50 Million Strong by 2029 Forum: Shaping Our Professional Future

Tuesday, 3/14 1-5 p.m. 
Convention Center, Rooms 304 and 305

SHAPE America is committed to getting America’s approximately 50 million school-aged students physically active and healthy by 2029. 

This commitment recognizes growing public concern about the negative social, emotional, intellectual, financial, and health consequences of youth inactivity and unhealthy lifestyle choices. Focusing the health and physical education profession on succeeding with the student-centered 50 Million Strong commitment has given SHAPE America -- and the teachers it represents -- many exciting opportunities to elevate public support and respect for the work of K-12 physical and health educators.  
 Forum Speakers & Presentations
John B. Hynes Convention Center, Rooms 304/306 
The 50 Million Strong by 2029 Forum offers a wide variety of fast-paced, engaging updates, presentations, and discussions. Access the Forum Google document to see the most updated list of presentations and resources available.

1.  What does 50 Million Strong by 2029 look like in practice?

Brian DeVore

“Breaking Down Barriers - A Team Approach to 50 Million Strong”

Brian Devore is a Health and Physical Education Content Specialist, Cobb County Schools in Georgia. Prior to this he taught for more than 20 years in elementary and middle schools. Brian is the recipient of many teaching awards and has served extensively at state, district, and national levels. He is currently on the SHAPE America Physical Education Council and a regular conference presenter.

Terri Drain

“Physical Literacy: Gateway to 50 Million Strong”
Terri Drain teaches 1-5 physical education at Vintage Hills Elementary School, Pleasanton, California. She has National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Physical Education. Terri is founder of the Health and Physical Education Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality professional development for teachers. She also serves on the Board of Directors of SHAPE America.

Lynn Hefele

“50 Million Ways to Meet 50 Million Strong”

Lynn Hefele is the SHAPE America Eastern District 2017 Elementary Teacher of the Year and NYS AHPERD 2015 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. Lynn is in her 28 th year of teaching in the Huntington Union Free School District in Huntington, New York. She is the Vice President for elementary/middle school of the NYS AHPERD Suffolk Zone. Lynn is the founder and president of Literature Enhanced Physical Education (LEPE, Inc.).

Melanie Lynch

“Nutrition Habit Challenge and 50 Million Strong: The Happiest Place on Earth”

Melanie Lynch is a health educator at State College Area High School, PA. She is a former PSAHPERD President and serves on the SHAPE America Health Education Council. Melanie is the coauthor of Comprehensive Health, SHAPE America's 2016 National Health Teacher of the Year, and presents regularly at professional events.

Jamie Sparks

“Raising the Bar for Students, Schools and Your State with 50 Million Strong”

Jamie Sparks has served as Kentucky’s grant co-lead for the state’s CDC grant, State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health (“1305 Quad Grant”), that was awarded to the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Also in 2013, Sparks was chosen on the inaugural training cadre with Let’s Move Active Schools for the national Physical Activity Leader program. In addition, Jamie has served in various roles with the state board for the Kentucky Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD) and is currently the Past-President for the state association. Nationally he served on the board of directors with the American School Health Association from 2014-2016.

Deborah Tannehill

“Gaining Student Voice”

Deborah Tannehill spent ten years teaching middle school physical education and six years coaching collegiate athletics before returning to university for doctoral study. Before joining the Sport and Exercise Sciences Department at the University of Limerick in 2005, Deborah was Assistant Dean and Professor of Physical Education at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma,Washington for seven years. Prior to that Deborah was Professor of Physical Education Teacher Education at The Ohio State University where she taught and conducted research for eleven years. Deborah continues to be involved in numerous professional development opportunities for teachers and research projects related to teaching and teacher education. She is the recipient of many awards and a prolific researcher and scholar.

2.   How can research support 50 Million Strong?


Darla Castelli

“Fake & Alternative News: 50M Not So Strong?”

Darla Castelli is a full professor at The University of Texas at Austin in both the Physical Education Teacher Education and Health Behaviors Health Education programs. She has been teaching for 28 years in both public schools and higher education. As part of her research, she has designed four different physical activity interventions such the FitKids and Kinetic Kidz programs. 

