Physical and Health Education Conference

The 2023 Physical and Health Education in BC Provincial Teachers Conference is hosted by ϼ in partnership with Physical and Health Education in BC to provide physical and health educators with a meaningful day of professional development. Themed “Inclusion and Belonging in Physical and Health Education,” this year’s conference will feature a variety of workshops that will build your competencies and keep you informed and connected to the field of physical and health education in B.C.

A teacher leading a physical education class outdoors to a group of children on yoga mats

Event details

When
Friday, October 20, 2023 at 8:30am

Where
ϼ New Westminster campus
700 Royal Avenue

Contact information


Online registration is now closed. To register please call 604 527 5472 during office hours or register in-person the day of the Conference between 8:30–9:30am.

Schedule & workshops

Coffee and Registration (8:30–9am)

Coffee and Registration (8:30–9am)

Arrive a little early and catch up with friends and colleagues before heading to your first session.

Session 1 (9–10am)

Session 1 (9-10am)

Workshops

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Tanya Parker,PL3Y Education BC


31247

Description
Positive mental health requires students to have a positive sense of self, spirit and belonging. Movement is a powerful tool to help prevent and alleviate stress as well as boost our bodies and our moods! In this interACTIVE workshop, you’ll gain a better understanding of mental health and the factors that affect it. Get ready to experience practical dances that use purposefully designed movement to promote and foster positive mental health, by addressing the cognitive, social, physical and emotional domains of wellbeing.

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Jasmin Lundy, Teacher,Coquitlam and Surrey School District


31254

Description
This presentation will look at how to break down curricular competencies into tangible assessment points, how to use self-assessment in a meaningful way and will give strategies to ensure assessment is inclusive.

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Steve McGinley, Lecturer, UBC


31252

Description
This session will provide an overview of how to establish a Community of Practice (CoP) in Physical and Health Education (PHE) within your networks and schools. We will focus our attention to developing impactful and meaningful learning environments where teachers collaborate on current issues in PHE through an inquiry lens. Recent UBC Secondary Health Outdoor and Physical Education (HOPE) teacher graduates will share their current inquiry journey and provide all attendees with the opportunity to do the same.

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Chad Oatway, Teacher, New Westminster School District, PHEBC 2nd Vice-President


31250

Description
Taking a bit of time each day to warm your kids up with an activity that teaches personal and social responsibility can be vital in building a connected class. Social and emotional learning is integrated through experience; physical play is the most natural way students learn these skills. This session will teach teachers how to structure activities with social, emotional, and physical intentions that create an environment where students feel willing to take risks, rewarded and connected to each other.

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Kirk Paterson,NCCP Level 2 Pickleball Coach


31246

Description
We will present the game of pickleball and how it can be adapted and taught to various age groups. Basic physical literacy for K-3 to skill development drills for Secondary applications. Emphasis on teaching the teacher.

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Paolo Zambito,Kin-Ball Canada


31248

Description
With this session, you will learn a new way of introducing this amazing inclusive canadian sport. We will start with a cooperative game where participants are asked to grab the big Kin-Ball as a team and bring it back to a given place. After a short while, the participants will have an understanding of the skills needed to play the actual sport. After a short presentation of the rules, we will play a full game of Kin-Ball and learn drills to improve strategy.

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Daphne Lambie, Teacher, West Vancouver School District


31253

Description
We will look at successes and challenges involved in starting up a High School Outdoor Rec program as well as participate in games, activities and challenges related to Outdoor Ed.

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Jannika Nyberg, Teacher, Surrey School District


31251

Description
BC’s sexual health curriculum is robust and complex. This workshop provides the foundation for teaching comprehensive, queer-inclusive sexual health. In this interactive workshop, we will pay particular attention to teaching content related to gender-based violence and sexual exploitation prevention. Anonymous sexual health questions will be answered, and resources will be provided. This session is geared towards PE teachers, but anyone is welcome.

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Cindy Andrew,The ABCs of Youth Substance Use


31255

Description
Current events, like youth vaping, the opioid crisis and the proliferation of cannabis shops, invite us to revisit our approach to how we are addressing substance use in schools. Stats, facts and scare tactics don’t work but what does? This interactive workshop will feature evidence-based approaches and learning resources geared to helping youth build competencies in the area of substance use. Participants will be introduced to learning activities and culturally appropriate approaches that support de-stigmatizing substance use and keep kids moving at the same time. This workshop will be focused on addressing the PHE 4-7 BC curriculum.

