Physical Education Assessment Symposium Helps Area Teachers


On January 25, 2013 the Physical Education Teacher Education faculty, comprised of Drs. Becky Pissanos, Adrian Turner, Geoff Meek and Pam Bechtel hosted a Physical Education Assessment Symposium in the Eppler Complex. The symposium provided physical educators, from throughout Ohio, a professional development opportunity to share their experiences with the implementation process of the Ohio Assessment Tool for the Ohio Physical Education Content Standards.

Seventy teachers attended the symposium to discuss and learn how other teachers were implementing the Ohio Assessment Tool. These teachers shared their experiences with the assessment tool in roundtable discussions throughout the morning. Three breakout sessions were provided for the participants at the end of the morning. The presenters and their topics were Drs. Brian Campbell and Adam Fullenkamp, “Biomechanical Assignments for Standard #2;” “Dr. Becky Pissanos, New Technology Assessment Tool- Coach’s Eye” and Ms. Margaret Bernard, “Physical Education Networking.” Ms. Bernard is a physical education teacher from Perrysburg Junior High School. She represented the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, as she is the current chair of the physical education division. Dr. Geoff Meek proposed a future project to involve area physical educators titled, “The I-75 Corridor Project” for potential use as a PEP Grant opportunity.

Feedback from the participants proved that the Physical Education Assessment Symposium was valuable as one participant shared, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to plan this day! I loved the opportunity to talk with fellow teachers and see what they are doing. I got some great information – I would have enjoyed staying longer.” The physical education teacher education faculty hope to provide more professional development opportunities like this in the future.