The journey of choosing to pursue, and actually pursuing doctorate are very difficult and individual. In this episode, I had a panel of three adapted physical activity (APA) doctoral students from across the nation discuss their journeys to get a doctorate in the field. The three panelists included: Chloe Simpson (West Virginia University), Thomas Wilson (The Ohio State University), and Justin Bueche (Old Dominion University)Each of these young scholars are a part of a newly formulated APA Consortium. This APA Consortium aims to train 28 high quality and competent scholars at the doctoral degree level at nine universities across the country, to serve as higher education faculty, and train pre-service physical education teachers and related service professionals to appropriately educate youth with disabilities. This training will occur through coursework, practicum, a consortium-wide enrichment program, community-based service-learning programs, and research engagement. The faculty engaged in this Consortium are known leaders nationally and internationally in adapted physical activity, which places this project in an advantageous position to provide quality and essential doctoral-level training. This consortium includes East Carolina University, Georgia State University, Ohio State University, Old Dominion University, Oregon State University, Texas Women’s University, University of Delaware, University of Virginia, and West Virginia University.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Hello APE podcast listeners/readers! For this episode of the podcast, I interviewed the lead author, Dr. Seth Jenny, of the recently released textbook "Technology for Physical Educators, Health Educators, and Coaches: ". This textbook is obviously very relevant during the recent COVID pandemic. Indeed, Human Kinetics explains that "This text will help health and physical education teachers and coaches improve their abilities by learning to effectively use technology in the areas of instruction, assessment, management, communication, professional development, and advocacy". Indeed, this textbook offers an array of resources and strategies on how to use a wide range of technologies within a physical education setting, as well as this textbook as a full chapter dedicated to the implementation of assistive technology to meet students with disabilities' needs.
As mentioned above, this interview was conducted with Dr. Seth Jenny who is the lead author of this textbook. Dr. Jenny is an assistant professor within the Department of Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jenny has over 20 years of health, physical education, and coaching experience across K-12 and higher education settings, where he has been an early proponent of integrating technology into teaching and coaching. When he’s not teaching or conducting technology-related research, he is a volunteer club coach for elementary cross country and track and field athletes. He also spends his spare time with his family and training for marathons, with a personal best of 2:48:30.
Virtual Observations- Vodcast: This vodcast describes how to conduct a Virtual Observation, also known as “Remote Supervision”. More detailed information is found in Chapter 8 of the book.
Geocaching inPhysical Education - Vodcast: This vodcast provides an overview of geocaching and its uses for lifetime fitness and within physical education programs. More detailed information is found in Chapter 6 of the book.
Technology Equipment in Physical Education – Video: This video describes various technology equipment utilized by an elementary physical education teacher, including a portable smartboard with laptop safe and wireless speaker, portable projector connected to a suspended iPad all protected by a homemade safety case, and students utilizing a video delay app on an iPad connected to a stand.
Technology Integrated Lesson in Elementary Physical Education: While the incorporation of this much technology into one lesson is not exactly advisable, Kyle Liebler integrated many different types of technologies into one elementary physical education lesson to demonstrate the wide variety of technologies available.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Interview with Geoffrey Broadhead: Part 1 and 2 An Interview with the Founder of Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (APAQ)
Dr. Geoffrey Broadhead is a pioneer in the field of a APA and has many noteworthy achievements. More specifically, Dr. Broadhead is the founding editor for the quintessential Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (APAQ) journal, and a former professor of APA at Louisiana State University and Kent State University. In addition, Dr. Broadhead has received a number of honors and awards for his contribution to the profession such as SHAPE Fellow member, the NCPEID Hollis Fait Scholarship Award recipient in 1988 for recognition of his distinguished scholarly contributions to APA, National Advocacy Award from the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, and since 1996 Editor Emeritus of APAQ the official journal of IFAPA.
For this very first episode, Dr. Lavay talks to Dr. Broadhead about his upbringing and professional training in England, and how he made the transition to the United States of America and the field of APA. Within this topic, they have an in-depth discussion about how Dr. Broadhead became initially interested in health and physical education for individuals with disabilities. Dr. Broadhead also shares his insights on what he learned from pioneers he studied with in the field of APA when he first began his career. Furthermore, they will begin to discuss some of Dr. Broadhead’s research interests, which have focused on an array of topics, including some crucial work on physical fitness testing for individuals with intellectual disabilities, that laid the foundation for many of the laws that have incorporated language regarding APA today.
Two papers are referred to within the first episode that Dr. Broadhead had authored that refer to the development of the journal APAQ. The first article "How APAQ was born" details Dr. Broadhead and colleagues journey to developing this prestigious journal. "APAQ at Ten: A Documentary Analysis" is the second article mentioned, and is author by Dr. Greg Reid and Dr. Broadhead. This article provides a summary of the articles published in APAQ in the first 10 years.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Black Lives Matters and Social Justice: Reflections for Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education
3. Remember the titans: The lived curriculum of Black physical education teacher education scholars in the U.S. (Clark et al., 2019)
4. Ideological Repositioning: Race, Social Justice, and Promise (Hodge, 2014)
Monday, June 15, 2020
Within this episode, the panelists allude to several resources to help APE teachers improve and inform their grading processes. Below is a list of some of the resources discussed:
- Grading Exceptional and Struggling Learners, a book by Jung and Guskey (2011) on grading strategies for students with disabilities.
- Grading Exceptional Learners is an article also by Jung and Guskey (2010) that outlines a 5 step model to properly grade students with disabilities.
- A letter to the Office of Civil Rights that discusses a case around modified grading for students with disabilities. In addition, the Office of Civil Rights created a FAQ page to offer guidance on grading students with disabilities.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
For the 3rd installment of the COVID-19 series, Dr. Melissa Bittner (@CSULB_APE) discussed how she is coping with the pandemic from a university viewpoint. Dr. Bittner is an assistant professor of adapted physical education at California State University, Long Beach. Because of the pandemic, her undergraduates were missing the opportunity to work with students with disabilities, so Dr. Bittner took the initiative to create an online practicum program, where her students conduct a free online lesson Tuesday through Friday at 1 pm PST. In addition, Fridays are bilingual day. Share this opportunity with your students by following their Facebook page here. Finally, they also created a home packet on activities for students to engage with at home, as well as they created their YouTube Channel with a variety of activities and past practicum lessons: LongBeachStateAPE.
For the 5th, and likely final episode of this COVID series, I sat down to discuss how COVID has impacted the day-to-day life of Dr. Kristi Roth, a full professor at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and one of the co-authors of Principles and Methods of Adapted Physical Education and Recreation. In addition, we discuss how to use her app to find APE activities and how-to videos. She details how she has created this app, as well as other technologies to curate quality content for others to easily use in order to find useful content. To further drive home the point that these mediums allow experts to curate and provide easily accessible resources to those who need it, she provided a resource on how to provide APE to students with severe disabilities in home settings. Finally, Dr. Roth and I discuss best practices in online learning, and some advantages of using online learning.