Erin Centeio

“Making Your Case: Creating a Targeted Argument to Achieve #SHAPE50Million”

Erin Centeio is an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, & Sport Studies. There she is the program coordinator for their Physical Education – Physical Activity Leadership program. She currently serves as the Chair for the SHAPE America Curriculum and Instruction SIG and was selected as part of the initial cadre of trainers for Let’s Move! Active Schools – Physical Activity Leader Training. Before entering Higher Education, Erin taught four years of K-12 PE and Health in Illinois and Iowa and served in leadership positions in IAHPERD and the Midwest District SHAPE.


3.   How can we prepare future teachers to succeed with 50 Million Strong?

Hannah Brewer and Randy Nichols

“Preparing Future Teachers to Rebuild the Health of our Society through Schools. #50Million&Beyond”

Hannah Brewer is an Assistant Professor, Department of Physical and Health Education, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock, PA. she is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and the 2016 University Health Teacher of the Year Pennsylvania State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Randy Nichols is the Chairperson and a Professor in the Physical and Health Education Department along with being the Coordinator of the School Wellness Education program at Slippery Rock University. He is passionate about rebuilding the health and wellness of our society through schools.

Russell L. Carson and  Brian Dauenhauer

“Breaking Down Barriers - A Team Approach to 50 Million Strong”

Russell L. Carson, is an associate professor within the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) and Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. He is a research fellow of the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America, Chair of both the CSPAP research SIG and Physical Activity Council.

Brian Dauenhauer, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Colorado, School of Sport & Exercise Science. Brian is the Program Coordinator of a newly revised master’s degree in physical education and physical activity leadership at the University of Northern Colorado. He is a committee member of the SHAPE America Physical Education Council, National PE Report Card Taskforce.

Keven Prusak and Randy Pennington

“Training PETE Majors in Advocacy and Healthy and Active Lifestyles”

Keven A. Prusak is an Associate Professor within the Department of Teacher Education at Brigham Young University. Keven has served as the SWD AAHPERD president (2009-2012). His research includes investigation on creating Systemic Success in PE and training new teachers to deliver Healthy and Active Lifestyle Management skills in the PE setting.  

Todd Pennington is an Associate Professor within the Department of Teacher Education at Brigham Young University. He teaches Advocacy in Physical Education. His research includes investigation on creating Systemic Success in PE (SSPE). Recently, he has studied parents perceptions of advocacy practices of elementary PE teachers required in a large southwestern school district.


4. How is teacher leadership vital to 50 Million Strong success?

Lori Dunn

“If You Build It They Will Come”

Lori Dunn is the PreK-12 Physical Education and Health Literacy Program Manager for Seattle Public Schools since 2007. In this position, Lori is responsible for providing curriculum, supervision, mentoring, and assessment providing professionals services related to teaching and teacher education in physical education, health literacy and grant writing in a district of over 54,000 students and supporting over 160 plus physical education specialists in the system.

Jayne Greenberg

400,000 Strong – Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Jayne Greenberg is the District Director for Physical Education and Health Literacy in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in the U.S. Jayne has also been a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition for the past 5-½ years and after working for many years as an international consultant, is now holding the position as the North America Chair for the International Sport and Culture Association, headquartered in Copenhagen.  As an advanced scuba diver for 20 years, Jayne is known for bringing her dive gear whenever her travels takes her to warm weather destinations.

Tracy Krause

“National Board Certification: Road to 50 Million Strong”
Tracy Krause is a National Board Certified physical education teacher at Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, WA. He is a co-founder of the Outdoor Academy program, an integrated physical education, environmental science, and language arts course. Tracy is Past-President of SHAPE WA and has been involved in several SHAPE America committees. 

Judy LoBianco

“Fostering Teacher Leaders: The Sleeping Army!”

Judy LoBianco is a K-12 Supervisor of Health, PE and Nursing in South Orange-Maplewood Schools in NJ. She currently sits on the SHAPE America Board of Directors and has won two Carol White PEP grants for her school district.  

