Amy Lauren Smith

Health Teacher

Amy teaches Middle School Health at the Hong Kong International School and has a passion for curriculum that is current, relevant, adaptable, and shared. She has presented at conferences in Asia as well as SXSWedu and the SHAPE America National Conventions, and serves as the Education Editor for Choices, Scholastic’s health magazine for teens. You can find her online at thehealthteacher.com and on twitter: @teaching_health.

Preconference: The PE Teacher’s Guide to Teaching Health

In this full day pre-con, participants will be guided through the process of creating a comprehensive, skills-based Health & Wellness curriculum that can be applicable for grades K-12 and adapted to align with any set of standards or curricular framework. Participants will leave with ready to use resources, projects and unit plans, as well as proactive solutions

Current Health Issues for International Teens - 1.5 hrs

One of the benefits of a skills-based model is that it gives teachers freedom to adapt content to best suit the unique needs of their student population. This is especially important in an international setting where cultures, values, and laws can vary drastically between countries and schools. In this follow-up to last year’s session, participants will be given tools to add current health concerns- vaping, screen time, body image and social media, etc.- to existing curriculum while maintaining a focus on skills.

Addressing the Teen Sleep Epidemic Head-On - 1hr

There’s no question, today’s teens are sleep deprived. This current epidemic is leading to increased rates of anxiety and depression, and has a direct impact on academic and athletic performance. In this session, we’ll take a look at the latest research on teens and sleep, and discuss systemic as well as curricular solutions to help address the issue in your school community.

How to Integrate Stress-Management and Mental Health Into Your Health Classes Right Now - 1 hr

Today’s teens are anxious and stressed. The pressure to keep up- both in school and online- has led to a mounting mental health crisis in universities worldwide. A focus on ‘positive prevention’ and healthy coping skills- rather than high-risk behaviors- can equip students with the tools they need to thrive. In this session, we’ll be discussing strategies and resources for teaching stress management that work.