2023 PHE National Conference


More sessions will be added, and the full program will be announced soon. The session descriptions are subject to change. 

bilingualFrench or bilingual sessions

* For pre-conference workshops, please visit this page.

 yellow stripeStream: Quality Physical Education

Critical Issues in Physical Education in Canada: A Walk and Talk Around Charlottetown

Justin Oliver | Tri County Regional Centre for Education (Nova Scotia)
Grades K-12, Post-secondary, Administration Focus | Active Session

Join Justin as we walk around Charlottetown and talk about critical issues in Physical Education across Canada. This session is designed to address hot topics in our field while sharing and brainstorming solutions with each other in a small group as we walk around the city. Topics up for discussion include but are not limited to teacher burnout, limited standards, limited human resources, lack of professional development, and student challenges. This session will leave you with strategies to consider for your own unique situation.

bilingualFassen-Ball : A New OMNIKIN Sport for Everyone / Fassen-Ball: Un nouveau sport OMNIKIN pour toutes et pour tous

Dominic Courchesne, Paolo Zambito | Kin-Ball Canada (Québec)
Grades 4-12 Focus | Active Session

Experience Fassen-Ball, a new type of team sport that is developed and promoted in partnership with Omnikin. Fassen-Ball will allow practitioners to express their sports skills in a fun context where effort and creativity go hand in hand. Fassen-ball is accessible, easy to learn and requires teamwork to succeed because of the oversized ball. Learn the basics of this simple sport and start playing! With Omnikin and Fassen-Ball, there is no physical contact, no intimidation, no interference and no one is left out.

Farid Belgaïd, Paolo Zambito | Kin-Ball Canada (Québec)
4e année - 6e année | Séance active

Faites l’expérience de Fassen-Ball, un nouveau type de sport d’équipe développé et promu en association avec Omnikin. Fassen-Ball invite les participants à mettre en pratique leurs habiletés en sport dans un contexte agréable et amusant qui marie l’effort et la créativité. Fassen-ball est un sport accessible et facile à maîtriser qui met l’accent sur la coopération et le travail d’équipe pour faire déplacer le ballon surdimensionné. Apprenez les éléments de base de ce sport très simple et commencez à jouer! Avec Omnikin et Fassen-Ball, il n’y a aucun contact physique, aucune intimidation, aucune obstruction, et aucun risque de laisser de côté qui que ce soit.

Frontier Games: 50 Years of Tradition in Frontier School Division

Brian McMillan, Heather Lowe | Frontier School Division (Manitoba)
Grades 4-9 Focus | Classroom Session

The Frontier Games has existed for almost 50 years. Currently in it's 49th year this cultural and athletic event brings together close to 1600 students over a series of 10 Regional Championships Created in 1974, these games bring together the schools in our division for competition.

bilingualInstant Activity / Activités prêtes à l’emploi

Stephanie Lapierre, Heather Vanden Boomen | TVDSB (Ontario)
Grades K-9 Focus | Active Session

So much time is wasted in transition of the classroom to the gym. Students are full of energy and ready to play. Using instant activities allows students to jump right in the gym and play. No more running three laps around the gym and sit down. This session will be hands on and participants will come out with 10 instant activities that they can use when they return to the gym.

Stephanie Lapierre, Heather Vanden Boomen | TVDSB (Ontario)
Prématernelle / Maternelle - 9e année | Séance active

Tant de temps est gaspillé dans la transition entre la classe et le gymnase. Les élèves arrivent débordant d’énergie et prêts à jouer. Les activités prêtes à l’emploi permettent aux élèves de commencer à jouer dès qu’ils foulent le parquet. Plus aucun besoin de les faire s’échauffer en faisant trois fois le tour du gymnase en courant pour ensuite s’asseoir et écouter l’enseignant. Cette session active et pratique fournira aux participants 10 activités prêtes à l’emploi qu’ils peuvent utiliser dans le gymnase avec leurs propres élèves.

