Beginning the Discussion: An Overview of the 2019 Elementary Health and Physical Education Curriculum

This webinar is intended for elementary educators and will include a discussion on the differences between the 2015 and 2019 Health and Physical Education curriculum. Together, in partnership with School Mental Health Ontario, this webinar will unpack the changes to the strands and components; discuss the vision and intent and share available and soon-to-be released teaching supports. Social-emotional learning skills and mental health literacy in the context of H&PE will be introduced as a lead up to the next webinar in this series of webinars.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the 2019 Health and Physical Education Curriculum for grades 1-8
  • Determine next steps and further sources of credible information on the Health and Physical Education Curriculum
  • Provide feedback on additional areas of support needed


Gail Lalonde is a registered Social Worker who completed both her BSW and MSW at King’s University College, Western University. Gail has worked in education for the last 18 years in a variety of roles including as a front line School Social Worker, Mental Health Leader and Supervisor of Professional Support Services with responsibility for social work, psychology, and speech and language services. In her current role, Gail is the Director of Learning and Training for School Mental Health Ontario. In addition to her work at SMH-ON, Gail is a Clinical Supervisor at the Child & Youth Development Clinic, at the Faculty of Education at Western University.

Tanya Woods is an Instructional Program Leader for K-8 Health & Physical Education with the Halton District School Board. She completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology at McMaster University and her Bachelor of Education at Queen's University. Tanya has worked for the Halton District School Board as an Elementary Physical & Health Educator for 16 years and an Instructional Program Leader for the last 5 years. In her current role, she is responsible for all professional development related to the Elementary Health & Physical Education curriculum, elementary athletics, safety, well being and outdoor experiential education.

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Note: The original webinar date was October 10, 2019.

recap blog post is available for this webinar.