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UMPI hosts region’s first Adapted PE Workshop

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will host the area’s first-ever Adapted Physical Education Workshop, featuring a keynote address by Dr. Tim Davis, of the State University of New York at Cortland, on Friday, Sept. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Gentile Hall. The workshop is designed for Physical Education teachers and college students and the cost is $48.50 with campus cafeteria lunch, $40 without lunch; to register, visit this link.

“We’re very pleased to be hosting this day-long workshop, which is designed to help PE teachers and students look at current programs and show how they can incorporate practical, evidenced-based examples of Adapted Physical Education,” Leo Saucier, UMPI Physical Education Teaching Coordinator and workshop organizer, said. “The workshop format is designed to engage participants on strategies they can implement in their physical education classes that will provide meaningful movement experiences for school-aged children with disabilities.”

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Review the SHAPE America PE Standards and K-12 Grade Level Outcomes;
  • Review the guidelines for development and implementation of a quality APE program;
  • Review motor/fitness assessment strategies and sample assessment reports; and
  • Apply strategies that address self-regulatory behavior through the sensory integration and processing approach.

The workshop kicks off with a keynote by Dr. Tim Davis, the Graduate Coordinator for Adapted Physical Education and Associate Professor in the Physical Education Department at SUNY Cortland. Davis earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physical Education/Adapted Physical Education from California State University at Chico and a Ph.D. in Adapted Physical Education/Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Virginia. He has been teaching in the field of Adapted Physical Education for over 25 years.

Dr. Davis is the national chair of the Adapted Physical Education National Standards (APENS) Program and oversees the national standards and certification process in Adapted Physical Education sponsored by the National Consortium on Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID). He has created school partnerships in APE and has partnered with SUNY Upstate Medical to develop the Fit Families and Families on the Go programs that address the needs of children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy and families.

He received the Rozanne Brooks Distinguished Teaching Professor Award and was awarded the William A. Hillman Distinguished Service award through the NCPEID. He is the director of the SUNY Cortland CHAMP/I Can Do It afterschool peer mentorship program, and the Sensory Integration/Motor Sensory (SIMS) Movement Center. Most recently, he was invited to speak at the White House on sport and physical education for children with disabilities. In 2017, he was an invited speaker at the United Nations/World Health Organization conference speaking on behalf of international rights for children with disabilities.

Following the keynote, workshop activities will include: an Action Seminar and overview of APE national trends, a lecture and activity on the Nuts and Bolts of Service Delivery, and a lecture and activity focused on Addressing the Needs of Students with Autism. After lunch, there will be three more sessions: Best Practices for Assessment in APE, an activity on Conducting Assessment in APE, and an activity focused on APE Sports and Inclusive Games.

All workshop attendees will receive a certificate of attendance. Workshop cost is $48.50 with campus cafeteria lunch, $40 without lunch; to register, visit this link. Registration deadline is Sept. 15. Registration fee is due by Sept. 24 and is non-refundable after Sept. 24. CACE will cover the cost of this workshop for CACE members. For more information, contact Saucier at 768-9421 or email leo.saucierjr@maine.edu.