Oregon Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
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- President's Message
- Where Have All The Higher Ed Members Gone?
- Greetings from the Oregon Department of Education
- CIM Subject Area Endorsement Field Test
E-Journal Winter 2006
Save the Date!
2006 Oregon Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Annual Convention
October 13, 2006
Houck Middle School
The OAHPERD conference held last October brought together a variety of talented professionals in Health Education, Physical Education and other allied fields. Students and professionals had the opportunity make and renew connections and to attend a variety of valuable seminars. Last year’s conference featured:
- A Nationally Acclaimed Health Educator Keynote from Deborah Tackmann
- Six Elementary, Middle and High School Physical Education National Teachers of the Year
- Strategies for Advocating for Health & Physical Education
- Networking Sessions
- Fitness Opportunities
We are looking forward to a great conference in 2006, a day filled with information, networking and fun! More information is forthcoming and will be found on this website.
Happy New Years to all:
The holidays are almost over (a couple new years are yet to come), and hopefully you all are recharged for the rest of the year to come. Many let us know that this year’s conference was a success. Our new extended time format for skill building seemed to be well received and as a result we will use a similar format for next year’s conference. However, we will be back to a one - day conference. Check the “Conference” link on this web site for information on date and location, presentation proposals, etc. As President-elect, Jamie Tatum, will be heading up the conference planning committee assisted by Ann Asbell, Tova Gilbert-Morgan, and Peter Ness. If you have any suggestions for presenters or exhibitor or the conference overall please do not hesitate to contact one of these people. Visit this site often to keep updated on the conference and other events of note in Oregon and around the country.
Although SB 228 died in the Senate our job of advocacy is far from over. All school districts are required to develop a wellness policy. Two focal points of this policy deal with school nutrition and physical activity. If you are not already involved in discussions on these policies now is a good time to find out where your district is in the process. You, as Health and Physical Educators, are in the perfect position to lend your expertise in these areas to the policy making group. We are not just the “gym” teacher or Health teacher off in that classroom at the end of the hall. We are knowledgeable professionals who should be utilized as such by our districts and we need to make the effort to offer that knowledge in the development of this policy.
This year the AAHPERD National Convention will be held in Salt Lake City on April 25-29, 2006. This will be the last time that the convention will be in our region until 2011. If you have never attended one of these conventions, I wholeheartedly encourage you to do so. When you walk into a convention center with 6,000 – 7,000 fellow professionals and see the enormous list of sessions it is at first a little overwhelming so pace yourself and have a little time to just sit for a while and absorb all going on around you. Over the last 30 years, I have made contacts from around the country that have helped me on a professional and a personal level. Even though I will be retired and living in a different part of the country I will continue to be involved if only to make that yearly contact and I invite you to do the same.
Good question! Through the years faculty from higher education institutions have been OAHPERD leaders and very visible at the annual conference. Participation from this group has drastically dropped in the last ten years. What has contributed to this drop?
OAHPERD is perceived to focus on teaching of physical education and health. Although there have been attempts to reach beyond the schools, the perception is still there. At the larger universities, there are fewer faculty involved in teacher preparation than 20 years ago. Some smaller colleges and universities have chosen to emphasize other academic options other than teacher preparation. Along with this shift away from teacher preparation has been the increase in the number and prominence of specialized professional organizations such as in the areas of sports medicine, sports psychology, and biomechanics. Faculty may get more professional gratification and satisfaction from collaborating with colleagues in their specialty area. They may choose to be involved in organizations that support their research endeavors. There may also be some competition with the CCEPE conference in Portland each winter. On-campus demands of a faculty member’s time have changed and may limit the time a faculty member has to devote to professional organizations.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has grown in prominence. This scientifically oriented organization may better suit the mission of some colleges and universities. At Oregon State University, more faculty members participate in ACSM than in AAHPERD. This is also true for the regional and state levels of these organizations. Some of the reduced participation may be attributed to reduced travel funds at colleges. Faculty felt the pinch of frozen salaries even though membership and participation in OAHPERD is quite inexpensive when compared to many organizations.
