Physical and Health Education National Conference



Drug Ed - Just say KNOW

Cindy Andrew

Scare tactics don’t work but what does? This workshop will feature evidence-based approaches and learning resources geared to helping young people develop the knowledge and skills they need to survive and thrive in today’s world (just in time for cannabis legalization!).


First Nations Games and Activities

Darla Armstrong

Welcome to First Nations Games and Activities!  During the this session, you will experience First Nations  games   and activities that you will be able to start using as soon as you leave the session.  The games and activities will follow the Medicine Wheel in nature and will have an additional dose of laughter. 


Ski, Skate and Slide: Enhancing Physical Literacy in the Snow & Ice Environment

Scott Bailey

Ski, Skate, and Slide - a new Physical Literacy resource from Ever Active Schools to support teachers in alternative environments, such as - snow and ice. Ski, Skate, and Slide is created with national sport partners to focus on the opportunity we have up to 6 months per year to develop skills and confidence in our students in the winter!


Happy & Healthy for All: A Positive Youth Development Approach to Health Education

Julia Bain Johnson

Through this hands on session learn how to establish a Positive Youth Development approach that facilitates life skills for mental and emotional well-being through a foundation of physical health.


Wild About Vancouver Outdoor Education Festival: A community engagement project

Dr. Hartley Banack

Wild About Vancouver (WAV) creates long-term sustainable outdoor experiential learning networks for organizations, schools, youth programs, and the citizenry of Vancouver. WAV aims to increase time spent outdoors, particularly during instructional periods, addressing negative impacts of sedentary behaviour while developing lifelong habits of physical movement.


Playing Fair: Using student-invented games to prevent bullying, teach democracy, and promote social justice

Dr. Joy Butler

Through encouraging learners to invent their own games (based on the TGfU games categories) teachers can help learners develop respect for equal justice and free and open inquiry.  In this way, they come to better understand their responsibility to protect individual and collective rights and freedoms.


Using Innovative Equipment to Learn Invasion Games 

John Byl

Using the Teaching Games for Understanding model, come and engage in innovative games that build skills and concepts of Target and Invasion games. Come prepared to actively participate. 


Pick Me Too! Inclusion Strategies and Adaptations for Diverse Learners in the Physical Education Setting 

Sara Dean and Emily Gauthier

This session highlights strategies to assist in adapted programming for students with special needs in the physical education setting. Focusing mainly on students with physical disabilities, we will also touch on modified programming for students who may be challenged due to anxiety, trauma or social skill deficits. 


Integrating Intercultural Physical Activity Games into PE

Allyson Epp

Interculturalism promotes social connectedness in schools by making meaningful connections with the people around you. Engage students in this cross-curricular, student-centered approach to physical activity by learning some adapted games from around the world. Free resource included.


Mentoring Physical Literacy and Wellbeing in Alberta School Communities

Chris Fenlon-MacDonald

With support from meaningful partners, Ever Active Schools has teamed up with over 90 school communities across the province of Alberta to provide physical literacy mentorship to deepen the school’s understanding of physical literacy and it’s role in school-wide wellness.


Does the CS4L model work for girls and young women? CAAWS puts on a gender lens

Jennifer Fenton

Building on CAAWS’ popular publication “Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors”, this session identifies a number of key issues central to supporting girls and young women as athletes and leaders. Workshop participants will further discuss and share local issues and successes.


Developing a relatedness-supportive learning environment in dance: Student-centered group learning activities

Jennifer Gruno and Dr. Sandra Gibbons

This workshop will present ideas to assist physical and health educators with the implementation of group student centered dance activities in middle and high school PHE classes. Easily implementable activities will be the focus. This is a physically active session.


Translating Equity Priorities into Action: Where to Begin, How to Move Forward ...

Dr. Joannie Halas

Interested in creating more just spaces for Indigenous students within classrooms and programs? Ideas for how to influence policy, programs, pedagogies and practice will be discussed in an interactive, reflexive workshop. Discussions will be framed within the over-arching principle of respect for Indigenous peoples’ sovereignty, as presented in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


Hantis: A Net/Wall Game Without a Net or Wall?

Dr. Nathan Hall, Kristyne Toews, Jesse Klym and Casey Stafford

Hantis is a novel activity that requires just a ball and four tables. This workshop will introduce participants to the rules of Hantis, as well as lead them through some basic strategies and game progressions. We will focus on including Hantis in a PE program or after school and the many benefits of this activity. 


