Wednesday, February 1, 2023

The Postdoc Experience: Presented by IFAPA

In this episode, we highlight a recent webinar conducted by the New Emerging Scholars of Adapted Physical Activity (NESAPA), which is a new group organized under the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA). In this webinar, their goal was to generate a space for conversations about experiences with applying and landing a Postdoc, regarding research activity, lifestyles, and recommendations during this process. The panelists include:

Dr. Kwok Ng (@kwokwng), University of Limerick, Ireland, University of Turku & University of Eastern Finland, Finland & Vice President of IFAPA
Dr. Alexandra Stribing (@AStribing), Kean University, USA & NESAPA Chair
Dr. Nicole Kirk (@TheNicoleKirk), University of Georgia, USA & Former Student Representative. to IFAPA Board
Dr. Ryan Hulteen (@Ryan_Hulteen), Louisiana State University, USA
Dr. Emily Munn (@EmilyMunnPhD), University of South Carolina, USA

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

NCPEID December Collaborative: A State's Journey to APE Certification

Listen in on the December NCPEID APE Collaborative with guest speakers – Susan Seman-Wallace, APE teacher from Brighton School District, Kelly Kennedy, APE teacher from Greeley-Evans School District 6, Scott Douglas, Associate Professor from the University of Northern Colorado, and Gina Herrera, CDE Supervisor and Access, Learning and Literacy & Significant Support Needs & Deafblindness Specialist.

 Our guest speakers will discuss Colorado’s journey to a state-approved APE teaching credential; and implementation suggestions from faculty in states with longstanding APE credentials. 

NCPEID is the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities. They play a major role in shaping the direction of adapted physical education and adapted physical activity, as well building and promoting APE & APA programs and services. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

APE UVA Master's Program: Meaningful Relationships with Local Schools

Guest speaker Dr. Martin Block (@MartinBlockUVA) joins us today to talk about the excellent APE Master’s Program at the University of Virginia including its unique qualities and realistic experiences, the funding to keep the program alive, and tips to success from one of his current students in the program. Specially, he discusses how his program was developed initially through federal funding (OSEP), and then through partnerships with the local schools he has been able to maintain the program for almost 30 years. 

Martin Block is the Director of the program of kinesiology for individuals with disabilities at the University of Virginia, where he has been since 1992. He is the current editor for PALESTRA and has co-authored dozens of book chapters and empirical articles related to the field of APE. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

NCPEID December Collaborative: Special Education Law with Dr. Cynthia Vargas

 Listen in on the December NCPEID APE Collaborative with guest speaker Cynthia D. Vargas as she discusses the development of a defensible IEP. This podcast will cover topics such as organizing IEP team meetings, IEP meeting notes, after the IEP meetings, and some thoughts on FAPE.

Cynthia D. Vargas is the managing partner for F3 Law Firm’s Inland Empire office. She is a legal expert that represents and advises school districts, county offices of education, and special education local plan areas statewide. Prior to law school, she worked as a special education teacher providing her a practical understanding of the interconnectedness of education legal matters. She earned her Juris-Doctor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from the University of California, Irvine. 

NCPEID is the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities. They play a major role in shaping the direction of adapted physical education and adapted physical activity, as well building and promoting APE & APA programs and services.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

NCPEID October Collaborative: Pre-School & Post Secondary Transition

Listen in on the October NCPEID APE Collaborative featuring guest speakers Heidi Ambrosius and Steve Eggerichs as they discuss everything Pre-School and Post Secondary Transition. Heidi discusses everything pre-school including APE services during early childhood, different models of delivery, and the importance of assessments. Steve Eggerichs touches upon post secondary/transition in APE and different programs including Projects L.I.V.E, Bridge, and SEARCH.

Heidi Ambrosius is a CAPE certified adapted physical education specialist at Moreno Valley USD and adjunct professor at California State, San Bernardino. She received her bachelor’s degree from CSUF, Master’s degree from UCLA and is now a member of the NCPEID Membership Committee. Steve Eggerichs is an adventure coordinator and APE teacher at Holmen High School in Wisconsin. He received his bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. He currently teaches the Trails Program and is involved in Universal Adventure and Outdoor Pursuits and the Transition Program. NCPEID is the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities. They play a major role in shaping the direction of adapted physical education and adapted physical activity, as well building and promoting APE & APA programs and services. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Navigating APE Deserts

 Listen in on today’s co-facilitator Brad Weiner (@APETeacher) and guest speakers Jenn Vedder (@CoachVedder_HPE) and Danielle Musser (@Musser_APE) as they discuss the highly asked for topic of navigating APE deserts with little to no support or infrastructure. Specifically, we discuss what it’s like to come into a school as a new APE teacher and build up an APE program that lacks foundation, history, and resources. This podcast will touch upon many issues related to this subject and provide advice and strategies for APE educators. Brad Weiner helps to facilitate this important discussion given his extensive experience as an APE teacher. Brad has been on the podcast several times and is an educational specialists with Fairfax County in Virginia, as well as a former APE SHAPE teacher of the year with over 17 years experience as an APE teacher. We were also joined by two APE specialists who have successfully navigated APE deserts. Jenn Vedder is an APE and general education teacher from Virginia, currently working in North Carolina. She is also a Health & PE specialist at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and an OPEN national trainer. Danielle Musser, graduate of Texas Women’s University, is an OSEP grant recipient and worked as an APE teacher in Colorado for several years and recently was able to successfully advocate for a new APE endorsement in her state. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The Subject of Special Olympics through a Critical Lens: An Interview with Drs. Giese & Buchner

 Listen in on our international guest speakers Dr. Martin Giese (@MartinGiese5) and Dr. Tobias Buchner (@TobiasBuchner) as they discuss topics within their research article, “The Subject of Special Olympics - Interrogating the Inclusive Potentials of a Sport Movement from an Ableism - Critical Perspective.” Martin Giese is a professor for sport science and sport pedagogy at the Heidelberg University of Education in Germany. He has over 10 years experience with teaching throughout different schools and 6 years with teaching visually impaired students. Tobias Buchner is the head of department of inclusive education at the University of Education Upper Austria, as well as vice chair of the monitoring body of the UN-CRPD. He has experience as a professor for inclusive education and as a soccer coach for students with intellectual disabilities. Within this podcast we discuss how Special Olympics discusses inclusion in their programming, the concepts of ableism and inclusion, and how Special Olympics may be inadveternently perpetuating some ableism concepts through their programming.  

Please see the links below for related open-access research from the authors of the discussed article:

Buchner, T. & Köpfer, A. (2022). Mapping the field. Spatial relations in research on inclusion and exclusion in education. In International Journal of Inclusive Education.


Buchner, T.  et al. (2021). Same Progress for All? Inclusive Education, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities and Students With Intellectual Disability in European Countries. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities 18(1), 7-22


Buchner, T. & Thompson, S.A. (2021): From Plot Twists, Progress, and the Persistence of Segregated Education: The Continuing Struggle for Inclusive Education in Relation to Students With Intellectual Disabilities. In: Journal of  Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities 18(1), 4-6


Buchner, T. & Proyer, M.D. (2020): From special to inclusive education policies in Austria – Developments and implications for schools and teacher education. In: European Journal of Teacher education 43:1, 83-94.