A response from some faculty may be: “There is nothing in OAHPERD for me.” The answer to this is a matter of perspective. Involvement at this state organization should be in a leadership role. Higher education faculty should be providing many of the conference sessions as leaders in their discipline. This type of participation should not be limited to the pedagogy faculty. Biomechanics, sports psychologists, exercise physiologists, administrators, sports medicine faculty, motor learning faculty, and nutritionists can each present pertinent topics of interest at OAHPERD. K-12 teachers do not have sufficient free time to read and keep abreast of new information. They attend conferences to learn from these experts.
Another perspective to the statement that there is nothing for higher education: “Be part of the solution. Help recruit sessions that will be of interest.” A group of higher education faculty and graduate students agreed to do this at the 2005 conference. Research is an integral part of colleges and other conferences but has not been a prominent focus at OAHPERD. The group of presenters at the 2005 conference put together an outstanding three hour session covering a wide range of research topics. Each person who presented was energized with the success of the session. The range of topics was wide, and the diversity of representation was refreshing. The attendees remained engaged and gave positive feedback. Dr. Janet Peterson, Linfield College, agreed to coordinate a similar session next year. Other presenters at the session were: Ada Massa, OSU, Dr. Brian Jackson, Pacific University, Stephen Harvey, OSU, Dr. Bob Hautala, WOU, and Kristen Oja, EOU. To submit a proposal for 2006, contact Dr. Peterson, japeters@linfield, edu or Dr. Jackson, college chair elect for OAPE, BrianJackson@pacificu.edu.
A final perspective to the statement that there is nothing in OAHPERD for higher education folks is that there are always people. The energy gained from meeting new people and renewing friendships from previous conferences is the nucleus of OAHPERD. Seeing students who are now professionals is always a highlight of OAHPERD for those in higher education, and these students look forward to seeing their college teachers. Learning what these new professionals took from their professional preparation helps faculty shape their classes. It was a highlight of the 2005 conference to attend the banquet and see so many retired higher education faculty who had been active in OAHPERD through the years.
So, where have the higher education faculty gone? I am not sure, but I hope a few read this and are motivated to do one thing to make OAHEPRD better for all of us.
My name is Stuart Charleston and I’ve been teaching physical education and coaching at Adam Stephens Middle School in Salem for the past 10 years. The previous 9 years I taught elementary physical education. I love my job and I hope you love yours. I am currently serving as the middle school chairperson for the Oregon Association for Physical Education.
I am writing this article for two reasons. The first is that I wanted the chance to present myself as an OAPE board member to state middle school teachers. The second reason is to describe how our school utilizes the American Heart Association’s Hoops for Heart (HFH) and Jump Rope for Heart (JRFH) programs.
One of OAPE’s strategic goals is to encourage participation in the JFH and HFH programs. My school has done the program every year since 1999.The first two years, we did both of the events simultaneously, the jump roping stations and the shooting part of the hoops event. Now we do only the 3 on 3 basketball tournament after we teach skills, rules and team play. The program is a blend of many elements we strive to accomplish throughout our P.E. program. We want students to enjoy activity, understand how to move, control their bodies in space, increase their knowledge concerning their cardiovascular capabilities, and recognize the link between regular physical activity and the prevention of heart disease and stroke.
We create heart healthy activities using basketball skills and games while students gain cardiovascular endurance, demonstrate community service, and learn to cooperate together. We want our students to be fair and honest during competition. They are their own referees during games. We let students form their own teams of 3. We then divide the 40 or so teams into competitive and less competitive groups for the tournament. The teams are assigned to one of our 2 gyms to play the games. At the end, we have prizes along with the thank you gifts provided by the AHA.
I teach with four different teachers. They are fortunately all certified to teach our subject. We have a lot of fun organizing and teaching together. We divide the responsibilities of running the drills and tournament. One teacher makes the paper hearts to glue to a long banner for students to sign a name to show who they are playing in honor of. One teacher makes all the brackets for all classes. One is the treasurer for the donations. The other displays the thank you gifts in our school showcase and distributes the gifts at the end of the fundraising. It’s a good program that can help with our teaching productivity.
