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Course Date(s):

October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020
November 10, 17, 24, 2020
December 1, 2020
4:00 - 7:00PM

Registration Deadline:

October 1, 2020


Online Facilitated




24 PDPs

Grad Credit:

2 optional graduate credits for an additional $250 from Worcester State University at the time of registration


$360 TEC Members / $410 Non-TEC Members


Online | Facilitated


K-12 Physical Educators

Physical Education is Important …. Here’s Why!

As physical educators, we have long been faced with the challenge of confronting the myths and assumptions about what our discipline entails. Held by the general public, these assumptions and questions are even more likely to be raised as we enter a new school year of uncertainty and fiscal constraints. This course will help you advocate for your Physical Education, Health and Wellness program in a myriad of ways.  Practical ideas will be provided to advance the quality of your physical education program and to help you inform your larger school community of the value of your program. We must help people in our communities understand that a thriving physical education program is essential to students’ wellness and to a well-balanced school curriculum, especially in the climate of today.

About the Instructor

Maria Melchionda has been in education for 37 years. She has a Master’s in Educational Leadership (K-6) and has a B.S.licensed in K-9 physical education from Bridgewater State University. Her experiences include teaching in the public schools as an elementary and adapted physical educator for 20 years; Past President of the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education,Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD); has made numerous presentations in various arenas on the national, regional, and state levels; recipient of the 2017 Tilia J. Fantasia Service Award from SHAPE America Eastern District; 2014 Outstanding Professional in Physical Education Award from SHAPE America Eastern District; 2004 MAHPERD Elementary Teacher of the Year; Maria is presently the Executive Director of MAHPERD.

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