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A New World: Addressing Adapted Physical Education Challenges APE Mini Webinar Series 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00pm
Four Consecutive Thursdays

Thursday, January 28th
Dr. Martin Block
“Individualizing in a Special Physical Education Class”

Martin Block is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Virginia where he teaches courses in adapted physical education. He is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles, 20 chapters in books, and 5 books on adapted physical education and including A Teachers’ Guide to Including Students with Disabilities in General Physical Education. Professor Block is the past President of the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity (IFAPA), and he is the past-president of the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID). He also is a Fellow with the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK) and with IFAPA.

Thursday, February 4th
Phil Leonard
“Strategies and Supports for ASD Students”

Phil Leonard currently serves as assistant Director of Adapted Physical Education, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy at the New England Center for Children (NECC), a renowned global leader in education for children with autism. In that role, Phil leads the adapted physical education program, including all curriculum development, and oversees strategic collaboration among the OT, PT and APE teams to ensure alignment of services to students. A licensed physical education teacher with more than 10 years of experience teaching adapted physical education, Phil has also helped to develop many student teachers who are now successful professionals in the field. Phil graduated in 2010 with a master’s degree in physical education from Bridgewater State University (BSU). He began his teaching career at NECC, where he has worked throughout his tenure in a variety of roles to elevate and champion the importance of adapted physical education programming. Phil completed his master’s thesis at BSU and examined the efficacy of using a video model and physical prompting hierarchy to improve aquatics skills for two students with autism. He presented this research at the Spring 2018 SHAPE America Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. He makes regular presentations at the MAPHERD Adapted Physical Education Conference. In addition, he has collaborated with other professionals in the field and APE discipline, to organize this biannual professional development conferences for APE and PE professionals from Massachusetts and the New England region. Phil currently resides in Cumberland, RI with his wife Kate and son Finn.

Thursday, February 11th
John Passarini
“Teaching From The Heart: A Fifty Year Celebration of Adapted Physical Education”

In this session Dr. Pass will share many of his stories that demonstrate how to help students of all abilities build a strong foundation of active play skills, joyful memories, and successful movement experiences. He will also discuss how to modify the tempo, and speed of an activity, by reducing the size of the play area, by modifying rules, by promoting teamwork, and by developing strategic action plans.

Dr. Passarini believes that “Nobody is Disabled; we are all Differently-Abled.” He believes that “Ability” is on a spectrum from low to high, and where a student begins is not nearly as important as how much they improve with the proper help. He also believes that all problem behavior is a sign of an underdeveloped skill. Therefore, our job is to identify the underdeveloped skill and provide a program that allows the student to improve and find success in small increments. Dr. Pass has taught Adapted PE, General PE, and Health Education for 50 years in both Public School and Higher Education to Students from Preschool to Graduate Level programs. He received his Doctorate in Special Education from Boston University in 2001. “I don't Do Teaching, A Teacher is who I am. I identify myself as a Teacher" says Dr. Pass. He firmly believes that of the Three Components of Education (Cognitive - Motor - Affect) that Affect, Feelings and Emotions are most important for life-long learning to occur. He believes that what one learns is not nearly as important as how one feels about what they learn. Dr. Pass has been honored throughout his career receiving: Amelia Riou Massachusetts Adapted PE Teacher of the Year (1999), National Adapted PE Teacher of the Year (2000), Council for Exceptional Children’s “Going the Extra Mile” award (2001), Disney National Teacher of the Year (2003) and the Outstanding American Award from National Wrestling Hall of Fame (2017). Currently he is an adjunct professor at Salem State University and a APE Specialist/Consultant with the Swampscott Public Schools.

School Vacation Week

Thursday, February 25th
Matt La Cortiglia
“Back to Basics”

During these challenging times it’s important to rely on strong foundational adapted physical education skills to create meaningful activities and lessons. This presentation will involve highlighting crucial concepts in the planning process of developing physical education lessons. Strategies and recommendations for both remote and live in-person instruction will also be presented with opportunities for discussion.

Matt is currently an Adapted Physical Education teacher in the Deafblind program at the Perkins School for the Blind. A resourceful, innovative teacher with over 20 years professional experience in the field of Adapted Physical Education as a teacher, coach, and Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer. As recipient of the Amelia Riou Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award in 2015 Matt strives to provide safe and enriching movement, fitness, and athletic experiences to enhance the life of children and young adults with disabilities. He has developed a planning model to develop games and activities for students with disabilities in the the publication Run, Play, Move. He has authored over a dozen adapted physical education activities for the Perkins ELearning activity bank and has presented on topics related to adapted physical education throughout New England and Nationally.

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