

Nick Kline, Sport Court 2 & 4
Join forces ready to actively engage in activities that maximize MVPA, while infusing academic rigor. The mission: unite and strengthen your power to develop physical literacy.

Red Cross School Partnerships
Cait Waxler, Integrity B
Take your health curriculum to the next level with Red Cross programming. With the Killion Bill on the horizon, learn about how to teach Red Cross CPR.

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Elementary Physical Education
Dr. Fran Cleland, Brianna McCabe, Katie Fisher, Alex Vile, Nick Persia, Zack Magill, Christian Aguayo-Lopez, Wood Court 9 
Educate hearts, inspire minds, and help students navigate the world more effectively through SHAPE America Standard 4 elementary physical education lessons focused on social and emotional learning.

Backward Designing Fun
Elyse Loughlin, Turf 1
Fun is the hook that anchors physical activity into the lives of students. Walkthrough backward design while learning different activities. This session will focus on purposeful fun!

Wellness Coaching in the Secondary Curriculum - A One Year Case Study
Tom Palfey, Inspire
Altoona Area School District implemented a Wellness Coach model into their curriculum. We will discuss and review of the pros and cons of this experience.

Evening Activities

5:00 - 6:00
All-Conference social hour (free appetizers & cash bar), Motivate B
Stop by for a quick bite before getting dolled up for our evening celebrations!

6:00 - 6:30
PSAHPERD Endowment Recognition Reception, Motivate B

6:30 7:30
Linda Woods Huber Appreciation Awards & Cocktail Reception, Motivate B

7:30 - 9:30
Elmer B. Cottrell Awards Banquet Motivate A & B

Friday 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Past Presidents Breakfast
Fork Lift and Palate Restaurant

Omnikin Balls: Fundamentals, Frolic, Fitness, and Fun
Terry Gooding, Sport Court2 & 4
Experience all these components of quality Physical Education using Omnikin's 14" to 48" durable, light-weight balls. Games promote all students actively engaged and learning.

The Opioid Epidemic – What Every Educator Should Know
Keri Kulik, Integrity B
The opioid epidemic is the worst public health crisis in Pennsylvania. This session will provide a variety of curriculum resources to educate and engage students.

Changing the World is a Team Sport
Nicole McCoy, Brett McCoy, Wood Court 9
This session will touch on the fundamentals of what Interscholastic Unified Sports is and the steps you can take for developing a program for your district.

ACTION! Team Games w/ MVPA Assessment
Gopher Sports, Product Demos and Lesson Ideas, Turf 1
Action Packed, Class Oriented, Teacher Friendly, Inclusive, Only From Gopher, NASPE Focused Games, and of course our Uploadable Pedometers

Is My HPE Program The Best It Can Be?
David Schmidt, Motivate B
Do you have School Board support for your program? At North Allegheny we do! Earn it by showing them how student needs can be best met through progressive skills based HPE Program.

Friday 8:10 – 9:30

Keynote: Tom Murray Motivate A & B
Having no historical precedent, the current speed of technological breakthroughs has led to the coming age of workplace automation, dramatically altering the world of work that our students will enter upon graduation. With the vast disparities of inequity that have existed for centuries, all that is known about how students learn, and the predictions regarding the world that our students will face tomorrow, utilizing a traditional, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning is educational malpractice. Built upon the foundation of leadership and school culture, a redesigned learning experience fundamentally shifts the teaching and learning paradigm to one that is personal, while altering the use of authentic assessments, how technology is leveraged, the spaces in which the learning occurs, the way educators grow professionally, how schools collaborate with the community, and ultimately, the sustainability of the system as a whole. In this day-long, interactive workshop, Murray will dissect these eight keys, which each serves as a puzzle piece for redesigning the learning experience, to unlock tomorrow’s schools so that today’s modern learners leave ready to create new industries, find new cures, and solve world problems. We must create tomorrow’s schools today and you are part of the solution.


Friday 9:40 – 10:40

Alignment Based Yoga in Schools
Gretchen Colwell, Turf 1
Alignment based yoga is used to help improve anatomical position creating space for movement, reduce pain, and improve mental health.

The GIFs That Keep On Giving
Ferris Kelly, Integrity B
Learn how to create and utilize GIFs in your classroom in order to enhance skill acquisition, improve self-assessment, implement seamless instant activities, and much more…

Mountain Biking and the Cognitively Different Athlete. A Discussion with Zach Rundell
Zach Rundell and Pat Engleman, Wood Court 9
As a young man, Zach has found the cure to his multiple cognitive disabilities. The mountain bike has changed him from many pills a day to control his behavior to pill-free and on a new road of hope.

Net Generation Part 1
Renee Lentz, Sport Court 2 & 4
Tennis In-service training for all teachers registered in Net Generation. Each training session will take three hours to ensure continuing education credits for attendees.

