2015 Convention – Spice It Up!


Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center
I-10 at College Drive (Constitution Avenue)
Baton Rouge, LA

Convention FAQs – Everything you need to know!

Pre-Convention Workshop – Wednesday November 4, 2015

Convention Sessions – November 5-6, 2015

Programs begin at 8 a.m.
Exhibits open at 10:30 a.m.


Convention Program:

Click here for the program.

Click here for the program-at-a-glance grid.


Early online registration has ended. Onsite registration will be available. Note that you must have current membership to register. Please renew your membership onsite at the registration desk; online membership renewal has been closed as of 11/02/15 for record reconciliation in preparation for Convention.

Exhibitor Information:

For all exhibitor information, download this WORD document.

Lodging (Convention headquarters):

Crowne Plaza Hotel and Convention Center
225.925.2244 or 800.678.4065
$95 for single or double, $105 for triple, $115 for quad
Convention rates guaranteed until October 7 and as long as reserved block has rooms available.
Group code: AHP

Invited Guests

LAHPERD is pleased to welcome some special guests to this year’s Convention. As arrangements are confirmed, bios will be posted here.

COMETRY – Keynote Address

Charity Bryan

charityDr. Bryan serves as Associate Professor and Program Director for Online Education in the WellStar College of Health and Human Services at Kennesaw State University.  In this role, she is responsible for providing college-wide leadership in the development and implementation of the college’s portfolio of academic programs and courses offered via distance learning.  Prior to her appointment at Kennesaw State University, she had two years of service at Louisiana State University (LSU) and seven years of prior service at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  At LSU, she served as Director of LSU Online and Associate Dean for Distance Learning and Professional Education.  While at UL Lafayette, she served assistant professor, department head and finally as associate professor director of the school of Kinesiology.  She also worked as an instructor and departmental wellness coordinator in the Department of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at Samford University.

Currently, Dr. Bryan is the SHAPE America Southern District president-elect. Visit Southern District online.

Brian Devore

devoreCobb County (GA) School District
GAHPERD Past President
2005 Georgia Middle School PE TOY
2013 Georgia Elementary PE TOY
2014 Southern District SHAPE PE TOY

With over 25 years of exemplary teaching experience at the elementary and middle school levels, Brian’s active and hands on learning approach for teachers has been a favorite part of his sessions.  In addition to fast paced and all inclusive lead up games, he incorporates standards, learning outcomes, and assessments into his presentations.  His methods for delivering instruction make Brian’s sessions easily adaptable for K-12 teachers! Below are summaries of Brian’s sessions.

Fast and Furious Fitness
Make fitness a part of every class period!  These activities are designed to “focus on fitness” for 5-10 minutes of your class each day as an instant activity.  They can be modified for K-12 and enable students to work towards their fitness goals at their own pace.

Learning and Loving Lacrosse
One of the fastest growing sports in the US, you will leave this session able to teach your students the basic skills and let them utilize them in active lead up games where all students have success.  Cues like “push pull” and “high to catch, low to throw” will make you a pro!

Tech Tips for Health and Physical Education
This “rapid fire” session takes attendees through multiple web based and app based tools to enhance their teaching and productivity!  Whether your teaching space is a gym or traditional classroom, you will walk out the door with multiple tools to try tomorrow!

Kids With Sticks!
Starting from the basics, learn easy techniques to teach your students how to control an object with a long handled implement with floor hockey.  Innovative ways to practice skills, evaluate, and safe methods to play lead up games will be features of this session.  Stay out of the penalty box and you will have awesome activities to take back to your school!

What Can I Do?  Promoting and Advocating for Physical Education
How do you promote our profession?  How do you promote your program?  Is it important?  YOU BET IT IS!  This lecture session discusses how to promote and advocate for physical education and your program.  It is critical that we become better advocates for ourselves to gain school/community support and funding.

