North TX Adapted PE Conference 2020

Hosted by Region 10 ESC & Texas Woman's University

FINAL WEBINAR #6: Friday November 20th @ 2pm via zoom

Register only ONE TIME to access the entire webinar series.

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Bi-annual APE Conference in Collaboration with Texas Woman's University

North Texas Adapted Physical Education Conference: Virtual Webinar Series

Region 10 Education Service Center is proud to sponsor the 2020 North Texas Adapted P.E. Conference in partnership with Texas Woman's University. The APE Conference is designed for Adapted PE teachers and Consultants, Adapted PE service providers (PE Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Instructional Aides, Therapists who deliver APE services), Partner PE Teachers, and anyone interested in knowing more about Adapted P.E.

Region 10 and Texas Woman's University together have made the decision to move the Region 10 APE Conference from face-to-face to a virtual platform. Although we would rather be there in person with each one of you, we know this is best for everyone during this time. We have chosen to structure this year's APE Conference as a virtual webinar series, consisting of a keynote opening and 11 total webinar sessions taking place over a 12 week period of time from September through November. The sessions are offered bi-weekly throughout the 12 weeks, totaling 13.5 hours of professional development. See the schedule below for dates and times.

For in Region 10 area participants, there is no registration fee to attend. For out-of-Region 10 area participants, there is a registration fee of $150.00. Participants will only register one time to access all of the sessions.

Zoom links will be sent to those who complete the registration process for the conference.

Friday, November 20 @ 2:00-3:15

I Can Do It!

Presenter: Justin McCullick, MS, CAPE, APE, Region 10 Education Service Center

Description: I Can Do It! is a program that was developed through US department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Education. Attendees will learn about the program and how it can be implemented during the existing school day to encourage children with disabilities to adopt healthy exercise and eating habits. Opportunities for implementing it during distance and virtual learning will be discussed.

Friday, November 20 @ 3:30-4:15

Reviving Backyard Games and Dual Activities for Virtual Learners

Presenters: Dr. Suzanna Dillon, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Kinesiology (APA), Texas Woman's University

Description: Teaching in a virtual context creates multiple challenges for learners at home including limited players/partners, equipment, and space. Our session will highlight some new twists on classic games and activities that lend themselves nicely to our new virtual teaching conditions (synchronous and asynchronous). Activity ideas and resources will be shared.

Friday, September 11th @2:00-4:15

Panel Discussion: COVID 19 Related Topics Panel Discussion: Assessment, Contingency Plans, & Partner PE

Presenters: Panel consists of Vicki Foederer, MS, CAPE, APE, Garland ISD; Dr. Linda Hilgenbrinck, PhD, CAPE, APE, Denton ISD; Janice Morriss, MS, CAPE, APE, McKinney ISD; Dr. Suzanna Dillon, PhD, CAPE, Texas Woman's University; Shawn Settles, M.Ed., CAPE, Northside ISD; Lisa Snyder, BS, Northside ISD; Ashley Sanchez, Northside ISD

Description: A panel of experienced Adapted PE Specialists discuss their experiences in Adapted PE during the time of COVID-19.They will discuss successes and challenges of implementing their APE services, Partner PE classes, managing evaluations, and developing contingency plans.

Learner Objectives:

  • Learner will receive resources and ideas for delivering virtual Adapted PE services and managing Partner PE classes while under COVID safety guidelines

Thursday, September 24th @ 2:00-3:15

Distance Learning for Students with Disabilities

Presenter: Brad Weiner, MS, CAPE

Description: This session will offer an opportunity for discussion about distance learning and

problem-solve concerns and questions. Topics discussed will include different types of virtual sessions, platforms that can be utilized for distance learning, shared resources including a personally designed website, sample forms, and discussion about re-entry plans.

Learner Objectives:

  • Learner will gain knowledge about all things distance learning with an abundance of practical and applicable resources

Thursday, September 24 @ 3:30-4:15

"Renaissance of A.P.E.": Improving your Adapted Physical Education Program

Presenters: Nikki Fulton, MS, APE, Fort Worth ISD

Description: Adapted Physical Education is an industry of evolution. As practitioners it is imperative to be reflective in order to make changes. We are constantly reflecting and making changes in the district to address specific areas of need (e.g., caseload, providing appropriate service, addressing specific needs of students, etc.) and we want to share ways to improve your A.P.E. program to better serve students. Specifically outlining; creating new program options such as Aquatics, early screening, partnerships with local recreation centers for students leaving the public school system, and athletic opportunities including Unified Champion Schools.

Learner Objectives:

  • Learn ways to improve your APE program
  • Learn about creating new program options to better serve students

Friday, October 9 @ 2:00-3:15

Let's Make it Happen! UDL Principles to Support Home and School Learning

Presenters: Dr. Lauren Lieberman, Ph.D., State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport; Dr. Michelle Grenier, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire

Description: Need Ideas Thinking About How to Engage Students While Teaching On-Line or Face-to-face? Universal Design for Learning offers three unique principles to embed in your teaching as a way to reach all students, offer multiple ways of instructing diverse learners and creating unique forms of assessment. You will gain confidence and creativity reaching and teaching your students!

