Physical Education Division

The Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance includes different divisions which have been developed to promote disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning in the core disciplines represented by members of the Association. The Divisions will promote professional development programs and workshops for their specific membership throughout the year. In addition, the divisions are responsible for encouraging presentations at the Annual Convention within each specific discipline.

Each division and its chair shall also serve as state-wide advocates for curriculum, public policy, and policies which affect the disciplines represented by its membership.

If you are interested in contacting the chair of the Physical Education division, contact Margaret Bernard.

Now I know what many of you might be thinking…“I don’t do social media!”  Before you think that excuse gets you off the hook, I want you to know that this is my first experience with social media as well, and I’ve found that Twitter has many professional applications that I’ve found very beneficial.  I encourage you to give it a try. 
Follow me @OAHPERD.  In addition, you can follow other great organizations like NASPE, AAHPERD, Healthy Schools Campaign, and the American Heart Association, among many others.  A special thanks to Selene Kelley for convincing me this was a good idea!
Click here to read about how Twitter is used in education.
Click here to read an article about how Twitter improves education.
AAHPERD now offers a special discount electronic membership incentive to prospective members who coordinate JRFH and HFH events. This membership includes access to all online materials and online publications for only $65 a year, more than a 50% discount off the full membership price. Click HERE to learn more!
Upcoming Events
Baldwin Wallace University presents its 3rd Annual Worldwide Day of Play
Baldwin Wallace University welcomes the community to participate in this fun and exciting event full of activities, games, and sports that will help to promote an active lifestyle among children!
Grades 1-8 welcome!
Parents are also invited to the New Family Wellness Health Fair! Booths on various Health and Wellness topics for the entire family will be in attendance.
October 6, 2013
12:00-3:00 p.m.
Lou Higgins Recreation Center, Baldwin Wallace University
136 E. Bagley Rd.
Berea, OH 44017
For more information, contact Breanna Mullen at bmullen11@mail.bw.edu
As you know, this year will be the first year for our physical education benchmark evaluation.  I wanted to remind you of a few resources available to help you prepare for this important assessment.  ODE has created a comprehensive webpage with a variety of resources including FAQ, a PowerPoint, a collection instrument, and a general description of the assessments.  Click here to access the ODE webpage.  They also created a webinar covering the assessment basics.  Click here to view the webinar. 
For additional questions regarding the PE evaluation, please contact Lisa Lyle Henry at (614) 728-7732 or lisa.henry@ode.state.oh.us
You’ve probably heard about new nutrition standards for school food as a result of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.  This act has made the first major changes to school meals in the last 15 years.  Click here to learn more and click here for a useful comparison chart between the old and new standards. 
Click here to view the handouts from the AAPERD Convention in Boston.  Click the day of the week at the top of the page to view additional handouts.
Do you have an environmental or gardening club at your school?  Gardening can be a great activity to teach your students how to grow, prepare and eat healthy food.  Please click HERE for a free gardening curriculum.
Are you looking for additional funding for your physical education program?  There are plenty of opportunities available if you’re looking for more funding for your program.  See below for a list of grant opportunities.  Click the links for more information. 

Many administrators have the mistaken belief that cutting physical education to make room for other “core” subjects increases student achievement, even though there is no research to support such a claim.  Click here to read an article from ASCD that explains why that is not the case. 
A Dutch review of 14 prior studies reveals that physically active children are more successful academically.  The research that I've seen is related to cardiovascular activity, and the subsequent blood flow to the brain, which enhances cognition and focus.  Click HERE to read a brief article.
New research indicates that schools may be the best place to combat childhood obesity.  After researchers examined 55 interventions in previous studies they concluded that school-based programs were critical in getting children to healthy weights.  Read more here.

National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) POSITION STATEMENTS
The organization that created our national standards has also authored a host of position statements that can be very useful and informative.  Click the link below to review several new position statements including topics such as a “Code of Conduct for Physical Educators” and “Physical Education is Critical to Educating the Whole Child.”


Have you ever had someone suggest that physical activity and physical education are the same thing?  Well…they’re not and as a result, our physical education programs should reflect a clear difference from mere physical activity.  Explore the two resources below to learn more. 
The physical education benchmark assessments have been posted on the ODE website.  Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year we will be required to use these assessments to evaluate our students.  Review the evaluation instrument here and view the data collection sheets here.

As physical educators, our professional value seems to be constantly questioned. Being able to advocate for your program is absolutely critical! I always keep a few advocacy articles close at hand just in case I need to hand one to an administrator or email one to a colleague. The articles below are outstanding advocacy resources that you can read and share with others. – Nick Miller

Physical Education, Physical Activity and Academic Performance

The Role of Schools in Preventing Childhood Obesity

Helpful Statistics for Advocacy (NASPE)

"F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future


Five Factors that Stimulate Muscle Growth

Click here to read a great article from Human Kinetics on muscle growth. This article would be excellent for a personal fitness course, or for use in achieving your own personal fitness goals.

Rise in Cancer Linked with Inactivity, Obesity

Physical educators have known for a long time that exercise reduces your risk for heart disease and stroke, but many individuals are not aware of the link between inactivity and cancer. Click here to learn more.

Ohio Benchmark Assessments

While we were one of the last states to adopt state standards, we are one of the first to adopt a statewide assessment that will appear on our school report cards. This significant change will hopefully elevate the status of physical education in the eyes of our district and state leaders in education. These assessments are currently being piloted by a group of physical education teachers throughout Ohio.

Ohio Benchmark Assesments

OAHPERD PE Division Survey

In an effort to continually improve the physical education division of OAHPERD we ask that you fill out this brief survey in order to gain feedback on your perception of our organization. In addition, we’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions for improvement. Your input is very valuable and important to us. Thank you very much for taking your time to participate in our survey

Click here to take the PE Division Survey

OAHPERD Workshop Series Info

Are you tired of being lumped into professional development that has nothing to do with physical education? OAHPERD can offer workshops for your district free of charge! Forward this information to the district leader that is responsible for planning your professional days and encourage them to plan professional development that is relevant and meaningful to the physical education teachers in your district. Click on the link below for a list of available workshop topics from OAHPERD.

OAHPERD Workshop Series

Physical Education Division Leadership

Margaret Bernard
Perrysburg Jr. High
550 E. South Boundary
Perrysburg, OH 43551

Sue Borchers 
Secondary Representative
Granville Middle School
210 New Burg Street
Granville, OH 43023
H: (740) 251-8325
W: (740) 587-8104

Missy Wilson
Certified APE Instructor
Adapted Physical Education

Licking County ESC
675 Price Road
Newark, OH 43055
H: (740) 349-6103

Susan Huffman
Aquatics Representative
Warren G. Harding High School
H: (330) 637-7445

Angie Ellis
Physical Education Student Representative
1256 Kieffer Street
Wooster  OH  44691
H: (330)264-5867

Susan Huffman
Physical Education Division,
Aquatics Representative
Warren G. Harding High School
H: (330) 637-7445











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