Important updates: due to evolving concerns over the fast-moving situation with coronavirus COVID-19, the pre-conference is postponed to 2021.

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The pre-conference will take place from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Thursday, April 30th. Registration includes access to 4 concurrent sessions, each focused on a broad, appealing, and exciting physical and health education topics! 

We are inviting professionals who share our vision of “all children and youth in Canada live healthy, physically active lives” to join us for the #PHEPEI2020 pre-conference.

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Pre-Conference Workshops




An Introduction to Models-Based Practice

Presenters: Kellie Baker (Teacher Educator at Memorial University of Newfoundland, NL); Ben Mumme (Lead, Programs & Resources at PHE Canada, ON)

Workshop Description

Models-Based Practice (MBP) is an innovative approach to the teaching and learning of Physical Education. It has been advocated as a possible path toward meaningful change in PE both as a teaching approach and as a form of curriculum development[1]. As an approach based on the use of multiple pedagogical models, MBP supports educators in approaching curricular outcomes with learners’ needs at the centre of all pedagogical decisions[2].
This session will provide an overview of an MBP approach, introduce pedagogical models that can serve as a starting point for the implementation of the approach, and provide opportunities to participate in activities using the pedagogical models. Pedagogical models that will be introduced include Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR), Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU), Cooperative Learning, and Sport Education. Important strategies will be shared that will support further professional learning and future implementation of an MBP approach. Participants will receive a PHE Canada Certificate with completion of the workshop.

Presenter Biography

Kellie Baker has been an educator for 24 years in both K-12 and post-secondary teacher education contexts. She is currently completing a Ph. D. focused on Models-Based Practice (MBP) and is the lead writer of PHE Canada’s MBP e-learning module. Kellie is deeply passionate about professional learning using every opportunity as a way to learn and share more about teaching and learning. Connect with Kellie @PE4LifeNL.

Ben Mumme attended McGill University while completing his Bachelor of Education Degree with a concentration in Physical and Health Education. Ben has worked both provincially and nationally in the education, athletics and health recreation sectors and is currently leads the development and implementation of physical education programs and resources at PHE Canada.





Fourth R School-Based Programs

Presenter: Toni Wilson (Master Trainer at Centre for School Mental Health, ON)

Workshop Description

Workshop participants will learn about the Fourth R school-based programs that apply a youth-focused harm reduction strategy to reduce risk behaviours and develop healthy relationship skills. Through these programs, students are better equipped with the skills they need to build healthy relationships and to help themselves and their peers reduce risky behaviours. Youth are able to make better choices while they navigate critical developmental minefields such as substance use, sexual relationships, bullying and violence.

Using open dialogue and role‐playing, the curriculum engages teachers and students in an enthusiastic discussion about mental health and well being, peer pressure, media literacy, emotional and psychological abuse and healthy communication. Increasing youth relationship skills and targeting risk behaviours with a harm reduction approach empowers adolescents to make healthier decisions about relationships, substance use and sexual behaviour. Participants will actively participate in some of the teaching/learning strategies used in the classroom.

Presenter Biography:

Toni Wilson is an educator with 37 years of experience as both a high school teacher and a Learning Coordinator for Safe Schools in the Thames Valley District School Board. Currently, she is a Master Trainer for the 4thR, training educators to effectively teach Healthy Relationships curriculum to grade 7, 8, 9 students across Canada and the United States. She also trains individuals in the Healthy Relationships Plus Program which is intended for adolescents working together in small groups to develop healthy relationships. Toni has also used theatre as a catalyst for positive change for more than 25 years. Her expertise with Forum Theatre or interactive theatre allows people to practice appropriate intervention skills. She has worked with numerous organizations to help build positive working cultures.



Culturally Responsive Physical and Health Education

Presenters: Dr. Joannie Halas (Professor at University of Manitoba, MB), Sopear Chhin (Teacher at Maples Collegiate Institute, MB), Lisa Dollar (Cultural Inclusion Trainer at PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, PEI)

Workshop Description

In this workshop, we discuss both the theory and practice of developing physical and health education programs that are culturally affirming for children and youth from diverse backgrounds. The workshop will introduce strategies for creating “brave” spaces within PHE classrooms, where young people are encouraged to support each other in their learning as they develop their own intercultural competencies.

From the use of respectful vocabulary, engagement in self-reflection on one’s thinking about all forms of difference, through to guidelines for engaging in difficult conversations about power, privilege and marginalization related to race, gender, class, etc, we share examples of how to work with students to collectively create learning climates where everyone feels supported. Expect both introspective and interactive activities, as we seek to shift the cultural norms of inclusion and exclusion within our gyms and classrooms.

Presenter Biography:

Joannie Halas (Ph.D.) is a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba which is located on Treaty One territory. Joannie's inter-connected research, teaching and service investigates issues of access to quality and culturally relevant physical and health education (PHE) for Indigenous and other groups of young people who experience marginalization within PHE. Two outcomes of this research include the Rec and Read/Indigenous Youth Mentorship Programs for All Youth and Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation in the Community (SPARC).

Sopear Chhin is currently an educator of sixth grade learners in Treaty One territory in the north end of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She taught 10 years of high school physical education and health before entering the classroom. She completed her Master’s thesis in the area of culturally relevant physical education and health from the University of Manitoba in 2015. Her research interests include 2SLGBTQIA+ topics, culturally relevant pedagogy and nature-based learning.

Lisa Dollar is a Cultural Inclusion Trainer with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada. For over ten years, Lisa has been delivering cultural inclusion training to schools, organizations and workplaces across Prince Edward Island. She has a Degree in Business Administration from UPEI, a Diploma in International Trade, and is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional. Lisa’s work aims to promote cultural inclusion and foster welcoming communities.



Walking Beside our Indigenous Relations

Presenters: Ross Campbell (Subject Coordinator for PE/Health in Anglophone School Division-West; Board of Directors of PHE Canada, NB),Cole Wilson (Sessional Instructor at University of Saskatchewan; Board of Directors of PHE Canada, SK)

Workshop Description

Join Cole and Ross as they share their story of becoming recognized as allies by Indigenous Peoples they have had the pleasure of working with and walking beside in the pursuit of truth and reconciliation. As they share their ongoing journey, working with Nakoda, Dakoda, Cree, and Dené Peoples in the west and Mi'kmaq and Wolastoqey Peoples in the east, they will share:

  • Key learning related to working with Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Allies, Teachers and Students to develop culturally relevant programming
  • Traditional Indigenous games and the role they play(ed) in society then and now
  • Incorporating Indigenous world view as an organizing structure to teach citizenship through Physical Education
  • Traditional game equipment that can be harvested from the land

Aspects of this session will be physically active and involve learning through doing.

Presenter Biography:

Cole Wilson and Ross Campbell are former Presidents of their respective Provincial Associations (SPEA and NBPES). They have worked together on several projects over the past few years, including Healthy School Communities, Fundamental Movement Series, and the use of technology for assessment in Physical Education. Their work with traditional Indigenous games has evolved into a deepening understanding of Indigenous content, and Indigenous ways of knowing and understanding in the context of Physical Education. This rewarding and continuing journey has taken the better part of their careers and had a deep impact on their personal and professional lives.