Introduction to Gaelic Football

Peter Connaughton | Public Schools Branch/PEIGAA (Prince Edward Island)
Grades K-12 Focus | Active Session

Gaelic football, a fast paced game that combines skills from basketball, rugby, soccer and volleyball, can be played by students of all ages and skill levels. Participants will be introduced to the basic skills, strategies and rules of the game, and will be provided with a variety of practical drills and modified games designed for physical education students in K-12, using equipment that is readily available in schools. Gaelic football involves many fundamental and transferable movement skills. Physical Educators will be able to return to their schools with a new activity to try with their students this spring. This is an active, outdoor (weather-permitting) session.

Meaningful PE: Getting Started

Tim Fletcher | Brock University (Ontario)
Grades K-12 Focus | Classroom Session

Meaningful movement is offered as part of a renewed vision for physical education; one that is focused on prioritizing the quality and personal significance of the learner's experience and grounded in their local contexts. But how can teachers facilitate meaningful experiences for students with intention and regularity? This session is designed for K-12 teachers who are interested in learning about implementing the Meaningful PE approach. Meaningful PE uses democratic and reflective principles to inform how teachers can use the idea of meaningful movement as their main filter for pedagogical decision-making. Authentic and rich exemplars from teachers will be used to illustrate and demonstrate strong use of Meaningful PE.

Mental Imagery Training and the Positive Impact It Has on Physical Literacy

Reginald Leidl | PHE Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan)
Grades K-12, Post-Secondary, Before and/or After School, Administration Focus | Classroom Session

Mental imagery training is an often under utilized instructional strategy in physical education and sport coaching. This session reviews the mental imagery process, how it works, and the positive impact it has on the learning and practicing of fundamental movement skills in physical education and sport. The session also explores the impact this instructional strategy can have on physical literacy throughout an individuals life-course.

bilingualMulticultural Dance / La danse multiculturelle

Rupal Malik | Pembina Trails School Division, Ecole St. Avila (Manitoba)
Grades K-12 Focus | Active Session

This active dance session will take you through a variety of multicultural dances from India, Africa, Argentina, Mexico, Ukraine and several other countries.  The dances presented are easy to learn and can be used with all school age students.

Rupal Malik | Pembina Trails School Division, Ecole St. Avila (Manitoba)
Prématernelle / Maternelle - 12e année | Séance active

Cette session de danse active vous initiera à des danses issues d’une variété de cultures et de pays, dont l’Inde, l’Argentine, l’Afrique, le Mexique, l’Ukraine et plusieurs autres pays.  Ces danses sont faciles à apprendre et sont parfaitement adaptées aux élèves de tous niveaux.

New Entry-Level YOU.FO Equipment: YOU.FO FUN (Safer, Easier to Handle, More YOU.FO Fun)

Giel Bos | YOU.FO BV (Gemert, Netherlands)
Grades 4-12, Post-Secondary, Before and/or After School Focus | Active Session

YOU.FO is an award-winning and versatile sports and leisure game, based on throwing and catching an aerodynamic ring with specially designed sticks. YOU.FO is co-created with PE teachers and the game rules are based on research, it fits perfectly within the Canadian PE Standards. YOU.FO now has developed new entry-level YOU.FO equipment: YOU.FO FUN (safer, easier to handle, more YOU.FO fun), which will be introduced for the first time in Canada at 2023 PHE National Conference.

Physical Literacy: Through Manipulative Sending, Receiving, and Retaining, and Locomotor Activities

John Byl | Gopher Sport (Ontario)
Grades K-9 Focus | Active Session

Come prepared to engage in Physical Literacy activities focusing on Manipulative Sending, Receiving, and Retaining, as well Locomotor Activities.

Resistance Training for Youth

Rob Dickson | T3 Fitness (Prince Edward Island)
Grades 4-12 Focus | Active Session

When prescribing exercise activities, it is very important that everyone start at the appropriate skill level. Some exercises and movement patterns are very easy to master, others take time. In this session, attendees will learn how to recognize faulty movement patterns and learn how to progress and regress exercises for pushing, pulling, squatting, hinging, lunging, and carrying. Attendees will leave with exercises, workouts, and circuits that can be done, with minimal equipment in most fitness spaces.

