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Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma
scanadaphillips@uco.edu (405) 974-5236 Kinesiology & Health Studies WAH 10 , Box 189

About

Stephanie Canada-Phillips, Ph.D., currently is an assistant professor at the University of Central Oklahoma in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies and serves as the Physical Education Teacher Education Program coordinator. From 2003-08, she taught physical education at Will Rogers Elementary School in Shawnee, Oklahoma. While teaching elementary physical education, she earned her National Board Teacher Certification in Physical Education Early to Middle Childhood. During this time, she was named Will Rogers Elementary Teacher of the Year and Shawnee Public School District Teacher of the Year. From there she went on to be named the 2008 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year and served as Oklahoma’s Ambassador to Teaching. In 2009, Canada-Phillips became a Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC, where she worked with educators from across the country on policy and support concerning teacher leadership. Upon returning to Oklahoma, Canada-Phillips began working in higher education while completing her Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum.  

Canada-Phillips is actively engaged as a professional member at the state, regional, and national levels of SHAPE America. She is a Past Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAHPERD) President (2014), and continues to serve the OAHPERD Board and Council as the Communications Director. Canada-Phillips currently serves as the Oklahoma National and State Teachers of the Year Chapter President. She has served as a SHAPE America Southern District, Leadership Council as a Member at Large, and Professional Development coordinator. She also worked as a SHAPE America Physical Activity Leader Trainer and has served on various state regional and national committees to promote and support quality physical education and physical activity. Most notably, she has served as a committee member in the development of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Physical Education (Second Edition, 2014). Canada-Phillips worked as the program manager for the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Physical Education Committee and the subsequent curriculum framework development committee. Recently she worked with the Center for Curriculum Redesign participating in their Context in Competencies Study for the 21st Century Learner.

Education and Certifications

Higher Education

Ph.D.     Instructional Leadership in Academic Curriculum, Generalist in Instructional Leadership in Academic Curriculum. University of Oklahoma. Dissertation Title: Professional Growth and Structural Change in Physical Education Teacher Education: A Study of the Influence of a Critical Curriculum on Student Understanding.  May, 2017. University of Oklahoma. 

M.Ed.    Secondary Education, Physical Education.  May, 1997. East Central University.

B.S.        Exercise Science.  December, 1995.  East Central University.

Licensure and Certifications

Early to Middle Childhood Physical Education National Board Teacher Certification, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. (November 9, 2007 - November 9, 2017).

Oklahoma Standard Teaching Certificate, State of Oklahoma. (May 1, 2009 - May 1, 2014).

Experience

2012 - Present: Assistant Professor, Physical Education Program Coordinator, Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK.

2016 – Present: Communications Director, Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance, OK

2016: Project Manager, Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma Academic Standards for Physical Education Standards Revision Process and Curriculum Framework Development

2009– 2012: Instructor, Kinesiology and Education. NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative, East Central University, Ada, OK.

2008– 2009: Fellowship, Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow, United States Department of Education, Washington, DC.

2003-2008, Physical Education Teacher, Will Rogers Elementary, Shawnee Public Schools, Shawnee, OK.

2005-2008: Adjunct Instructor, College of Education, St. Gregory’s University, Shawnee, OK.

1999-2001: Instructor, Women’s Assistant Basketball Coach, Senior Woman Administrator, College of Education, Department of Health and Human Performance, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK.

1998-1999: Teacher, Coach, Checotah High School, Checotah, OK.

1997-1998: Assistant Basketball Coach, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

1995-1997: Assistant Basketball Coach, East Central University, Ada, OK.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Canada-Phillips, S., Blessington, B., Clark, C., Dang, E., Fiorina, J., April 11, 2019, Propelling 50 Million Strong Through Teacher Leadership in Physical Education Teacher Education Programs, Society of Health and Physical Education of  America Convention, Tampa, FL

Canada-Phillips, S., Loucks, L.E., October 18, 2019, Using Critical Experiences to Prepare Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Professionals, Society of Health and Physical Education of  America Physical Education Teacher Education and Health Education Teacher Education Conference, Salt Lake City, UT

Canada-Phillips, S., March 8, 2018, Disruption and Disequilibrium in the Classroom: Examples of Theory to Practice in Launching Transformative Learning, Transformative Learning Conference, Oklahoma City, OK

Canada-Phillips, S., Loucks, L., March 2017, Developing Physical Education Teacher Leaders, Society of Health and Physical Education of  America Convention, Boston, MA

Canada-Phillips, S., January 12, 2017, Calling all Communication Guru's, Society of Health and Physical Education of America Southern District Conference, Baton Rouge, LA

