Here are some tips on how to network as an adapted physical education teacher:
- Attend professional development opportunities. I am really partial to the Colorado Adapted Physical Education Conference. This is a great way to learn about the latest research and best practices in APE and to meet other APE professionals from around the country.
- Join professional organizations. My favorite professional organization for APE teachers is the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID). Joining a professional organization is a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest APE news and information and to connect with other APE professionals.
- Volunteer your time. Volunteering your time with other APE programs or having a group project like the Colorado Wheelchair Sports Camp is a great way to gain experience and network with other APE professionals.
- Reach out to your colleagues. Get to know the other APE teachers in your school district, state, and country. Attending APE conferences and workshops is a great way to meet other APE teachers.
- Use social media. Social media can be a great way to connect with other APE professionals. There are a number of APE-related Facebook groups, Instagram Accounts, and Twitter accounts that you can follow.
- Be yourself. The most important thing is to be yourself and to be passionate about APE. When you are genuine and enthusiastic, people will be drawn to you.
Networking is an important part of any career, and it is especially important for APE teachers. By networking, you can stay up-to-date on the latest APE research and best practices, learn from other APE professionals, and find new job opportunities.