Oregon SHAPE

Mis-assigning of Physical Educators in Oregon Schools Demonstrates Gross Negligence by School Districts in Operating with an Equity Lens

It has come to the attention of Oregon SHAPE that Physical Education teachers may have been mis-assigned for the fall according to the new TSPC mis-assignment rules. Districts cite that this transition is supported by TSPC mis-assignment provisions.

The official stance of the Oregon Society of Health and Physical Educators is that these mis-assignments should be happening in a specific manner.

All Oregon districts must follow the specific tiered approach outlined by TSPC’s mis-assignment provisions, which are as follows:

A Tiered Approach (by Agency Resolution)

  1. Does the school have other staff who are appropriately licensed for the needed assignment? This means a record or list of all staff licenses/endorsements is available and was used when making this decision.
  2. If not, has the district sought volunteers to fill the mis-assignment? A district-wide communication regarding the mis-assignments is available and presented when making the decision.
  3. If not, has the district considered educators with experience or related endorsements to fill mis-assignment?
  4. TSPC will provide a Temporary Assignment Guidance Document that will include an endorsement compatibility list.
  5. Teachers on a Restricted License may not be mis-assigned.

If any Oregon physical educator has been mis-assigned, they are highly encouraged to ask for evidence that the previously listed steps were taken and this process was honored by district leadership.

Any physical educator who is experiencing this is highly encouraged to contact Julia Stevens, President of the Oregon Society of Health and Physical Educators at oregonshape.president@gmail.com.

We are sharing the following documents as resources to use in our advocacy efforts. 

 

Announcement: New Executive Director – Gayle See

Gayle See | Executive Director

The Oregon SHAPE Board of Directors is excited to announce our new Executive Director, Gayle See!

Gayle brings many years of experience to our team. We look forward to working with her to push forward in our advocacy efforts as an organization. Gayle has dedicated over 46 years to education as an educator, coach, department chair, national board facilitator, adjunct professor, PEP grant coordinator, and instructional coach. She has served as the executive director for both the Southwest and Northwest District SHAPE organizations and is the current executive director for SHAPE Washington. She will be serving as the executive director for both groups at this time, and we could not be more excited about this partnership! There will be some great opportunities to collaborate with our neighbors to the north, like we have never done before, in the near future!

Please join us in welcoming Gayle See to our team!

“Top 8 Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning” video from Elementary TOY Brack Hassell

Join Brack Hassell, 2019 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, as he shares his “Top 8 Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning”. Brack uses humor, wisdom, and creativity to share tips 1 through 8. Click play on the video below to watch!

PRESS RELEASE | Oregon’s Todd Stoddard named 2020 National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: Adam Howell | 810-343-6058 | oregonshape@gmail.com 

OREGON’S TODD STODDARD NAMED 2020 NATIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Lakeridge Middle School teacher recognized as the nation’s best middle school physical education teacher

LAKE OSWEGO, OR, May 7th, 2020 – Todd Stoddard, a physical education and health teacher at Lakeridge Middle School in Lake Oswego, Oregon was named the 2020 National Middle School Teacher of the Year on Thursday by the Society of Health and Physical Educators of America (SHAPE America).

Stoddard was awarded the state of Oregon’s Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2018 by the Oregon Society of Health and Physical Educators (Oregon SHAPE). In 2020, Todd was recognized as the, “Western District Teacher of the Year” by SHAPE America. SHAPE America’s Western District is composed of Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Stoddard was recognized as National Teacher of the Year from among five finalists representing the different SHAPE America District’s in the United States.

SHAPE America’s Teacher of the Year program recognizes outstanding teachers in physical education, health education, and dance education. He was originally nominated to be Oregon’s state Teacher of the Year by colleague, Hayley Vause. “I nominated Todd because of his time and dedication to his craft, his steadfast efforts in making our physical education program standards-based, and his passion and enthusiasm for providing a fitness-focused program here at Lakeridge Middle School,” Vause said. Stoddard has been teaching for 8 years, the last 4 at Lakeridge Middle School. Said Stoddard in 2018, “I have been blessed with a great team of teachers to collaborate with, administrators who support our program and an outstanding community that I can always count on. This has allowed us to turn physical education at Lakeridge Middle School into an experience that is educational, fun, and safe for all our students.”

About Oregon SHAPE

Oregon Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) Association promotes healthy, active lifestyles for all Oregon school-age children and youth through professional development opportunities and advocacy. Oregon SHAPE is committed to fulfilling this mission through fostering a climate of mutual respect and cooperation among members and constituent associations in order to realize mutually beneficial outcomes. 

Oregon SHAPE is an organization consisting of leaders from schools, community and public agencies, higher education, and private businesses who promote and support health education, physical education, and health promotion in school settings. We are dedicated to the health and fitness of Oregonians through quality programs in health education, physical education, dance, and athletics. For more information visit, www.oregonshape.org. Follow @OregonSHAPE on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

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“Tips, Tricks, and Thoughts” video from Elementary TOY Jordan Ng

Join Jordan Ng, 2019 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, as he shares some tips, tricks, and thoughts on the new climate that we are in with teaching health and physical education in a remote setting. He states that “we need to take a step back and look at the foundational piece of being in education and an educator and focus on building relationships and connections with students and families.”

Watch the video below to hear Jordan’s thoughts and see some creative activities that he does with his students.

 

Oregon SHAPE Job Opportunity – Executive Director

Take the next step in your career at an exciting organization that’s dedicated to promoting healthy, active lifestyles for all school-age children and youth by supporting health and physical educators in Oregon. 