Pushing the Pendulum: Risky Play Competence for Emotional Regulation

Stacey Hannay and Dr. David Chorney

Nothing compares to the sense of accomplishment beaming across a child’s face when they take calculated risks, overcome challenges, and accomplish a task on their own. This session will explore Sandseter’s 6 categories of risky play to support teachers in bringing back “risky” to the classroom - creating more resilient and durable children.


Exploring the mechanics behind the Gymnastics Fundamental Movement Patterns

Doug Hillis and Kelly Thompson

This session will focus on experiencing the biomechanics within the fundamental movement patterns. Teachers will leave with ideas and resources to challenge students in understanding their stability, balance and spatial awareness. These gymnastics fundamental movement patterns lead to improved performance and enhanced physical literacy in children.


Supporting Individuals with Autism in Physical Activity Environments

Dr. Stephanie Jull

This session will provide an overview of a variety of strategies to support the inclusion of individuals with autism in physical activity environments and will include an introduction to a free adapted physical literacy resource.


Rookie Rugby

Erin Kennedy

Rookie Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports for kids in schools and communities around Canada. This workshop will allow participants to experience the Rookie Rugby curriculum and work up to playing flag rugby, showcasing how easy this game is to teach and how fun it is to play! 


Returning to the Joy of Movement in Times of Great Peril

Dr. Jeanne Kentel, Peter Train, and Joann Anokwuru

Returning to the Joy of Movement in Times of Great Peril This session focuses on the final scenario in Physical Education Futures (Kirk, 2010), Extinction. This will be presented as a dramatized conversational sketch between a university educator, sport coach and teacher. The dramatization underscores the essential value of physical educators interacting with educationalists from other fields and the significance of returning to the Joy of Movement in lieu of current trends.



Jesse Klym, Nathan Hall, Paul Esteves and Evan Maltman

This workshop will introduce individuals to the game of Swatball. Swatball involves 2 teams, playing against each other in any space with 2-4 walls. This game is highly versatile and modifiable to suit students in grades 4 to 12.


Omnikin Poison ball

Marc-Andre Laliberte

Engage all students actively and promote physical activity through a dynamic new game using an Omnikin Poison Ball. Develop student game presence and decision making skills while being physically active. This new game also promotes fair play, teamwork and responsibility.


Show Don’t Tell: Quality demonstrations and feedback in physical education

Dr. Guy Le Masurier

In order to develop the fundamental skills that support physical literacy, students need lots of practice and effective feedback. This session will show you how to apply an easy-to-use and evidence-based system for demonstrating skills and providing feedback so that students learn movement skills more efficiently.


Teaching DANCE for Understanding - A New Model for Dance in Physical Education

Melanie Levenberg

Teaching Dance for Understanding is a new pedagogical approach for dance education that shakes things up! Experience the 6 Phases of the TDfU framework and discover physically-active and culturally diverse lesson ideas to engage students with dance moves that are relevant, accessible and energizing!


Developing Ethical Literacy Through Values-Based Physical Activity and Sport - A True Sport Approach

Kasey Liboiron

When the physical activity and sport experience is driven by values and principles, it provides opportunities to develop character, strengthen communities and increase opportunities for personal excellence. The True Sport Experience and Make the Call resources will be introduced as classroom tools that address ethical decision-making and ethical literacy development in a physical activity and sport context.


Integrating Eastern model into health and physical education in Canada

Dr. Chunlei Lu, Joanne Walsh, Ling (Linda) Li, Daniel Cursio

Health and physical education curricula in Canada are developed primarily based on Western culture. Integrating an Eastern approach into HPE can help develop more wholistic view and practice. This workshop introduces Eastern model with hands-on activities (taijiquan, qigong) that can be easily applied in classrooms.


Not Your Parent's PE

Dante Luciani

The world of is changing at a rapid growth and technology is at the forefront. This seminar will help you integrate technology into your PE class in a fun and meaningful way for both your staff and students.


‘Feed All Four, Our Way of Being’:  Practical Strategies and Approaches to Support Student, Staff and Community Well-Being

Dave Lyons

Based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and the First Nations Medicine Wheel, Feed All Four connects physical, mental, and social/emotional health and wellness to teaching and learning.  This session focuses on strategies to support students, staff, and the school community as a whole with the goal of increasing connectedness, resilience, achievement and well-being.


