Plenary Speaker #1: Amika Singh

More Physical activity in the school setting? Healthy for body and mind?

Amika Singh, PhD

Dr. Singh works at the Department of Public and Occupational Medicine, at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam and the Mulier Institute, a scientific sport-research institute in the Netherlands.

She is project leader of SMART MOVES!, a project in which she tries to unravel the mystery of the relationship between physical activity on cognitive and academic performance. 

In her key note she will present the state of the art on the effects of physical activity and scholastic performance and provide directions for feasible and more healthy school curricula.


Plenary Speaker #2: Mike Kuczala

The Physical Educator as a Resource for the Classroom Teacher

Mike will call-in (Zoom/Hang-out/Facetime/WhatsApp) and will unfortunately not be able to be with us in person.


The Physical Educator is often seen a resource for the classroom teacher to help implement physical activity in a meaningful way. You can be better prepared to help teachers move from the traditional self-view of “teacher” to a new paradigm of “facilitator of learning” and “designer of the learning environment." This session will provide immediately usable strategies for k-12 classrooms across all disciplines and help you gain a more focused understanding of how the brain learns and a working knowledge of a 6-part theoretical framework for thoughtfully and purposefully using movement and physical activity in order to raise student achievement. The 6-part framework includes (1) preparing the brain to learn, (2) using brain breaks, (3) supporting exercise and fitness, (4) creating class cohesion, (5) reviewing content using movement and (6)teaching content using movement.


Plenary Speaker #3: Mary Mountstephen

Research and Practice: Reaching Out to Your Students with Learning Differences and Delays Using Motor Programmes.


In this presentation, Mary Mountstephen will draw on her professional experience as a teacher, special educational needs coordinator, researcher and trainer to share an overview of the potential for physical activities to exert an impact on the wider school and social curriculum. She explains how modifying the speed and spatial contexts, for example, can have a significant impact on wider aspects of learning such as focus, concentration, posture and fine motor skills. She draws on international research with specific application to dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and developmental delay. With significant experience of working internationally in the early years and primary sectors, she has a sound understanding of the impact of Physical Education, particularly as she was Head of Learning Support for many years at a school that has produced more Olympians than any other.