Superintendent’s Memo #079-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

March 30, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Virginia Health and Physical Activity Institute, July 15-18, 2012, 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 2012 Health and Physical Activity Institute.  The Institute is scheduled for July 15-18, 2012, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and the theme this year is “Healthy Kids, Healthy 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 2012 Institute will feature several nationally acclaimed educators and breakout sessions that focus on ways teachers can help tackle the issues of overweight and obese students in schools.  Sessions will include healthy school environments; bullying prevention programs; nutrition; technology; fitness; athletic training; coaches education; dance; adapted physical education; standards-based assessment; curriculum leadership; school employee wellness; differentiated instruction; and other sessions that build teachers’ capacity and instructional expertise in promoting effective teaching and learning for the Standards of Learning for Health Education, Physical Education, and Driver Education.

In addition to the highlighted keynote and concurrent sessions, there are several special events ( that require early arrivals on Saturday, July 14 or Sunday, July 15, 2012.  These include an Archery in Schools and Bike Smart Virginia certification course for teachers; a driver education workshop for teachers and supervisors; and a leadership track for health and physical education program supervisors and staff wellness coordinators.

Old Dominion University will also be offering a three-credit health and physical education graduate course (HMS 695).  James Madison University will be offering a three-credit Technology in Health and Physical Education course (KIN 511); a three-credit Assessment and Instructional Strategies in Adapted Physical Education course (KIN 680); and a three-credit Physiological Importance of Physical Education course (KIN 680).

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

If you need additional information about the 2012 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.