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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 2015 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 activity instruction 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, Ethernet cord, 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 13th at 11:00 am and ends on Wednesday, July 15th at 4:00 pm. 


General check-in:
Monday, July 13th from 8-10:00 at the Festival Conference & Student Center

Early arrival check-in:    
Saturday, July 11th from 11:00 – noon & 3-4:00 at the Festival Conference & Student Center
Sunday, July 12th 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








Registrations received after July 2nd, 2015 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 see the Off-Campus Accommodations page for local hotel information and institute rates.

  • Please visit the website for registration confirmation, directions and details regarding the 2015 workshops once details become available.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations after July 2, 2015.
  • Please make checks payable to James Madison University or pay by credit card on-line with a $2.50 convenience fee.

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

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

These events require institute registration and either Saturday or Sunday check-in with additional housing fees.

Full enrollment - Archery Certification

offered by Karen Holson, Virginia NASP State Coordinator 804-367-6355 offered Sunday, July 12th beginning at 10:00 am.  This 8 hour course will cover safe range setup, archery instruction and coaching techniques for archery program implementation. Two teachers attending from the same school can be eligible for an assigned equipment set. Come dressed to participate.  Enrollment is limited.

The Bicycle Education Certification Course for Teachers

will be offered beginning on Sunday, July 12th 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 mountain 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 mountain bicycle and helmet.

Curriculum and Administrative Guide for Driver Education

in Virginia train-the-trainer workshop for lead teachers and program supervisors will be offered Sunday, July 12th beginning at 1 pm.

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

will be offered by the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries on Sunday, July 12th at 10:00 am.  This 8 hour training will cover the National Fishing in the Schools Program, “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. 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
(These courses require contacting the course instructor, JMU course registration & course credit costs; See details below.)

Instructional Strategies in Adapted Physical Education

KIN 680, section 6201, 3 credits
Dr. Tom Moran, James Madison University

This course is designed to give participants in-depth disability knowledge to increase understanding of the unique needs of students and application to the health and physical education setting.  The course will also explore the impact of individual, task, and environmental constraints present in the classroom while giving teachers the tools to manipulate the task and environment.  Participants will receive hands-on experience creating and implementing various instructional strategies that allow all students to be successful, regardless of ability or disability.

If interested email Dr. Moran at morante@jmu.edu, by June 18, 2015 to reserve your spot and receive registration instructions.  Enrollment is limited and pre-registration for the course and institute is required.  The course will begin on Sunday, July 12th at 10:00 am and meet at various times throughout the institute.  The course cost for in-state is $1302 and out-of-state is $ 3324.

Technology in Health and Physical Education

KIN 511, 3 credits
Dr. Susan Nye, James Madison University

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, 2015 to reserve your spot and to receive registration instructions.  Enrollment is limited and pre-registration for the course and institute is required.  The course will begin on Sunday, July 12th at 10:00 am and meet at various times throughout the institute.  The course cost for in-state is $1302 and out-of-state is $3324.