Disc-go-here, Disc-go-there
This session brings everything except the beach sand! Learn the basic Frisbee throws, catches, and ways to evaluate your students.  Also, walk out the door with some simple and highly active games for students to play utilizing the skills in a non-threatening, fun environment.

Susan Flynn

flynnSusan Flynn teaches in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance at the College of Charleston training students in sport pedagogy and PreK-5 teacher education. Flynn specializes in the areas of adapted physical education, rhythms and dance in the PE curriculum, and elementary methods. Prior to Charleston, she trained future physical education teachers for 12 years at Purdue University. She also taught in Maryland and Ohio.

Flynn is a SHAPE America certified instructor for Let’s Move Active Schools Physical Activity Leader (PAL), Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP), and Physical Best.

Presently, Flynn’s research program is linked to a National Science Foundation $1.2 million grant titled TECHFIT (Teaching Engineering Concepts to Harness Future Innovators and Technologists). The TECHFIT project demonstrates the impact information technology has on our world by inspiring the next generation of innovators to design and implement technology-based fitness games that will get people moving while simultaneously and positively improving their health and increase knowledge in #STEM disciplines.

Flynn values the opportunity to share with professionals through many avenues including Twitter (@fit2Bsmart), VOXER (fit2Bsmart), LinkedIn, and The Exchange. She is also an editor for the dance section and elementary and high school sections on PE Central. Flynn presents at many state and district conferences as well as national SHAPE America and National Association for the Education of Young Children. She shares lesson ideas and dance videos through her Web site.

J.D. Hughes

hughesIt is my privilege and pleasure to welcome and thank you for attending PE2theMAX: Maximizing Skills, Participation, Teamwork and Fun. It is my desire today to equip you with a more up-to-date look at what physical education has evolved into, which is an exciting and dynamic experience that all children need and deserve.

As physical education teachers, it is our job to promote and develop positive attitudes towards physical activity. Our task is challenging; teaching the value of physical activity and skills acquisition, while making physical education fun for all in the process. Physical educators work hard, full days that leave very little time for creative thinking and lesson plan exploration. Often times, teachers implement lessons and games that are fun to teach, but may be activities that fail to maximize participation, are developmentally inappropriate, or lack originality. Another problem is that some physical educators find their classes too large to even consider many physical education ideas, games, and activities. No question, these are just a few of the major problems facing many physical educators everyday.

This stimulating assortment of fun-packed, educational games and ideas not only focuses on participation and involvement for the large class, but will intrigue, engage, and motivate your students for years to come. Today’s presentations provide all inclusive, fun activities, which in turn minimize discipline problems and maximize participation.
Over my 18 years of experience as a physical education specialist, I have developed, designed, or modified all of the material presented. The games and activities presented are classroom-tested and have been used successfully with children ages 4 to 14. They maximize participation and ensure that every child is provided with numerous opportunities to succeed while learning basic fitness- and sport-related skills. I have focused special emphasis on many games and activities to include experiences that teach cooperation and encourage teamwork. These values are instilled through motivating and challenging activities that will have all children coming back for more.

Download PE2TheMax Convention handout here.

Mike Young

mike-youngDr. Mike Young has a BS in Exercise Physiology, MSS in Coaching Science, and a PhD (from LSU) in Motor Behavior with an emphasis in Biomechanics. He has the unique characteristics of being a researcher, educator, and coach. As a researcher, he has published multiple papers in peer-reviewed publications and presented at national and international conferences. As an educator, he has taught at three universities and continues to educate coaches as a lead instructor for USA Weightlifting, USA Track & Field, and US Track & Field Cross Country Coaches’ Association. As a coach, he has coached athletes to national or international competitions in bobsleigh, skeleton, track and field, and weightlifting. He won six team national championships while at LSU and has been the fitness coach and director of sport science at two professional soccer clubs.  He is the owner and director of Sport Performance Training Center based in North Carolina and directed the sports performance division of Human Performance Consulting.


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