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Nov 2017
Dec 2017


Fort Worth Convention Center 1201 Houston Street Fort Worth , Texas 76102
Tel: (817) 392-6338
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TAHPERD 94th Annual Convention - Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance






Event Overview:

For 3 days over 2,500 attendees from across the state of Texas converge to learn, share ideas, and conduct business. Save valuable time, and money. Take your place at the Texas AHPERD Annual Convention.

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The Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (TAHPERD) is a not-for-profit professional association of individuals in the allied fields of health education, physical education, recreation, and dance.This Texas-based association is composed of over 4,500 professional and students members serving education from kindergarten through college. While most of our members are employed in public or private education, individuals representing interests in government and private agencies, business, and health care provision are increasing their voice in our membership. TAHPERD was founded in 1923 and is the only association in Texas serving education in all four of our disciplines - health, physical education, recreation, and dance.


Nov 29   

Board of Directors Meeting   

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Registration Desk Open    

3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Exhibit Hall Open     

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 

Nov 30   

Registration Desk Open     7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

K?12 Administrators Breakfast    7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 

Program Presentations      8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.   

Committee Meetings      8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  

Exhibit Hall Open      8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

Student Social  & Activities    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  

Dance Luncheon      11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  First General Session     

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   College Socials       

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Representative Assembly    6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  

Dec 1   

Registration Desk Open     7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

College Administrators Breakfast  7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 

Program Presentations      8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Committee Meetings      8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.  

Exhibit Hall Open      8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.          

Kaleidoscope Concert      11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

President’s Luncheon      11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

(By Invitation Only)  Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart    11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  

Appreciation Program  2018 Convention Kick?Off Meeting  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Second General Session     3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Awards Dinner        7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

TAHPERD Social       8:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m

Dec 2   

Registration Desk Open     7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Program Presentations      8:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  

APENS Exam        8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Third General Session      10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Keynote Speakers

Brian G. Gottardyy, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools, North East ISD

Dr. Gottardy is the Superintendent of Schools for the North East Independent School District. He received his bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University, (now Texas State University), in 1984; his master’s degree from Texas A&I, (now Texas A&M University, Kingsville), in 1989; and his Doctorate in Educational Administration from Texas A & M University in 1996.

Dr. Gottardy began his career in 1985 as a physical education teacher and coach at John H. Wood Middle School in the North East ISD. He spent three years at Wood before becoming the Head Coach of Southwest Junior High School in the Southwest ISD (SWISD). In 1989, Dr. Gottardy was promoted to Vice Principal at Southwest Junior High School. Two years later, he became the Director of Pupil Services, which included being the Principal of the Alternative School. In 1993, Dr. Gottardy became the Director of Transportation for SWISD and continued in that role until January 2000 when he became the Executive Director of Transportation for the North East ISD. In July of 2004,

Dr. Gottardy was approved by the Board of Trustees as the Associate Superintendent for Operations. This division consisted of Facility Maintenance & Improvements, School Nutrition Services, Transportation, Safety Department, Construction Management & Engineering, and the North East Police Departments. In May 2010, his division was expanded to include Employee Benefits & Risk Management and Accounting & Finance departments. On February 21, 2011, the NEISD Board of Trustees named Dr. Brian Gottardy superintendent effective May 2, 2011.

This is in response to NEISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Richard A. Middleton’s retirement announcement made on February 7. The NEISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Dr. Brian G. Gottardy, Superintendent of Schools on Monday, September 19. He thoroughly enjoys his visits to the campuses and facilities of North East, especially meeting with the faculties, students, and patrons of the North East Family.

Baker Harrell, PhD


Baker’s background and expertise in new media, social movement theory, and health marketing drive the efforts of IT’S TIME TEXAS. In less than two years, IT’S TIME TEXAS has become the preeminent community health organization in the Lone Star State. This year, IT’S TIME TEXAS will impact the health of more than 5 million Texans in over 550 communities.

Baker’s prior ventures in the public health arena have received the Best Practices Health and Fitness Award from the Texas Department of State Health Services and a Most Promising Initiative award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Prior to founding IT’S TIME TEXAS, Baker completed a master’s in Health Education with a concentration in childhood obesity.

His philosophy of empowering people to initiate pro-social change is reflected in the work of IT’S TIME TEXAS and supported by Baker’s interdisciplinary, doctoral research, which focused on the intersection of social movement studies, social marketing, and public health.

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