Rockstar Teaching: Unleash the Power of Clarity and Confidence in Your Instruction

Joey Feith | (Québec)
Grades K-12 Focus

This session is for anyone who has ever had doubts about the what, why and how of their teaching. In this session, participants will explore how to address curriculum outcomes, identify clear evidence of learning, craft purposeful assessment tools, and design learning activities that are infused with intention. Whether you're from the West Coast or the rock, you'll leave with a clear roadmap to feeling like a teaching rockstar! Just a warning: this session has the power to radically transform the way you think about how you approach your teaching. This type of transformation can be uncomfortable. That said, if you are passionate about what you do, this session may be the one you've been waiting for!

Rookie Rugby: Non-contact Rugby Programming for Youth

Ryan Jones | Rugby Canada (British Columbia)
Grades K-6 and Before and/or After School Focus | Active Session

During this session, participants will be introduced to Rookie Rugby, a non-contact version of rugby to introduce the game to youth in schools. Endorsed by PHE Canada, Rookie Rugby is a comprehensive tool for teachers that hosts game cards, videos and 6 - 30 minute lesson plans tied to the first three stages of LTD. Participants will walk away with the confidence to bring non-contact rugby to their classroom and after school programming.

Teaching Fundamental and Sport Specific Skills through Educational Gymnastics

Kelly Thompson | St Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia)
Grades K-6 Focus | Active Session

This active session will introduce PE teachers to strategies and approaches to teaching fundamental and sport-specific skills through educational gymnastics. Aimed at both specialist and generalist PE teachers, this session embraces body, effort, space, and relationships as essential movement themes through which educational gymnastics ought to be taught.

The True Sport Experience: A True Sport Resource for Educators 

Sarah Bennett, Melissa Sullivan (she/they) | Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (Ontario)
Grades K-3 Focus | Classroom Session

The True Sport Experience "“ Volume 1: FUNdamentals is a PHE Canada-endorsed resource for educators of children aged 6 to 9 consisting of a series of physical activities that facilitate learning the True Sport Principles. Whether you are a teacher, coach or recreational leader, The True Sport Experience offers a balanced and intentional approach to physical activity by focusing on the development of both ethical and physical literacy. The activities can be applied in and out of the classroom, as well as in the community and align with current Canadian physical education curriculum. Children aged 6 to 9 are in the FUNdamentals Stage of the Long-Term Development framework. The interactive session will showcase the resource, highlight activities, and provide evidence for the many benefits of bringing True Sport to life. 

Try Dodgebee: an Fast-Paced and Exciting Interactive Game

Alex Chan, Chris Meuse | ABC SPORTSHOUSE (Prince Edward Island)
Grades 4-12 Focus | Active Session

Dodgebee is a soft, washable flying disc made with a nylon covered soft foam that is firm enough to hold its shape but still soft enough to throw and catch easily and safely. Dodgebee is an exciting, fast-paced interactive game that promotes healthy exercise, team sportsmanship, and safe play. Schools, school wellness programs, youth camps, etc., are perfect for Dodgebee-related activities. Especially suited for developing the young arms, the 65g Dodgebee teaches kids the basics of throwing a flying disc, while gently developing throwing muscles. A great introduction to the flying disc sports, especially disc golf.

Try Tennis: How to Make Tennis Approachable for Teachers and Students

Rachel Gould | Tennis Canada (Ontario)
Grades 4-6 Focus | Active Session

Tennis is a lifelong sport the whole family can participate in with very little equipment or experience. Yet it is often a sport that is not taught at school. Join us to learn how to incorporate Try Tennis sessions into your intramural or phys ed programming, and how to make tennis more approachable for teachers and students. This active session will include fun activities to incorporate into your programming to help introduce your students to tennis, as well as access to our free, downloadable Tennis for Schools document that contains easy to follow tennis lesson plans for Kindergarten through to grade 8. 

