Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Social Justice in Adapted Physical Education

It is essential to recognize and celebrate all of our students and each of their own personal identities.
This means that physical educators, like all educators, must make a conscious effort to welcome students
of various backgrounds. This podcast focuses on the social justice within the field of adapted physical
education (APE). Social justice is often defined as in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society, and for this podcast we discuss these concepts in relation to APE. More specifically, we discuss how one would be able to create a more inclusive and accepting class culture, barriers to social justice in a physical education setting, language use and social justice, and how to deal with inappropriate language and actions. 

This podcast features a panel of 3 guests, including Dr. Josephine Blagrave (@blagraveaj)Chico State University; Dr. Kerri Vanderbom from The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability and Chico State University; and Dr. Andrew Colombo-Dougovito (@amcdphd) from the University of North Texas. You can find out more about Dr. Colombo-Dougovito's research and interests through visiting his website


Friday, July 5, 2019

An Interview with Paralympian Jessica Heims

Hello APE podcast listeners and welcome to another episode/post on the What's New in APE platform! For this episode, Paralympian Jessica Heims was able to meet with me and discuss her journey to the 2016 Paralympics, as well as her current journey to the 2020 Paralympics. Furthermore, within our conversation, we discussed her training regimen, how she got involved within track and field, her physical education experiences, and obstacles to getting to the Paralympics.

Jessica is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Northern Iowa (the university I teach at!). She also currently competes on the University's track and field team as a discus thrower and sprinter. Furthermore, Jessica recently broke two world records in discus throwing. You can see the video here. To learn more about Jessica's background, you can read this article from Disabled Sports. In addition, you can follow Jessica on Twitter @Jessie_Heims


Monday, June 24, 2019

Reflections from the ISAPA Conference

Hello everyone and welcome back to the What's New in Adapted Physical Education (APE) podcast/blog page! Recently, I was able to attend the International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA) conference at the University of Virginia. For this episode I simply made a brief reflection about my experience at the conference. More specifically, I highlighted some of the keynote speakers and presentations I was able to experience, international perspectives in the field of adapted physical education/activity, and some information about the next ISAPA conference in Finland in 2021. If you are interested in the 2021 ISAPA in Finland, check out their website at http://ifapa.net/isapa-2021-in-finland/


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Adaptability: A Business Delivering APE Across the Chicago Area

Hello APE podcast listeners and welcome to another episode/post on the What's New in APE platform! For this episode, I was able to sit down with Charlie Rowe, the founder and owner of the company 'Adaptability', which is a private business that provides APE services to students with disabilities in school settings.. Adaptability is a company based out of Downers Grove, IL and focuses on ensuring the safety and success of students with disabilities in their general PE or APE curriculum. They offer a wide variety of services to ensure children of all abilities receive quality PE. Their most popular services include: APE classes, Consultation and Coaching to PE teachers and support staff, Professional Development training.
Adaptability was created by Charlie Rowe after seeing a large need for quality physical education services for students with disabilities across Illinois. From a young age Charlie has enjoyed helping/assisting people with disabilities. Charlie has provided a wide variety of APE services to 70+ schools in his tenure. These services include the teaching of self-contained and Reverse Inclusion APE classes, providing Coaching services to PE teachers and support staff, Professional Development training as well as program improving consultation services. 

Adaptability currently provides direct Adapted Physical Education classes to more than 320 students in 17 schools across Chicago area, with large growth expected in the next 16 months.
To learn more about Adaptability or inquire about joining our team, check out their website at www.AdaptabilityPE.com


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Physical Education v. Adapted Physical Education: A collaboration Part 2

Hello and welcome to the blog portion of the What's New in APE' podcast platform! This is part two of a two part series where we are discussing how the field of APE works within the field of PE. In addition, this episode is very special because this episode will once again, also be featured on Playing with Research in Health and Physical Education. If you’re interested in other episodes from Playing with Research in Health and Physical Education, you can stream the podcast on a variety of platforms here. 

