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TWU receives $1.2 million federal grant to address shortage of Adapted Physical Education teachers


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Cutline: From left: Texas Woman’s University faculty members Chad Smith, Ronald Davis, Lisa Silliman-French and Ron French recently received a $1.2 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education to address the national shortage of Adapted Physical Education teachers.

DENTON — Texas Woman’s University recently received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to address the critical national and state shortages of teachers in Adapted Physical Education (APE) — physical education for students with disabilities — and help meet the needs of students with low-incidence disabilities attending high poverty schools.

With the funds, TWU will be able to offer scholarships and stipends to prepare a total of 40 APE Scholars — eight scholars each year for five years — who will earn a master of science degree with an emphasis in APE from the university, receive national certification, a TWU certificate in APE and obtain a minimum of three physical fitness and/or school-based extracurricular state or national certificates.

“TWU has a long history and a national reputation for educating APE teacher professionals, who then go on to have a major impact on their students’ lives,” said Dr. Lisa Silliman-French, TWU associate professor of adapted physical education and project director for the grant. “These funds will enhance TWU’s ability to provide for even more APE teachers who can make a difference where it is needed most.”

Joining Dr. Silliman-French as project coordinators in administering the federal grant are Dr. Chad Smith, TWU associate professor of deaf education; and TWU kinesiology professors Dr. Ronald Davis and Dr. Ron French.

TWU is the only university in Texas with an active APE program at the master’s and Ph.D. levels. TWU’s APE program produces more APE doctoral graduates than any other program in the U.S. and graduates the highest number of students in the nation who pass the Adapted Physical Education National Standards Certification (APENS) examination.

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