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This page features workshop presenters whose expertise is showing you how to more effectively teach at the secondary physical education level (grades 6-12).

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Brent Heidorn
Brent Heidorn
Location: Carrollton, GA (Univ. of West Georgia)
Grade Levels: K-12 and College PE
Teaching Experience: 15+ years, K-12 physical education and university level.
Presentation Experience: 10+ Years
Willing to present locally and throughout the USA. Can present throughout the year including the summer.
Bio:
Dr. Brent Heidorn is an associate tenured professor in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia, and was recently appointed as Assistant Dean for Research and Assessment in the College of Education (2015). Prior to this appointment, Brent was the program coordinator of the Health and Physical Education Teacher Education program in the Department of Leadership and Instruction, where he has served since 2007. Prior to his appointment at the University of West Georgia, Brent received his doctoral degree in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina (2004-2007) and worked for eight years as a physical education teacher and coach at the middle and high school levels (1997-2004). His educational degrees include a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Bob Jones University, M.A. in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University, and a Ph.D. in Physical Education Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina. Brent’s leadership and service activities include active membership in SHAPE America, and Past-President of the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (GAHPERD). He has been actively involved with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) serving on a variety of committees at the national level, including three years on the Physical Education Steering Committee, the Awards Committee, and the Publications Committee. Brent continues to serve SHAPE America through the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP). He is an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, is on the Editorial Review Board for Quest and Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, and is the Publications Editor of The GAHPERD Journal. Brent also served as the Editor for the Theory to Practice column in Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators. Brent has received numerous awards including the SDAAHPERD Taylor Dodson Young Professional Award, the University of West Georgia College of Education Faculty Outstanding Service Award, and the Robert W. Moore Professional Recognition Award and the Young Scholar Award from the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Brent’s research interests include comprehensive school physical activity programs, physical education teacher education and supervision, and sport pedagogy. He has more than 50 authored or coauthored articles, chapters, reports, or reviews; and he has given more than 120 professional and scholarly presentations, in addition to numerous professional development workshops.

Presentation Topics:

  • Best practice in K-12 physical education – effective instruction, curriculum, current research, current trends and issues
  • Skill development in physical education – a variety of content areas
  • Physical activity in physical education – integrating physical activity in PE and classroom based instruction
  • Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (CSPAPs)
  • Physical Fitness – fitness games, stations, strength and conditioning for physical education and athletics
  • Exercise Physiology – multiple components; developing fitness from exercise science
  • FitnessGram – all components
  • Coaching and Athletics – philosophy, objectives, communication, motivation, management, planning, training


Jennifer Houston
Jennifer Houston
Location: Mesa, AZ (Mesa Public Schools)
Grade Levels: Adapted PE, K-12 PE and college PE Teaching Experience: 15+ Years Public School teaching Presentation Experience: 10+ Years
Willing to present locally and in the USA. Can present throughout the year.
Bio:
Taught K-12 physical education for 12 years, including 5 years in adapted physical education. Earned NBCT in 2006. After earning PhD in curriculum and instruction in physical education in 2014 from Arizona State University (ASU), taught higher ed PETE and other kinesiology courses for six years at ASU, Texas A&M San Antonio, and Northern Arizona University (NAU). Currently working as an adapted physical education specialist, preK-12, for Mesa Public Schools in Mesa, AZ. Have presented at SHAPE, Southwest district as well as our AZHPE state organization several years in a row.
Presentation Highlights:

  • SHAPE, St. Louis - presented "What are your students really learning", which addressed appropriate and purposeful assessment in physical education.
  • National APE Conference, Burlingame, CA - presented on writing appropriate goals for students with severe multiple disabilities (SMD)
  • AZHPE (formerly AAHPERD) -presented a lecture/activity session on successfully implementing Sport education into a physical education program.
  • AZHPE - presented a lecture/activity session on implementing TGfU into secondary physical education


Keynote Presentation Topics:

  • The importance of assessment, as well as appropriate assessments in physical education; Updating your physical education program - teaching physical education in this day and age is NOT the same as it was 20, 30, 40 years ago. As physical education teachers we must have the ability to remain relevant (NOT teaching as we were taught by old school 'ball rollers'.
  • The importance of using standards (SHAPE and state) to guide your curriculum and student learning outcomes


Presentation Topics (expanded presentation descriptions):

  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Secondary physical education methods
  • Purposeful introductory games for K-12
  • Technology in physical education
  • Implementing IEP goals into GPE
  • Health club model for secondary physical education
  • Student created portfolios for student learning documentation
  • TGFU
  • And More...!

Dave Senecal
Dave Senecal
Location: Atlanta, GA (P.B. Ritch Middle School)
Grade Levels: Elementary/Middle
Presenter Profile | Resume | Descriptions of Dave's Presentations
Willing to present locally, all over the USA and the World. Can present throughout the year including the summer.
Bio:
Dave has been a Physical Education teacher in Paulding County, GA since 1997. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Kennesaw State and his Master’s degree in Physical Education Curriculum and Instruction from Western Kentucky. He opened Nebo Elementary school where he built a well-respected program and earned Teacher of the Year in 2012. He earned Teacher of Year in 2015 for his innovative program at P.B. Ritch Middle School. Dave also was awarded the prestigious 2015 GAHPERD and Southern District SHAPE America Middle School Teacher of the Year. He has also served as the volunteer elementary and middle physical education professional development coordinator for his district. In 2008, Dave was selected to be on a team of sixteen physical education specialists to write the current Georgia Physical Education Standards. Dave developed the “PEPALOOZA Workshops” and has presented at many local, state and national conventions. He has secured over $40,000 in grants that have led to the purchase of classroom sets of equipment that have allowed many middle school students to experience activities such as rugby, disc golf, longboarding, circus arts, fly fishing, back packing, yoga and mountain biking. Dave also enjoys adding technology to his teaching at every chance he can using many apps that encourage his kids to stay active in the 21st century.

Presentation Topics:

  • Large and Small Group Games
  • Skill Development Games
  • Tactical Games
  • Innovative Dance K-2
  • Innovative Dance 3-8
  • Striking/Fielding Activities
  • Great Tag Games for Cardio and Fitness K-8
  • Technology in Physical Education (Grades K-12)
  • Teacher Keys Effectiveness System and Student Learning Objectives
  • Circus Arts
  • Outdoor Education/Games


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