The main focus of this episode is the divide between physical education and adapted physical education, and how we as researchers can potentially help to bridge this gap. Dr. McNamara and a panel of 3 experts in physical education discuss what they perceive the divide to be in both research and practice, as well as potential solutions to overcome the divide.

 This episode features a panel of 3 experts in Physical Education.

 Risto Marttinen, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University, Fullerton. His background is in Curriculum and Teaching in Physical Education. In addition, Risto Marttinen is the host the podcast Playing with Research in Health and Physical Education.

 Kevin Andrew Richards, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Community Health at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His background is in Physical Education and Teacher Education.

 Terry L. Rizzo is the Department Chair and a Professor and in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, San Bernardino. Rizzo has an extensive background in APE, including acting as the current editor of the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (APAQ).

 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Physical Education v. Adapted Physical Education: A collaboration Part 1

Hello and welcome to the blog portion of the What's New in APE' podcast platform! This is a very special episode, as not only do we tackle a rich topic, but in addition this episode was recorded and published on 2 separate podcast platforms! This episode will be featured on both Playing with Research in Health and Physical Education, which is a podcast that focused on on the fields of health and physical education, the aim of this podcast is to “make research accessible to educators and university students from all over the globe",  AND What’s New in APE. If you’re interested in other episodes from Playing with Research in Health and Physical Education, you can stream the podcast on a variety of platforms here.

The main focus of this episode is the divide between physical education and adapted physical education. Dr. McNamara and a panel of 3 experts in physical education discuss what they perceive the divide to be in both research and practice, as well as potential solutions to overcome the divide. 

This episode features a panel of 3 experts in Physical Education. 


  1. Risto Marttinen, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University, Fullerton. His background is in Curriculum and Teaching in Physical Education. In addition, Risto Marttinen is the host the podcast Playing with Research in Health and Physical Education. 
  1. Kevin Andrew Richards, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Community Health at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His background is in Physical Education and Teacher Education. 
  1. Terry L. Rizzo is the Department Chair and a Professor and in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, San Bernardino. Rizzo has an extensive background in APE, including acting as the current editor of the Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (APAQ). 



Thursday, April 11, 2019

The ISAPA Conference: Part 3 An Interview with Practitioner Presenter Ann Griffin

This episode of What’s New in APE is the third and final episode dedicated to the upcoming International Symposium of Adapted Physical Activity (ISAPA) conference. This episode features Ann Griffin, who currently serves as the APE consultant with the Grantwood area education agency (AEA) in the great state of Iowa! In addition, she is the contact person for educators who need resources for facilitating APE for 32 different school districts. Ann will be presenting at this year’s ISAPA conference, where she will be hosting a practitioner’s day. Within the podcast, Ann and I discuss the practitioner's day and all of the great activities she is currently planning! Ann and I also discuss (1) how teachers can use research in their daily lives, (2) the multitude of APE resources offered by the Grantwood AEA, AND (3) her background as a teacher.



The Grantwood AEA is one of nine agencies within the state of Iowa. The purposes of each individual agency vary, but the primary goal is to provide educators with resources to enhance teaching and student learning. These include resources for all grade levels and disciplines, including APE. The Grantwood AEA offers a variety of equipment designed for use in APE, which can be checked out for use by educators with the Grantwood AEA’s coverage area. Additionally, they take requests for the creation of new APE equipment.

To see some of the available APE equipment, as well as previous new equipment requests and creations, click here for the Grantwood AEA’s Equipment Adaptations and Resources

For more information on the Grantwood AEA, visit: https://www.gwaea.org

Once again, ISAPA returns to the United States this year (2019) for the first time since 1992. It will be held June 14th through 18th in Charlottesville, Virginia. This year’s theme is Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. The goal for ISAPA  is to bring international researchers together to share their research in hopes of learning about what is going on in other  countries. If you are interested in the 2019 ISAPA, check out their website at: http://isapa2019.org/index.shtml