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Stephanie Mervyn,Teacher, Arrow Lakes School District, PHEBC 1st Vice-President


31256

Description
Strategies to find balance as a teacher, using nature and mindfulness, ideas for incorporating this into your classes – leave the session with some tangible health strategies to implement.

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David Chorney, Professor, University of Alberta


31257

Description
This session is intended to have all educators contemplate their pedagogical practices and how they might be able to use the outdoors as a valuable educational learning space. Current research and data show numerous benefits for children who are active in the outdoors, and as teachers, this session will share ideas of how we can utilize the outdoors more beneficially in our teaching. Although this session has a PE and outdoor education tone to it, all teachers of all subjects can benefit from the content being shared.

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Nathan Horne


31258

Description
"What game are we playing today?" It's a question asked by students at the start of every PE lesson. In this session, you will learn how games can be the perfect tools to help your students develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to be successful. Discover questioning techniques, modification strategies and improve your pedagogy to make your games engaging and fun. Nathan will also introduce you to a variety of games he uses in his PE classes that you can use in your classes.

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𲹰(10–10:15)

Break (10–10:15am)

Take a moment to get your bearings after the first session and make your way to the keynote presentation.

Keynote Speaker Presentation (10:15–10:45am)

Keynote Speaker Presentation (10:15–10:45am)

Bio: Joanna Sheppard, U of Alberta

Joanna Sheppard headshot

Dr. Joanna (Jo) Sheppard holds the position of Associate Teaching Professor within the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta. She identifies using she/her/hers pronouns and takes pride in her affiliation with the 2SLGTBQ community. With her expertise in pedagogy and experiential learning, she seamlessly integrates theoretical and critical practices into the realm of physical and health education. This commitment is evident not only in her teaching and research but also in her involvement in an international program situated in Antigua, West Indies.

Beyond her academic endeavors, Dr. Sheppard actively contributes her time as a volunteer, collaborating with K-12 educators in the wider Edmonton community. Her purpose in doing so is to instill within her postsecondary students a practical understanding of the significance and responsibilities associated with delivering high-quality physical and health education. She has taken on leadership roles, chairing various departmental, faculty, and University-wide committees. Notably, she served as a Co-Chair for UFV’s President’s EDI Task Force at her previous institution.

In the present year of 2023, she serves with pride as the President of the PHE Canada Board. Anticipating an impactful tenure, she eagerly anticipates collaborating with peers from coast to coast to coast. Her primary focus revolves around advancing reconciliation and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the physical and health education community.

𲹰(10:45–11)

Break (10:45–11am)

Feeling inspired to lead in the Physical and Health Education field after the keynote? Make your way to session two for more informative workshops.

Session 2 (11am–12pm)

Session 2 (11am–12pm)

Workshops

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Sabine Nader,Coordinator Programs and Resources, PHE Canada


31265

Description
Join PHE Canada as we delve into the benefits of adopting a student-centered approach in education, with a special focus on promoting students' ownership of their own education and their physical and mental health. In this presentation, we will explore how teachers can actively involve students in designing and implementing inclusive, school-based programming through our Design Studio. By putting students at the forefront, we aim to empower them to take ownership of their educational journey and prioritize their well-being. We will showcase the step-by-step process, effective strategies, and valuable insights gained from implementing this approach with students from diverse priority and intersectional populations through our projects and pilots: STOMP, Heart Zone, ReBOOT, and Game Changers. Additionally, participants will engage in hands-on planning activities to practice the implementation of the Design Studio with the students.

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Jess Gordon,Teacher, Vancouver School District, Founder of Arise Programs


31263

Description
Join us for an engaging workshop where we'll explore the integration of self-defense education in schools to foster safety, inclusion, and self-regulated learning. Drawing on elements from BC's PHE curriculum and social-emotional learning (SEL), we will discuss how self-defense education not only teaches valuable protective skills but also promotes the development of essential social and emotional competencies required for learning and life in general. This workshop will provide practical strategies and lesson ideas to empower students, contribute to a positive school environment, and promote the holistic well-being of learners. Don't miss this opportunity to bring a new, fun and transformative approach to your teaching practice!

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David Amram, Athletics Director, King David School


31259

Description
Want to excite your students while teaching communication, critical thinking, teamwork and strategy? Look no further! This workshop will present and teach you five extremelyactive, inclusive and fun student-centered games that address physical literacy, and promote healthy and active living. They will rejuvenate your PHE classes and have your studentsexercising, communicating, strategizing and working both individually and collaboratively in both small and large teams. Hunger Games, Wall Ball, Nuclear War, Squirrel Tag and Ga-Ga (asseen on the show Bob’s Burgers) will be actively played by workshop participants, and if there is interest, two quick inclusive warmups called Snake Pit and Buffalo Run will also be introduced.