In my role and the middle school chair for OAPE, I encourage you to communicate with me in any way possible concerning coaching or teaching physical education in middle school. I would be happy to help you. Feel free to contact me at Charleston_stuart@salkeiz.k12.or.us.
2005 has been a productive, exciting year. There are many updates and opportunities to announce. First, I would like to introduce the new Healthy Kids Learn Better (HKLB) team leader Gary English. He comes to us from New York, where he was the Director at the NY Statewide Center for Healthy Schools. Oregon is lucky to have such a strong, innovative leader. He is the co-lead of HKLB with Inge Aldersebaes at the Department of Human Services.
HKLB Grant Opportunities
We are pleased to announce that HKLB has been awarded a new grant to support up to four schools in addressing mental health through a coordinated school health approach. While the funding for this award focuses on mental health, it complements the existing HKLB school awards which focus on physical activity, nutrition, and asthma. Currently there is funding available to support ten schools to participate in the HKLB physical activity, nutrition, and asthma institutes. With the addition of four schools, through the mental health initiative, up to nineteen schools will now be considered for HKLB institutes for the 2006-07 school year. Throughout the month of February, HKLB will be accepting school applications for the 2006-07 HKLB Institutes. For more information about the institutes, please visit the HKLB website at www.hklb.org
In February, be on the lookout for a new newsletter that will be sent to all schools called Well Workplace. The purpose of this publication is to provide health tips and information to improve faculty and staff wellness and to communicate opportunities to promote and enhance a comprehensive and coordinated approach to school health. This is a monthly newsletter that will be distributed to schools and public health organizations statewide.
ODE Field Test
There is an ODE field test going on right now. We have seven high school health educators that are field testing the criteria for a subject area endorsement in Health Education. So far, it is going very well.
Next school year, ODE will be pulling together a content panel of health educators (K-12) for the health textbook adoption process. The call for content panel members will go out in August/September 2006 through my health lists and to all superintendents and principals in the State. We would love your participation!
Trainings and HKLB Summer Institute
Finally, we have many scheduled trainings, including curriculum trainings and Standards and Assessment Trainings. With the passage of the Health Education Content Standards in February of 2005, we are offering district-wide mapping and alignment trainings. The HKLB Summer Institute will be held in Ashland from August 7-10, 2006. For more information on our FREE trainings, go to www.hklb.org.
Have a wonderful 2006 and please feel free to contact me anytime for your questions, concerns, successes in the area of Coordinated School Health and School health education! If you are interested in being on my health education email list, please let me know.
Jess Bogli, MS
Health Education Curriculum Specialist
Oregon Department of Education
(503) 378-3600 Ext. 4425
In the middle of another year we look forward to the teaching of students. ODE is busy with the monitoring of the CIM subject area endorsement field test. Nine high school physical educators are using the draft scoring guide to produce student performance data on the attainment of the draft performance requirements. The data will be reviewed and considered this spring for adoption by the State Board of Education next fall. School districts will have the choice to offer CIM subject area endorsements to their students.
There are questions about whether this process is necessary or needed since Susan Castillo has opened the issue of the CIM for Oregon students. The CIM and all parts are here to stay until the Legislature votes it out. That will not happen until at least the end of the next session, July 2007, if then. Standards-based education, at this point, is not part of the discussion. Superintendent Castillo and the State Board of Education are open to discussion about the graduation requirements and the relation of the CIM to graduation. They are not the decision makers, but can be influences on the Legislature. The field test process for the physical education subject area endorsement is valid and will go forward. The adoption of the performance requirements by the State Board of Education in the fall will further guide teachers and districts in physical education.
Make a note: Dates are changed for the HKLB Summer Institute. They are August 14-17 at Southern Oregon University, in Ashland.
Another date to note on your calendar: an opportunity in the summer (July 17-21, 2006) to join the Oregon Arts Summer Institute at Western Oregon University. Elementary physical education specialists and classroom teachers are invited to a dance track. Every day, dance for elementary students will be included. More information coming. Please check out the ODE physical education webpage: www.ode.state.or.us/