Before we know it, the 2016-2017 school year will be in the record books. Recently I was fortunate enough to attend the Region 2 and 3 workshops. I was truly inspired by all the hard work and dedication by the organizers and those who had the opportunity to attend. The speakers, instructors, teachers, and professionals made the workshops very informative, productive, and very worthwhile.
Physical education has evolved in many ways to encompass the diversity in our students. For example, roller skating allows students to show off their skating abilities while at the same time working on cardiovascular, balance, and motion benchmarks. Dance activities couple with available technologies has been an activity that students can relate to. In addition, adaptive needs activities has been invaluable for engaging students with special needs.
This workshop was definitely a showcase for the amazing teachers, lessons, and student engagement activities that have moved physical education into the forefront of life long physical education learning. Seeing SHAPE Michigan Board Members, teachers, and professional participate in all the innovate lessons and activities will definitely help solidify the importance of physical education in every day curriculum. I’m thankful that SHAPE Michigan is and will continue to be at the forefront of the physical education and lifelong learning.
As president this year, I have learned so much from those who have helped me and volunteered their time, energy, and resources to make SHAPE Michigan a leader in education. To briefly market the program, SHAPE Michigan does have a Facebook page as well as a Twitter account. There is also a new group call Professional Learning Communities which is dedicated to sharing new ideas, asking questions, and sharing professional experiences.
Finally, please save the dates October 26th – October 28th for our upcoming Fall Workshop in Lansing. The Board and myself look forward to seeing you at the workshop.
All the best as you close out another school year,
Jeff Stevenson, SHAPE President
Joe Matulis has wanted to teach physical education since he was in second grade and his mother let him teach a capture the flag lesson to her students. Joe holds a degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. In the past Joe has served on the SHAPE Michigan board as V.P. of Physical Education. Joe has presented on technology at the last two conventions and enjoys creating new ways to integrate technology into physical education. Joe enjoys being active outdoors, and particularly enjoys surfing and paddle boarding on Lake Michigan. As current President Elect for SHAPE Michigan, Joe has been an elementary physical educator for 9 years for St. Johns Public Schools
The trip to this year's national SHAPE Convention in Boston was quite interesting with a blizzerd that nearly kept us home. Boston got hit with one of it's biggest storms this season on Tuesday, so we tried to get ahead of it the night before. After getting delayed over two hours, we finally made it to Boston ahead of the blizzerd.
The real blizzerd in Boston was the actual convention. This amazing experience was kicked-off with a leadership forum of over one hundered professionals of all kinds. We connected, braninstormed and strengthened our vision for SHAPE America's 50 Million Strong by 2029 initiative. We have a lot of work to do in our states, but collectively, we are all on the same bus to get students healthier and more physically active.
The general sessions during convention were outstanding with an all-star parade of keynotes. We had an opportunity to be motivated, inspired and educated by every speaker that took the stage. We heard stories of perseverence, pride and accomplishment. Speakers shared information to help us with advocacy. We are leaving Boston stronger!
Welcome from Paul Revere and Sam Adams
Cheif Executive Optimist: Life is Good
Fuel up to Play 60 student, advisor and New England Patriots
Students from SHAPE Michigan!
2016 SHAPE Michigan Teacher of the year, Scott Przystas and Past-President, Brian Tass
Awesome Physical Literacy keynote by Dr. Dean Kriellaars
Expert panel including Dr. John Ratey and olympian Aly Raisman
As past-president, I am pumped to use what I learned to help the future of our profession in Michigan any way I can and make this year's SHAPE Michigan Convention remarkable. We're back in Lansing this year. SAVE THE DATES October 26-28. Registration and agenda available soon!
MCPEA/ OCPEA PRESENTS
A FREE MINI PE WORKSHOP
TUESDAY, DECEMBER, 6TH, 2017
WHERE: EBELING ELEMENTARY
15970 Haverhill Dr, Macomb, MI 48044
CROSSROADS: 21 MILE(SOUTH) AND HAYES(EAST)
Time: 6-9 pm
HOST: LAURA LABAN, MIKE LEMERISE, Nancy Overman,
and area PE pros from UCS PLUS
Agenda: This 3 hour Free workshops purpose is to Care and Share top level activities to other PE PROS. Many will have a chance to bring to the workshop special activities that they have used in their classrooms over many years. Please bring 30 copies to of your activity to share with others. Please consider cross curricular, assessment, games, fitness, and class management ideas for all. We encourage all to get up and show an game or Idea. Its FREE come and join us if you can.
Thanks! Mike LeMerise ….Workshop Creator…..
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Fostering Artistry and Expressivity in Arts Learners
A Professional Development Conference for
K-12 Art, Music, Dance and Theatre Educators
Oakland Center - Conference Rooms A & B
312 Meadowbrook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
Download the flyer for more information HERE.
WORKSHOP FOR Technology Integration for Physical Education Heart Rate Monitors and Coach’s Eye Application
Technology Integration for Physical Education Heart Rate Monitors and Coach’s Eye Application 8:00am – 3:00pm
St. Clair County RESA and Western Michigan University
TOPIC: Learn how to use the Heart Zones System and Coaches Eye to improve your Physical education class. This is a tool for motivation, engagement and assessment that utilizes wearable technology to empower students to live active and healthy lifestyles. Coach's Eye is a highly effective way to provide meaningful feedback to your students or athletes, so you can make rapid improvements.
DATE: November 4th, 2016
TIME: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Click HERE to download the Workshop Flyer and HERE for Agenda!
I am very excited about the upcoming year and to continue to provide quality professional development to all of our members. We have been really pumping up our social media with Twitter, Facebook, and our blog here. These tools will really help our members get information and stay connected with the latest and greatest in our field. Our convention in the beginning of the month at beautiful and historic Mackinac Island was second-to-none. Our keynote speakers, special events, and meals were fantastic. We held our convention at Mission Point Resort. The facilities were great and the views on the island were breathtaking. I look forward to working with all of you this year and continuing to get the word out to all of our members and recruit new members with what we do at SHAPE Michigan. We are continuing to host workshops all across our state. I am looking forward to trying new things and continue to grow SHAPE Michigan. We have so many passionate educators all across our state who continue to do amazing things. Keep the passion, stay fired-up and let’s continue to educate our students with the best resources, equipment and education possible. Thanks for everything you do every day to make a difference in our state. Keep pushing, keep being the best you can be. We can and do make a difference every day.
SHAPE Michigan President – Jeff Stevenson
Greetings from the Michigan Department of Education!!
We hope you have had an awesome start to your school year! It's hard to believe we are half way through October already.
This is a gentle reminder to please take a few moments to complete the 2016 Physical Education and Physical Activity survey found at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016PEPA It will not take too much of your time and gives us much needed information.
We only need one survey per school building. If you have already filled this survey out THANK YOU. You do not need to do it again. Please share with your colleagues in other buildings in your district.
This information is used to develop professional development opportunities and to give an overall view of what physical education looks like in our state. We will also compile a summary report of the data to be posted on our webpage.
A summary report of the 2014 PE and PA survey can be found here:
Please feel free to share this report far and wide.
The more responses we get, the more complete the picture is of PE in our state. Thank you for your time and attention to this. Have a great rest of your week!
Health and Physical Education Consultant
Michigan Department of Education