Together in Vermont

2020 SHAPE-VT Conference Proposal Submission Form

Please review the instructions below before proceeding with your proposal.

Submission Deadline:
October 2, 2020

Conference Dates: Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23 , 2020
Theme: Together in Vermont
Location: virtual through CVENT conference site. Live streamed and archived for three weeks post conference dates


The theme for this year's Society of Health and Physical Educators of Vermont (SHAPE VT) annual conference, Together in Vermont, is inspired by our shared goal of fostering engagement in students and educators. With the majority of our schools having transitioned to different modes of learning, the challenges health and physical educators now face require new ways of engaging students in learning.

SHAPE VT is interested in showcasing educators, programs, and practices (both in-person and remote) that are standards- and evidence based, which reflect an approach that engages students in learning in a variety of contexts. 

The following conference pathways, with an emphasis on health education and physical education, are under development for this this year's virtual conference: 

  • Engaging Students through Innovative Learning Experiences
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Learning and Physical Activity Beyond School
  • Professional Development

In addition, we will expand upon the sharing and conversations started at the 2019 SHAPE VT Conference with our "Pop-up Sessions."  Ideas for extended virtual workshops are also welcome for submission.

Example topics are listed for your reference.

  • strategies for flexible and safe use of space and resources
  • personalizing remote learning strategies to meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of students
  • strategies to promote students wellness and physical health
  • developing an inclusive culture that ensures equity and honors diversity in identity and thought
  • integrating current research and technology to improve remote student learning
  • fostering positive social behaviors and social-emotional learning 
  • advocacy for health and physical education for all students


Session Formats

All conference sessions will be 30 to 40 minutes in length; for example:

30 minute pre-recorded presentation with simultaneous live chat with the presenter for live discussion, questions, and answers

25 minute pre-recorded presentation with 15 minutes of chat room collaboration or interactive activities

30 minute live, moderated "pop-up" session pertaining to a general topic, with small break-out rooms

Workshop: two pre-recorded sessions with synchronous or asynchronous tasks and live engagement 


Speaker Requirements

As a conference speaker, you will be expected to:

  • be flexible as to the time, date, and format of your presentation.
  • use material and language that does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, or sexual orientation.
  • assure that proper permission has been acquired if copyrighted material is presented in addition to original content.
  • provide your own supplementary resources to be distributed to participants in electronic format.
  • provide your final presentation title and short description, plus a current head shot (optional) and short biography to SHAPE VT for promotional purposes.
  • Unless noted otherwise, provide a well-produced pre-recorded presentation through a shareable url link.


Other Information

The person submitting the proposal may list up to two other co-presenters. The lead presenter will notify the other co-presenters of their presentation time.

Presenters will be provided help with uploading their conference materials and gaining access to the conference platform as needed for their own presentation.

SHAPE VT is unable to provide speaker honorariums or stipends for technology.

Commercial, for-profit, and non-profit entities wishing to present should complete the appropriate exhibitor’s package (separate form.)

Person’s submitting proposals will receive a confirmation email. Please save this confirmation email in case you wish to edit or make additions to your proposal before October 2nd, 2020.

Additional questions, please contact Kate LaBelle, SHAPE VT past-president and Conference Chair at