Co-hosted by SHAPE America’s Western District and Central District
SEL Conference


July 31 - August 1, 2019

Convention Center at the Denny Sanford Premier Center
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

2019 National Teachers of the Year Presentations

Supporting Students With Emotional Behavior Disabilities in PE

Behavior is one of the biggest topics teachers complain about. When we look at students who are labeled EBD or with a Social Emotional Disability, many people see a “bad kid.” This disability can be looked at as a hidden disability as most of these students are able bodied and active, yet still are adversely impacted in accessing the physical education curriculum. During this session we will look at relationships, Positive Discipline approach, student behavior as communication, as well as from the lens of Trauma Informed Practice. We will discuss tips and strategies, go over specific games and activities, and provide resources for Trauma Informed Practices and ACES. Lastly, we will unpack an activity and look at intentional planning for student success.

Toni Bader, 2019 National Teacher of the Year in Adapted PE, Seattle Public Schools

Baila, Baila!

The session introduces basic steps of three Latin dances, Merengue, Salsa, and Bachata and strategies for teaching these dances using manipulatives (visuals, instruments, and other physical objects) to get all students engaged. The session culminates with a Latin circle dance called Bachata Rueda, where dance moves are called in Spanish.

Nicole Peterson, 2019 National Teacher of the Year in Dance Education, West Fargo High School

Creating Active Social-Emotional Learners in Health Ed

Get students collaborating in the Health classroom to meet SEL competencies! Increase participation with aptly-placed social and emotional activities to boost health literacy skills and foster real-life connections. Build higher level thinking through abstract concepts, practice time, and reflection. Examples and share-and-tell time included.

Scott Todnem, 2019 National Teacher of the Year in Health Education, Scullen Middle School

Don’t #SEL Yourself Short: Getting Student Buy-In With Elementary P.E.

Do you find that your students are constantly at odds with one another? Do you feel that some of your activities/techniques may be contributing to this? This fun presentation will highlight physical activities and tips at the elementary level. We will work toward increased student cooperation, sportsmanship, and improved empathy.

Donn Tobin, 2019 National Teacher of the Year in Elementary Physical Education, Lakeview Elementary School

SEL Squared

Through square dance learn how to teach 21st century skills (Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity) while improving social emotional skills and competencies. This session will demonstrate how to make square dance relevant to the learning needs of our current student population.

Jennifer Mettler, 2019 National Teacher of the Year in Middle School Physical Education, Alice C. Stelle Middle School

Changing the Game

So often physical education teachers are stereotyped negatively in film and media, but that is not what we want for our profession. What can we do to change that perception? In this session participants will learn about adventure racing activities, and other ideas and strategies to build a positive, welcoming learning environment for all of our students. Presented by the SHAPE America 2019 National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

Dan DeJager, 2019 National Teacher of the Year in High School Physical Education, UnSchool