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The Virginia Department of Education’s Office of STEM and the Office of Special Education Instructional Services, in collaboration with James Madison University, are sponsoring this Adapted Physical Education institute at JMU’s summer 2018 Content Teaching Academy (CTA).
New requirements that are specific to this grant-funded CTA:
- Teachers who have previously attended an Adapted PE CTA are not eligible to enroll
- Health and Physical Education teachers must enroll in both the CTA and the graduate course
- Teachers who enroll must hold a current teaching or supervisory position in Health and Physical Education
Participants of this academy and graduate course will submit Health and Physical Education lesson plans as a deliverable. During the academy, teachers will learn about the unique complexities of working with students with special needs and explore a variety of instructional strategies to ensure all students are successful, regardless of ability or disability. The Academy aims to empower physical educators to adapt skillfully and modify curriculum, instruction, tasks, equipment, and/or environment to address the individualized needs and abilities of each child so all students can successfully learn and participate. This high-quality staff development provides opportunities for sharing effective teaching and learning practices that improve the health and educational performance of all children.
The Virginia Department of Education will assume the cost of registration, graduate tuition (3 hrs.), on-campus DOUBLE lodging (if you select SINGLE lodging, you must pay the difference of $80), and meals for all Virginia public school participants accepted into the program.
The 2018 Content Teaching Academy sessions begin at 8:30 am Monday, June 25 and conclude at noon on Friday, June 29. On Monday-Thursday, the daily schedule is set up much like a high school 4x4 block schedule, with two 1.5 hour sessions in the morning and two 1.5 hour sessions in the afternoon. Breaks with snacks and beverages are provided between sessions in both the mornings and afternoons. Participants who are enrolled in an Academy for graduate credit must attend two additional sessions scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
The primary check-in period is from 5 to 7 pm on Sunday, June 24. Late arrivals and commuters may check in early Monday morning between 7 and 8 a.m.
This training is designed for school based teams comprised only of persons who are currently employed by local public schools and authorized by the superintendent to represent the school division. Therefore, registration for the training is limited to current public school employees only. No onsite registration will be accommodated. All registrants will be required to present a school-issued identification card at the check in desk upon arrival. Individuals registered will not be permitted to send a substitute if they are unable to attend. No audio or video taping of the training sessions will be allowed. The Virginia Department of Education reserves the right to cancel the registration of any person who does not meet the registration criteria.
Sheila J. Jones is the Health, Family Life Education, Driver Education, and Physical Education Program Supervisor for Loudoun County Public Schools in Ashburn, Virginia. Ms. Jones supervises K-12 Health and PE as well as the Adapted Physical Education program. Her background includes over a decade of experience at the Phillips Programs in Fairfax, as an Adapted PE teacher and ESY Supervisor, and two years as the Educational Director at the Episcopal Center for Children in Washington, DC. Prior to LCPS, Ms. Jones was a Physical Education Specialist in the central office at Fairfax County Public Schools. She has served in her current position in LCPS for thirteen years. Ms. Jones holds a Master of Science in Education from Baylor University with an emphasis in Adapted PE, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Virginia Tech. This is her fourth year serving as co-chair of the Adapted PE Content Teaching Academy.
Dani Almarode is a third-year doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia. She is working on her PhD in Kinesiology with a concentration in health and physical education pedagogy. Ms. Almarode has eight years of experience teaching elementary physical education in Waynesboro Public Schools where she helped develop and write the division's elementary physical education curriculum. This is Ms. Almarode's third year serving as a co-chair for the Adapted PE Academy. She is the Chair of the Research Section of the General Division of the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (VAHPERD). Ms. Almarode has presented at JMU's Health and Physical Activity Institute, Virginia’s Collaborative Early Childhood Birth through Five Conference, the Twinkling Stars Institute, the National Association of Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE) National Convention, and SHAPE America's National Convention. She has lead staff developments for Lord Fairfax Community College's Educational Consortium on engagement strategies in the gymnasium. Ms. Almarode received her Master's and Bachelor's degrees from James Madison University.
Jillian Lauer is the Lead Adapted Physical Education (APE) Teacher for Loudoun County Public Schools in Ashburn, Virginia. Ms. Lauer is a Certified Adapted Physical Education Specialist (CAPE) who has been teaching in LCPS for the last 13 years. She helps observe, evaluate and assess student progress to determine eligibility and services. In addition, she also provides support and consults with both General and Adapted PE teachers to provide quality services for the students in LCPS. Ms. Lauer has been a presenter and participant of the JMU CTA the last two years, and has also presented at the VAHPERD convention, JMU Health and Physical Activity Institute, and Shape America National Convention. She received her Master’s degree in Education-Kinesiology, and Adapted PE from the University of Virginia, as well as a Bachelor’s degree from Longwood University. Additionally, Ms. Lauer holds a Special Education Leadership Certificate from George Mason University.