The Oregon Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) is committed to fulfilling this mission by fostering a climate of mutual respect and cooperation among members and associations in order to realize mutually beneficial outcomes. 

We are looking to hire an Executive Director. The job of “Executive Director” is to serve at the direction of the Board of Directors for a one year contract that may be renewed annually upon performance review conducted by the President of Oregon SHAPE. The Executive Director does not carry a proxy vote in business or board meetings; allowing the Executive Director to maintain neutrality and integrity.

Salary is $4,000 – $5,000 annually depending on the level of experience.

More Information: Full Job Description

APPLY NOW. Email your resume to the Oregon SHAPE hiring committee at oregonshape@gmail.com. Include the subject line: Executive Director Application and address the email to the Oregon SHAPE Hiring Committee.  

Oregon SHAPE Conference 2020 Update

Due to concerns over the situation with COVID-19, in addition to the uncharted territory educators are currently experiencing, the Oregon SHAPE Board of Directors voted on March 20 to postpone the fall 2020 Oregon SHAPE Conference until spring 2021.

This decision was not taken lightly, but we feel this necessary in ensuring that we provide members with a successful and meaningful conference. Our Board of Directors is in discussions of planning potential digital conferences or professional development opportunities for those interested in the Fall.

If you have any questions, please contact us at oregonshape@gmail.com.

KIDS in the GAME: Two “no cost” programs

Check out KIDS in the GAME! They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and aim to provide opportunities for kids to be active. They have two programs that are offered to Schools and Kids/Families at no cost to the school or family. Through one of their Partners they have a 4 year (minimum) commitment to annually receive funding for their two programs in the following states: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming.

AMPED Running Program
This running program contains one rolling kit to store all AMPED Equipment supplied for 3 years includes:
  • 2 Bluetooth Waterproof wireless speakers
  • EZ Scan lap tracking system
  • Motivational feet charm incentives: silicone necklaces with 5 small charm colors, 2 large charm colors
  • cones
  • Organizing case to store charms and necklaces

More information: https://kidsinthegame.org/programs/amped/

The PASS Program
Youth sports registration fee grant.
  • Recreational sports and pay-to-play sports fees
  • Kids age 4 -18 who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch qualify for The PASS.
  • Up to $150 per kid, each season (4x a year)
  • Easy online application
  • Quick approval and check writing
  • Families can get help applying for The PASS by having a school advocate, liaison, nurse, coach, or admin apply for the family

#GivingTuesday: Send A Teacher

Today, people across the globe will be donating to causes that mean the most to them. Why? It’s #GivingTuesday!Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that was created to help unleash the power of the people to transform their communities. We are hoping you can help us transform our Oregon SHAPE community and donate to the “Send A Teacher” campaign. 

Our “Send A Teacher” campaign is intended to support sending one Oregon SHAPE member to the 2020 SHAPE America National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. In October, we did a t-shirt fundraiser that raised approximately $400. Our goal for the “Send A Teacher” campaign is to raise $1700. All proceeds from this Go Fund me event will be combined with the t-shirt fundraiser and the Oregon SHAPE Member dues scholarship fund to pay for: Convention registration, hotel and airfare, a food per diem, substitute costs, and other associated costs for one member! 

Please consider participating in this global generosity movement that unleashes the power to you and allows you to transform your Oregon SHAPE community! Any donation will make an impact! Just click the button below to donate.

 

How can I be entered into the “Send A Teacher” drawing? 

To be eligible for this prize you must be a current Oregon SHAPE member and donate $30 or more to this Go Fund Me event. Not a member? Sign up by clicking on the image below. The grand prize drawing will be awarded by a lottery upon the completion of all the money being raised. If you already bought a t-shirt in our last fundraiser and are an Oregon SHAPE member, then you have already been entered into the drawing. 

Please note that you may donate to support Oregon health and physical educators through this Go Fund Me campaign and choose not to participate in the grand prize drawing.

 

Congratulations to Todd Stoddard, 2020 Western District Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year!

Oregon SHAPE would like to send a big congratulations to our member, Todd Stoddard, who was just named the 2020 SHAPE America Western District Physical Education Middle School Teacher of the Year! Todd was awarded the Oregon SHAPE Physical Education Middle School Teacher of the Year at the 2018 annual conference in Bend, Oregon.

Todd is currently teaching at Lakeridge Junior High School in the Lake Oswego School District. His application for the Western District Teacher of the Year was considered among many other state Teachers of the Year in the Western District. SHAPE America’s Western District is composed of Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Todd was nominated in 2018 by teaching colleague and fellow Oregon SHAPE member, Hayley Vause. 

Todd presented at the 2019 Oregon SHAPE conference on October 12 and now that he is a district Teacher of the Year he will present at the 2021 SHAPE America National Convention with all of the awarded 2020 District Teachers of the Year. 

The official list of the 2020 Western District Teacher’s of the Year include:

  • Physical Education — Elementary: William Potter, California
  • Physical Education — Middle School: Todd Stoddard, Oregon
  • Physical Education — High School: Eric Davolt, California
  • Adapted Physical Education: Cindi Chase, California
  • School Health Education: Diane Farthing, California
  • Dance Education: Cami Bettencourt, California

In April, at the 2020 SHAPE America National Convention in Salt Lake City, Todd will be honored at the Hall of Fame Banquet for this award. He will then find out who will win the 2020 SHAPE America National Physical Education Middle School Teacher of the Year award. He will be considered along with the other four district finalists from the Midwest, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts.

We are excited for Todd to receive this incredible honor! Join us in taking a moment to give a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Todd Stoddard!

An official press release to come soon.