Superintendent's Memo #081-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

March 25, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Health and Physical Activity Institute, July 18-20, 2011, James Madison University

The Virginia Departments of Health and Education and the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance extend an invitation to all administrators and teachers to renew, refresh and network with other professionals at the 2011 Health and Physical Activity Institute.  The Institute theme this year is “Healthy Kids, Healthy Virginia.”  The Institute is scheduled for July 18-20, 2011, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

This high-quality staff development provides opportunities for sharing effective teaching and learning practices that improve the health and educational performance of children through better nutrition and physical activity instruction in Virginia’s schools.  The 2011 Institute will feature several nationally acclaimed educators, such as Dr. Judith Flohr who will focus on the physiological issues associated with being overweight and obese as a young child and adolescent; followed by breakout sessions focusing on ways teachers can help tackle the issues of overweight and obese students in schools; expectations for student achievement and learning for the Standards of Learning for Health Education, Physical Education, and Driver Education; nutrition; technology; fitness; dance; adapted physical education; standards-based assessment; curriculum leadership, staff wellness, and differentiated instruction.

In addition to the highlighted keynote and concurrent sessions, there are several special events ( ) that require early arrivals on Saturday, July 16 or Sunday, July 17, 2011.  These include the Bike Smart Virginia bicycle education certification course for teachers.  This 12-hour course covers types of bikes, helmets, gears and shifting basics, bike maintenance, and K-12 instructional resources.  An in-car driver education workshop for teachers and supervisors, and a leadership track for health and physical education program supervisors and staff wellness coordinators will also be offered.

Old Dominion University will also be offering a three-credit health and physical education graduate course (HMS 695), and James Madison University will be offering a three-credit Technology in Health and Physical Education course (HMS 695), and a three-credit Assessment and Instructional Strategies in Adapted Physical Education course (KIN 680).

Registration information for the Health and Physical Activity Institute and additional information about the special events is available online at

If you need additional information about the 2011 Health and Physical Activity Institute, please contact Vanessa Wigand, principal specialist for health education, physical education, driver education, and athletics, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-3300; or Dr. Jacqueline Williams, professor, James Madison University, by e-mail at or by telephone at (540) 568-6957.