Jaimie McMullen

“Better Together – Exploring Teacher Leadership and 50MS! ”

Jaimie McMullen is an Assistant Professor, Sport Pedagogy – School of Sport & Exercise Sciences University of Northern Colorado. Jaimie has focused her publications, presentations, and grants on examining ways to create healthy and physically active school environments.

Mario Reyna

“50 Million Strong “Best Practices in Action”

Mario Reyna serves as the Health and Physical Education Coordinator for the McAllen ISD in deep South Texas.  In 2010, he served as the Texas HPERD President. Mario was the 2014 Texas HPERD K-12 Administrator of the Year and the 2015 SHAPE America Channing Mann Outstanding Physical Education Administrator of the Year.  In 2016, Mario received the SHAPE America Hall of Fame Award. @MrLetsMove

Kathy Wrenn

“How to Create a Healthier School Community”

Kathy Wrenn is the Wellness Coordinator for Collegiate School in Richmond, Va. In addition to spearheading the school’s wellness initiative, she has taught Middle School physical education and health classes and coached volleyball for more than 17 years. Kathy has a passion for wellness and making a difference in the people’s lives.  She currently assists the Virginia Association of Independent School (VAIS) in organizing the annual VAIS Health and Wellness Summit and is chair for the SHAPE America Employee Task Force.

5. How can we embrace diversity and succeed with 50 Million Strong?  

Brian Culp

Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Youth: 2029?

Brian Culp is an Associate Professor at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education. Brian researches barriers to participating physical activity for underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. The recipient of numerous awards Brian works with youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in initiative to engage communities with this background.

Michelle Grenier

“50 Million Strong is for EVERYONE!”

Michelle Grenier is an Associate Professor-Option Coordinator (Health and Physical Education) in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire. She has presented her research on inclusion and best practices at the state, national and international levels and acts as a consultant to schools throughout the country.

Martha James-Hassan

“Enhancing student engagement and avoiding marginalization in physical and health education teaching


John Strong

“Limiting Effects of Stereotype Threat on Your PE Class”

John Strong is an Assistant Professor in the Science, Health, and Mathematics Division at Niagara County Community College, in Sanborn, NY.  He currently chairs the SHAPE America Special Interest Group on Diversity and Inclusiveness and has served on the Awards Committee and the Task Force to create the NASPE Code of Ethics for P-12 Physical Education Teachers.

6. How can we measure and assess 50 Million Strong?

Dolly Lambdin

“Tracking Progress Toward 50 Million Strong by 2029”

Dolly Lambdin is the 2014-15 SHAPE America President. Dolly also served as the NASPE President 2004-05. Dolly is the recipient of numerous awards, has served in many leadership roles, and is a prolific author and presenter. Dolly is Professor Emeritus from the University of Texas, Austin TX. 

Kristi Mally

“50 Million Strong - Measuring UP! - Elementary”

Kristi Mally is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science Winona State University – College of Education, Winona, MN. Kristi has worked closely with physical education teachers and state agencies around the topics of standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Tammy Brant

“50 Million Strong - Measuring UP! - Middle School”

Tammy Brant is currently teaching middle school (6-8) physical education at Selma Middle School in Indiana.  She is the 2011 National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year, and has been traveling the country doing numerous presentations.  Tammy has been awarded over $785,000 in grants over the last 10 years.  She has been on numerous committees for the national, district, and state associations. 

Judy Rink

“50 Million Strong - Measuring UP! - High School”

Judy Rink served as the chairperson of the first edition of the national content standards for physical education, PE-Metrics committee and director of the SC Physical Education Assessment Program. Judy  is the recipient of numerous awards, is a prolific author and Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of South Carolina.

