Oregon SHAPE

Oregon SHAPE Conference 2016 – Call for Proposals is open!

The 2016 Oregon SHAPE conference committee is working hard to make the conference this year the best yet! We are looking forward to hosting the conference at Pacific University in Forest Grove on Saturday, October 1st. We have an exciting keynote and amazing line up of featured speakers who will be announced very soon. So stay tuned!


Do you want to share your ideas and knowledge with attendees at the conference? The call for proposals is now open! If you are interested in submitting a session proposal please do not wait! We have limited spots available. Check out our form below to submit your proposal today! The closing date to get your proposals in is July 30th, 2016.

Call for Proposals Form

For more information on the conference, check out our conference page here, or you can email us at oregonshape@gmail.com.

Attention Student Leaders!

We wanted to share an informational video with you that was created by Eastern Washington University and SHAPE Washington. Recently Tracy Krause, Sara Russell, and Gayle See visited Eastern Washington University student major class. During this visit they had some great discussions around ESSA, state work, and how to look for a job. They also shared their state website and shape of the nation report. This would be a great video to share with student leaders across our state.

Take some time to watch the video here to learn more!


Want more information on ESSA?

Want more information on ESSA? Check out the Oregon Education Association website as they are providing two webinars on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). You can register for a webinar on May 17th or 25th.

You can check out the website here and access the registration links for the webinars at this link http://www.oregoned.org/whats-new/essa-informational-webinars.

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Local ESSA Forums

Hey everyone! Every region in our state is hosting a forum on the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA is replacing No Child Left Behind and the term “Well Round Education” is replacing Core Subjects. Health and physical education is part of Well Rounded Eduction! This is an amazing step in the right direction for health and physical education, however, there is still plenty of advocacy needed. This forum is a great opportunity for the health and physical educator voices to be heard regarding ESSA. Click here to learn more about ESSA, see a detailed agenda and dates of when a forum will be in you area. Again, I highly encourage you to attend and advocate for health and physical education in our state!


*Please note that the dates in the above picture have been changed on the ODE website. Please click on this link to double check where the forum closest to you will be.

Congratulations to Collin Brooks!

WGOM-2-4-16We would like to congratulate our past-president, Collin Brooks
(@collinbrooksie), on becoming a newly elected SHAPE America Board of Director! Fran Cleland, professor in the Department of Kinesiology at West Chester University (WCU) in West Chester, PA, was elected president-elect of the organization and Terri Drain, physical education teacher at Vintage Hills Elementary School in Pleasanton, CA, was elected as a board member alongside Collin. You can check out the press release post here, and the SHAPE America blog post here to find out more information.

We would also like to congratulate Collin Brooks on being awarded the Mabel Lee Award. SHAPE America gives the award annually to younger members who have demonstrated outstanding potential in scholarship, teaching and/or professional leadership. “Collin’s work helps to engage young professionals who are used to doing things online as well as encourages the older generation to embrace all that technology has to offer,” says Paul Clinton, Northwest District president. You can check out the press release post here.

Congratulations Collin on all your accomplishments this year!



Joel Miller: #OSHAPE15 #Physed Teacher of the Year!

k06Uhgxk_400x400 Joel Miller, an elementary physical education teacher from the Beaverton School District has become the 2015 Oregon Physical Education Teacher of the year.  Joel is in his 16th year teaching elementary PE for the Beaverton SD. For the last 4 years Joel has taught at Sexton Mountain School following 12 years at Greenway School, also in Beaverton.

Joel graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelors of Education in Physical Education and received a Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from Portland State University.  Is is apparent that Joel loves what he does; “My passion is teaching students be physically literate athletes.” Students are exposed to many skills/athletic opportunities while focusing on playing well with others and being good sports. They become young experts on how take care of the only bodies while developing habits that help them make good choices to help live a healthy lifestyle. My strengths when teaching physical education include team games, Challenge/Invasion/Problem Solving Games, Field Days, incorporating Tech, teaching sportsmanship, and most importantly, being open to new ideas and innovations.”

Joel is known to his colleagues as a humble, hard working physical educator. Greg Lukshaitis (The SHAPE America National Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year) had this to say about Joel; “Joel Miller’s talent in PE is only overshadowed by his humanity! He is kind, positive, humble and generous. He is a pleasure to work with, and I am proud to call him a friend. He deserves this honor and everything positive that comes with it.”  

Joel has deeply contributed to the physical education professional learning community in the Beaverton School district. Currently he is part of the Active Students Task Force in Beaverton SD, where the focus is finding ways to increase physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day. “My school is currently part of a pilot that is looking at ways to get students moving more in the classroom with Brain Boosts to help in learning” Joel said. Cheryl Wardell (The SHAPE America Northwest District Teacher of the Year), one of Joel’s colleagues has this to say about Joel; “Our Physical Education program in Beaverton would not be where it is today if it was not for Joel Miller. He has been instrumental in developing the elementary physical education program in our district. He has helped develop district learning targets, professional development, and our PE Showcase which demonstrates what we do in PE to thousands of parents, to name a few. He is also the most innovative PE teacher I know.”

Congratulations to Joel Miller! Thanks for your hard work and dedication to improving health and physical education to not only your student’s but those within your district!

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Help SHAPEOregon Shape America as we all strive to make 50 Million Strong by 2029. “50 Million Strong by 2029 is SHAPE America’s national initiative to ensure that all of America’s students benefit from the skills, knowledge and confidence to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activate.”  Sign up here and share your number with SHAPE America!