I have presented these Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU)-style games to many PHE teachers around Canada and have only received extremely positive feedback on how well the students enjoy the games andfind themselves becoming much more active participants in their PHE classes. Hunger Games is an invasion-type, dodgeball-style game that mimics the movie; wall ball is a striking/fielding-type kickball-style game; nuclear war is a territorial-style Capture the Flag-like game; squirrel tag is another invasion-type flag football-style game; and Ga-Ga is an adapted dodgeball-style gamewhere students who are not strong throwers and catchers can have tremendous success. These games require both offensive and defensive strategy and facilitate communication and critical thinking. If you are interested in learning new games that promote inclusion, seamlessly tie into the new PHE curriculum, and are fun and exciting, then this workshop is specially designed for you!

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Christian Stickney,Teacher, Langley School District


31260

Description
Educating teachers on functional fitness and how to properly implement fitness into mainstream PHE. No need for fancy equipment. This workshop is about teaching others that the body is the machine and it is a way to educate students around being fit for life. The session includes warm-up protocol, stretching, resistance band work, and a variety of workout examples to bring fitness into PHE.

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Paolo Zambito,Kin-Ball Canada


31261

Description
In this session, you'll learn how cooperative play can encourage an active lifestyle and boost the self-confidence of any youngster. You'll discover many new play ideas with durable, lightweight and colorful OMNIKIN® balls from 14" to 48". After the session, participants will know how to play and teach inclusive and cooperative games while having learned other games that can be played with OMNIKIN® balls. With Omnikin, there's no physical contact, no intimidation, no interference and no one is left out.

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Josh Ogilvie,Teacher, Sooke School District, President of PHEBC


31264

Description
This session will explore the new reporting order with considerations for how it could impact teaching, learning, assessing, and communicating student learning in PHE. We will look at 3 key aspects of the new reporting order: 1) ways to meaningfully separate learning habits from intended student learning; 2) consider the different ways the BC proficiency scale can be used at the class level; 3) using the proficiency scale to determine grades and for reporting purposes.

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Jasmine Lundy,Teacher, Coquitlam and Surrey School District


31267

Description
This workshops examines the gap in gender participation in sport and PHE and offers inclusive strategies to support the female experience in these spaces. There is an emphasis on understanding the female experience in PHE and gaining insight into how to create spaces that promote participation.

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Cindy Andrew,The ABCs of Youth Substance Use


31268

Description
This interactive workshop will feature evidence-based approaches and learning resources geared to helping youth build competencies in the area of substance use. Participants will be introduced to learning activities and culturally appropriate approaches that support de-stigmatizing substance use and keep kids moving at the same time. We will focus on addressing the PHE 4-10 BC curriculum although it is worth noting that there are ample opportunities to build drug literacy across a broad range of curricular areas from K-12. This workshop will be focused on addressing the PHE 8-10 BC curriculum.

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Erica Scott, CEO ofCreating Consent Culture


31266

Description
Would you like to learn to lead fun and interactive exercises that will help your students to learn – and practice consent skills such as:

  • What to do when you’re a maybe
  • How to hear “no” graciously
  • How to say “no” confidently
  • How to check in with yourself to notice whether you are a yes or a no
  • How to feel confident to change your mind
  • How to ask for what you want clearly
  • How to avoid common miscommunications that lead to consent accidents
  • What the freeze response has to do with consent, and more!

Interactive learning helps young people to integrate these skills in an embodied way, so that they are easier to access when they are in more high-stakes situations.
And we’ll have fun learning these exercises as well! I look forward to meeting you!
You can learn more about what I do at

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David Chorney,Professor, University of Alberta


31270

Description
This session will provide research-based data along with practical suggestions for teachers of physical education to enhance their PE programs and make their PE classes more engaging and relevant for all students.

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Nathan Horne, PHE Department Head, Meadowridge School


31271

Description
Join Nathan Horne to discover easy-to-implement assessment strategies and techniques for your PhysEd program. Participants in this session will take away new, easy and exciting ways to assess their students holistically.

