The 2022 PHE Virtual National Conference offers 35+ live and recorded sessions, presented by PHE champions and sector leaders, that will help you continue to gain confidence, practical teaching tools, and innovative ideas to improve your teaching of physical and health education, now and beyond the current educational context.
2022 Physical and Health Education Virtual National Conference will feature two types of presentations: live Spotlight sessions and on-Demand Champion Track sessions.
On-Demand Champion Track sessions are presented by PHE Champions. Join us to learn more about most pressing PHE topics, wise practices, new research findings, practical teaching tools and resources.
Strand: Physical Education / Physical Literacy
Incorporating Disc Golf Effectively into your Phys. Ed. Program
Tyler McGurry | Disc Golf Manitoba's Education Committee
Learn how to effectively introduce this lifelong, easily accessible, inclusive sport to your students. Discover the technology involved that is increasing activity adherence and creating rapid growth of the sport across Canada. Participants will be given access to a free document that includes differentiated teaching cue posters for various grades/abilities, unit plans with the corresponding lesson plans, online example links.
Refresh Your PE - Great Activities to Support Skill Development K-3
Lynn Dawson | Henry Hudson Elementary, Vancouver School District
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Are you craving some fresh new games and activities for your Primary PE class? This session will introduce you to activities that get your students moving at the door and provide lots of student-tested activities that keep the focus on development of movement skills. Activities are easy to learn, require minimal equipment, and can be implemented in your next class!
Physical Education: Creating the Foundation for Life Long Active Learning
Reg Leidl | PHE Saskatchewan
Physical education continues to play an important role in the lives of children. This presentation will provide some points to ponder on how physical education creates the foundation for life long active learning and living.
Choosing Abundant Life and 40+ Great Gopher Activities
John Byl | Gopher Sport
As we choose for life, we choose for great activities to enjoy, engage in, and develop our students. This presentation takes us through over 40 activities most often liked by leaders on our social media platforms. We cover activities for warmups, locomotor, target games, net games, striking/fielding games, and invasion games.
Democratic Approaches to Meaningful Physical Education
Ty Riddick | Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School
Student autonomy, relevance and their positive impact on learner motivation are not new ideas. However, many Physical Education environments remain teacher-centred, where the teacher acts alone or without student voice in making decisions about what students will learn and how such learning will be demonstrated. This presentation will be centred around the meaningful PE framework developed by Fletcher et al. (2017), with a specific focus on the feature on democratic practice. I will share strategies that I have used, as well as those shared by other educators that help facilitate students finding their own way towards valuing and taking responsibility for physical activity.
Strand: Health Education / Health Literacy
ABCs of Youth Substance Use
Cindy Andrew, Alain Arbour | Bunyaad Public Affairs
Victoria, British Columbia
Helping young people learn to manage their health and well-being includes helping them learn the knowledge and skills related to preventing, delaying and reducing substance-use related harms. This presentation will introduce delegates to the ABCs of addressing youth substance use key elements of an evidence-based approach that includes helping young people build their sense of Autonomy, Belonging and Competence.
It's Complicated: Preventing Teen Dating Violence and Building Relationship Skills
Ceara McIntyre, Léa Gareau | Planned Parenthood Ottawa (PPO)
Whether you feel like you don't have enough information, or you're feeling nervous, teaching on the topic of relationships is complicated. Through this self-paced module, learners will reflect on the diverse values that exist about relationships, build comfort with the variability of this topic, and be given tips for guiding youth to build satisfying relationships in the future.
Effective Personal Safety Education: Making the Connection Between the Issue of Child Victimization and Prevention Education
Karyn Kibsey | Canadian Centre for Child Protection
This session will introduce educators to the work of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, increase awareness of the issue of child sexual abuse and personal safety, and provide information about Kids in the Know and resources that help teach children/ youth effective personal safety strategies in an age-appropriate way that builds resiliency skills and reduces their likelihood of victimization.
