Awards

Deadline for submission of nominations is February 1st

Send nominations to: WHPE office, 145 Mitchell Hall, 1725 State Street, La Crosse, WI 54601.

Select an item from the following list for additional information on the award.

Advocacy Award

The Advocacy Award is given in recognition of significant contributions made to the advancement of the profession through the fields of health, physical education, or related fields. Such contributions may be in the form of legislative support, professional service, or specific participation in local, state, district, or national program development. The recipient may be an individual, or group or an organization, and need not be a member of WHPE.

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Dance Teacher of the Year

This award is given to a dance teacher who has major responsibility for teaching dance. The applicant must be a teacher who:

  • Teaches creatively and utilizes various methodologies
  • Presents a balanced and sequential curriculum based on the developmental, social and psychological needs of the students
  • Emphasizes the significance of dance as an integral cultural component that enables students to understand their own cultural heritage as well as that of others
  • Promotes an understanding of dance as a creative art through the discussion of aesthetics of students' own works and/or the works of others
  • Encourages an appreciation of dance as a performing art through viewing live and/or recorded works by community and professional dance companies
  • Provides opportunities for students to share their creative work with appropriate audiences
  • Serves as a positive role model for students both in dance technique and life skills
  • Shows professional commitment through membership and active participation in local, state, regional, and/or national dance organizations

SHAPE America membership is required if the State winner wishes to have his/her application advanced to the Midwest District selection process (only elementary, Middle School, and High School winners will advance to Midwest District). Three letters of reference are required and answers to specific questions must accompany the application.

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Health Educator Teacher of the Year

This award is given in recognition to an individual who has major responsibility for health education in public or private school, grades K – 12; an institution of higher education; a community health program; gov’t. health agency; or worksite wellness/health program. WHPE membership is required with at least five years of membership and five years of teaching experience in the field of Health Education. Additional criteria include: significant contributions to the profession in the areas of teaching, research, creative activities, and service. SHAPE membership is required if the State winner wishes to have his/her application advanced to the Midwest District selection process. Three letters of reference are required, as are answers to specific questions to accompany nomination.

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Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart Recognition Award

This award was created to honor Bill Budris for his outstanding accomplishments in JRFH. The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals who have demonstrated exemplary involvement and support for JRFH/ HOOPS. Individuals must be current members with a history of demonstrated professional involvement with WHPE/ Jump Rope for Heart and/or Hoops for Heart (minimum of 5 yrs. membership and 5 yrs. with Jump/Hoops), recognition by peers for excellence in teaching and who have unselfishly devoted extra time, energy, and interest to the health of children and families.

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Lifetime Award

This award is granted as an award for outstanding service to the profession and WHPE.  One so honored must be retired and should have held membership in the Association for a minimum of 20 years.  Association Past Presidents, who for whatever reason (coming from another state, career change/ late entry into teaching or other related profession, etc.) will be eligible for this award immediately upon retirement and their candidacy will be at the determination of the Awards’ C. and the EC.  Outstanding service is interpreted as offices held, committee work, a long history of attendance at  meetings/conventions, development of innovative programs, excellence in teaching, research, publications, participation in State, District and /or National initiatives, and representation of WHPE in District and National projects.

The recipient has all rights, privileges and services belonging to members, and will be admitted to the annual Convention at no fee.  Members cannot receive both Retirement Recognition and the Lifetime Award (Lifetime shall be considered the higher of the two and should be thusly bestowed).

WHPE Longevity Membership Recognition

WHPE recognizes members who have had 20 years of continuous membership as determined by WHPE Office records. These individuals will be recognized at the annual awards ceremony with gifts that represent WHPE.

Past President Award

This award is given to the outgoing Past President of WHPE in recognition of completing his/her term of leadership as President-elect, President, and Past President. It recognizes continuous leadership and service at the highest office of the Association as demonstrated by growth within the profession. The WHPE President recommends the individual to the Ex. C. and no documentation is necessary nor action taken by Awards Committee. This award will be presented during the general assembly.