What Drives Quality Physical Education? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Learning and Development Effects From Physical Education-Based Interventions

Dean Dudley | Macquarie University (New South Wales, Australia)
Grades K-12 Focus | Classroom Session

Dean shares research highlighting how most of the things we do in the classroom have a positive impact on learning and development, with the most important aspect being how much of an impact is felt. He also touches on the best arguments you can raise with policy makers for the expansion of physical education at your school.

yellow stripe Stream: Assessment

bilingualCreative and Innovative Ways to Teach, Assess and Report on Fundamental Movement Skills / Des approches créatives et novatrices pour enseigner, évaluer et rendre compte des habiletés motrices fondamentales


David Arsenault, Joanne Lawson | Champions for Life Foundation (Québec)
Grades K-3 Focus | Active Session 

Are you looking for NEW ways to get your students excited about moving? Designed and tested in collaboration with PE teachers for PE teachers, our physical education resources are designed to complement your curriculum with tools and fun activities to help provide quality, physical literacy-based lessons for your students. We also believe that the formative assessment of fundamental movement skills (FMS) is essential to delivering a quality physical education program. We will introduce the Champions for Life FMS Assessment Activities App: an interACTIVE digital tool to help PE teachers teach, track, assess and report on their student's progress. We'll share how you can deliver more meaningful movement experiences in your classroom and support your students to build physical literacy during their critical years of development.

David Arsenault, Joanne Lawson | Champioins pour la vie (Québec)
Prématernelle / Maternelle à 3e année | Séance active 

Êtes-vous à la recherche de NOUVELLES façons de stimuler le goût de l’activité physique chez vos élèves? Conçues et éprouvées en collaboration avec des enseignant(e)s d’EP et destinées spécifiquement aux enseignant(e)s d’EP, nos ressources d’éducation physique sont un excellent complément à vos programmes scolaires. Nos outils et nos activités agréables à faire sont axées sur des leçons de littératie physique de la plus haute qualité. Nous croyons fermement que l’évaluation formative des habiletés motrices fondamentales (HMF) est un aspect clé de n’importe quel programme d’éducation physique de qualité. Nous vous montrerons l’application Champions for Life d’activités d’évaluation des HMF. Cet outil interACTIF numérique aide les enseignant(e)s d’EP à enseigner la matière, à suivre et évaluer les progrès des élèves, et à rendre compte des résultats. Nous vous montrerons comment introduire des expériences de mouvement plus authentiques dans vos cours d’éducation physique, et comment aider vos élèves à renforcer leur littératie physique durant cette période critique de leur développement.

Shifting the Narratives and Experiences of Grading and Communicating Student Learning in PHE

Josh Ogilvie | Nanaimo School District (British Columbia)
Grades K-12 Focus | Classroom Session

Assessment in PHE has a chequered past with practices and approaches having served more to sort and rank students than they did to support and promote success in learning for all students. While many of these practices and approaches to assessment have been left in the past, there remains uncertainty about how assessment can exist in a PHE class to ensure all students are learning at high levels of success. This session will highlight different assessment approaches and practices that focus on and support student learning, growth, and success in personally meaningful ways. Aligning these aspects with the varying purposes of assessment, this session will help to shift the narratives and experiences of assessment in a PHE class for teachers and students.

Shifting the Narratives and Experiences of Grading and Communicating Student Learning in PHE

Josh Ogilvie | Nanaimo School District (British Columbia)
Grades K-12 Focus | Classroom Session

When it comes to the assessment of student learning in a PHE class, perhaps no other task is more daunting, confusing, or frustrating than grading and communicating student learning. How grades are formed for reporting purposes, and what is communicated in them, can have profound impacts on how students see themselves and how they make meaning of their experiences in their PHE class.
As an extension of the “Shifting the Narratives and Experiences of Assessment in PHE” presentation, this session will look at how we can determine accurate grades that are aligned with student learning so that what gets considered and what is communicated is reflective of what students were able to achieve with their learning. Also, we will look at ways to authentically engage students in the grade-determination process to help shift the narrative and experiences of grading from happening to students to happening with them.

bilingualTrucs et astuces pour utiliser l'auto-évaluation et favoriser l'autonomie en éducation physique

Josée Janveau Lavergne | Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) (Ontario)
4e année - 6e année | Séance active

