The GAMEThe official newsletter of the Georgia Association forHealth, Physical Education, Recreation and DanceHighlights in thisNewsletter:Featured FocusSoutheast DistrictWorkshop (1-9)Special MessagesIf It Is WorthLearning, It Is WorthCelebrating (10)Summer Institute (11)Sponsor Messages andAdvertisementsSPARK (12)Graduate Programs(13-14)Coaching Education(15)Advocacy50 Million Strong!Let’s Move! ActiveSchools (16-19)Jump and Hoops forHeart (20-22)GAHPERDConvention(23)Future Dates (24)Spring, 2016D i s t r i c t Wo r ks h o p a t Va l d o s t a S t a t e Un i v e r s i t yGeorgia AHPERD recently sponsored a district workshop held on thecampus of Valdosta State University, May 3, 2016. The Southeast districtworkshop, directed by Dr. Sonya Sanderson and co-hosted by the localCoastal Plains RESA was extremely enjoyable, beneficial, and includedover eight hours of professional development opportunities. Featuredspeakers included Brian Devore (Cobb County Schools), Dr. EugeneAsola (VSU), Dr. Sonya Sanderson (VSU), Dr. Han Chen (VSU),Dr. Brent Heidorn (UWG), Evan Pettyjohn (Berkmar High School),Dr. Matthew Grant (VSU), Brack Hassell (Troup County Schools),Lori Howard (VSU), and Austin Strabala (VSU). More than 70participants engaged in the professional physical education workshop,focused on topics including online physical education, fitness,badminton, exergames, skill development, creative movement, loworganization games, concussion management, and edTPA . Be sure to seethe pictures in this newsletter and on the website ( plans now to join us for three additionally scheduledprofessional development opportunities:Robert W. Moore Summer InstituteJune 14-15, 2016, Gwinnett County, GAGAHPERD West District Physical Education WorkshopSeptember 15, 2016, Carrollton, GAGAHPERD Annual ConventionNovember 6-8, 2016, Savannah, GAView this newsletter foradditional pictures from the recent workshop at VSU,beginning on page 2!

Welcome to ValdostaState UniversityGeorgia AHPERDSoutheast DistrictWorkshopMay 3, 2016

US GamesTaught by Brian DevoreBadmintonTaught by Eugene Asola andSonya Sanderson

Skill Development andPhysical FitnessTaught by Brent Heidorn

Fast and Furious FitnessTaught by Brian Devore

No EquipmentNo ProblemTaught by Brack Hassell

Physical Education Friends

If It Is Worth Learning, It Is Worth Celebrating Brack Hassell, Troup County Schools, LaGrange, GAImagine all of your students diligently working away in your classroom toward a goal thatmight be close to impossible to accomplish. At the last moment someone pulls out a miracle and allof a sudden it happens The lights go down, a disco ball comes out, the soul shaking bass music comes on and yourstudents go bonkers with an all out dance party. A true celebration of an accomplishment.While this might seem unrealistic. I witnessed this very thing at The Ron Clark Academy several years ago in a middle school math classroom. The celebration lasted thirty seconds. When it wasover the lights came back on, the disco ball stopped spinning, the children climbed down from theirdesks and the learning continued on. What an odd scene. At the time I was dumbfounded but themoment struck a chord with me. I wanted that kind of passion in my gym!So I started celebrating learning and accomplishments in the gym. All my first grade studentsjump rope ten times without a mistake? Dance party! Fifth graders knock over all of the bowlingpins before time runs out by making mature overhand throws and rolls? All out dancing and mayhem! A class breaks a “school record” in a team building game? It looks like an overtime buzzerbeater college basketball game court storming in my gym!These moments bring a smile to every child in my gym. Beyond fun and a smile, the most important thing these moments do is motivate all of my students to participate and to focus on improving their own skills. It has brought in some of those students who always found a way to avoidphysical activity. It has helped me include the student who always feels left out. We make progresstogether and we celebrate hard together!A little celebration can change the attitudes andbehaviors of your students for the better. Find a way tomake this a reality in your own classroom. Break out yourcd player, flick the lights on and off and celebrate somelearning! I promise you it will transform your classroom.Special thanks to Brack Hassell forsubmitting the content on this page. Brack can be reachedat the following email address: [email protected]

The Robert W. Moore Summer InstituteAn annual professional development eventHosted by GAHPERD and the Metro DistrictSupported by our corporate partner SPARKHosted at Creekland Middle SchoolGwinnett County, June 14 & 15, 2016Hours will be 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM each dayOne PLU will be availableLunch is includedPre-registration deadline is May 31, 2016 ( site registration available

Active.Healthy.Happy.What is SPARK?SPARK: Countering Childhood Obesity Since 1989 SPARK is dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating researchbased programs that promote lifelong wellness. SPARK strivesto improve the health of children, adolescents, and adults bydisseminating evidence-based Physical Education, After School,Early Childhood, and Coordinated School Health programs toteachers and recreation leaders serving Pre-K through 12thgrade students. Each SPARK program fosters environmental andbehavioral change by providing a coordinated package of highlyactive curriculum, on-site teacher training, extensive follow-upsupport, and content-matched equipment. - See more sB7rtX.dpuf

