Superintendent’s Memo #070-16

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

March 25, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Health and Physical Activity Institute, July 10-15, 2016, James Madison University

The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance extend an invitation to all administrators and teachers to attend the Healthy Kids, Healthy Virginia 2016 Health and Physical Activity Institute.  The Institute will be held July 10-15, 2016, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and provides opportunities for sharing effective teaching and learning practices that support the implementation of the newly adopted 2015 Standards of Learning, and improve the health and educational performance of children in Virginia’s schools.

The 2016 Institute will feature several nationally acclaimed educators, National and State Teachers of the Year, and a variety of engaging workshops, and general sessions that focus on:

In addition to the high-quality keynote and concurrent sessions, there are several special events that require early arrival on Sunday, July 10, 2016.  These include Archery, Fly Fishing and Bike Smart Virginia certification for teachers; National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer teacher training; CPR/AED/basic first aid recertification and instructor trainer certification; and a leadership track to prepare presenters to conduct turnaround professional development training for successful implementation of the 2015 Standards of Learning.

James Madison University will also be offering two three-credit, graduate-level courses: Technology in Health and Physical Education and The Teacher Leader: Exploring Classroom and Leadership & Management.  Information about these courses, special events, registration, and the Call for Presenters form are available online.

If you need additional information about the 2016 Virginia Health and Physical Activity Institute, please contact Vanessa Wigand, principal specialist for health, physical, and driver education, Office of Science and Health Education, by e-mail at, or by telephone at (804) 225-3300; or Dr. Jacqueline Williams, professor, James Madison University, by e-mail at