Cet atelier abordera des prinicpes de gestion qui visent à  utiliser différentes stratégies d'auto-évaluation afin de favoriser l'autonomie des élèves. Des trucs et des astuces seront présentés afin de responsabiliser les élèves davantage face à  leur apprentissage en matière d'éducation physique.  Plusieurs stratégies seront utilisées en contexte actif dans un gymnase afin de démontrer ce que vivent les élèves dans le contexte de leur responsabilisation face à  l'apprentissage de leurs habiletés en matière d'activité phsyique.

yellow stripe Stream: Quality Health and Well-being Experiences

bilingualA Blueprint for Action: A Tool for School Communities to Prevent Substance-Related Harms /  Un plan d’action définitif : une ressource pour aider les communautés scolaires à prévenir les méfaits liés à la consommation de substances

Rosamund Dunkley, Public Health Agency of Canada (Ontario), Florence Bergeron, Students Commission of Canada (ON)
Grades 7-12, Before and/or After School, Administration Focus | Classroom Session

This session explores a Public Health Agency of Canada resource, the "Blueprint for Action: Preventing substance-related harms among youth through a Comprehensive School Health Approach". As school communities cope with the wider impacts of the pandemic, this tool is a helpful starting point for conversations about substance use and how substance-related harms can be addressed both inside and outside the classroom. The Blueprint model brings together the Comprehensive School Health framework, a well-established approach to building healthy school communities, and four evidence-based approaches to preventing substance-related harms: upstream prevention, harm reduction, stigma reduction, and equity-oriented approaches.

Rosamund Dunkley, Agence de la santé publique du Canada (Ontario), Florence Bergeron, La Commission des Étudiants du Canada (ON)
10e année - 12e année, avant et après l’école, administration | Séance en salle de classe

Cette séance se penche sur une ressource de l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada, le « Plan d'action : Prévenir les méfaits liés à la consommation de substances chez les jeunes par une approche globale de la santé en milieu scolaire ». Alors que les communautés scolaires s’affrontent aux répercussions plus durables de la pandémie, cet outil est un excellent point de départ pour déclencher des conversations sur la consommation de substances, notamment les moyens d’aborder, dans le contexte scolaire et au-delà, la question des méfaits liés à la consommation de substances. Le Plan d’action s’appuie sur l’approche globale de la santé en milieu scolaire, un cadre bien ancré pour développer des communautés scolaires saines, et déploie quatre approches fondées sur les faits pour prévenir les méfaits liés à la consommation de substances : la prévention en amont, la réduction des méfaits, la réduction de la stigmatisation et les approches orientées vers l'équité.

MasterChef Junior: Food Literacy Skills for Kids

Melissa Corrente | Nippissing University (Ontario)
Grades K-6 Focus | Active Session

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! This food literacy training session was developed by Public Health Dietitians in order to teach the importance of food skills to children and youth. Participants will learn about what food skills are and why it is important to teach food skills to children and youth. Curriculum links to other subject areas are discussed as well how to create a healthy eating environment at school. Age-appropriate skills and how to plan a cooking session will be outlined. A knife skills demonstration features how to chop two tricky vegetables. Participants have the opportunity to prepare and taste two healthy recipes while brainstorming teachable moments throughout. The goal is for everyone to walk away feeling more comfortable and confident teaching food literacy skills to children.

Rethinking Wellness and Body Image in Youth

Cassandra Marie Anastacio | Edmonton Catholic Schools (Alberta)
Grades K-12, Post-secondary, Administration Focus | Classroom Session

Health and wellbeing are fundamental to staff, students and a community. In this session, we will be exploring and identifying different messages that our teens are exposed to in social media, specifically focusing around diet culture and body image challenges. We will be focusing on how these messages are internalized and how students may view themselves as a result of those messages. During the workshop, presenters will share with the participants how the project came to be, how it plays an integral role in school wellness and the positive impacts it can have on the mental health of our students. In addition, this session will introduce the different frameworks and principles that can help to reject diet culture and colonial ways of viewing bodies, discuss how these principles are connected to curricular outcomes, and provide educators with sample lesson plans and assignments that can be implemented in schools. Individuals will be inspired to confidently discuss and bring awareness to mental health topics of body image, eating disorders, and disordered eating within their schools. 