Mental Wellness- What is it and how can I teach it??

Sue MacDonald

Participants will learn mental wellness strategies applicable to both their students and themselves. Through various mindfulness activities such as body scans, guided meditations and trauma informed yoga practice, participants will understand how to identify anxiety, stress and more.  Attendees will learn through both experiential activities and group discussion. 


Building Our Kids' Success - Active Kids = Active Minds

Shannon MacMillan

Be ready to get active in this interactive workshop that will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about BOKS, a free before-school, physical activity program designed to get kids moving in the morning (grades K – 9) and their brains ready for a day of learning.



At My Best: Embedding Healthy School Communities through Teaching and Learning

Jacki Nylen and Stephanie Talsma

Experience and explore At My Best - a program that inspires children and youth (kindergarten to grade 6) to make healthier choices today and in the future. Delegates will gather the knowledge and skills to access and implement this free online-program that offers learning experiences aligned with health and physical education curriculums across the country. Further, delegates will see how to extend learning beyond the classroom - at home and in the community.


Add Pizzazz to P.E.

Lisa Manzini

This is a fast moving workshop that focus’ on teaching fundamental movement skills through easy games and warm ups. You will learn how to keep students moving from the time they come into a gym until they leave.  Lisa will model simple yet effective class management skills.  Add Pizzazz to your class.


Noodles or Nothing: Games Using Noodles or Minimal Equipment

Robert Matheson

This presentation will focus on fun, active games that require minimal equipment. Either the games need pool noodles (or pieces of noodles) or nothing at all. You will learn some fun relay races, zany tag games, nutty noodle games, and a splash of Rock-Paper-Scissors games.


Exploring the Landscape of Physical, Health, and Outdoor Education in British Columbia - Roundtable Discussion

Steve McGinley, Dr. Hartley Banack, Dr. Joy Butler, Dr. Leanne Petherick

The New BC Curriculum was released in September 2016 reunited Physical, Health & Outdoor Education. This is an opportunity for diverse stakeholders in Physical, Health, & Outdoor Education to share their stories about this recent transition and to offer future directions for Physical, Health & Outdoor Education in BC.


Recess Project Canada - Seven Years of Action Research. Data, Lessons Learned and Recommendations

Dr. Lauren McNamara and Dr. Ken Lodewyk

There is a gap in the scholarly literature with respect to elementary school recess in Canada. The overarching goal of Recess Project Canada is to highlight the potential cumulative influence that recess has on children’s overall health and well-being - for better or for worse. Lessons learned will be presented and considerations for future recess and schoolwide improvement efforts.


Examining the Principles of Net and Wall Games Using Spikeball

Monica Moran

To become competent at net/wall games, players need experiences in agility, rallying and using the 4 R’s to move quickly from offense to defense. This fun and active session will use Spikeball to show progressions of rallying as well as practice the key principle of net/wall games – returning the object.


Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Inclusive PHE: Active, Accepted and Aware 

Steve Mulligan

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity are now legally protected grounds in federal and provincial human rights codes. As well, most school districts and schools now have policies and a mandate to support and include all students regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI). Yet students who are different in this way often don’t feel welcome or included in PHE, especially during sexual health discussions. Come join us as we learn key terminology, best practices, and discover easy to use resources.


Assessment in HPE: Strategies and Practices That Motivate, Engage, and Place Students at the Centre of Their Learning

Josh Ogilvie

Assessment can have a tremendous influence on students in their learning and serve to encourage and motivate or discourage and demotivate. This session will present practical and easy to use strategies to form an assessment foundation leading to practices enhancing student motivation and engagement in their learning.


Engaging Youth with Autism in Physical Education: A Gamification Approach

Tracey Riddoch

This presentation will focus on engaging youth with Autism (ASD) in a Physical Education (PE) setting. The material discussed will be based on academic research performed throughout 2016/2017, which was presented as a Master of Arts (PE) thesis to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The presentation will review characteristics of youth with ASD, gamification pedagogy, motivation, utilizing the Self-Determination Theory (Deci & Ryan, 2001), and opportunities for participants to create their own resources.