Promising Professional Award

This award is given to a WHPE member who has been a practicing professional eight (8) years or less (PK-12 teaching or related fields/ including any teaching during graduate school experiences, or other professionally related work experiences post baccalaureate).  The individual must show: A. active involvement in WHPE, B. leadership related to the goals of the Assn., C. service related to WHPE Mission; D. personal achievements to date.  The application must be accompanied by one (1) collegial letter of support that addresses the above criteria.

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Honor Award

This award is given as a commendation for continuous and extended service to the Association and those professions aligned with it. The recipient must have held a minimum of 10 years of membership in WHPE. Service is interpreted as organizational activities, publications, research, excellence in teaching, innovative practices, and /or administrative and advocacy activities that enhance the image and reputation of WHPE among the public.

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Retirement Recognition

Recognition will be given to WHPE member retirees at the time of their retirement. It commemorates long and faithful service to both WHPE and to the institutions at which they have taught. It is suggested that individuals have a minimum of 20 years teaching and membership to be eligible for this recognition. Membership need not have been continuous but it should be long standing with evidence of service. Individual members should notify the WHPE Office when they retire. Retirees will be recognized at the WHPE General Assembly.

Outstanding Service Award

This award is to be determined solely by the WHPE President in recognition for service and assistance rendered to them during their term as President. It is recommended that the President limits the number of service awards to 6 during their presidency. Additional service awards must be approved by the Executive Committee.

Future Professional Leadership Award

This award is given to recognize the outstanding leadership by a Future Professional who has been actively involved with WHPE for 2 years (presenter, worker, and officer). Unless otherwise specified by the WHPE President in consultation with the Future Professional Advisor, it is given to the retiring VP of the Future Professional Division.This award will be presented during the general assembly.

Physical Education Teacher of the Year

This award recognizes outstanding teaching in physical education in WI. Recipients must conduct a quality physical education program as reflected by standards using various teaching methodologies, serve as a positive role model for the profession, participate in professional development opportunities, and provide professional leadership through presentations, leadership, and writing. The recipient must have a minimum of 5 years as a WHPE member and 5 years teaching experience. The candidate must teach full-time and have a minimum 60% contact time devoted toward the teaching of Physical Education. SHAPE membership is required if the State winner wishes to have his/her application advanced to the Midwest District selection process (only E, MS ; HS winners advance to MW). Three letters of reference are required and answers to specific questions must accompany the application.

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Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year

This award recognizes those who exhibit excellence in teaching Adapted Physical Education (APE). It recognizes outstanding physical educators who teach APE to individuals with disabilities in programs for ages birth to adult. Recipients must demonstrate conducting a quality program as reflected in student individualized education plans (IEP’s) and based upon accepted APE standards, utilize various teaching methodologies, serve as a positive role model, participate in professional development and provide service to individuals with disabilities through advocacy, consultation, inservice training presentations and / or active membership in related professional organizations. The recipient must have a minimum of 5 years as a WHPE member and 5 years teaching experience. These individuals must teach full-time and have at least 50% responsibility contact devoted toward teaching APE. SHAPE America membership is required if the State winner wishes to have his/her application advanced to the Midwest District selection process (only elementary, Middle School, and High School winners will advance to Midwest District). Three letters of reference are required and answers to specific questions must accompany the application.

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Certificate of Appreciation

This award is presented to the outgoing executive committee, board of directors, committee and liaison members by the WHPE President recognition of service throughout the year. Likewise, BOD and Ex. C. members should receive a Board Pin at the President’s determination.

Health and/or Physical Education Coordinator of the Year

This award is given an individual who demonstrate leadership in health or physical education at the national, regional, and/or state level. This individual will have:

  • Demonstrated service to the profession through publications, presentations, workshops, in-services, etc.
  • Demonstrate advocacy for quality education.
  • Demonstrate significant contributions to curriculum development, technology, innovation, staff development, program improvement, or resource development in physical education.

See the scoring rubric