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Lynn Dawson, Teacher, Vancouver School District,PHE BC Executive Member


31272

Description
Students bring amazing diversity to PE classes. How do we make all students feel like they belong, regardless of skill level, experience, social skills, and learning needs? Here are activities that will provide opportunities for students to make connections with others, accept and involve classmates, make contributions, solve problems using teamwork, and feel successful. Leave this session with activities that help build a positive environment where all students feel like they belong.

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Taylor Sands,Manager of Training, Canuck Autism Network


31269

Description
This interactive training workshop provides an overview of the characteristics of autism and a range of practical tools to support positive behaviour in PHE settings. Leaders will be introduced to strategies to enhance their communication, use visual supports, increase predictability and structure and increase motivation and positive behaviour

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Lunch and AGM (12–1:15pm)

Lunch and AGM (12–1pm)

Enjoy some lunch and connect with your colleagues at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Session 3 (1:15–2:15pm)

Session 3 (1:15–2:15pm)

Workshops

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Josh Ogilvie,Teacher, Sooke School District, President PHEBC


31280

Description
Since the BC proficiency scale was introduced and piloted several years ago, there have been a lot of questions and skepticism about its use and effectiveness in BC classes for both students and teachers. As many of these points have gone unanswered, with inconsistent messages and support for how the proficiency scale can be used, and a lack of clarity for why and how it can be beneficial in a PHE context, it is easy to understand why many PHE teachers feel hesitant and/or reluctant about using it in their classes. This session will look at 3 reasons why PHE teachers should embrace the BC proficiency scale with 3 ways how we can do it to support and enhance the teaching and learning experiences in a PHE context. The information applies to all grade levels, including those not required to use the proficiency scale (i.e., grades 10-12).

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Jana Kapp,Registered Physiotherapist


31278

Description
Gone are the days of the "wait it out for symptom resolution" approach to Concussion Recovery. The key to a successful recovery now is Sub-threshold Exercise implemented earlier than expected. Learn the updated research and information in Concussion Recovery and Exercise.

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Will Arlotta,BC Ultimate


31273

Description
Intro to several games and activities that can be used to introduce students to discs (frisbees) and teach them the basic skills needed for throwing and catching. Focus on fundamentals and the joy of the game.

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Marcus Down,Instructor, Vancouver Island University


31274

Description
Tired of dance units where students simply recall a series of dance steps? Well, your students (probably) are, too. Laban’s Movement Framework - body, space, effort, and relationships - is an effective way for students to learn how to dance (Langton, 2013). In this workshop, participants will learn about the four aspects of Laban’s movement framework and how they can apply these to teaching dance in PE.

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Julia Hodanic,Certified Posture Alignment Specialist


31275

Description
Did you know our natural posture is greatly influenced by our actions in the first 18 months of life? Unfortunately, many babies spend this time predominantly seated, hindering strong postural muscle development and potentially causing chronic pain due to muscle compensation as they age. Coupled with excessive screen time, this compounds into a significant posture challenge for children. However, there's a positive solution – we can retrain kids through vital developmental stages, utilizing obstacle courses and foundational movements. This workshop introduces simple yet enjoyable techniques to enhance posture, balance, strength, and flexibility, leading to improved physical performance in various activities and daily life.

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Bryan Lopez, Teacher, Delta School District


31279

Description
A practical and functional approach to implementing strength and conditioning in a secondary school setting. Focus will be focused on appropriate exercise selection/ order based on group and individual needs.

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Oleighe Fghaly, Teacher, Stratford Hall


31277

Description
This workshop will help teachers to improve their mental health by dancing and letting go of all the stress.

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Nathan Horne


31285

Description
Teaching Physical Education is more than just skills and drills. Join Nathan Horne to discover how you can deliver your PhysEd program with a more conceptual focus. Dive into the big ideas and make your PE program more meaningful and engaging.

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Andrea Locke,Teacher, Central Okanagan School District


31283

Description
In this workshop, we will look at the Health component of the PHE curriculum. We will unpack the updates and recommendations from the Supporting Student Health Guides for Elementary and Secondary levels. Resources will be shared to support work within this content.

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Chad Oatway,Teacher, New Westminster School District, PHEBC 2nd Vice-President


31284

Description
When teaching games, it is hard to separate skills from tactics. In reality, the tactical use of skills is the essence of effective gameplay. In Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU), discover a fun and popular approach to teaching the individual skills of a game in a tactical context, prompting students to learn how to use those skills. If you want to get your students thinking about using their skills, this workshop is for you!

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Closing Ceremony (2:15-2:45pm)

Closing Ceremony (2:15-2:45pm)

Join us for the closing remarks, draw prizes and celebrations to wrap up the conference.