Jean Blaydes • Elementary Physical Educator with 30 years teaching experience. Bachelor's Degree from SMU, Masters of Education, Kinesiology from East Texas State University • Richardson Independent School District Teacher of the Year 1992 • Texas Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year 1992 • NASPE Southern District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year 1993 representing 13 states • Texas Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) Honor Award 1997, TAHPERD Media Award 1998, and PEPI Award. • 2005 Advocate of the Year Award from PE4LIFE Action Based Learning was chosen as a Program Partner for PE4Life endorsing ABL as a model elementary PE program • Presenter, keynote speaker, and workshop facilitator on the subjects of brain theory supporting movement's link to learning by teaching academic subjects kinesthetically. Has presented workshops internationally in 9 foreign countries and nationally in all 50 states. • Eric Jensen certified Master Presenter and featured presenter at the Brain Expo. Trained with Dr. John Ratey, Dr. Robert Sylwester, Eric Jensen, Pat Wolfe, Rich Allen, Carla Hannaford and Susan Kovalik. • Action Based Learning was featured on Good Morning America and numerous TV spots nationwide. Jean has been featured on radio, TV, and in newspapers advocating children's health and learning. Advocates for youth fitness on state and national congressional levels. • Featured in the videos How to Make Learning a Moving Experience and Teaching the Teen Brain, by the Virginia Department of Education. Author of Thinking on Your Feet: A Year’s Worth of Lesson Plans, Action Based Learning™ Lab Manual, Body Brain Adventure LAB Manual • Author of articles on Brain Research and Movements Link to Learning in the TAHPERD Journal, American Heart Association, Texas ASCD Leader of Learners, Parenting Magazine, TEPE, Kimbo Educational and interviewed for an article in the Boston Globe (11/99). Highlighted as a brain research expert in PE4Life advocacy video. • Curriculum writer for the Eric Jensen CD Library, Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research's Voyager after school program; Richardson ISD PE curriculum; Humble ISD PE curriculum, North Carolina Curriculum Redesign project Facilitator. Jean’s Thinking on Your Feet book is a textbook in several universities.
Eric Jensen, author and presenter says "Jean Blaydes Madigan is one dynamic, smart, role-modeling lighthouse for all of us trying to integrate more movement into the learning, a sizzling leader in the field!"
Dr. Rich Allen, master of facilitation skills says: "Jean Blaydes Madigan is one of the most dynamic and inspirational presenters on the educational scene today, one of the few "don't miss" trainers in the brain based field. She combines high-level presentations with groundbreaking content to create workshops that are truly topnotch."
Sessions Can P.E. Make You Smarter: Yes and No New Stuff: Body Brain Adventure and the NeuroNasium
Dr. James McCall has demonstrated a longtime passion for motivating children to learn and practice the skills that lead to a healthy active life. His career began in 1973 as a health and physical education teacher in Voorhees Township Public Schools. Thirty years of public school teaching was followed by six years as the Coordinator of Health and Physical Education for the New Jersey Department of Education. As a teacher and state coordinator, Jim provided leadership for standards –based reform in New Jersey schools. Dr. McCall is currently a fulltime Assistant Professor in the Health and Exercise Science Department at Rowan University. He is also the Chairperson for New Jersey Action for Healthy Kids and the Advocacy Chairperson for the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NJAHPERD). He continues to be involved as an advocate, consultant, and presenter on the local, state, and national stage. For his efforts, Dr. McCall has received the Governor’s Recognition Award (Voorhees Township School District); Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, Distinguished Leadership Award, and Honor Award (NJAHPERD); Alumni Medallion Award (Rowan University), and the Golden Key International Honor Award. Session: Cooperative Fitness This presentation will focus on providing a variety of innovative cooperative fitness activities that will help students learn health-related and sports –related fitness components in an interactive and engaging team building environment. Participants will also be provided user friendly strategies that address differentiated instruction and assessment feedback techniques.
