Welcome Back, Northern District Members!
I hope everyone had a chance to recharge this summer. I enjoyed a lot of time fishing and traveling. I got a chance to present at several conferences including: Iowa AHPERD, the P.A.W.S Institute in Kentucky, and the PE Institute in North Carolina. It was great connecting with other passionate educators. I also went to Oklahoma for my daughter’s graduation from Army basic training at Fort Sill. Summer flew by (as it always does) and now it’s time to get back to business!
GET INVOLVED We are still looking for members to get involved in Northern District as part of our Leadership Team. All you need is an interest in serving. Please email us at email@example.com if you’d be interested or would like more information. Speaking of getting involved, our next ND meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 17th, from 5-6:30 pm at Schmidt’s Towne Tap in Elburn. All Northern District members are welcome to attend.
2018 FALL PD ROAD SHOW I am excited to announce we are launching a series of mini-workshops throughout the Northern District boundaries that we are calling “PD Road Shows” - as we’ll be traveling around bringing high quality Professional Development to a location near you. Our first one is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th from 8-noon at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb for $10.
Get all the details here: https://ndiahperd.weebly.com/workshops.html
NOV. 15-16 IAHPERD CONVENTION Don’t miss out on our State Conference this year at Pheasant Run in St. Charles! Take advantage of the early bird pricing (there was an IAHPERD email blast with info recently). There are over 200 sessions to choose from and dozens of vendors to visit. You’ll definitely come away with tons of ideas to implement in your program. We also scheduled an ice cream social for Northern District members from 4-5pm on Thursday, the 15th - so stop on in and meet our leadership team and build your own sundae!
THANK YOU Finally, I want to thank our friend, Jean Williams and her husband, Don for opening up their lake house to host our Northern District summer meeting on August 7th. Jean retired this past year from teaching in D303 and was our ND treasurer for many years. We had a very productive meeting, good food, had some new ND teachers join us and Don even took us out on the pontoon boat for a ride and fishing afterwards! Definitely a fun day and beautiful location. Thanks again, Jean & Don!
We are almost there! Summer is just around the corner and I trust this year has been a productive one for you and your students. I hope everyone gets a chance to recharge and relax this summer. I am looking forward to attending/presenting at a few conferences in Iowa, Kentucky, and North Carolina and connecting with other PE professionals. I’m also planning to be out on the water doing a lot of fishing! Before we kick off our break, here are a few things pertaining to Northern District...
We are currently looking for members to get involved in Northern District as part of our Leadership Team. All you need is an interest in serving. We have a fun bunch of people to work with and we get together typically once every month or two (summers off) to plan our major events such as our Social Event at the IAHPERD Conference in November, coordinating the Spring Workshop at Judson University in February, and reviewing grant proposals in April. We work together and share the workload so you’re never overburdened with a huge time commitment. Right now, we are looking for a President-Elect. If you’re interested in this position or just want to get involved in other ways, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I also want to announce the winners of our Northern District grant... Rebecca Meyer, from Sleepy Hollow Elementary, was awarded $550 for her proposal on “Incorporating Breakout EDU in PE.” We also had Staci Hale, from Kingston Elementary School, win $592.96 for equipment to get “More Minutes of Movement in PE.” Congratulations to both Rebecca & Staci for their dedication to their students and the great work they do with kids every day. Can’t wait to hear how these funds benefitted your program! To see a full list of past winners, visit our website: https://ndiahperd.weebly.com/grants.html
Finally, we want to thank our friend, Jean Williams (Wasco Elementary in St. Charles) for her many years of volunteer service to Northern District as Treasurer. We wish you all the best and hope you enjoy your retirement! We will miss you!
Thanks to all the college students and professionals who were able to make it out to our Spring Workshop at Judson University in Elgin on February 17th. There was a lot of great content shared by some wonderful presenters and you can find links to the presentation materials on our website HERE. I also want to thank Palos Sports for donating to our raffle prizes and to the ND leadership team who all contributed to our workshop’s success.
Feedback from these types of events is really valuable. It allows us to make changes where necessary and adjust the programming to meet your needs. Telling us what you enjoyed, what you’d like to see more of, things you think we can do better, or any other information you feel would make our Spring Workshop more meaningful to you, please share that with us! If you were able to attend, CLICK HERE to share your thoughts/experience with us.
I also want to bring your attention to our Northern District grants that we award each year to various members within our District. If you can use some funding to enhance your program, be sure to fill out an application HERE and submit it by April 1st! Winners will be announced in late April and funds dispersed shortly after that. There are also a variety of other grant opportunities available on our site as well. Check out our GRANTS page for more information.
Finally, we want to bring more professional development opportunities to YOU! We realize not everyone can attend the Spring Workshop at Judson, so we want to take our show on the road. Here’s what we’re thinking…get 3 CEU hours for a workshop on a Saturday in late April/early May at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. You interested??? If so, let us know by clicking HERE.
Next meeting is Monday, April 9th, from 5-6:30pm at Schmidt’s Towne Tap in Elburn
ALL Northern District Members Welcome!
Hello and Happy New Year! My name is Mike Graham and I am the newly elected President of the Northern District of IAHPERD. I’m writing to you today to introduce myself and let you know about some of the great things we have planned for the upcoming year!
I currently teach #PhysEd in Geneva at Williamsburg Elementary School. I also serve on the IAHPERD social media committee and just completed my “president-elect” term for Northern District. I am a member of the Advisory Board for Gopher Sports and write monthly blog posts and host occasional webinars. I enjoy speaking and presenting at workshops/conferences and I look forward to making an impact on our profession in the upcoming year.
As president, I want to find out how we (as the ND Leadership Team) can best serve the 800+ members who teach within the Northern District boundaries. What can WE do to help each of you reach your professional goals this year? Professional development opportunities? Access to resources? Grant money? We exist to serve YOU and part of my role as president is to help guide our efforts in such a way that they meet your needs...period.
That being said, I’d like to point you toward our newly updated website: www.ndiahperd.weebly.com where you can find out more about the Northern District and our vision to provide quality professional development experiences along with grant opportunities to support your teaching. Be sure to check out our Spring Workshop at Judson University on February 17th - $15 if you pre-register by January 24! We have a great lineup of presenters sharing both activity and technology sessions which you won’t want to miss!
PD ROADSHOW - Finally, we want to bring more professional development opportunities to YOU! We realize not everyone can attend the spring workshop at Judson, so we’d like to get your feedback on other locations within our Northern District boundaries that we could take our “show on the road”. Take two minutes to fill out this quick 4-question Google form and you can help shape the direction we take as we continue to look for ways to best serve our members!
I hope your 2018 gets off to a great start and I look forward to serving as your president this year.
ND IAHPERD President