James Madison University

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The 2017 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; Doubletree by Hilton, 540 433-2521; 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 10th at 11:00 am and ends on Wednesday, July 12th at 3:00 pm.


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

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

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

Room Type
Available Only until
June 29th




Double & Meals




Single & Meals








Registrations received after June 29, 2017 will be assessed a $25 late fee.  On-campus housing reservations end on June 29th. After June 29th 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 2017 workshops once details become available.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations after June 29, 2017.
  • 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 workshops require institute registration and either Saturday or Sunday check-in with additional registration fees.


Special Pre-institute Workshops
Offered before the start of the institute on Sunday, July 9th. You may only enroll in one of the special events unless specified. Individuals who only want to attend a workshop on Sunday should register as a commuter arriving on Monday ($80) and notify us of your intentions by emailing hpai@jmu.edu. This will allow access to the workshop and meal tickets for lunch and dinner. These pre-institute events are free of charge with institute registration.


Archery Certification

offered by Karen Holson, Virginia NASP State Coordinator (804-640-7957) 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.


Bicycle Education Certification Course for Teachers

beginning 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

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

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 (CPT) Training

beginning at 1:00.
  1. Introduction to the Certified Personal Trainer Industry Credential – What is this all about and what do I need to do to get started? What are the requirements and benefits?
  2. Fitness Assessment – Learn how to assess muscular strength and imbalances through the NASM OPT mode.
  3. OPT Model for Strength, Cardio, Balance, & Flexibility – Understand and learn the progressions and regressions of strength, cardio, balance and flexibility exercises.
  4. Test Practice for NASM Personal Trainer Certification – Come for a collaborative effort to de-construct and answer the practice test questions for the NASM certification tests.


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 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 fishing rods for Middle and High Schools.  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, 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 by June 25th.


Teaching the Prevention of Dating Violence, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, and Other Violent Crimes Against Students

, Sunday, 1:00. This hands-on, interactive, and engaging seminar teaches a curriculum empirically proven to increase student safety and of practical value to all teachers. The course covers relevant aspects of the Family Life Education Guidelines and Standard of Learning Objectives for Virginia Public Schools, is based on the latest pedagogical, criminological, and social psychological research, and has been extensively tested on students and parents. Courses of this nature have been empirically proven to dramatically change student behavior and have reduced rape by 1/2 and attempted rape by 2/3. The course includes simple self-protection and escape techniques that virtually any adult or school age child can use.


WELNET®: 21st Century Software for Connected Educators

, Sunday, 1-4. Using data to educate, inform and inspire is easy with WELNET®. Attend a fast-paced, hands-on workshop built specifically to create a Virginia WELNET® Trainer Cadre. The focus of the workshop will be on training the WELNET® Trainer Cadre on the Why, What and How of WELNET®, the most commonly used features from the Fitness, Assessment, Behavior, Rubric and Survey Modules and instruction in the use of the Brain / Body Boosts and Video Library. Participants will exit the workshop with the skill sets needed to plan, execute and evaluate a WELNET® training for their school division. Attendees need to bring a laptop, iPad or mobile device.


Graduate Course
This course requires contacting the course instructor, JMU course registration & course credit costs; see details below. The course cost for in state is $1329 and out-of-state is $3327.  The class begins on Sunday, July 9th at 10 am and meets at various times throughout the institute.  Enrollment is limited and pre-registration for the course and institute is required.

Assessment and Technology

KIN 680, 3 credits
Dr. Susan Nye, JMU

This class provides teachers with the skills and knowledge to integrate technology into developmentally appropriate physical education and health lessons. The course will take an in-depth look at assessment, technology resources, and their impact on student learning. In addition, the course will identify the principles and strategies regarding effective teaching in order to create developmentally appropriate lessons and assessments when utilizing technology resources.If interested email Dr. Nye at nyesb@jmu.edu, no later than June 2, 2017 to reserve your spot and to receive registration instructions.

Undergraduate Health Methods Course
This course requires contacting the course instructor, see details below. The course tuition and fees are $513.15 for in state and $1,102.95 for out-of-state.   The class begins on Saturday, July 8th at 1:00 pm and meets on Sunday and at various times throughout the institute.  Enrollment is limited and pre-registration for the course and institute is required.

Studies in Teaching School Health

EDU 293, 3 credits
BJ Santos, BRCC

This class provides teachers with an introduction to current instructional approaches appropriate to a comprehensive K-12 health education curriculum.  Designed for elementary and secondary school health teachers, the course stresses specific roles for schools in preventing health problems and promoting high-level wellness among students and the community through well-planned health instruction.   If interested, email the instructor, BJ Santos, at bsantos@k12albemarle.org.  To reserve your spot and registration instructions email Katie Newman at NewmanK@brcc.edu.