Social Emotional Learning Through Low Org Games

Chris Wilson | CIRA Ontario (Ontario)
Grades 4-12 Focus | Active Session

Looking to provide experiences that help your students to develop their social emotional learning skilss while participating in Physical Education? This active workshop will allow participants to create and develop these skills through low organized games that you would find in the numerous CIRA Ontario resources.

The Interactive for Life Project: Social Emotional Learning in Action

Rebecca Lloyd, Stephen Smith (Ontario)

The 5-year, multiphase SSHRC-funded InterActive for Life (IA4L) project is premised on understanding the ways we can develop social emotional learning in and through the language of movement with emphasis on postural, positional, gestural and energetic awareness in the teaching of games and sports, dance, and fitness pursuits. In this workshop, knowledge gathered from interviewing, observing and creating documentary videos of seven world renowned experts in the partnered disciplines of equestrian, salsa dance, martial arts, and acroyoga will be mobilized into a series of InterActivities which emphasize the many ways relational awareness and motion-sensing responses to others may be enhanced (Nyentap, etr. Al., 2020). Through a combination of experiencing the IA4L resource and well as watching mini video examples and testimonies of physical education teachers applying the IA4L project to their practice (Lloyd & Smith, 2022b), participants will walk away with practical, research-informed ways to teach relational connection in any physical education program.

yellow stripe Stream: Adapted PHE

Disability-Centred Movement: Supporting Inclusive Physical Education

Andrea Haefele | Ontario Physical Health Education Association (Ophea) (Ontario)
Grades K-12, Post-Secondary, Before and/or After School Focus | Active Session

Inclusion means creating meaningful learning opportunities within supportive school environments where all students feel physically and emotionally safe and have a sense of belonging. Prioritizing physical and emotional safety in Physical Education is a fundamental principle and necessary for meaningful learning for all students, including students with disabilities. This session will support designing physical education programs for students with disabilities. Participants will investigate inclusive practices through curriculum programming and differentiated instruction in an active session that will share evidence-based strategies, promising practices and ideas for adaptation to meet individual needs of students with disabilities. Participants will also learn about Ophea's Disability-Centred Movement: Supporting Inclusive Physical Education resource. 

yellow stripe Stream: Healthy Schools

Engaging Student Leadership

Kimberly Gilhespy | Clemens Mill Public School (Ontario)
Grades 4-12 Focus | Active Session

Looking to provide experiences that help your students to develop into fully engaged citizens of your school? This active workshop will allow participants to create and develop student leadership groups within the school setting that will help facilitate, plan, and run a wide variety of quality programs within the school (e.g., intramurals, spirit days, etc).

International School-Related Sedentary Behaviour Recommendations

Travis Saunders | University of Prince Edward Island (Prince Edward Island)
Grades K-12 Focus | Classroom Session

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.

Teamwork Builds Community

Chris Wilson | CIRA Ontario (Ontario)
Grades 4-12, Post-Secondary Focus | Active Session

Looking to provide experiences that help your students to develop their teamwork skills? This active workshop will show participants how to foster cooperation, communication, problem solving, and other skills through fun, active games complete with debrief questions and real world applications. Teamwork builds community and a sense of belonging for all.

The Active Classroom: Application of Fundamental Movement Skills

Ross Campbell | NBPES (New Brunswick)
Grades K-12 Focus | Classroom Session

This is an active session on how classroom teachers can support PE specialists in implementing fundamental movement skills.  This session looks at the 3 research areas of physical activity benefits: brain development, heart health, and social/emotional regulations; learn how to anchor activities in these three lights!  This session will support PE teachers to take back to their jurisdictions and provide for their staff!

yellow stripe Stream: Quality Outdoor Learning Experiences

Enhancing Student Psychological Well-Being in High School Outdoor Ed

Will Milner | Fredericton High School (Anglophone School District - West) (New Brunswick)
Grades 10-12 Focus | Classroom Session

Links have often been made to the benefit of being outdoors, especially for students - a practice that has seen a notable increase during the pandemic. Using NB's Outdoor Ed course as a framework, this presentation shares the presenter's research to identify specific benefits of OE to its students, and the pedagogy employed by secondary NB OE instructors to enhance student psychological well-being.

