Oregon SHAPE

Northwest District Award Nomination Deadline is Fast Approaching!

Nominate your outstanding colleagues today! Deadline to nominate is February 1, 2018. The awards are:

  • Honor Award
  • Service Award
  • College/University TOY

For more information about awards criteria and nomination procedures, please visit the Northwest District website at https://www.shapeamerica.org/about/districts/northwest/awards.aspx

Please contact Cathy Fisher with any questions at dogfish@bresnan.net

Guest Post | Physical Literacy: An American Origin.

November 14, 2017
Written by Tia Kiez and Dr. Dean Kriellaars, University of Manitoba

The use of the term physical literacy has steadily grown since the early 1990’s, due to the promotional and philosophical work of Dr. Margaret Whitehead (M. Whitehead, 2001). Consistent with her philosophical roots, she has a pluralistic view of the term, with a definition/concept that has evolved over time, starting in 1990 (M. E. Whitehead, 1990). Despite the increasing references to physical literacy from the early 1990’s and on, this concept has in fact been mentioned much prior; as early as 1884. Although, the original reference is often attributed to George Morrison in 1969, there are references to physical literacy that date back as early as 1884, where an American in the Army Corp of Engineers utilized the term in colorful description of the physicality of an indigenous culture during a feast. Read More

Advocacy Column | Are you connected with your State and National Organization?

The following is an excerpt from the Advocacy Column. Click the read more tab to access the full article.

NOVEMBER 13, 2017 – Now that the conference has come and gone, we are continuing our series on questions for educators for advocacy.  Whether you came to the conference or not, we encourage you to continue to build opportunities for advocacy in your own setting. Check out the following question for extra know how!

And the next question is….

Are you connected with your State and National Organization?

Guest Post | Physical Literacy Kick Starter

October 18, 2017
Written by Dr. Dean Kriellaars

The Oregon SHAPE conference has just wrapped up in Bend, and I was inspired by the participants so I thought I would follow up with a newsletter piece. I was honored to provide three conference sessions – one session on “what is physical literacy and now it might be a stepping stone to active participation”, the second on using physical literacy to enhance performance of athletes, as well as enhancing “durability” of participants, and the third was a workshop on “what does a quality physical literacy experience look like in PE class?”. The links to the powerpoint presentations can be found here. Read More

News Story | Bend seminar takes aim at obesity

KTVZ News Channel 21 joined us today at the Oregon SHAPE Conference in Bend to learn about the importance of physical literacy and how it is the new medicine to battle childhood obesity. Click on the image below to watch the full news story.


PRESS RELEASE | Health and Physical Education Teachers Face Obesity Epidemic with New Medicine: Physical Literacy


Health and Physical Education Teachers Face Obesity Epidemic with New Medicine: Physical Literacy

BEND, OR, October 12, 2017 – As World Obesity Day passes, newly released data shows the United States leading the world in childhood obesity. The World Obesity Federation said “[they] are calling on all governments, health service providers, insurers and philanthropic organisations to prioritise investment in tackling obesity. This means investment in obesity treatment services, early intervention and prevention.” This weekend over 200 health and physical educators, who reach over 100,000 students, will travel from all over the state for the 103rd Annual Oregon Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) conference to learn how to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic using a new approach called physical literacy.

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Conference Socials & Out and About in Bend!

We are so excited to have you join us for our conference on October 13 & 14! Not registered yet? Make sure to register before the conference starts to access the regular discount (if you register the day of, you will pay a late registration fee). You can register here.


Click here to access this digital poster!

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