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Empowerment Starts Here with Dr. Angela Dye
October 03, 2017 07:41 PM PDT
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Dr. Dye has approximately 20 years of experience in urban education where she has practiced as a licensed principal and teacher in traditional and charter schools. Her expertise is in empowering urban learners using skills in planning, instruction, assessments and classroom management. With a Bachelor’s degree in social science and secondary education and a Master’s degree in administrative and instructional leadership, she recently received her PhD in education where she studied student power, critical pedagogy and culturally relevant teaching. Since childhood, Dr. Dye has had a vivid imagination and an appreciation for intellectual creativity which she now uses to promote social innovations and change. While she identifies as being a published author, speaker, educator, and activist for marginalized communities, she is most proud of her work with social enterprising where she is currently working with a team of dedicated volunteers to add a nonprofit entity to her consulting business. Through the Empowerment Network as a non-profit entity, funds and services will be made available to other schools and organizations seeking to promote student power and community transformation. Through her work, Dr. Dye lives to model the possibilities. “Empowerment Starts Here” is not just her mantra… it is her life!

A look at Research with Shrehan Lynch
September 25, 2017 12:44 PM PDT
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Sheehan Lynch:
I am a 27 year old doctoral student at the University of Alabama studying Sport Pedagogy. I moved to the United States in 2015 after teaching Physical Education in an inner London school, England. I played almost every sport growing up and am one of those annoying sports people who is just ‘lucky’ enough to pick up new sports. I keep myself fairly active by running and swimming regularly. I have learnt an incredible amount throughout my time at the university and my thoughts on education as a whole have changed. I feel we are always learning and always in the act of becoming. My research interests are linked to critical and transformative pedagogy, social justice issues and qualitative research. My passion lies with providing each and every child in schools with an inclusive, thought provoking educational opportunity within PE.

PhysEd Talk with Andy Hair
September 17, 2017 02:31 PM PDT
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Keeping Active in Mind and Body to Enhance Student Opportunities in Education.


Andy Hair:
I am a Physical Education and Physical Literacy Coach based in Geelong, Australia. My goals in life are to see students excel and achieve their dream and be able to be confident to enjoy everything they do. My PE moto is DREAM, BELIEVE, ACHIEVE. Outside of the Gym I live a very active life. I am passionate about Ironman Triathlons pushing myself to my own personal goals each day of the week. I feel it is great to have role models and people to look up to.
I am determined to create an environment and culture for students that is diverse and challenging. With prediction comes comfortability. With uncertainty comes risk taking and growth. My direction in education is to leave a legacy for students and teachers than is considered unique and inspiring. Students deserve to be challenged each and every time they are involved in Physical Activity. In recent times I founded the Aussie PhysEd Network linking 100s of Physical Education Teachers through conversations and individual pursuits across Australia. As a result we have seen an increase in academic performance by these teachers searching for best practise models and in turn many have become influential leaders to others through out network.

PhysEd Talk with Andy Horne "Helping Students Improve their Health Literacy
September 10, 2017 05:54 PM PDT
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Andy Horne: This is my 12th year teaching high school health and physical education. In 2015, I had the honor and privilege to be recognized as SHAPE America’s National Health Education Teacher of the Year. Graduating from Indiana University, I taught in Bloomington, IN for year before coming to New Trier High School in 2003. My goal is to help students develop feelings of self-confidence and self-worth, and to empower them to believe they can accomplish their goals. I try to passionately lead with enthusiasm, inspire my students to be both health literate and persistent lifelong learners, and provide them the tools to make healthy decisions. You can follow me on twitter as @MrHorne101 where I mostly tweet about health, physical education and coaching related topics. Also you can check out my “Scholarly Raps” on YouTube helping bring health topics to life!
Here's a link to the blog I run with Andy Milne - https://tools2engage.wordpress.com/

Here is the Stronger Rap link - https://vimeo.com/203756342

Here's the YouTube Scholarly Rap channel - www.youtube.com/ahorne23

Here is the Sex & Pizza Ted Talk - https://www.ted.com/talks/al_vernacchio_sex_needs_a_new_metaphor_here_s_one

September 03, 2017 10:21 PM PDT
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Adopt-a-Gym is a “by kids, for kids” fundraiser where a school raises funds to purchase physical education equipment for another school that is short on resources to purchase adequate equipment. Funds are raised through a fun fitness event such as fun runs, dance-a-thons and other creative active events.

This process has many benefits! Students from the donor school learn the power of philanthropy; they learn that, yes, they CAN make a difference in the world! They learn that they don’t need to receive something in return in order to give; that the positive change they create in the lives of children just like them makes it all worth while!

Teachers from the schools that receive the equipment can give their students the well-rounded physical education program they deserve. The students will not only be exposed to numerous physical activities, but get hands on experience because of the volume of equipment their physical educators have access to. This can lead to tons of fun, reduction in childhood obesity, college scholarships & most of all, overall healthier lifestyle habits.