First Nation Games and Wellness

Norbert Mercredi | Manitoba First Nations education Resource Centre (Manitoba)
Grades K-12 Focus | Active Session

Presentation on games played by First Nation Peoples of Turtle Island.  Participants will learn the history, language, and geographical areas of certain games and interact with the games. Participants will participate in physical activities culturally relevant to mino pimatisiwin (way of life\a good life) and experience the value and importance of a living healthy lifestyles.

Including Alternative Environment Activities (AEAs) in PE Without Breaking the Bank

Nathan Hall, Brent Bradford | Brock University (Ontario)
Grades K-9 Focus | Classroom Session

Alternative Environment Activities (AEAs) have been defined as any physical activities that take place outside of traditional gymnasium, playing field, and track settings. Some examples include paddling, swimming, skating, and all nature based physical activities.  Provincial PE curricula all across Canada encourage, support, and in often require that AEAs are taught as part of a yearly PE program. However, research has demonstrated that many Canadian PE teachers struggle to include such activities and have cited perceived cost of AEAs to be the biggest barrier when it comes to embracing and including AEAs regularly in their PE programs. This session will focus on value of AEAs and providing suggestions to reduce costs of including AEAs in PE (focusing on Primary/Intermediate levels). Low cost AEAs will be introduced and strategies for reducing expenses of more costly AEAs will be discussed.

Navigating Your Way to Engaging Outdoor Learning

Kaitlyn Mitchell, Katelynn Theal | Ever Active Schools (Alberta)
Grades K-12 Focus | Active Session

Getting students outside, active, and engaged can have many positive impacts on their academics and health and wellness. But how do we build this into our classes and curriculum? In this session, you will take away practical games, activities, and team builders that you can immediately implement outdoors and engage students in meaningful ways. We will also be exploring Ever Active Schools "Outdoor Learning Quickdraw" resource which looks at: Physical literacy, Outdoor Skills, Teamwork, and Environmental Action.

yellow stripe Stream: Social Justice in PHE

"But I Don't Want To Take Phys. Ed 2.0!!"  Promoting Inclusion for Female, Male, Non-Binary, and Transgender Students

Allison Gamble | Thames Valley District School Board (Ontario)
Grades 10-12 Focus | Active Session

Teachers will actively explore a program that promotes inclusion and participation in a non-traditional environment. As we often lose students after grade 9, activities were created for a pathway to remain in P.E and develop lifelong connections to heath and wellness.  In this active workshop, participants will experience activities from the PAR program that promote inclusion in PE for females, males, non-binary, and transgender students. Participants will explore the course framework,  experience lessons that focus on fundamental movement competencies through active participation ,culminating ideas, and mental health strategies. They will also explore assessment tools at the conclusion of the workshop.

Fostering Anti-Racist Attitudes in Youth Sport Spaces: Findings from Winnipeg's Anti-Racism in Sport Campaign

Sarah Teetzel, Craig C. Brown| University of Manitoba, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management (Manitoba)
Grades 7-12, Post-secondary, Administration Focus | Classroom Session

This presentation focuses on the voices of youth participants (ages 14-16) who participated in a research study designed to gain insight into their experiences of racism in sport.  In confirming that racism is prevalent in sport at all levels, across all sport settings, results of this study suggest that sport organizers need to be better prepared to respond to instances of racism in sport and to develop anti-racist initiatives within their sport spaces. This presentation focuses on concrete ideas suggested by participants that they want coaches, teachers, parents, and officials to implement to address the racial aggressions that continue in sport today.