Teach Resiliency: A Whole School Approach

Stephanie Talsma and Tricia Zakaria

With an ever-present need for trusted resources to support student and teacher mental health, PHE Canada launched Teach Resiliency. This innovative online portal provides resources and supports to promote and strengthen the well-being of educators and their students. Delegates will receive a tour of the Teach Resiliency portal to access strategies, tools, and resources (podcasts, tip sheets, videos) most meaningful to them.


Mental Health: Beginning the Conversation

Jared Suderman and Evan Maltman

This session will explore what two high schools in Winnipeg, Manitoba have been doing to begin the mental health conversation with students, staff and their communities through activities and events conducted during Mental Health Week and beyond.


Reaching Back to Lunge Forward: Moving Along the Path through HPE

Carolyn Temertzoglou and Michael Sinukoff

This workshop for all those invested in HPE is framed around the notion that educators are lifelong learners; reflecting on and improving practice to create meaningful experiences for all students. Essential questions related to teaching HPE will be explored, as well as practical strategies to support teacher practice.


Reimagine Health & Physical Education with HAL 2.0

Ted Temertzoglou, Katherine Jamnik and Kim French

Join us as we explore different strategies used to build quality H&PE programs that give students ownership of their learning. Using evidence-based resources and a flipped classroom approach, we will explore the new Grade 9/10 Healthy Active Living 2.0 resource and how it can be used to engage ALL students.


Northern Games: Celebrating Canada's north through traditional activities

Dawn Tulk and Blair McCulloch

Northern Games celebrate the traditional activities of Canada's Inuit. These activities were considered entertaining for community members to watch. They were also essential for developing important skills for well-being and survival: the strength, agility, and endurance to survive off the land.


Leading Healthy Schools through Student Engagement

Landra Walker and Tyler Smith

Need help and extra energy? This session will provide you with strategies to introduce Playground Activity Leaders (PALs) to lead your school to healthy changes on and off the playground. Come learn practical tools and resources to increase physical activity levels of non-active, and less-active students through PALs.


New Paths to Education: Traditional Games and Physical Literacy Teacher Mentorship

Jessica Waterman and Pena Elliott

The Aboriginal Sport Circle and Sport for Life are currently collaborating on a project to improve overall school effectiveness by delivering quality physical education and physical activity in four First Nations schools. The approach, preliminary results and activities used by the mentors will be shared.


Move & Play Recess

Lindsay Wright and Leah Yardley

The practical session will share and explore strategies to support students to be active at recess. 


Fundamental Movement Skills Assessment Simplified

Glenn Young and Grant McManes

An ongoing logistical challenge for teachers has been efficiently assessing FMS, which form the basic building blocks to developing physical literacy. A simple structure will be provided to enable teachers to focus on student learning rather than evaluating and reporting. Come dressed for moderate activity.


Move Think Lean and NBA Canada

Tricia Zakaria and Jonathan Chang

Come move, think and learn with us! NBA Canada and PHE Canada have partnered in the development of a new resource built off the success of PHE Canada’s Move Think Learn series. Using the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) approach, the NBA Canada Skill Practice Supplement encourages participants to develop sports skills through tactical gameplay problems and engaging skill practice experiences. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in the activities and be encouraged to make the connection between the TGfU approach and its application to their programming. 


Supporting Capacity and School Effectiveness in First Nations Schools

PAGC Teachers, G.Y.M., Inc (Brian Lewis) and PHE Canada (Stephanie Talsma and Tricia Zakaria)

PHE Canada, along with their partners, Growing Young Movers Inc. and the Prince Albert Grand Council, has piloted a research initiative to support and advance physical education in on reserve schools. Using PHE Canada’s resources and a youth mentor model, the pilot aimed to increase the knowledge and capacity of teachers and program leaders in developing and delivering quality physical education and after school programming. Attendees will hear about this successful pilot and research model aimed at better meeting the needs of the children and youth in First Nations schools. 


Ignisfatuus Session

To Be Determined

This conference tradition exercises our story-telling abilities, sharing insights into our profession’s history and progression in the field. Come and share your experiences, as this is the time to reflect and a time to chat informally about the future of Health and Physical Education. IGNISFATUUS = Infamous Group of No-name Illustrious Sagacious Formerly Active Talented Unauthorized Unbudgeted but Sanguine.