M. Ed. in Health & Physical EducationThe M.Ed. in Health and Physical Education is designed to improve your teaching by integrating study and practice. The aimof this applied teacher’s program is to create change in health and physical education programs through innovative projectsand reflective practices that can change the culture within the gymnasium and, consequently, the school. This applied program is developed according to the NASPE Advanced Standards.This degree:Applicants must hold the following:Is fully online Could lead to level five teaching certificate*Requires 5 semesters/33 hourshealth from regionally accredited institution or Starts each summer (Begins May 2016)undergraduate degree in physical education and/orlevel four teaching certificate in physical educationand/or health in Georgia or a reciprocal stateEstimated cost - 11,519Ed. S. in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical EducationThis Ed. S. in Coaching Pedagogy in Physical Education offers candidates the opportunity for continued professional development in the practices, knowledge, skill, and instruction of students and athletes both within the gymnasium and on theplaying field. This applied program is developed according to the NASPE Coaching Standards.This degree:Applicants must:Is fully online Hold a master’s degree from aCould lead to level six teaching certificate*regionally accredited institutionRequires 4 semesters/27 hours Starts each summer (Begins May 2016)education and/or health in Georgia or a reciprocal stateEstimated cost of 9,391 Hold a level four or higher teaching certificate in physicalBe able to verify current coachingBased on qualifications by GaPSC or reciprocal state requirementsValdosta State University – Department of Kinesiologyand Physical EducationProgram Coordinator – Dr. Matthew GrantEmail: [email protected]: 229-333-5461

ON-LINEHealth & Physical EducationMaster of Education (M.E d.)Studying Health and Physical EducationOur Master of Education in Health and PhysicalEducation is designed for P-12 health educators whowish to: Extend their content and pedagogical knowledge forimproved professional practiceDevelop leadership skills that will allow them tolead such endeavors as curriculum development,program administration, and leadership roles at thelocal school level, and in professional organizationsat the State, Regional, and/or National Level*All courses are 100%online !!!FacultyDr. Rachel GurvitchDr. Jacalyn LundDr. Mike MetzlerDr. Deborah ShapiroIdeal Candidate Health/Physical Education/APE certified teachers Currently teaching in Preschool-12th grade At least 2 years of teaching experiencePossible future positions upon graduationTeaching candidate during practicumexperience Mentor Teacher Health and PE unit head School Upper Administration Teacher Support Specialist at county levelSpring Semester - Nov.1 County AdministratorSummer Semester - March 1Application Deadlines:Fall Semester - July 1For additional inquiries please contact Dr. Jackie Lund [email protected] phone at 404-413-8051 or visit GSU web site at

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT EXPIRES JUNE 5th!Save 50! LIMITED SEATING 16/UNCG.aspxComplete introduction to the science and technique behindsuccessful track and field coachingExcellent springboard for the beginning coachNew ideas and thoughtful review for experienced coachesOutstanding opportunity to network, learn, and growPrerequisite for advanced USATF Level 2 CertificationPresented by trained USATF Lead InstructorsJoin the ever-expanding USATF Level 1 coaching communityEnjoy a great weekend of Track & Field education,networking, and professional developmentThe Level 1 curriculum has been accredited by NCACE, the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education. This generally makes it eligible for Continuing Education Creditfor Strength and Conditioning Coaches as well as medical (sports medicine specialists,trainers, massage therapists etc.) and educational professionals.Coaches of Track and Cross Country - especially Middle School, Youth, High School, College,and Masters will be interested in this program. Coaches of Adult Running Clubs and Triathlon Coaches will find this course of value (worth 3 USAT CEU's for USAT Certified Coaches).

Georgia AHPERD Annual ConventionNovember 6-8, 2016 in Savannah, GAPlease consider attending the 2016 GAHPERD Convention, November 6-8, 2016 inSavannah, GA. We invite you to attend our convention where we will meet withprofessionals from across our state. The theme for the upcoming year is “MindfulMoving.Connecting the Dots”. If you have attended a GAHPERD Convention in thepast, you know that we are a family of professionals who are passionate aboutadvocating for health, physical education, and a lifetime of physical activity.In addition to attending the conference, we hope that you will submit a programproposal to share your expertise with our members. The programproposal deadline is May 31, 2016 and the online proposal form isfound at

GAHPERD Future DatesJune 14-15, 2016Robert W. Moore Summer Institute—Gwinnett CountySeptember 15 , 2016West District Workshop—CarrolltonNovember 6-8, 2016GAHPERD Annual Convention—SavannahMembershipAre you i nt er es t ed i n heal t h, ph ysi cal e ducat i on, re cre at i on or danc e? Do yo u h ave pas s i onand com m i t m ent for ph ysi c al act i vi t y an d wel l ness? Do you bel i eve w e can do m ore t o hel pot hers and bet t er pr epar e st udent s for a l i fet i m e of heal t h an d ph ysi c al act i vi t y? Do you wantt o j oi n t he advoca c y effort s o f ot her d ed i cat ed pro fessi onal s t o pave t he w a y t o ward a h eal t hi er gen e rat i on o f i n di vi du al s? Do you b el i eve i n t h e pow er of nu m bers ?J o i n G A H PE RD !For m or e i nform at i o n, vi si t www.gahper, cont a ct Ki m Thom pson, Ex ecut i ve Di re ct or oft he Geor gi a As s oci a t i on for Heal t h, P h ysi cal Educat i on, R e c reat i on and Danc e(kt hom ps on.gahperd @at t .net ).M i s si on S t a t e me n tGAHPERD, Inc. is a non-profit organization for professionals and students in related fields of health, physical education, recreation and dance. GAHPERD, Inc. is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Georgians by supporting and promoting effective educational practices, quality curriculum, instruction and assessment in the areas ofhealth, physical education, recreation, dance and related fields.

organization games, concussion management, and edTPA . Be sure to see the pictures in this newsletter and on the website ( Make plans now to join us for three additionally scheduled professional development opportunities: Robert W. Moore Summer Institute