Podcast by What's New In Adapted Physical Education
The 50th National APE Conference (NAPEC) an “Academy of APE Stars”
During this episode of What’s New in APE we will be discussing the 50th National APE conference (NAPEC) that will be held virtually on November 4-6, 2021. Today we have Kathy Russell one of Conference Directors and Dr. Barry Lavay one of the Program Committees chairs to discuss the celebration that is planned to mark the 50th anniversary of this conference, an “Academy of Adapted PE Stars”. Kathy and Barry will briefly discuss the evolution of the conference during the past 50 years. They will then share the decision making that went into having an entirely virtual conference using the SOCIO event platform. Also examined will be the variety of different events and socials planned for conference attendees. Barry and Kathy will share the program that includes some great keynote speakers, as well as over, 50 sessions based on a variety of APE topics with dynamic speakers from all over the country. Even though the conference is virtual conference attendees will have many opportunities to interact with other attendees. If you are interested in attending the conference check out the conference website at: https://www.cahperd.org/Public/SCAPE/SCAPE%20APE%20Conference/Public/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=2021NAPEC
1st NCPEID APE Collaborative: Research Advice and the Most Recent Dear Colleague Letter
For this episode, I am able to share the recent APE Collaborative hosted by the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID). This is a brand new collaborative, where experts in the field of APE are invited to speak on a specific topic and then viewers are able to interact with one another and the experts. For this very first collaborative, the guest speakers were Dr. Garth Tymeson (Emeritus Professor of UW-Lacrosse) and Dr. Ali Brian (Associate Professor of University of South Carolina. Both of these panelists are former What's New in APE podcast guests and renown scholars within the field of APE. Dr. Tymeson discussed the latest Dear Colleague Letter in relation to APE, how these letters come to be, and the impact of this letter and other Dear Colleague Letters on the field of APE. The second panelist, Dr. Ali Brian, discussed research tips and advice for young scholars, as well as common pitfalls many researchers make, in the field of APE.
The next NCPEID sponsored APE collaborative is scheduled for October 21st @ 12 pm EST, and will feature Dr. Suzanna Dillon (Professor at Texas Woman's University) and Brad Weiner (APE Teacher at Fairfax County Public Schools). They will discuss APE advocacy and best teaching practices.
Community Engagement & the Need for Evidence Driven Work: An Interview w Dr. Martin Ginis
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis and discuss some of her work that has focused on physical activity interventions and recommendations for individuals with disabilities, how to change health-related behaviors, and the dissemination of knowledge related to health and disability. Dr. Martin Ginis is a professor at the University of British Columbia and the founding director of SCI Action Canada (which is a lab that "conducts research on how to inform, teach and enable people living with spinal cord injury to initiate and maintain a physically active lifestyle").
Dr. Martin Ginis is one of the most prolific researchers to have been spotlighted by the What's New in APE platform, as she has over 300 peer-reviewed published articles and received over $11 million in grants.
Within the episode, we discuss Dr. Martin Ginis's journey to becoming a researcher in the field of adapted physical activity, the need for evidence/guidelines to support physical activity interventions for individuals with disabilities, and how practitioners can help to create sustained change in individuals with disabilities' health-relate behavior. In addition, Dr. Martin Ginis defines knowledge translation, and the need to effectively translate knowledge so that people with disabilities and those that work with them in physical activity spaces can access quality information about disability and health.
Disability Sport at the Collegiate Level: An Interview with Kae McCarty
In this episode, I had a conversation with Kae McCarty (@KM_McCarty) about the status of disability sports at the collegiate level. Ms. McCarty is completing her doctoral degree at Oregon State University, under her adviser Dr. Megan MacDonald, where she is conducting research around disability sport and college athletes. Ms. Within this discussion we discuss the types of disability sport available across the US, the importance of sport for college students with disabilities, the barriers that disrupt and prevent disability sports at a collegiate level, and the notion of disability sports sometimes being used as a form of "inspiration porn".
Autistic Individuals Experience in Physical Education & Inclusion: An interview with Anthony Maher
I am very happy to release a new episode of the podcast, as I have been on somewhat of a hiatus for the last month or so as I have recently moved my family to New Hampshire. In the beginning of the podcast, I recorded a short update on the changes going on in my life.
For the rest of the episode, I had a conversation with Dr. Anthony Maher (@ajmaher5) about inclusion and how autistic individuals experience physical education. Within this discussion we discuss a recent research paper he co-authored on autistic youth's experience in an integrated physical education setting. We also confer about the meaning of inclusion, how adapted physical education looks in the United Kingdom, and how to create more inclusive physical education environments for children with disabilities.
APE Student Teacher & Mentor Teacher Relationships
This episode was led by repeat guest hosts from California State University, Long Beach: Dr. Barry Lavay (APE Professor, @BarryLavay) and Dr. Melissa Bittner (APE Professor, @MBittner_APE). In this episode we join them in one of their undergraduate APE classes, where they had a panel of recent APE student teachers and their mentors they worked with in the field. They go in-depth and discuss their experiences, how they navigated the pandemic and student teaching, and the keys to becoming a successful APE teacher.