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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Physical Educators Nat’l Convention Taking Place in Charlotte
April 23 – 27
WHAT: The largest gathering of physical education professionals in the country will take place next week for the 128th National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) in Charlotte.
VIP's include: Sam Kass, Executive Director of Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative, Olympic Gold Medalist Edwin Moses, ESPN journalist and Aspen Institute's Tom Farrey, NBA Legend Len Elmore, former Panthers player, Eugene Robinson, national walking and cycling advocate and former host of "America's Walking" series on PBS, Mark Fenton, world-renowned performance psychologist and Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute Jim Loehr, women's boxing coach Christy Halbert, Shellie Pfohl of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition, Patt Griffin from The GLSEN Sports Project, and tap dance icon Dianne Walker. Trending topics to be addressed include the recently launched Let's Move! Active Schools collaboration, the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, demonstrating teacher effectiveness, health-related fitness assessment, connecting to the Common Core Standards, bullying, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and much more. Plus, AAHPERD will hold a special tribute to honor the Alliance's and the U.S. Olympic Committee's first African American President, Dr. Leroy T. Walker.
WHERE: Hilton Charlotte City Center and Westin Charlotte Hotel (main venues)
On-site Media Contact: Paula Kun, Sr. Director of Communications,
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Tuesday, April 23, 8-4 p.m., Convention Center, Room 213AB Comprehensive School Physical Activity Training, Convention Center
With the recent launch of Let's Move! Active schools, the goal is for every school to offer students a comprehensive school physical activity program, with increased opportunities to be physically active before, during, and after school. This unique training session will give educators a chance to get acquainted with the new comprehensive school physical activity guidance materials and learn how it aligns with the new national initiative.
Tuesday, April 23, 1-5 p.m., Convention Center, Room 211AB
A Teaching Toolbox for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Adapted and general physical educators will learn effective and practical choices when teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), from using visual mediums such as stories and scripts to the latest technology including iPads and computers.
Tuesday, April 23, 1-5 p.m., Convention Center, Room 203B PE2020:
Creating a Roadmap for the Future of PE
What will physical education be like in the future? PE2020 began in 2010 as a NASPE sponsored initiative focused on creating a vision for physical education's future. Attendees will discuss physical education, physical activity, how to get communities as a whole to be in motion, the role of technology, and the future of Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE).
Wednesday-Friday, April 24-26, AAHPERD Exhibition
Convention Center, Exhibit Hall
The AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition will feature more than 350 product and service providers, organizations and manufacturers in the health and physical activity fields.
Wednesday April 24, 8:15-10 a.m., Westin: Grand Ballroom AAHPERD General Session
What role does movement have play in a person's strength and well –being? Keynote speaker Jim Loehr, world renowned performance psychologist, will discuss strength as physical, emotional, mental. Loehr has trained hundreds of world class performers from the arenas of sport, business, medicine, and law enforcement including Fortune 100 executives, FBI Hostage Rescue Teams, and military Special Force.
Wednesday, April 24, 8-5 p.m., Convention Center, Ballroom B
Coaching Education Day
Two-time Emmy winning journalist Tom Farrey will moderate a special panel discussion, "Are Athletes Born or Made?," on early sport specialization, talent identification, and talent development as well as highlight efforts being made to bring a lifetime athlete development model to the United States. Other topics include youth sport safety, dangers associated with supplements and energy drinks, creating a mission driven athletic program and tennis as a sport for life.
Wednesday, April 24, 1-5 p.m., Hilton Center City, Carolina Hall North
PE Coordinators Mini Conference: Teaching Physical Education in 2013
Evaluating a teacher's effectiveness, how to better connect the common core standards to P.E. programs, and how to guide physical educators to becoming physical activity experts are issues P.E. coordinators face every day. Attendees will discuss and learn valuable tools in tackling these common issues in 2013.
Wednesday, April 24, 1:45-3 p.m., Convention Center Room 208A Decoding the Presidential Youth Fitness Program
Attendees will get an in-depth look at the Presidential Youth Fitness Program sweeping the country's school physical education programs since its debut in the fall of 2012. The latest information on available resources, and practical and effective ways for physical educators to make a seamless transition to the new health related fitness, comprehensive program will be discussed.