7. Challenges facing 50 Million Strong?

Bruce Pietz

“50 Million Strong: Advancing the Physical Education Profession”

Bruce Pietz is the Director of Physical Education at the University of Mount Union. He is responsible for all facets of the physical education teacher education program including preparing/submitting the SHAPE/CAEP national recognition report. Bruce has served on several committees for OAHPERD and SHAPE America including the 2017 SHAPE America PETE Standards revision task force, SHAPE/CAEP Auditor, SHAPE/CAEP Lead Reviewer, OAHPERD Memorial Scholarship Committee Chair, and OAHPERD PE Division Chair. Bruce is an active participant and presenter at both the state and national levels. His research agenda has focused on PE teacher effectiveness and assessment/grading in physical education.

8. Opportunities offered by 50 Million Strong?

Hans van der Mars

“Why 50MS?  . . . Getting on the Bus to Legitimacy and Credibility”

Hans van der Mars is a Professor in Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education Teacher Education. He serves as Program Coordinator of the PETE program at Arizona State University. Hans is a prolific author and presenter and currently serves on the SHAPE America Board of Directors.



9. What is 50 Million Strong?


Stephen Jefferies

“Why 50MS?  . . . Getting on the Bus to Legitimacy and Credibility”

Steve Jefferies is the 2015-16 SHAPE America President. As the NASPE President, Steve was instrumental in the creation of NASPE’s PE2020 initiative. Steve is the creator and publisher of PHE America (formerly pelinks4u). He is Professor Emeritus from Central Washington University in WA state.   

10. Additional information about 50 Million Strong

11. Forum group activities?

Collin Brooks

“Speed Dating, It Starts with Us, Demo Slam”

Collin Brooks is an elementary physical education teacher in the Bend La Pine School District, Bend, Oregon. He is the Past President of Oregon SHAPE and a current member of the SHAPE America Board of Directors. Collin co-hosts the SHAPE America podcast and is a co-founder of the #PhysEdSummit online conference.


Renee Colleran

“Bingo cards, Movement Activity 1, What if….?”

Renee Colleran is a public school teacher for Northshore School District, in Washington State. She teaches adapted physical education and general physical education full time and is the Northshore district in-service coordinator for elementary physical education. A regular conference presenter, Renee has served in leadership roles at the state, district, and national levels including the SHAPE America Board of Directors. Renee is also a member of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction cadre of physical educators assisting with policy in Washington State.

Naomi Hartle

“Speed Dating, Burp It On and Demo Slam?”

Naomi Hartl has a passion for physical education and all things tech infused. She graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Education. She taught for four years in Saskatchewan, Canada and has relocated to Oregon, USA. In her pursuit to push the profession forward and to advocate for quality physical education, she started a new career as the PE Development & Technology Specialist for Sportime featuring SPARK in January 2015. She currently serves as the Secretary for the Oregon Society of Health and Physical Educators, and is a co-collaborator of PHYSEDagogy.com and the online #PhysEdSummit conference.

 General Information
John B. Hynes Convention Center Rooms 304/306 

  • Registration opens at 12:30 pm.
  • The program will begin promptly at 1 pm.
  • Leave heavy bags at the hotel! Just bring a pen and pencil, and an open and creative mind.
  • There are no scheduled breaks. Please bring snacks and take the breaks you need during this four-hour session.
  • Review the schedule in advance. Plan ahead to participate in the presentations that interest you. 
  • Presentation materials will NOT be distributed at the forum. All resources and presentations are in the google document
  • Note takers will record ideas. Be sure your ideas get recorded or plan to add comments to our online document following the forum.  Notecards will be available at registration if you prefer.
  • Stay open to alternative viewpoints. Each discussion chair has a discussion leader/note taker to ensure everyone gets a chance to contribute. 
  • Help us create a change movement.  Add your name to the 50 Million Strong Thunderclap, and share using #SHAPE50MillionStrong. 
  • Have fun! Remember your ideas, thoughts, and questions are the focus of the Forum. 

  • We hope the Forum inspires you to commit to helping SHAPE America succeed with 50 Million Strong.  If you have c
    omments, questions or suggestions, please email Steve Jefferies (Forum Planning Committee) at stephen.jefferies@cwu.edu.

    View the tentative schedule on the Forum Google document to see which presentations you would like to attend.
    View the tentative schedule on the Forum Google document to see which presentations you would like to attend.

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