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    August 6-7, 2013 The Hill School, Pottstown, PA

    Formerly the Boyertown Area School District’s Annual Health & Physical Education Conference

    Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds 2013 Institute

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    What is the Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Institute?

    This two-day training is designed to nurture interdisciplinary teams of educators, administrators, and researchers in developing an action plan focused on the connection between exercise and student achievement. This event is an expansion of the Annual Boyertown Area School District Summer Health & PE Conference.

    Leading neuro-scientists, psychologists, and educators will present lectures to assist school teams in developing their own action plans for each school. Breakout sessions will address specific physical activity components, techniques for integrating movement into the classroom, nutrition topics, community partnerships for schools, staff wellness, and best practice models from around the nation.

    What should I expect?

    You can expect two days of collaboration with your peers working on a common goal. Teams should come ready to listen to other’s experiences, and ready to share their own experiences and ideas. Please dress in comfortable attire suited for physical activity and summer weather.

    Who should attend?

    Interdisciplinary school teams and individuals interested in transforming their school into a movement-centered building should attend. Teams may include classroom teachers, nurses, health and physical education teachers, administrators, school counselors, and any other motivated individuals, regardless of their official role.

    Institute objectives: • To review current research in exercise, learning, and curriculum planning

    • To develop a multidisciplinary school-based team that will implement exercise and learning initiatives in their schools

    • To provide a forum for discussion and collaboration among like-minded educators

    • To assist in the development of an action plan for each school building

    Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds 2013 Institute

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    Tuesday, August 6

    7:15 a.m. Registration (Cafeteria)

    8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast plenary: “The Science Behind the Brain Body Connection” Chris Gilbert, Lindsay Shaw Thornton and Alex Thornton

    9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Breakout Session A

    10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session B

    12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch plenary: “Classroom Movement: Teacher to Teacher” Panel includes Lindsay Shaw Thornton (moderator), Dave Spurlock, Noel Vigue, Scott Miller

    1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Breakout Session C

    3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session D

    4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Networking Hour in Cafeteria Courtyard

    5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dinner reception: “How Does Moving Make Us Smarter? “ Lindsay Shaw Thornton, Paul Zientarski, & Steph Petri

    Wednesday, August 7

    7:00 a.m. Group Exercise

    8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast Action Planning Session

    9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Breakout Session E – Team Building Focus

    11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Breakout Session F – Implementation and Evaluation Focus

    12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch Wrap-Up and Planning

    This institute is sponsored by the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation.

    The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation is a community non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the health and wellness of area residents by providing education, funding, and programs that motivate people to adopt healthy lifestyles.

    The Foundation awards grants to area non-profit organizations that use their resources and services to develop and enhance programs that support our purpose of promoting health and wellness. Grant awards are based on four key priority areas, which include improvement in healthy behaviors through schools. Over the past nine years, more than $4.3 million has been awarded to the public and private schools within the Foundation’s service area.

    In short, the Foundation’s role is to help area residents improve their health and well-being every day. By doing so, we are creating a more dynamic and more vibrant community in which to live now… and into the future.


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    Tuesday, August 6

    7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.: Registration

    8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.: Breakfast plenary (Cafeteria)

    The Science Behind the Brain Body Connection

    Lindsay Shaw Thornton Ed.D., Alex Thornton Ed.D., and Chris Gilbert, Ph.D. will present the neuroscience of learning, regulating emotions and performance, emphasizing the relationship between exercise and the brain at the structural, neurochemical and electrical processing levels.

    Drs. Thornton, along with Dr. John Ratey and Dr. Gilbert, have worked with groups across North America and Europe seeking cultural and organizational change by utilizing neuroscience findings to optimize brain performance. From schools to corporations to police organizations, this group of applied researchers provides education, implements studies, and creates actionable plans based on findings.

    Their entertaining lecture will appeal to the novice and advanced. Brain science is presented in an easy to follow format, using lecture, PowerPoint, video, and exercise break (dress for movement!) within a town hall format. You will gain a grounding in the science to set the stage for the rest of our “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds” summer institute. You’ll gain a better understanding of research findings from disciplines ranging from sleep and exercise science to positive psychology, and be able to apply these findings to your daily life.

    Dr. Lindsay Shaw Thornton has her doctorate in Counseling and Sport Psychology. Previously, she taught first grade and researched Positive Psychology. Her doctorate and post-doctorate research focused on better understanding psychophysiology (the relationship between psychology and brain/body responses) and optimal performance. She has published several papers and chapters in this domain. She is interested in identifying and teaching “expert” strategies to those with less expertise in order to accelerate development and performance. Lindsay has worked with elite sports teams, military, corporate, and educational organizations.

    Dr. Alex Thornton, a teacher for seven years, has his doctorate in Educational Leadership. His post-doctoral work has been with Dr. John Ratey, focusing on using exercise to change school cultures and optimize student learning. He also collaborates closely with other leading thinkers to bring findings from sleep, nutrition, play, and Neuro/Biofeedback research to educational and organizational settings. Alex’s goal is to merge neuroscience with education.

    Chris Gilbert is a partner at RTSG Neuroscience and evaluates the effectiveness of exercise programs for this company. He has designed studies on the use of the Kinect in schools for Microsoft, on evaluating the effectiveness of police wellness programs, on the use of exercise as a clinical treatment, and on exercise as an educational tool in schools such as Eagle Hill and Landmark East, and in studies with Specialized Bikes and Cycle Kids, among others. He studied computational neuropsychology at McMaster University, and completed his PhD thesis on learning and the brain (simulating executive functions and memory through computer models of the brain).

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    Tuesday, August 6

    9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Breakout Session A

    Basic Bicycle Safety and Maintenance

    Tim Fenchel and John DiRenzo

    This session will give a brief overview and summary on basic bicycle maintenance and safety, as well as information on local and regional bike trail etiquette.

    Advanced Strength and Conditioning

    Mike Spinka

    In this workshop, you will learn how to plan and implement a strength and conditioning program for 11th – 12th grade students and athletes using Microsoft Excel software. You will also learn how to utilize MOODLE for online assessments and assignments. We will also discuss the importance of nutrition and body composition testing in the strength and conditioning class. You will be given the opportunity to perform a hands-on Functional Movement Screening (FMS).

    Teaching Dance Using Sign Language

    Whitney Sharp

    This session will give you strategies for teaching dance skills by using sign language. It is a great session for those who work with various disabilities or just want to learn sign language!

    An Introduction to the Presidential Youth Fitness Program

    Dr. Laura Borsdorf

    Learn all facets of the new Presidential Youth Fitness Program and how to implement it in efficient and effective ways for kindergarten through grade 12.

    Do It Healthy: K-12 and Year-round

    Mark Birdsall

    A colorful look at a year-round calendar of healthy experiential education activities available to youth from kindergarten through 12th grades in the Pottstown and Phoenixville areas.

    Learning Readiness Physical Education

    Paul Zientarski & Scott Miller

    Want to make a difference in the life of your students, earn the respect of your colleagues and help your school experience academic growth?

    Compelling research has shown that exercise builds new brain cells. Fit students have been found to be more academically alert following bouts in intense cardiovascular workouts. Using this research, Na


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