The Department of Kinesiology and the Kinesiology Pedagogy Club at California State University, Fresno will hold its 10th annual Kinesiology Pedagogy Conference on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the South Gym.

This year’s theme is “Honoring the Past….Impacting the Future,” a unique effort to promote physical fitness and wellness in San Joaquin Valley schools. The conference will engage experienced, new and future educators and school administrators in learning ways about how they can help to increase levels of self-improvement among students, improve scholastic excellence through physical education and utilize physical education as a way to create an environment of civic responsibility.

The event also offers an opportunity for participants to learn creative and cost-effective ways of implementing physical activities for school-age children and adolescents.

The conference will begin with opening remarks from Senator Dean Florez. Last spring, Florez proposed a bill, which would make it mandatory for California high school students to take four years of physical education classes in order to graduate.

Mike DeCarli, a teacher from Manchester GATE, will be honored for his outstanding achievements in physical education. The conference will be hold a Shoe Drive to collect new and gently-used athletic shoes that will be donated to local K-12 schools for students who don’t own proper shoes for physical education. The Department of Kinesiology and Kinesiology Pedagogy Club will also be accepting donations on behalf of the Fresno-Madera American Red Cross for the Southern California Wildfire Fund.

Registration and payment will be accepted on the day of the event. The cost to attend the conference is $15 for students and $30 for professionals. For more information, contact Justine McAlpine at: 559.278.8903.

The Department of Kinesiology, part of the College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State, takes a broad and comprehensive approach to the study of movement, and the positive influences of movement and physical activity on human life.

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