Oregon SHAPE

Sign Up Now: Saturday Morning Activity at CycleBar Bend!

We are excited to share that we have a partnership with Cyclebar Bend to put on a morning “Dance Party on a Bike” cycle class for conference attendees! Trust me, you DO NOT want to miss out on this exciting activity! There are LIMITED SPOTS so make sure to sign up now! 

Date & Time: Saturday, October 13 at 6:00 AM. Please show up at least 15 minutes prior to the ride so the CycleBar team can help you get settled in!

Location: CycleBar Bend Studio. 655 SW Powerhouse Dr #150, Bend, OR 97702

Cost: Only $10!

Registration: Limited to 49 spots so register ASAP! See below for details!

  • Visit the CycleBar website at https://bend.cyclebar.com/
  • Click Sign Up Now in the bottom right corner.
  • Create an account
  • Once created, go to the Book A Class, scroll to October 13 and choose the Oregon SHAPE class.
  • You will need to purchase a Drop-In Class and enter the promo code SHAPE to reduce the price to $10.

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

Meet Our Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors!

Conference Sponsor: Platinum

We would like to thank Oregon Active Schools, who is brought to us by the Northwest Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and Nike, for their Main Sponsorship of the conference. They have provided us with a very generous donation that is helping our planning team make this the best conference yet! Oregon Active Schools supports programs that inspire a lifelong love of physical activity and its many benefits for every child in Oregon through opportunities to be active before, during and after school. To learn more about Oregon Active Schools, please click here.


Conference Sponsor: Gold

We would like thank Sportime featuring SPARK, a division of School Specialty, for their Gold Level Sponsorship of the conference. They are providing conference bags, lanyards, and some of the equipment for presenters that will be raffled off at the end of the conference! Make sure to stop by their booth and check out their sessions; “PE for ALL: Strategies to Create an Inclusive Environment” on Saturday at 1:30 PM, and “Rhythmic Movement: Moving To The Beat!” on Saturday at 2:40 PM. To learn more about Sportime featuring SPARK, click here.

Conference Sponsor: Silver

We are super excited to announce that Caboost Kombucha is our Silver Level Sponsor! Make sure to say hello to them on Saturday morning and thank them as they hand out some delicious kombucha samples! To learn more about this Bend based company, click here.



Conference Sponsor: Bronze

We would like to thank USA Ultimate for being a Bronze Level Sponsor of the conference. Make sure to stop by their booth and check out their session, “Teach Ultimate Frisbee” on Saturday at 2:40 PM. To learn more about their organization, click here

Conference Exhibitors

We are excited to have the following organizations attending the conference as exhibitors. Make sure to stop by their booths to learn more about how they can support you!
  • US Games
  • Cairn Guidance/Dove Self Esteem Project
  • Everlast Climbing
  • ETR
  • The Children’s Health Market
  • Orbiter Lap Counter
  • Commute Options

Deadline Extended!

Due to high demand, we have added more rooms to the room block at the Best Western Premier Peppertree Inn. The deadline to book your room(s) is now October 10th!

Address: 1082 SW Yates, Bend, OR 97702
Book by: October 10th, 2018
Group Name: Oregon SHAPE
Group Rate: 149.99/night + tax
Booking link: Click here to book your room(s)!

Difficulties booking? Contact: Kara @ 253.653.2078 or Oregon SHAPE at oregonshape@gmail.com.

Today Is Your Last Day To Book!

Today is the last day to reserve your lodging within the guaranteed block period at the Best Western Premier Peppertree Inn.

What is this hotel all about? With thoughtful amenities, contemporary design, and superior customer service, the Best Western Premier Peppertree Inn at Bend is an absolute standout among other area hotels. Their brand new property features free Wi-Fi, complimentary hot breakfast, 24-hour fitness center, a whirlpool, a full service business center, flex space, and easy access to top attractions. 

It is only 5 minutes away from Pacific Crest Middle School where we will be hosting the conference (according to Google Maps).

Address: 1082 SW Yates, Bend, OR 97702
Book by: October 1st, 2018 (TODAY!)
Group Name: Oregon SHAPE
Group Rate: 149.99/night + tax
Booking link: Click here to book your room(s)!

Difficulties booking? Contact: Kara @ 253.653.2078 or Oregon SHAPE at oregonshape@gmail.com.

Are you registered for the conference yet? Are your colleagues and friends? Make sure to share this information with them. #SharingIsCaring

Confused About Member vs Non-Member Registration?

There has been some confusion around member and non-member registration. Non-member registration is intended for educators who are not from Oregon.

For many years, membership had been tied to conference registration. This is no longer the case for a variety of reasons not worth a lengthy explanation in this e-mail. However, it is still our intent that if you are an Oregon educator, you should become a member of Oregon SHAPE before you register for the conference.