Canada-Phillips, S., Cox, R., Yang, T., January 11, 2017, Cultural Plunge; Becoming Uncomfortable to Grow, Society of Health and Physical Education America Southern District Conference, Baton Rouge, LA

Traywick, D. L., Canada-Phillips, S., April 6, 2016, Growing Advocates and Leaders in a PETE Program, Society of Health and Physical Education of America National Convention, Minneapolis, MN

Canada-Phillips, S., April 4, 2016, Reflection: The Taken For Granted Pedagogical Tool Essential for Educators, Society of Health and Physical Education of America National Convention, Minneapolis, MN

Canada-Phillips, S., February 12, 2016, Advocacy in PETE Programs: Growing PE Advocates in a PETE Program, SHAPE America Southern District Conference, Regional, Williamsburg, VA

Canada-Phillips, S., Traywick, D., Fagala, K., Fowler, T., James, S., March 20, 2015, Utilizing Apps to Assess Student Learning and Impact of Teaching, Society of Health and Physical Education of America Annual Convention, National, Seattle, WA

Canada-Phillips, S., A Physical Educators Use of Freirian Praxis for Critical Reflection. The Physical Educator, 72(4).

Canada-Phillips, S., February 18, 2015, Becoming a reflective practitioner; transformative practice of quality educators, Southern District; Society of Health and Physical Education of America, Atlanta, GA

Canada-Phillips, S., Traywick, D., Wewiel, J., Jessica, K., January 10, 2015, Constructing the future of physical education; developing emerging teacher leaders through deliberate and systemic projects. National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education National Convention, Clearwater, FL

Canada-Phillips, S., April 2, 2014, Connecting what YOU do to NBPTS: An Interactive Session, Society of Health and Physical Education of America, National, St. Louis, Mo

Cowan, S., Rudebock, D., Canada-Phillips, S., Cole, S., October 29, 2013, Creating Healthy Communities as a Metropolitan Partner: The Beginning of the Institute for Coordinated School Health at the University of Central Oklahoma, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, National, Louisville, KY

Professional and Community Involvement

2019-Present: Oklahoma State Department of Education, Physical Education Advisory  Committee.

2018-2019: Committee Member, Center for Curriculum Redesign, Content in Context Study for the 21st Century Learner.

2018-2019: Member at Large, Society of Health and Physical Education of America, Southern District.

2017- 2018: Task Force Member, Society of Health and Physical Education of America, 50 Million Strong Task Force.

2017-Present: Committee Member, Society of Health and Physical Education of America Annual Convention Program  Committee.

2017-Present: Professional Development Coordinator, Society of Health and Physical Education of America, Southern District.

2016-Present: Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, Selection Committee, Oklahoma State Department of Education.

2016: Reviewer, Teach To Lead Presentation Proposals. United States Department of Education.

2015-Present: President, National and State Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Council.

2013-2015: Committee member, Oklahoma State Department of Education, Teacher and Leader Effectiveness working group for non- tested subjects.

2014- 2016: Reviewer, United States Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellowship Applications (School Ambassador Fellowship).

2013-2014: President, Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

2011-2015: Secretary, National and Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Council.

2011- 2012: Committee Chair, Policy and Advocacy Committee, Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition.

2011- 2012:  Committee Member, Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition.

2011- 2014: Board Member, Shawnee, Oklahoma, Education Foundation.

2010- Present: Scholarship Committee, National and Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Council.

2009 - 2011:  Committee Member, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Physical Education Standards Revision Committee.

Honors and Awards

Betty Ambercrombie Scholar Award, Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, October, 2018

Virginia Peters Higher Education Award, Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, October,  2016

East Central University Distinguished Alumnae, East Central University, February, 2011

Honor Award, Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, October, 7, 2010

East Central University Education Hall of Fame Inductee, College of Education, East Central University, April, 2008

Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, Ambassador of Education, Oklahoma State Department of Education, September, 2007

Shawnee Public Schools Teacher of the Year, Shawnee Public Schools, February, 2007

Masonic Teacher of Today, Oklahoma Masonic Lodge, September, 2007

Certified Employee of the Month, Shawnee Public Schools, December, 2006

Teacher of the Year, Will Rogers Elementary, Shawnee Public Schools, 2006

Best Practices Award, State Department of Education Healthy and Fit Schools, November, 2005

Classes Taught

HLTH 1112        Healthy Life Skills 

PHED 2013       Introduction to Physical Education and Health

PHED 3012       Physical Education for Elementary Education Majors

PHED 3303       Physical Education in Elementary School

PHED 4442       Motor Learning and Development

PHED 1462      Techniques of Teaching Skills and Activities II

PHED 1432      Techniques of Teaching Skills and Activities I

PTE 4848          Student Teacher Supervision: Physical Education and Health Student Teachers

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