We provide cutting edge and up-to-date teaching practices in the physical education, coaching and health areas. In the 80’s, we had years of 700, 800 and 900 attendees from California, Washington, and a few others from various states and countries.
The purpose of the workshop is to promote interest and professional advancement opportunities for teachers, coaches, and athletic administrators; to provide opportunities for in-service education, staff development, and self-improvement; to upgrade programs of physical education, coaching and health by identification and presentations of trends and exemplary teaching techniques and programs.
How does this affect you and your community? As you are aware, health issues continue to rise in our youth. Our youth is becoming more sedentary and obese. Kids don’t play outside like they used to. We need to provide education for our youth so that they can make good choices in their efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle. This has to happen in our schools.
Unfortunately, due to the economy, lack of funds for educators to tap in to and rising costs associated with providing these speakers and housing our participants, our attendance has decreased over the past seven years. We run the workshop on the registration fees, as Cal Poly does not provide any type of financial support. Physical educators are not having an opportunity to experience this type of workshop for professional advancement—a hands on experience.
Even though we have been limited during this time, we do have a committed core of educators that continue to access our Workshop. Attendees comment that their experience is very positive in helping them to go back their schools and provide current information/trends. They get something from our Workshop that they don’t get from an online course and in their school staff development—a hands on experience with top professionals in the field.
We would like to be able to bring in more speakers and help more physical educators and coaches to be able to attend the workshop. In order to do this, we are seeking outside sources of funds to offset costs. Sponsor a speaker, donate to our silent auction, sponsor a teacher, donate to the conference, etc. Anything you could do to help us in these efforts would be very much appreciated. No amount is too small.