James Madison University

Registration Information

Register Online
Download Registration Form & Information (PDF)

If you are registering by mail and do not wish to send a check, registration fees may be paid by credit card online here. (Please note there is a $2.50 convenience fee for credit card payments)

The 2016 Health and Physical Activity Institute provides an opportunity for teachers to share new and innovative teaching and learning practices.  The institute is supported by the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  The primary objective of the initiative is to improve the quality of health and physical education instruction and provide support to implement the 2015 VDOE standards of learning for health and physical education which would enhance the wellness and educational performance of Virginia’s students.  The institute consists of a variety of engaging workshops and general sessions. Participants who attend the entire institute will receive a certificate of completion from the Department of Education documenting 40 hours of professional development.  

The institute will be held at the Festival Conference & Student Center on the east campus of James Madison University. On-campus housing is in an east campus dorm where you may select either double or single room occupancy, and sheets and towels are provided.  Being a dorm room you may choose to bring an alarm clock, reading lamp, extra towels, and an extra blanket. Or participants may register as a commuter and stay in a local hotel.  Participants who register as a commuter and plan to stay in a local hotel are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.  The following local hotels have HPAI rates, please mention this when making the reservation:   Courtyard Marriot, 540 432-3031; Fairfield Inn & Suites, 540 433-9333; Quality Inn, (540) 442-1515; Residence Inn, 540 437-7426; and Sleep Inn 540 433-7100.   

The institute begins on Monday, July 11th at 11:00 am and ends on Wednesday, July 13th at 3:00 pm. 


General check-in:
Monday, July 11th from 8-10:00 at the Festival Conference & Student Center

Early arrival check-in:    
Saturday, July 9th from 11:00 – noon & 3-4:00 at the Festival Conference & Student Center
Sunday, July 10th from 8 - noon & 2-4:00 at the Festival Conference & Student Center

Registration, on-campus room / meal fees & information:

Room Type
Available Only until July 2nd




Double & Meals




Single & Meals








Registrations received after July 2nd, 2016 will be assessed a $25 late fee.  On-campus housing reservations end on July 2nd. After July 2nd only commuter registrations will be accepted & will require participants to make their own off-campus housing arrangements.

  • Please visit the website for registration confirmation, directions and details regarding the 2016 workshops once details become available.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations after July 2, 2016.
  • Please make checks payable to James Madison University or pay by credit card on-line with a $2.50 convenience fee.

In addition to the institute workshops and general sessions there are special events and graduate classes held before and during the institute.

These events require institute registration and either Saturday or Sunday check-in with additional housing fees. You may only enroll in one of the special events unless specified.

Special Events
These events are free of charge with institute registration.

Full enrollment - Archery Certification

offered by Karen Holson, Virginia NASP State Coordinator (804-640-7957) offered Sunday, July 10th beginning at 10:00 am. This training is offered through the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. This 8 hour course will cover safe range setup, archery instruction and coaching techniques for archery program implementation during in-school curriculum. Two teachers attending from the same school can be eligible for an assigned loaner equipment set. Come dressed to participate.  Enrollment is limited.

The Bicycle Education Certification Course for Teachers

offered Sunday, July 10th at 10:00 am.  This 12-hour specialty workshop covers types of bikes, gears and shifting basics, basic bike maintenance, curriculum ideas, coalition building, fund raising tips, and more.  This course requires participants to bring their own bicycles. If you have questions about the course, please contact either Vicki Miller at (804) 938-4330 or vbm01@comcast.net.  Enrollment is limited and you must bring a working bicycle and helmet.

CPR/AED & Emergency First Aid

offered Sunday, July 10th from 10:00-noon.  Attendees will be issued an ECSI national provider card valid for two years.   You may also register for the CPR instructor course at 1:00 if interested.

CPR, AED & First Aid Instructor/Educator Center Course Coordinator

offered beginning on Sunday at 1:00. This training enables you to become an Instructor/Educator Center Course Coordinator through a special reciprocity structure available to professional educators. With this status you can provide training and certification for colleagues and students in your school division. www.jblearning.com, www.ECSInstitute.org

National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer Teacher Training

offered Sunday beginning at 1:00. The training will provide a textbook walk-through (hands-on and time to practice). Followed by a digital walk-through (hands-on – requires PC).

Teach Fly Fishing! The “Fishing in Schools” Teacher Training Certification

(Pre-Approval required – see contact below) offered by the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries on Sunday, July 10th at 10:00 am.  This 8 hour training will cover the National Fishing in the Schools Program (NFSP), “Cast A Fly, Catch A Student” Curriculum using fly rods.  The training will cover the all-inclusive program from equipment, knots, casting, fishing, conservation and more.  DGIF has a limited number of equipment sets to distribute annually, therefore, attendance in the training requires pre-approval before registration.

Review the program at the www.fishinginschools.org and contact the DGIF Angling Education Coordinator at Chris.Dunnavant@dgif.virginia.gov for pre-approval.

Graduate & Undergraduate Classes
Enrollment in graduate classes is now closed. These courses require contacting the course instructor, JMU course registration & course credit costs; see details below.  The course cost for in-state is $1305 and out-of-state is $3327.  Both classes begin on Sunday, July 10th at 10 am and meet at various times throughout the institute.  Enrollment is limited and pre-registration for the course and institute is required.

Technology in Health and Physical Education

KIN 511, 3 credits
Dr. Susan Nye, JMU

This class is designed to provide teachers with the skills and knowledge to integrate technology into developmentally appropriate physical education and health lessons. The class will identify the theories, principles, and strategies for the integration of technology into physical education and health practice. Students will learn and practice with several technology resources (i.e. pedometers, HRMs, Apps, Smart board and Microsoft).  If interested email Dr. Nye at nyesb@jmu.edu, by June 18, 2016 to reserve your spot and to receive registration instructions.


The Teacher Leader: Exploring Classroom Leadership & Management

KIN 680, 3 credits
Dr. Cathy McKay, JMU

Leadership, relationships, empowerment, and love: four key aspects of successful teaching. There is overwhelming evidence that the first few weeks of school are critical in determining how well students will achieve. This course engages teachers, both novice & veteran, in exploring leadership skills and classroom management techniques in the health classroom and gymnasium. Using The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher, as well as the Relational Leadership Model, participants will explore the principles of teacher and student success, develop an empowering classroom management plan, turn teaching spaces into organized learning environments, & reconnect with the concept of teaching through love.  If interested email Dr. McKay at mmckayca@jmu.edu, by June 18, 2016 to reserve your spot and receive registration instructions.