Physical Education Teacher Education

Physical Education Summer Institute



Frequently Asked Questions

PESI 2013 Participants at a workshop. Photo taken by Mildred Perkins.



How do I get to the conference location?
How do I contact the school where the conference is held?
What is the approximate schedule for the conference?
What about food and lodging?
What is appropriate attire for the conference?
Are there any additional expenses?
Which college credit option is right for me?
How do I register for college credit?
How and when do I pay for my college credit?

How do I get to the conference location?Close-up of Mapquest map showing PESI conference location.

The Physical Education Summer Institute is held at North Wayne Elementary School (NWES) in Indianapolis on the west side, northwest of I-74 and I-465. From I-465 take the West 38th street exit which is one exit north of the I-74 and I-465 interchange. 

To get GoogleMap directions, click here.

From the West 38th street exit, head east, inside the I-465 loop. The first stop light is High School Road. Turn south at this light. The next light is 34th street and you'll turn west, back toward I-465, which you will cross on a bridge. NWES is just ahead on the right.


How do I contact the school where the conference is held?

No communication should be made with North Wayne Elementary, our host school. They are kind enough to let us use their space, but they are not responsible for any of the conference Photo NWES - location of PESI conference.planning or conduct. That also means that they will not take phone messages for conference proceedings, nor can you use their phones to call out. Direct all inquiries to Donetta Cothran at 812-855-6430 e-mail at dcothran@indiana.edu


What is the approximate schedule for the conference?

Tuesday

  • 8:00 am - Late and pre-registration check-in begins
  • 8:30 am - First session starts - promptly!
  • 5:30 pm - Sessions end for the day

Wednesday

  • 8:30 am - Conference day begins - There will be an hour break for lunch.
  • 5:30 pm - Conference day ends

Thursday

  • 8:30 am - Conference day begins - There will be an hour break for lunch. Lunch is on-site.
  • 4:00 pm - Conference day ends
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What about food and lodging?

There are three motels (Ramada Limited, Baymont Inn and Americas Best Value Inn) located within 1 mile of the school at the West 38th street exit. Your specific lodging needs are probably best filled through the Indianapolis Housing Bureau at 1-800-926-8276.

There are a number of fast food and nice restaurants in the immediate area and you are responsible for your own lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday. Your conference registration includes a box lunch on Thursday. In addition, a morning and afternoon snack is provided each day.

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What is appropriate attire for the conference?

The conference sessions are a mix of activity levels that range from sitting in chairs to being very active in games. Some participants wear shorts and t-shirts although some people find that when they're sitting still in some sessions it can be a bit cool so pack a sweatshirt. Other people wear jeans, sweat suits, or casual wear that allows them to move and participate fully in all sessions. Safe, comfortable footwear is a must!

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Are there any additional expenses?

After the registration fee and tuition (if you take PESI for college credit), you are responsible for your own lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday and lodging, if needed, in Indianapolis. No other expenses are associated with the conference. You might, however, want to bring extra money or your checkbook as presenters often sell their demonstration equipment at discounted prices.

Photo of PESI participant PESI Vendors - U.S. Games. Photo taken by Mildred Perkins.

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Which college credit option is right for me?

Note: PESI does NOT collect the college credit tuition. The IU Bursar will charge you once you have registered for class. Registration for college credit is a separate process from registering for the workshops.  A registration form will be sent to your address once you have registered for the conference.

There are academic work expectations both at the conference and after you leave if you attend PESI for college credit. There are many variations in career goals and school district requirements so read the following paragraphs carefully so that you make the right credit choice for you.

If Your Goal Is:

  • Renew your teaching license:  If you are choosing the Professional Growth Points option then you should work with your local school district to ensure you receive credit for enrollment.  If you have chosen the traditional academic credit hour option then you may work with the Indiana University Office of Licensure to complete the paperwork.  Please contact those specialists at: (812) 856-8500 or email license@indiana.edu.  License renewal is a separate process from workshop registration. You may also complete your paperwork through another university where you have taken college credit.
  • Renew your license AND qualify for a pay advance in your school district: The achievement of this goal varies with the school district. Many schools will accept undergraduate pass/fail credit, while some require graduate credit. You should check with your individual school district for clarification on which type of credit your district requires for salary increases. If they require graduate credit, be sure to ask if pass/fail is acceptable as that is a less demanding option than traditional grading.
  • Receive graduate credit to apply toward a graduate degree: Prior to registering for traditional graduate credit, please check with your degree institution to make sure that they will accept the transfer hours and that those hours will count toward your degree completion. You will also need to speak individually with Dr. Cothran before the conference (dcothran@indiana.edu 812-855-6430), to discuss this graduate option to ensure you understand the course expectations and have access to the resources needed to complete this academic option.
  • Academic requirements for graduate credit with traditional grading are negotiated individually with the instructor. In general, we approach this as an independent study. The 3 days of the conference are our "lab" time where we will be together and your attendance will be required. You will complete a conference journal based on the sessions. You will then complete the independent study portion of the class on your own time. Two projects are required to be completed by mid-August. First, you must pick one of the topics from the conference and prepare a research investigation of the topic. Second, you have the choice of another research project or may choose an applied focus. For example, perhaps you're most excited about the fitness sessions at this year's conference. Your first project you decide will be a research paper on the status of children's fitness in the USA or the use and development of standard fitness assessments or some other topic. You negotiate and decide the exact topic and details of the project with the instructor. For the second project you could choose to complete another research project on another topic. Alternately you could choose to develop an applied project. You could create a fitness workout book for use in your classes, a web page for your students to learn about fitness, a new class curriculum or some other topic. Again, the specific details are negotiated with the instructor. Access to university library resources is necessary for successful completion. 
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How do I register for college credit?

After you register for PESI on the registration page a paper copy of the IU registration form and self-addressed return envelope will be included in a registration packet that will be mailed to you. Please fill out and return the forms to IU before the conference. If you are registering late, please bring the completed forms with you on the morning of the first day of the conference. Arrive early with your completed forms as you don't want to miss part of the first session because you're standing in line and filling out forms.


How and when do I pay for my college credit?

You do not pay us for tuition. We will turn in your registration forms to the Registrar’s Office and then the IU Bursar's office will send out bills to your home address in July. Make sure you double check that you were not billed for any student fees as those should not appear on your bill.