Andy Schmidt MS. Ed. Past President NJAHPERD 1999 NJAHPERD TOY 2000 Eastern District TOY HPE Department Chair Teacher Hillsdale Public Schools 38 years Varsity Boy’s Soccer Coach Pascack Valley Reg. H.S. 1977 – 98 Sessions: Ultimate Games: Ultimate Frisbee began the craze of the active mass games that have a level of low organization, but allowed varying degrees of skill to participate simultaneously. Quickly, different sport skills were adapted to the “ultimate” format. Football, handball, lacrosse have all been adapted and sometimes sport skills combined to make new and exciting “ultimate” games. Spauldine, Pinky, and High Bounce Handball Progressions for Elementary and Middle School Students
Mark Housel, Housel Fun and Fitness • Taught PE in NJ for 15 years before starting his business Housel Fun & Fitness o Housel Fun & Fitness runs classes, after/before school programs, scout programs, camps, school assemblies, and teacher workshops • Taught in 5 different NJ districts – Oakland, Glen Ridge, Bordentown, Evesham, and Mt. Laurel • Taught countless thousands of kids in 7 schools and worked for 16 different principals, and 7 superintendents • Served as an assessor for the National Board For Professional Teaching Standards 2003-2008 • Presented numerous in-district workshops • Presented at the 2002, 2003, and 2013 NJAHPERD Annual Convention • Presented at the 2007 and 2009 NJEA Teachers Convention • Received 2007 NJAHPERD Grant • Started many school-wide fitness initiatives, most notably the Jingle Bell Jog which helps supply local food banks. That program is still up and running at Wiley Church in Marlton, NJ. • Won 2003 Bordentown Education Foundation Grant • Served as Consultant at Flaghouse in 2002-2003 • Received NJ State Senate and General Assembly Citation for Outstanding Community Service in 2001 and 2002. • Received 2001 Best Practice Award from PE Central and Flaghouse • Initiated project that equipped all of the schools in Bordentown with AED’s • Served as a NJAHPERD Executive Council Member in 2000 and 2001 • Received 2000 “Teacher of the Year” NJ Governor Recognition Award • Won 1999 A+ For Kids Disseminator Grant Award • Received 1999 Best Practice Award from PE Central and US Games Session: Fitness Education for a NEW Generation A look at the obesity issue, how it’s gotten so bad and what can be done! • Participants will get hands on, visual ways to teach fitness and nutrition principles using movement games and activities • There will be quick, cheap warm up and game activities designed to energize your kids and your programs • Participants will be given ideas to get their students moving out of school as well. • Demonstrations for kids and Family Fitness Nights
Craig Mahler earned his undergraduate degree from Springfield College and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Craig started his career in 1995 teaching for the Ridgewood Public School district. Since that time he has taught pre K – 5 and Adaptive Physical Education while coaching softball, swimming and soccer. He has served as the NJAHPERD Physical Education VP and received the Somerville Elementary School Teacher of the Year in 2008.(Ridgewood Schools) He has presented at the NJAHPERD and EDA conferences and led many professional day workshops within Northern New Jersey.
Mike Lucchesi has been teaching elementary physical education in Ridgewood, New Jersey for 11 years. Mike has used his teaching and leadership skills in coaching football during the course of his entire career and has been the Head Ice Hockey Coach for the last 4 seasons at Ridgewood High School. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and holds his Masters in Educational Leadership through the College of St. Elizabeth.
Sessions: Practical uses of the Ipad in Physical Education- There is sooooo much more potential to an ipad in Physical Education than using it as a camera or a heart rate monitor. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. This session will give you hands on ACTIVE games and lessons using the Ipad. No matter if you have 1 iPad or 5, you will start to see how you can enhance the excitement and learning that is occurring in your classroom. NEW and Fresh Adventure Activities- “I have seen this one before, give me something new”. So you think you have seen it all in adventure activities? My goal is to show you that there are always more activities and new ways of approaching the classics that will excite you and your kids.
Karen Drach-Parker Since September, 2001 Karen Drach-Parker has been sharing her passion for movement and fitness with the students of the Chester M. Stephens Elementary School in Mt. Olive. Before that, she was across town at the Sandshore Road School. Her career started in Readington Twp. Middle School after graduating from East Stroudsburg State College. Karen truly believes that all children are natural-born movers and doers, and is ever hopeful that each of her students will find a favorite movement activity to pursue to maintain a productive level of physical fitness. It is this philosophy that motivated the inclusion of archery into the P.E. program at CMS. Archery is an activity in which all students, no matter their size or ability, can experience a level of success. Getting students excited about archery is a way to make a connection to a healthy, active lifestyle. While archery will not do much to improve one's fitness, improving one's fitness will improve archery performance. John Smith, FlagHouse Play Well with Others-Be Active Against Bullying
Karen Drach-Parker Since September, 2001 Karen Drach-Parker has been sharing her passion for movement and fitness with the students of the Chester M. Stephens Elementary School in Mt. Olive. Before that, she was across town at the Sandshore Road School. Her career started in Readington Twp. Middle School after graduating from East Stroudsburg State College. Karen truly believes that all children are natural-born movers and doers, and is ever hopeful that each of her students will find a favorite movement activity to pursue to maintain a productive level of physical fitness. It is this philosophy that motivated the inclusion of archery into the P.E. program at CMS. Archery is an activity in which all students, no matter their size or ability, can experience a level of success. Getting students excited about archery is a way to make a connection to a healthy, active lifestyle. While archery will not do much to improve one's fitness, improving one's fitness will improve archery performance.
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