Tuesday, November 16, 2021

APE Collaborative: Fit Families

For this episode of the What's New in APE Podcast, we are able to deliver a recording of the November NCPEID APE Collaborative, with guest speaker Dr. Luis Columna of the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Dr. Columna is an associate professor and author of two books, as well as numerous peer reviewed journal articles. He has served on various different journal committees and has given over 100 presentations/workshops at the international, national, and state level. This podcast discusses Columna’s Fit Families Program, a program that promotes family involvement in physical activity for children with autism. Explained in his presentation is the importance of families’ roles in regard to encouraging physical activity, as well as various strategies for teaching families what to do, as well as how to handle family construct and eliminate barriers to family involvement. See a video of the Fit Families Program here. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

An Interview with the NCPEID President: Dr. Michelle Grenier

 Within this podcast we had a discussion with Dr. Michelle Grenier, President of the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID), about the importance of advocacy for quality Physical Education resources for individuals with disabilities, and the efforts of NCPEID to spread information and awareness. 

Dr. Michelle Grenier has an extensive background in both the Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education (APE) field, having worked with students at every level as well as students with disabilities in both regular and adapted environments.  Dr. Michelle Grenier, a former professor at the University of New Hampshire, has earned a master's degree in special education along a PHD in education at UNH, and is now the APE representative for the New Hampshire Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 


Dr. Michelle Grenier's organization NCPEID, as discussed, is a national organization that focuses on influencing the development of the APE field through advanced research, advocacy, and encouraging and stimulating people such as physical educators and legislative mandates.  More information about NCPEID can be found on their official website https://www.ncpeid.org/ . 

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

APE Collaborative: APE Advocacy and Best Teaching Practices

 Hello all and welcome to another episode of What's New in APE! For this episode, I am able to share the most 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 collaborative, the guest speakers were Dr. Suzanna Dillon (Professor at Texas Woman's University) and Brad Weiner (APE Teacher at Fairfax County Public Schools). Both of these panelists are former What's New in APE podcast guests and renown scholars and practitioners within the field of APE. Dr. Dillon discusses how to promote and advocate APE to others outside of the field of APE, such as school administrators and parents. The second panelist, Brad Weiner, discusses a range of APE teaching strategies one can utilize to deliver more effective APE services to students. Please click here to view the live stream Facebook feed for the APE Collaborative! 

The next NCPEID sponsored APE collaborative will feature Dr. Luis Columna (Professor at University of Wisconsin- Madison) and Dr. Linda Hilgenbrink (APE Teacher at Denton Public Schools). They will discuss different APE programming models, such as Partner PE and Fit Families. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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

 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

1st NCPEID APE Collaborative: Research Advice and the Most Recent Dear Colleague Letter

Hello all and welcome to another episode of What's New in APE! 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. Please click here to learn about all the other Dear Colleague Letters related to 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. Please click here to view the live stream Facebook feed for the first ever APE Collaborative! 

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. 


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Knowledge Translation, community Engagement, and the Need for Evidence Driven Work: An Interview with Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis

Hello What's New in APE Viewers! 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 (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. Some of the recent research conducted by Dr. Martin Ginis that is available open-access includes:

- "Participation of people living with disabilities in physical activity: a global perspective", which highlights the current status of physical activity for people with disabilities across the globe, and

- "The First Global Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Guidelines for People Living With Disability”, which provides physical activity guidelines for individuals with disabilities. 

In addition, to the paper on physical activity guidelines for individuals with disabilities, Dr. Martin Ginis has also released a user-friendly website that outlines specific physical activity guidelines for individuals with spinal cord injuries. For more information related to Dr. Martin Ginis, check out her Wikipedia page.

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.  




Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Disability Sport at the Collegiate Level: An Interview with Kae McCarty

Welcome to the What's New in APE Podcast blog/podcast. 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. McCarty has authored both academic and editorial pieces, with her editorial "THE FIGHT ISN’T OVER, KEEP GOING: PRACTICING DISABILITY JUSTICE IN AN UNDER-VACCINATED NATION" being recently published with Visible Magazine. 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".