Last, but certainly not least, the students learn that there are good people in the world. This lesson of humanity builds good faith inside them which could lead to them passing it on throughout their lives. The character built during the whole process is immeasurable!

#113 The Neuroscience of Movement with Dr. John Ratey
August 20, 2017 09:07 PM PDT
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Best selling author, John J. Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, and 11 books published in 15 languages, including the groundbreaking ADD-ADHD “Driven to Distraction” series with Ned Hallowell, MD. With the publication of "Spark-The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain," Dr. Ratey has established himself as one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection. His latest book, “Go Wild” explores how we can achieve optimal physical and mental health by getting in touch with our caveman roots, and how we can “re-wild” our lives.

Recognized by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America since 1997, Dr. Ratey was recently honored by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society as the "2016 Outstanding Psychiatrist of the Year" for advancing the field. Dr. Ratey and his work are frequently profiled in the media, where he’s been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and NPR, as well as in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post, US News and World Report, Men’s Health, and other national publications.


#112 Work Smarter, not Harder with Adam Llevo
August 13, 2017 08:48 PM PDT
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Adam is a physical educator originally from England, but has taught in England, China and Saudi Arabia across all ages. He has presented at a number of conferences across the world sharing his love of physical education and meaningful technology to educators from all subjects, not just PE. When Adam is not teaching he enjoys collaborating on projects with educators from across the globe and sharing his knowledge, via his blog or social media. Adam is a Google Certified Educator and Google Innovator who enjoys using his knowledge to making his life easier, by working smarter, not harder.

#111 Adapted PE with Kelly Kennedy
August 07, 2017 03:35 PM PDT
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Kelly Kennedy is the 2016-2017 SHAPE Central District Adapted Physical Education Teacher
of the Year. She has just finished her 25th year of teaching and works for the Greeley-Evans School District 6 in Colorado to provide quality physical education services for students
with disabilities, grades K-12. She also provides community recreation opportunities for her students such as adapted aquatics and Special Olympics bowling, basketball, snowshoeing, and track & field. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a licensure
in Adapted Physical Education from St. Cloud State University and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Adapted Physical Education from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

#110 One Word, One Community
July 31, 2017 08:40 PM PDT
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This is the audio version of the second keynote speech delivered by the Physedagogy Team on Tuesday, July 25th at the National Physical Education and School Sport Institute. Check out all the keynote speeches and more at www.nationalpe.com.
Also, if you'd like to be a part of the One Word, One Community blog post check out physedagogy.com/blog.

#109 Quality PE Program with Mario Reyna
July 16, 2017 03:04 PM PDT
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Mario Reyna has come from the same neighborhoods as the children he taught for so many years. He was born in San Juan, Texas, just a few miles from the border with Mexico. Like many families in the area, he grew up in poverty but always remained proud of his heritage. As a child, his family migrated to the Texas Panhandle area, Oklahoma, Colorado, Illinois and Wisconsin each summer. Since he was too young to
work, Mario spent many countless days in a car in the heat and surrounded by gnats. He feared leaving the car because of the presence of rattlesnakes. During this time, the desire to get a higher education and to be highly driven germinated. On many occasions, Reyna was told he could not:
• play high school basketball because of his physical size AND he ended up starting on his varsity team;
• get a college degree because of his low ACT scores and College entrance exams AND he ended up graduating with a 4.0 GPA in his master's work;
• umpire college baseball AND he umpired at the college level for 10 years;
• become state President of TAHPERD because he is a Hispanic AND he was elected to President in
2010; and,
• He would not be a leader because he is soft spoken/quite in nature AND the rest is history...
Reyna graduated from the Pan American University in 1981. He earned a Masters of Education degree in 1990 from the University of Texas - Pan American. He worked as a physical education teacher for 22 years. In 1997, he was selected the Elementary District Teacher of The Year. To date, he is the only physical education teacher to be selected as District Teacher of The Year. As an administrator for 14 years, his highlights include:
• TAHPERD Honor Award;
• TAHPERD Texas K-12 Administrator of The Year;
• SHAPE America Channing Mann Physical Education Administrator of The Year;
• TAHPERD President;
• Carol White Physical Education (PEP) grant ($1.9 million) and,
• McAllen ISD Board Recognitions
At the state level, Reyna has participated on the TAHPERD Curriculum Framework and TAHPERD Legislative Team; he also participated in the Fitnessgram Trainer of Trainers program. At the local level, he helped to create the Rio Grande Valley Health and Physical Education Leaders group with the purpose to collaborate on issues that impact our professions.
On February 25, 2014, Reyna was invited to the White House by Michelle Obama. On March 23, 2014, former First Lady Hillary Clinton applauded the McAllen ISD and the partnership with the Let's Move! Active Schools and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG). In September 2015, Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the AHG stated, "Congratulations to your amazing Health, Wellness and Physical Education leader Mario Reyna. Your leadership has been critical to making this historic (McAllen ISD's successful award-winning participation with the AHG) achievement possible."


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