We have tried to make this financially beneficially to you at a cost of $50–as it is cheaper to sign up first as a member and THEN pay the membership rate to attend the conference (you save $5 this way). A cheaper conference is not the only benefit. Being eligible to be a teacher of the year, getting a voice in our elections, access to FREE PD throughout the school year, and a t-shirt, are just some of the other membership benefits. We currently have people looking for ways to add to our membership perks, so there is a real tangible benefit to becoming a member. That is the benefit of being a member-driven organization.

One of the advantages of being the state affiliate to SHAPE America is that we get a seat at the table when important policy discussions take place at the state level regarding physical and health education. Have you heard of the state PE law, SB4 (previously named HB3141)? There are groups in Oregon with PAID lobbyists who are working hard to kill this law, delay implementation or threaten to overload our class sizes to over 100 students per teacher if they are “forced” to implement. We don’t have paid lobbyists–we are just teachers, like you–but, we do get a seat at the table in these conversations because they often want the “classroom perspective.” The first question these groups often ask us is, “How many members does your organization represent anyway?” The only way we are taken seriously is if we have collective strength together.

We want you to know why we feel so strongly about you being an Oregon SHAPE member. YOU MATTER. This organization would cease to exist without you. 

If after all of this we have not convinced you to become a member of Oregon SHAPE, please email us to get the non-member code for registration.


REMINDER: Early Bird Rates End at 11:59 PM Tonight (September 14, 2018)!

Access early bird rates today and join over 100 educators, administrators, and superintendents who have already signed up for the 2018 Oregon SHAPE Conference. Regular Registration opens September 15 and goes until October 11. At this time rates will increase to the following:

  • Professional Member of $115 will increase to $160
  • Non-Member of $170 will increase to $220
  • Retired $75 (remains the same)
  • Student $45 (remains the same)

Did you know that we just announced our exciting conference schedule on the website? Check it out here. 

Catch the early bird rates before they end!

Just over 48 hours until early bird registration ends! Did you know that we are one month out from the conference? Make sure to register today to access reduced rates! Early bird registration ends on September 14, at 11:59 PM PT.

Registration rates will increase after this deadline. The regular registration rates period is September 15 – October 11.

  • Professional Member of $115 will increase to $160
  • Non-Member of $170 will increase to $220
  • Retired $75 (remains the same)
  • Student $45 (remains the same)

All accommodation information has been added to the website, please check it out here.

We just announced our exciting session line up on the website! Check it out here. Full program details are coming soon!

Early Bird Registration Ends in One Week!

Early bird registration ends September 14! Join us on October 12 & 13 for our annual Oregon SHAPE conference hosted in Bend! We are bringing out an all-star line-up of speakers to share on exciting topics! Here is a sneak peak of some of our featured sessions.

Unified PE Greatest Hits: Unified PE is a physical education environment which provides a unique opportunity for students with and without disabilities to come together through ongoing educational and physical activities. This session highlights activities and adaptations that are made for students with disabilities in the areas of outdoor pursuits, individual-performance activities, team sports, net/wall games, target games, and dance.

The #PhysEd Playbook: At this session, participants will work collaboratively to start creating The #PhysEd Playbook, a go-to guide filled with highly effective instructional strategies that have a positive impact on student learning. The instructional strategies within the playbook will be organized around the themes of Purpose, Rituals & Routines, Differentiation, Formative Assessment, and Questioning. You will be able to use The #PhysEd Playbook as a starting point to create your own instructional guide for your classes.

If This is Love…Why Am I so Miserable: One-third of adolescents have been involved in an abusive or controlling relationship by the time they leave high school. This workshop will combine usable, student-centered, interactive teaching strategies for recognizing unhealthy and building healthy relationships while allowing movement, discussion, and real life “meaning makers” in a non-sexist package.

Health: Hooks, Meaning-Makers, and Teaching with GRIT!: Gain a classes attention, focus learning, make meaningful connections and foster student-centered culture through a wealth of quick to implement strategies for health education. Find or renew your Teacher GRIT (Get Revved In Teaching) to meet those challenges, and increase that joy!  

Who are our featured speakers? Read some fun facts about them here
Did you know that administrator registration is FREE? Bring your school administrator and receive a 50% rebate on your conference registration! It’s a win-win for everyone! You do not want to miss out on attending this conference!
Questions about the conference? Email us at oregonshape@gmail.com.

SHAPE America and Western District Awards

Just a little reminder of these deadlines for SHAPE America and Western District Awards.

District/National TOY in PE, Adaptive PE, Health, and Dance by September 15 with an online application (preferred) to https://www.shapeamerica.org/recognition/awards/toy.aspx OR to the Western District Awards chair Cathy Fischer at dogfish@bresnan.net.

SHAPE America Awards by October 15https://www.shapeamerica.org/recognition/awards/. Online, email or mail accepted.

SHAPE America Western District nominations by March 1 with applications by April 1 (no fooling) to the Western District Awards chair Cathy Fischer at dogfish@bresnan.net. These awards include the Service, Honor, Scholar and College/University TOY award in health, PE, adaptive PE, and dance pedagogy. The link, https://www.shapeamerica.org/about/districts/western/awards.aspx, will be updated in the next few weeks for the nomination, description, and application forms.

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