October 2018
Indiana Society for Health and Physical Educators

Dear Principal . . .

Why I need H/PE professional development

INSHAPE recommends that health and physical education teachers earn at least 50% of their professional growth plan points from domain specific opportunities like conferences, workshops, certifications, etc. INSHAPE believes at least one teacher from each Indiana school building should invest in domain specific professional development each year. Use this general justification letter to start the conversation.
Dear (Name of Supervisor):
Research has proven that health and physical education (H/PE) provide many benefits for students, including improved concentration, on-task behavior, attendance, and academic achievement. These reasons are a primary factor in ESSA's new definition of a well-rounded education that includes H/PE.
To further strengthen my contributions to our school's education programs, I would like to take advantage of a professional development opportunity that will support my teaching and ultimately enhance our work to educate the "whole child."
On November 4-6, 2018, the Indiana Society for Health and Physical Education (INSHAPE) - the state's largest organization of health and physical education professionals - will be holding its State Conference in Westfield, IN. At this event, I will have the opportunity to:

  • Stay up-to-date on best practices in curriculum and instruction, such as teaching standards-based lessons
  • Gather information on the latest instructional and assessment tools
  • Understand the role and use of technology in learning experiences
  • Learn instructional techniques, activities and assessment ideas for students with disabilities
The scheduled presentations incorporate the most recent findings on best practices, with a focus on strategies to successfully engage students. Many of the sessions will also highlight how to leverage existing resources to enhance our programs at little to no extra cost.
Upon returning from the conference, I would be happy to hold a training session for other staff members to share what I learned.
I would appreciate the time to discuss this professional development opportunity and how you might support my attendance. Please let me know when you are available to meet.
Your name

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New Conference Program

New Sessions, More Events

The updated conference program includes new sessions, more presenters, an open gym, and new state programs. Make sure to check out the latest and greatest.

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Still Accepting P.O.s

Until October 17th

Does your district pay for you to attend the state conference? INSHAPE accepts purchase orders until October 15, 2018. Conference registration at the non-member rates includes 2018-2019 membership.

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Book Your Hotel

Limited Room Inventory

The Cambria is the official hotel for the 2018 INSHAPE Inspire state conference. This recently built hotel sits on the GRAND PARK campus for convenient access to the Events Center (conference location).

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Hall of Fame Banquet

November 4th, 5:00 p.m.

The INSHAPE conference banquet recognizes Indiana Teachers of the Year, distinguished association award recipients, collegiate scholarship winners, and SHAPE America District awards recipients.

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Fuel Up to Play 60

Learn how to get registered as a Fuel Up to Play 60 school. They will discuss tips and tricks for Fuel Up to Play 60 grant writing, ways to create sustainability within your school's Fuel Up to Play 60 program, how to engage and keep your students active in the program, and answer questions.

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Advocating Teachers

Make Valuable Strides

How do you turn state education officials into allies and advocates for your cause? "Seize every opportunity to reach out to decision makers and present your case," says Mike Doyle, former president of the MNSHAPE. Sometimes, help can come from unexpectedn places.

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2018 State Conference: November 4 - 6, 2018