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This page features workshop presenters whose expertise is showing you how to more effectively test your students using the FitnessGram tool and they are also very talented at offering you fitness activities to add to your program.

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Brent Heidorn
Brent Heidorn
Location: Carrollton, GA (Univ. of West Georgia)
Grade Levels: K-12 and College PE
Teaching Experience: 15+ years, K-12 physical education and university level.
Presentation Experience: 10+ Years
Willing to present locally and throughout the USA. Can present throughout the year including the summer.
Dr. Brent Heidorn is an associate tenured professor in the College of Education at the University of West Georgia, and was recently appointed as Assistant Dean for Research and Assessment in the College of Education (2015). Prior to this appointment, Brent was the program coordinator of the Health and Physical Education Teacher Education program in the Department of Leadership and Instruction, where he has served since 2007. Prior to his appointment at the University of West Georgia, Brent received his doctoral degree in Physical Education from the University of South Carolina (2004-2007) and worked for eight years as a physical education teacher and coach at the middle and high school levels (1997-2004). His educational degrees include a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Bob Jones University, M.A. in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University, and a Ph.D. in Physical Education Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina. Brent’s leadership and service activities include active membership in SHAPE America, and Past-President of the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (GAHPERD). He has been actively involved with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) serving on a variety of committees at the national level, including three years on the Physical Education Steering Committee, the Awards Committee, and the Publications Committee. Brent continues to serve SHAPE America through the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP). He is an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, is on the Editorial Review Board for Quest and Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, and is the Publications Editor of The GAHPERD Journal. Brent also served as the Editor for the Theory to Practice column in Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators. Brent has received numerous awards including the SDAAHPERD Taylor Dodson Young Professional Award, the University of West Georgia College of Education Faculty Outstanding Service Award, and the Robert W. Moore Professional Recognition Award and the Young Scholar Award from the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Brent’s research interests include comprehensive school physical activity programs, physical education teacher education and supervision, and sport pedagogy. He has more than 50 authored or coauthored articles, chapters, reports, or reviews; and he has given more than 120 professional and scholarly presentations, in addition to numerous professional development workshops.

Presentation Topics:

  • Best practice in K-12 physical education – effective instruction, curriculum, current research, current trends and issues
  • Skill development in physical education – a variety of content areas
  • Physical activity in physical education – integrating physical activity in PE and classroom based instruction
  • Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (CSPAPs)
  • Physical Fitness – fitness games, stations, strength and conditioning for physical education and athletics
  • Exercise Physiology – multiple components; developing fitness from exercise science
  • FitnessGram – all components
  • Coaching and Athletics – philosophy, objectives, communication, motivation, management, planning, training

Sally Hope
Sally Hope
Location: Bowling Green, KY (Western Kentucky Univ.)
Grade Levels: PreK-12 and College PE
Teaching Experience: 26+ years, K-12 physical education and College PE.
Presentation Experience: 20+ Years, Presentation Titles and Descriptions
Willing to present locally and throughout the USA. Can present throughout the year including the summer.
Sally Hope’s motivating, “hands on” presentations are presented with knowledge gained in 30+ years of experience teaching diverse populations and grade levels in a wide variety of teaching situations in states spanning the country from Florida to Wyoming. Her most recent experiences have been as a pedagogy instructor at the university level with stints at the University of Louisville, Eastern Kentucky University, Purdue University and Western Kentucky University. In 2006, Sally was selected as KAHPERD’s Outstanding University Physical Educator. She has regularly presented at state, regional and national conventions and workshops for over 20 years. She is a Physical Best Instructor, a PYFP Trainer and a PAL Trainer. Her involvement in state professional organizations and SHAPE America has enabled her to stay abreast of current trends in Physical Education, with particular interest in the areas of best practices, assessment and (everyone’s favorite) new activity ideas!

Presentation Highlights:

Sally has presented 75 + state, regional and national convention sessions, workshops, AAHPERD/SHAPE America workshops. Most recent presentations include:

  • “Teaching the Concepts of P.L.A.Y using the TPSR Model”, SHAPE Convention, 2016
  • “Health Related Fitness: Do It Daily”, KAHPERD Convention, Fall 2016; SHAPE America Southern District Convention, 2015
  • “Health Related Fitness with Physical Best Flair”, AAHPERD Convention, 2014; KAHPERD Summer Institute 2014; KAHPERD Convention 2014
  • “Deviate, Innovate, and Motivate for the Ultimate Fitness Activities!“ SDAAHPERD Convention, 2014
  • “Implementing Best Practices through Motivating Activities”, Constellation Schools, Ohio, 2014

Presentation Topics (See Descriptions):
  • “The Best Activity Ideas I Have Learned From Other Physical Education Teachers”
  • “Best Practices… Don’t Kill the Messenger!”
  • “Assessment: Valid, Standards Based and Painless”
  • “Getting Your School Community Moving”
  • “The Basic Steps to Teaching Physical Education”
  • "Willing to personalize workshop for school district needs"

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