Meaningful Assessment in Physical Education
Nathan Horne | Meadowridge School
Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Looking for ways to collect data on student learning in physical education? This workshop will give participants an overview of meaningful assessment in physical education and cover Assessment As, For and Of learning. This workshop will provide you with the tools and strategies to run purposeful assessments. Participants will leave with templates and tools to use in your gym aligned with the domains of physical literacy.
Strand: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Panel Discussion: Steps Towards Inclusion - Building Physical Literacy for EveryBODY
Andrea Haefele (Ophea), Laura Seckington (Special Education Teacher), Aneka Porter (Child & Youth Worker)
All students deserve a quality Health and Physical Education program. How do you support students with diverse needs in your class? This panel will be discussing the topic of inclusion from several different perspectives and provide information and strategies for educators who support students with Special Education needs in their physical education programs. The workshop will focus on how to provide meaningful integration opportunities in physical education classrooms while providing the appropriate accommodations and modifications necessary to ensure learning and growth for all students.
Promoting Inclusion, Accessibility, and Quality Participation on the Playground
Jennifer Leo, Dr. Kelly Arbour Nicitopoulos, Carrie Millar | The Steadward Centre
Playgrounds extend the physical education learning environment through valuable sensory, social, and motor experiences. However, kids with disabilities often feel excluded at playgrounds. Improving inclusion on the playground is critical to promoting equitable access and quality participation for all children. We'll share evidence-based initiatives for more inclusive playgrounds, including: youth training in inclusive play, playground programming, and inclusive playground recommendations.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - Opportunities for All Students to Succeed
Marcus Down | United Nations International School of Hanoi
Universal Design for Learning is an evidence-based framework that benefits all learners regardless of gender, race, age, and/or disability. It is aimed to reduce barriers and optimize teaching and learning for all individuals. Attendees will gain understanding of the three main principles that guide lesson planning, assessment, and instruction, as well as learn strategies to facilitate the implementation of UDL in all physical education settings.
Addressing Anti-Asian Racism in PHE and School Sport
George Kourtis, Melvin Lowe | Toronto District School Board
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Anti-Asian racism is pervasive in our society. The current increase in racist attitudes and behaviors towards Asians and people of Asian descent due to the COVID-19 outbreak has negatively impacted the health, well-being and safety of educators, students, families, and communities of Asian descent. This professional learning session will include an analysis and of how our own biases in PHE affect our students and programming by using lived experiences by both students and staff. By the end of the session, participants will gain valuable information to lead through change and effectively understand, respond, intervene and act when issues of injustice, human rights, equity, and oppression arise in our school PHE and athletic programming.
Critical Action Research: How One School Community Lives Out the TRC Calls to Action
Brandon Needham | Good Spirit School Division/ University of Regina
Through the lens of the TRC, rural high school teachers ventured to bring to life reconciliatory actions in our school. Our research attempted to achieve two main outcomes: that the school community has a deeper understanding of the contemporary context and historical legacy of residential schools; and the school engages critically in the role it plays in fostering reconciliation.
Strand: School-Wide Physical Activity
BOKS Junior Leadership: Creating a Sustainable Movement Initiative
Shannon MacMillan | BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success)
This workshop will dive into the free BOKS (Build Our Kids' Success) Junior Leadership program, which provides school communities with everything needed to kickstart a student led BOKS Burst (short movement break) program. The BOKS Junior Leadership program is supported by training videos, a step-by-step training guide and additional Burst resources specifically for student leaders.
School-Related Sedentary Behaviour Recommendations for School Aged Children and Youth
Travis Saunders | University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Screen time and other forms of sedentary behaviour have been linked with negative health and academic outcomes for school-aged children and youth. But sedentary behaviour is also an important part of the school day. This presentation will outline new, evidence-based recommendations that will help teachers to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms of school-related sedentary behaviours.
Rookie Rugby: Non-contact Rugby Programming for Youth
Ryan Jones | Rugby Canada
During this session, attendees will be guided to free, downloadable, PHE Canada endorsed lesson plans to support the delivery of flag rugby in their environment. We will explore the Rookie Rugby Program, how it connects to the school curriculum in each province, and will guide attendees to online and in person support.
To view descriptions of the live Spotlight sessions, please click here.