Oregon SHAPE

16 Days Until the Conference!

Register today to access regular rates and join over 150 educators and administrators attending the conference! The At-A-Glance Schedule has been announced and we are excited to share the details below. Click here to learn more about the conference!

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

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.