Thursday April 24, 8:45-10 a.m., Convention Center: 208
AAAPAR Keynote: Lessons Recalled On a Very Long Walk
Walking and biking from place to place is a simple yet effective way to incorporate more physical activity on a daily basis. Mark Fenton, national public health, planning, transportation consultant will keynote AAPAR's General Session. Attendees will hear his blueprint for active communities, including parks, trails, safer streets and sidewalks, and other infrastructure to encourage walking and cycling.
Thursday April, 25, 8:45-10 a.m., Convention Center, Room 211AB
Shape of the Nation Report: How Does Your State Measure Up?
Physical educators will learn the latest information available on the status of physical education in the U.S., since the launch of the 2012 Shape of the Nation Report earlier this year. New supplemental charts and resources will be available as well as helpful hints on how to use the state profiles in advocacy efforts.
Thursday, April 25, 10:15-11:30 a.m., Westin Hotel Grand Ballroom D NASPE General Session with Sam Kass from the White House and Shellie Pfhol with the President's Council
With the launch of two major national physical education initiatives in full swing and set to change the American public's view of the value of physical education and physical activity in the U.S. education system, Sam Kass of the Let's Move! Initiative and Shellie Pfhol of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, will discuss how physical educators must take on a lead role in fostering the growth of a healthier generation of kids through Let's Move! Active Schools and the Presidential Youth Fitness Program.
Thursday, April 25, 2:15-4:15 p.m., Convention Center: Room 209AB
The President's Open Forum: International Perspectives—A View to the Future
What is the role of health, physical education, recreation and dance in the international arena? AAHPERD past presidents will discuss the value of globalization and practical ways to coordinate international efforts.
Friday, April 26, 8:45-10 a.m., Convention Center Room 208A
Preventing Bullying in Physical Education and Athletics
The bullying that takes place in school gymnasiums and locker rooms are becoming more and more exposed. This session will offer educators anti-bullying strategies that can be used for students as well as employees in physical education and athletic departments.
Friday, April 26, 10:15-12:15 p.m., Convention Center, Room 207CD
Tribute to Dr. Leroy T. Walker's Intergenerational Influence on Our Profession
Dr. Leroy T. Walker was AAHPERD's first African American president. This session will take attendees on a stroll down memory lane, where they will look back at Dr. Walker's impact on the health, physical education, recreation and dance professions, as well as remember his advocacy efforts to increase diversity within the profession.
Friday, April 26, 10:15-12:15 p.m., Convention Center, Room 208A
NAGWS Rachel Bryant Memorial Lecture
2012 Rachel Bryant Award honoree, Pat Griffin, Director of Changing the Game: The GLSEN Sports Project will share the latest on the Sports Project. Its mission is to assist K-12 schools in creating and maintaining an athletic and physical education climate that is based on the core principles of respect, safety and equal access for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Friday, April 26, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Convention Center, Ballroom A
Guiding Woman in Sport Luncheon
NAGWS will present the Guiding Woman in Sport Award to female boxing coach Christy Halbert. Halbert entered boxing as a professional fighter when women were not allowed to box as amateurs in the U.S. As a coach she led four boxers to 16 national championships and is the only U.S. coach and the only woman to be invited by the International Boxing Federation to serve in their development programs called "Road to Dream."
Friday, April 26, 7-10 p.m., Westin Hotel: Grand Ballroom CD
NASPE Hall of Fame Banquet Inducting Olympic Gold Medalist, Edwin Moses
NASPE will honor the best of the best in the profession during the Hall of Fame Banquet, inducting Track and Field Great, Olympic Gold Medalist Edwin Moses. Moses currently serves as the chairman of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and chairman of The Laureus World Sports Academy, an association of sporting legends, which uses the positive influence of sport as a tool for social change around the globe. National Physical Education Teachers of the Year and Nat'l Athletic Director of the Year Awards, among other prestigious awards will also be presented.
Saturday, April 27, 8:45-10 a.m., Convention Center: 217A
Master Tap Dance Class with "America's First Lady of Tap"
Dianne Walker will teach dance educators and those interested in incorporating dance into their physical education curriculum will learn tap dance rhythms and combinations at a beginning/intermediate level.
Saturday, April 27, 11-1 p.m., Hilton Center City Hotel, Carolina Hall North
Heritage Banquet Honoring Tap Dance Icon and Broadway Performer Dianne Walker
NDA will honor Dianne Walker as the 2013 recipient of the Heritage Award. Attendees will celebrate her prestigious dance career on Broadway and in television, theatre and in university and jazz venues throughout the world.
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