Oregon SHAPE eNews

Society of Health and Physical Educators

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President's Message

I am humbled and honored to be able to step into the role of President of Oregon SHAPE. Over the coming months, we need to continue to connect with each other. From the Coast to the Gorge, from Portland Metro down through the Willamette Valley, from Eastern Oregon all the way to Southern Oregon--we serve as a strong network for each other. I challenge you as a physical or health educator in our state to find the champions for our profession in your area. Connect with them and connect them with something you learned at our conference. Our network is only as strong as our membership is engaged. Be the change agent for your district! You are the key.

- Adam Howell

All Things OSHAPE Conference 2017

2017 Conference Reflection

Thank you to those who were able to join us for an AMAZING conference! We hope you had a great time, learned a ton and made some new connections that you can carry with you for the year. We are excited to share that this has been the best-attended conference that we have had in many years! Thank you for helping us make this happen. We are so excited about the response that we are already planning for next years conference!

If you attended the conference, we would really love and appreciate any feedback you have for us. Please fill out this survey to let us know what you liked and what we can improve to continue to make the conference better and better. We would also like to know where you would like the conference next year and are hoping to gather your thoughts so we can start the planning process as soon as possible!

Once again, a huge shout out to our conference sponsors and vendors:
PEAK Coalition, Sportime SPARK, McGraw Hill, American Heart Association, Oregon Active Schools, Dove Confidence Me Project/Cairn Guidance, The Great Body Shop, Pumper Car, Fitness Finders, ETR, Gopher, and The Children's Health Market.

News Story | Bend seminar takes aim at obesity

Did you know that we were able to get the KTVZ News Channel 21 to join us at the Oregon SHAPE Conference in Bend this weekend? We wrote a press release and sent it out to all the local radio stations, news channels, and newspapers hoping we would hear from one group. KTVZ News Channel 21 contacted us back on Saturday and set up a time to come and interview our keynote speaker, Dr. Dean Kriellaars, on the importance of physical literacy and how it is the new medicine to battle childhood obesity. Read the rest of the story here.
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Physical Literacy Kick Starter

The Oregon SHAPE conference has just wrapped up in Bend, and I was inspired by the participants so I thought I would follow up with a newsletter piece. I was honored to provide three conference sessions – one session on “what is physical literacy and now it might be a stepping stone to active participation”, the second on using physical literacy to enhance performance of athletes, as well as enhancing “durability” of participants, and the third was a workshop on “what does a quality physical literacy experience look like in PE class?”. The links to the powerpoint presentations can be found here.

With any emerging concept, like physical literacy, the first step is awareness; the second step is “how to”. If you have become a champion of physical literacy, then I suggest a few introductory videos for your students (ages 6 to 12), as well as parents to increase their awareness.

The Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA) has produced three “Hands Up” videos on physical literacy (introduction, exploration, and application) that are well worth a look & listen. The introduction video is embedded below.


Sport Wales has produced a cute video on the basic concepts of physical literacy shown in the Physical literacy Cycle diagram below.

Active for Life in Canada has produced a video on the role of physical literacy in sports participation, and the link can be found here.

Finally, Design to Move has an interesting piece related to “5 years more life expectancy” that evokes an emotional response about the need to help deliver physical literacy to our children so that they can choose what they want to do in life, and continue to participate through adulthood so they “have 5 extra years of life”.

I will close this contribution to the newsletter with a figure that I find useful to remind me of the importance of both psychological and physical aspects of physical literacy when delivering the HPE curriculum to our future generation. The physical literacy cycle shows a positive feedback cycle, which is evidenced by scientific studies, showing that competence leads to confidence which leads to enjoyment with movement, and development of intrinsic motivation to continue a physical literacy journey through life.

- Dr. Dean Kriellaars

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Ad Hoc Team Updates

Advocacy Team - Mindy's Advocacy Column

Read the latest news from Mindy's Advocacy Column where she shares strategies, advice, and resources on how to advocate for effective health and physical education in our schools.

Conference Team - 2018 Planning Underway!

We are using the momentum from this weekend's conference to start planning for next year already! Our team is brainstorming ideas for a keynote speaker, featured speaker, and how to bring out the best presenters we can find. We want to hear from you about where you want the conference, so make sure to fill out our conference survey. Do you have some great ideas for next year's conference? Are you willing to dedicate some time to serve your state health and physical educators? Contact oregonshape@gmail.com if interested in the planning process.

Upcoming Events, Action Items & News!

PEAK Coalition - Middle School PE Task Force

The PEAK coalition is grateful to have been a part of this year’s conference. This is the start of an enduring partnership between our organizations and we look forward to collaborating on future projects. Presently we are building a middle school PE task force and we would like to involve SHAPE expertise. If you’re interested in participating, email Dr. Minot Cleveland at lcelvela@lhs.org.

Oregon Department of Education - Health and Physical Education Instructional Materials Regional Caravan

November/December 2017 Regional Caravan ­

The Oregon Department of Education is partnering with 4 ESDs in the state to host the regional caravan for adopted health and physical education instructional materials. This opportunity is aimed at providing professional development and resources for K-12 classroom teachers and school district staff. Potential topics to be covered include the new health and physical education standards; Oregon sexual health/health laws; equity, and best practices. Publishers will give presentations and have samples of their adopted materials on site.

Please see the list of dates, times, and locations below:

  • November 28: Multnomah ESD
  • November 30: Willamette ESD
  • December 4: Southern Oregon ESD
  • December 8: High Desert ESD

Publishers Participating in the Caravan:

Children’s Health Market, ETR, Goodheart-Willcox, Human Kinetics, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Sportime feat. SPARK

Sample Agenda for Caravan

8:00AM-8:30AM – Registration/Network

8:30AM-12:00PM – ODE Professional Development

12:00PM-1:00PM – Lunch (on your own)

1:00PM-3:45PM – Publisher Presentations

3:45PM-4:00PM – ODE Wrap Up

For more information regarding the caravan, please contact Jeremy A. Wartz. Jeremy.wartz@state.or.us, or(503) 947-5736. For more information regarding professional development, laws, or health and/or physical education content, please contact Suzanne Hidde, Suzanne.hidde@state.or.us, or (503)947-5960.

A Message from our Affiliates!

Oregon Department of Education

NEW! Oregon Health and Physical Education Standards and Performance Indicators were adopted by the State Board of Education in 2016. Districts expected to implement in 2018.

JRFH Award: Congratulations to Celia Whitehead!

Congratulations to Celia Whitehead who received the Jump Rope For Heart award from American Heart Association and Oregon SHAPE for her outstanding achievement in supporting the development of healthier habits in our youth. AHA and Oregon SHAPE recognized Celia who teachers at Greenway elementary in Beaverton, as a teacher who exemplifies community service in a title one school.


Join us March 20-24, 2018 at the National SHAPE America Conference in Nashville! Registration will start in November so make sure to check out all the resources to help you get to Nashville! New ideas, new connections and plenty of inspiration are waiting for you at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo. We hope to see you there!