Keynote Breakout
Tom Murray, Motivate B

Friday 10:50 – 11:50

Teambuilding and Cooperative Activities with “ADROP”!
Ross Chakrian, Turf 1
“What’s ADROP,”? Find out how to use this acronym as a tool to help your students develop their interpersonal skills while participating in a purposeful sequence of engaging cooperative activities!

Adolescent Suicide Awareness & Prevention
Corey Sisk, Integrity B
Suicide has become the second leading cause of death for adolescents--it's time to make a change! Learn how to raise awareness in your own school, health class, and community.

Teaching Experience: Students with Different Disabilities; Real Accounts from Real People
Christopher Gallagher & Robert Andrew Carr Jr, Wood Court 9

Net Generation Hour 2
Renee Lentz, Sport Court 2 & 4
Tennis In-service training for all teachers registered in Net Generation. Each training session will take three hours to ensure continuing education credits for attendees.

Keynote Breakout…continued
Tom Murray Motivate B

Friday 11:50-12:20

Lunch, Mezzanine Area

Future Professionals Lunch
Grab your lunch and join us to network with other future professionals! Learn about the many opportunities to get involved with PSAHPERD. 

Friday 12:20 – 1:20

Introduction to Bodyweight Straps in PE
Bo Shappell, Green Room
Learn how to use the straps correctly, basic movement patterns, ways to modify exercises, and how to implement in a PE curriculum

Technology Tools in Elementary Health and Physical Education
Jennifer Butz & Jennifer Rudella, Integrity B
Technology tools including Nearpod, Kahoot, Google, Pear Deck, and Flippity will be explained followed by effective implementation for K-12 Health and Physical Education Teachers.

Badminton, Adapted Experiences
Dean W Schoppe, Sport Court 2 & 4
Hands-on activity session featuring progressions for skills including stroke serves footwork adaptive application and progressions for special needs students.

Staying sharp: Finding more ways to say the same thing to maximize your feedback impact
Cameron Kiosoglous, Inspire
This presentation shares practical ways to help students optimizing learning through effectively communicating skill development and understanding athletic performances in different contexts.

Administrative Panel Discussion
PSAHPERD Committee, Motivate B

Friday 1:30 – 2:30

In the Zone - Utilizing Heart Rate Monitors
Dustin Kasper, Sam Ellis & Deb Lawlor, Turf 1
Come learn how to utilize Heart Rate Monitors in your Health and Physical Education Program from securing funds, implementation, storage and maximizing the data!

No Juuls In Schools
Lydia Werner and Grace Naehu, Integrity B
This session focuses on various activities on how to teach students the effects of Juuling, instructional strategies, and how to advocate the effects.

Physical Activity & Sport Modifications and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (Part 1)
Monica Lepore, Wood Court 9Students from West Chester University present modifications to equipment & instructional strategies. Activities include floor hockey, soccer, tennis, & catching activities.

Administrative Panel Discussion Part 2 
PSAHPERD Committee, Motivate B

Friday 2:40 – 3:40

Trust Building For Team Building

Mark Friedrich, Sport Court 2 & 4
Trust Building for Team Building will provide participants with cooperative BLINDFOLDED activities that promote Trust Building, Team Building, & Problem Solving in various Group Development settings.

Physical Activity & Sport Modifications Part 2
Monica Lepore, Wood Court 9
Students from West Chester University present modifications to equipment & instructional strategies. Activities include floor hockey, soccer, tennis, & catching activities.

GO Teach: Outdoor Rec for All
Learn how to incorporate outdoor recreation into your classroom

North Allegheny Open House and Curriculum Review Findings
David Schmidt, Motivate B
This will be an overview of what we currently teach and why followed by the results of our curriculum review. Attendees will see suggestions that received strong support from our school board.

Friday 3:50 – 4:50

We Gotta Make a Change!
Elyse Loughlin, Integrity B
PE class will impact an individual's quality of life for the rest of their lives. If our impact is going to be positive, it's time for us as a people to start makin' some changes.

Adapted Archery for Your School
Todd Holmes, Wood Court 9
NASP is designed to teach target archery in physical education classes of grades 4 - 12. Students of all physical abilities can participate, succeed and enjoy.

CPR/AED, Act 7, & Your Classroom
Karen Stylianides & Kelly Sprinkle, Integrity A
This presentation will update you on the requirements from the state, helpful hints in teaching CPR/AED, and equipment needs/cost/maintenance for a successful course.

Mentor Round Table
PSAHPERD, Motivate B
Attention Future Professionals: This session is for you! Twelve amazing professionals will share tips and experiences to help you in your future teaching. Spend a few minutes with each professional and gain a wealth of knowledge!

Innovation in Motion
Martha Harris and Rob Joiner, Sport Court 2 & 4
This session will focus on brain science in kinesthetic learning. Participants will learn about new resources to enable active learning in a mass customized learning environment.

Friday 5:00-6:00 

All convention Social Hour (Free appetizers and cash bar)

Friday 6:00-8:00 

Teacher of the Year Celebration and Conference Closing Celebration