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Project Adapted PE  

Project ADAPTED PE is designed to significantly improve the existing Master's-level Adapted Physical Education Teacher Training Program at the University of Utah to ensure that graduates possess the competencies of a highly qualified teacher, as required by the No Child Left Behind Act and IDEA. Trainees will be prepared to provide physical education to children and youth with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities, ages 3-22 in rural, suburban, and urban settings. The project will involve the following activities: (a) updating the program of study based on the revised APENS; (b) developing an APE Teacher Performance Scale to evaluate teacher performance competencies; (c) developing a means of determining and tracking the competencies of each trainee via a computerized program; (d) developing a Web-based supervision model using WebCT to allow digital recording of teaching performance for evaluation; (e) developing an Adapted PE Teaching Seminar; (f) developing a data-based spreadsheet to be linked to a databank so that trainees can keep track of their practicum experiences in both teaching and doing project-related activities; (g) revising existing coursework and practicum opportunities to integrate research-based curricula, state-of-the-art pedagogical knowledge and practices, and 21st century skills; (h) creating a computerized assessment program that will allow student progress monitoring on the objectives of the curriculum in practicum settings and integrating this information into the assessment class and APE Teaching Seminar; (i) integrating competencies needed by adapted PE teachers for their changing roles into coursework, practicum, the mentoring program, and other program activities; (j) integrating competencies into coursework to teach children who are culturally diverse and those in high poverty, as well as providing varied experiences working with these populations; (k) integrating into the coursework best practices for teaching children with autism and providing varied practicum experiences to practice these techniques; (l) expanding the mentoring program; and (m) providing opportunities to strengthen partnerships between the APE program and other institutions involved in the education of students with disabilities. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $199,829.00
Current Award Period 2007-2011
Project Number H325K070323
Principal Investigator Henderson, Hester
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services? (Services)
Subcategory Practitioner Training
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 5LC. Evaluate new and existing pre-service and in-service training to increase skill levels in service providers, including direct support workers, parents and legal guardians, education staff, and public service workers to benefit the spectrum of people with ASD and promote interdisciplinary practice by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $8,000,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of Utah
State/Country Utah
Web Link 1 Project Adapted PE (External web link)
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History/Related Projects Project Adapted PE | $0.00 | 2011 | H325K070323
Project Adapted PE | $0.00 | 2012 | H325K070323