Physical Education and Its Complex Puzzle of Diversity

Sarah Adams, Dr Alison Murray | Public School Board PEI (Prince Edward Island)
Grades K-12, Post-secondary Focus | Classroom Session

Diversity is complex. We are made up of internal and external dimensions that shape who we are as individuals. This intersectionality creates an interesting puzzle which can have an impact on learning. This presentation seeks to provide a means for invested educational stakeholders to integrate reflective and reflexive opportunities for pupils within their teaching. It fuses ways of thinking using ethical reasoning through a meta-awareness of diversity. It opens contemplation and conversation around the interconnections of the individual with and through a collective community identity. By adopting a culturally consciousness approach to teaching and learning, we will develop a deeper awareness of individuality in order to develop a high quality, accessible PE program.

bilingualAdopter une politique d’inclusion pour la jeunesse canadienne 2ELGBTQIA+

Roger Leblanc | l'Université de Moncton (Québec)
Prématernelle / Maternelle à 3e année
4e année - 6e année, 7e année - 9e année, 10e année - 12e année, avant et après l’école, administration | séance en salle de classe

Les athlètes bispritiuels, lesbiennes, gaies, bisexuelles, transgenres, queer ou en questionnement, intersexuées ou asexuées et leurs alliés (LGBTQ2+) peuvent être parmi les membres les plus marginalisés au sein des équipes sportives interscolaires. Ces personnes sont particulièrement vulnérables à la stigmatisation, à la violence et à la discrimination en raison de leur diversité sexuelle et de genre. Les effets négatifs de l’homophobie, la biphobie et de la transphobie sont importants de reconnaitre puisqu’ils peuvent avoir d’effets nocifs sur toute la communauté scolaire.  De nombreux athlètes, bénévoles ou adhérents sont obligés de cacher leur identité ou de subir des actes d’intimidation et de harcèlement. Les vestiaires, en particulier, sont des zones vulnérables et présentent un risque élevé de violence et d’intimidation. Ces espaces sont souvent remplis d’un langage et des comportements hétéronormatifs et homophobes. Un guide d’inclusion sera présenté et discuté lors de cet atelier afin de permettre une réflexion sur l’importance d’adopter une politique d’inclusion pour l’ensemble de la population en général, mais surtout pour la jeunesse canadienne 2ELGBTQIA+.

yellow stripe Stream: Educational Leadership

Champions for Health Promoting Schools: The Values of International Experiential Education Experiences on the Undergraduate Student

Jo Sheppard, Julia Nord-Leth | University of the Fraser Valley (British Columbia)
Post-Secondary Focus | Classroom Session

This CHPS program has enabled over 280 undergraduate students to actively engage in solving problems, assuming responsibility for others and themselves, being creative in planning of PHE instruction and constructing personal and professional meaning within a facilitated learning process. Join Jo and Julia as they share their work and experiences with student learning and collaboration within an international PHE setting.

Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and a Way Forward

Astrid Kendrick | University of Calgary (Alberta)
Administration Focus | Classroom Session

Working in the Alberta public school system demands emotional labour from educational assistants, teachers, school leaders and other education workers. Occupational hazards such as compassion fatigue and burnout can result from providing emotional labour without protecting your own well-being. In this interactive session, learn about compassion fatigue, burnout and resources for building occupational well-being for all educators.


Farida Gabbani read more
Open to all | Classroom Session

This conference tradition exercises our story-telling abilities, sharing insights into our profession from individuals who have long journeyed the path of teaching, researching and advocating for and within the field of Physical and Health Education. Their stories share insights into the history of CAHPERD / PHE Canada, its storied life and the field of Physical and Health Education. An atmosphere will be created for connecting young aspiring leaders, professionals from within the field and individuals who have been in the field for a long time, to listen, share thoughts, feelings and experiences. These conversations help us to learn from past experience, understand where we are today, and to share ideas that can support not only the field of Physical and Health Education but also PHE Canada now and in the future. Come join us!
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Lost & Found - ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity

Leigh Vanderloo | ParticipACTION (Ontario)
Administration Focus | Classroom Session

The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is the most comprehensive summary and assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada. This interactive session will start with an overview of education focused indicators, recommendations and research gaps followed by a discussion on using the report card findings to further educational leadership.