Learner Objectives:

  • Learn principles to help reach all students
  • Learn multiple ways of teaching diverse learners
  • Learn unique forms of assessment

Friday, October 9 @ 3:30-4:15

Old School Problems, New School Solutions

Presenters: Angela Campbell, MS, CAPE, APE, Coppell ISD; Amy Talbert, MS, CAPE, Region 10 Adapted PE

Description: Utilizing Google Drive, Extensions, Add-ons, Forms, Keep, Classroom, and Apps for Caseload Management, Data Collection, Assessments, and Collaboration. Strategies for increased efficiency in the office and on the road.

Learner Objectives:

  • Increase knowledge base of google apps, add-ons, and extensions.

  • Mobile access for caseload management, session notes, and data collection.

Friday, October 23 @ 2:00-3:15

Universal Design to Enhance, Boost, and Advocate for All Students

Presenters: Dr. Lauren Lieberman, Ph.D., State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport; Dr. Michelle Grenier, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire

Description: This presentation will introduce the Lieberman-Brian Inclusion Rating

Scale (LIRSPE) for inclusion in PE. The scale is used to determine which variables are most challenging and/or supportive for effective programming. The session will 1) offer participants the opportunity to utilize the scale by scoring themselves and/or their programs, and 2)

provide an opportunity to strategize implementing UDL components (engagement, representation and expression) to "boost" and "arm" teachers with necessary instructional skills.

Learner Objectives:

  • Learn to utilize the LIRSPE Scale
  • Strategize implementing UDL components to help equip teachers

Friday, October 23 @ 3:30-4:15

Using Technology to Challenge Autism with Exercise

Presenters: David S. Geslak, ACSM EP-C, CSCS & Amber Pantaleo, LBS1

Description: The gymnasium is the most un-sensory friendly environment for those with autism and related disabilities, often leaving them wandering and wondering. Creating success begins by understanding special education teaching strategies. You will learn evidence-based strategies to better support those with autism. By integrating technology, (ExerciseBuddy), establishing a structured routine, and learning to “break down” exercises you will leave with more confidence and protocols that can be immediately implemented in-person or remotely.

Learner Objectives:

  • Outline, define, and use the evidence-based teaching practices critical to helping those with autism engage in exercise.

  • Apply technology-aided instruction (ExerciseBuddy) in a hybrid learning model to meet the IDEA mandate for physical education for those with an IEP.

  • Demonstrate and instruct 5 exercises to teach to those with autism in PE/APE that can also be used as sensory breaks in the classroom.

Friday, November 6 @ 2:00-3:15

Collaborative Teaming & Routines-Based Instruction

Presenters: Angela Campbell, MS, CAPE, APE, Coppell ISD;

Stacey Chambers, M. Ed, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Coppell ISD;

Allison Clark, PT, MPT, Physical Therapist, Coppell ISD; Wendy Pray, Active Learning Classroom Teacher, Coppell ISD

Description: Improving instruction for students with multiple impairments through inclusion of routines and a collaborative team approach while serving students both in-person and virtually. A routine is an instructional strategy developed to increase the level of participation in activities for students who require consistency and repetition in order to learn. Students with severe disabilities rarely do every step of a routine independently, but they are afforded the dignity of doing everything that they are cognitively and physically capable of doing. An important tool when working with MIVI students is collaborative consultation regarding activity routines. A well-written routine will incorporate aspects relating to all disciplines working with the child: occupational therapist, physical therapist, adapted PE teacher, speech therapist, teacher of the visually impaired, teacher of the auditorily impaired, classroom teacher, parent.

Learner Objectives:

  • Increase understanding of routines including the necessary components of a routine
  • Strategies for implementing a collaborative team approach successfully with our MIVI students

Friday, November 6 @ 3:30-4:15

Oaksteps to Fitness: Immersed fitness for the Autism population


Alexandra Kaufman, OT, Occupational Therapist/ Consultant for Autism Immersed;

Matthew Husband, OT, Occupational Therapist/ Children's Center for Development Enrichment (Oakstone Academy)

Description: What percentage of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are overweight? With the prevalence of electronics, how many children with ASD are receiving the appropriate amount of daily exercise? Why do children with ASD have difficulty with motor planning? The Oaksteps to Fitness program is a collaborative effort between occupational therapists, personal trainers, and physical educators to respond to these questions and provide an avenue for children and young adults with ASD to engage in fitness in a safe, routine environment. This course will develop a beginning knowledge of autism spectrum disorder and learn how to better assist the community within the fitness setting. You will explore various exercises and stretches to implement into an immersive group exercises program. You will learn behavioral management techniques to enable greater success and participation in fitness for clients. You will be able to develop a fitness program specifically designed for the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. This program applies easy-to-use fitness cards for an hour long circuit based training program that includes a warm-up, exercises, and cool down.

Learner Objectives:

  • Develop knowledge of autism spectrum disorder and learn how to better assist the community within the fitness setting.
  • Explore various exercises and stretches to implement into an immersive group exercises program.
  • Learn behavioral management techniques to enable greater success and participation in fitness for clients
  • Develop a fitness program specifically designed for the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder.