Conversation began with the plans for ASP next week
Rick is a panelist on a pre-service professional development workshop organized by the professional development team (with lead by Jennifer and Greg) that will be held Monday afternoon
Most of the telecom members will be at ASP; Doug, Lin, and Ted will not
Members of the PSEWG would like to have a get-together for lunch at 11:30 on Monday during ASP
Rick also described the work on the ASTE meeting; he said that while it is progressing nicely, if the plans for a tour of KSC aren’t firm soon, too many conference attendees won’t be able to include it in their travel plans
Bill Waller invited Ted Hodapp to join our telecon; his PhysTEC program was recommended as a good model for achieving some of our goals.
Theodore Hodapp, Ph. D.,
Director of Education and Outreach
American Physical Society
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Professor of Physics, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
Denise described the PSEWG to Ted, who then shared information about PhysTEC which is concerned with physics and teacher preparation (both high school physics and physical science preparation for future elementary and middle school teachers)
PhysTec is finished with its fifth year and starting its sixth
It’s received funding from a number of sources, including a large amount from NSF and donations from corporations and individuals
It works with universities; they have 8 project sites, funded $120,000 per year
Each site is asked to address how they teach, including inquiry and best-practices in their introductory science courses
10% of the physics teachers each year have gone through one of their programs
The USA education system prepares 300 new physics teachers each year, but needs 1,000 each year; the others are teachers teaching out-of-subject, retired professionals, etc.
Physics is the science that is most likely to be taught by someone who does not have an education in that subject
In addition to recruiting and training new physics teachers, the project also moniters its impact and the quality of teachers
Their Reform Teacher Observation Program is designed to help assess the quality of teacher
Their organization, PTEC includes 48 institutional members, concerned with physics and physical science teacher preparation.
They are creating a library of resources (K–12) at Physics Teacher Education Coalition
They host an annual conference, which they cap at 120; this year it will be March 3–4.
Bringing Education and Physics faculty together
They have had some success; sometimes forcing the staffs to work together
They have identified scientists working within the school of education in some cases, which has helped
They have funding for two more years, and may expand to encompass more in the future
There was discussion about approaching other professional organizations
Lin mentioned that PhysTEC is operated by APS and mentioned that AGU is a member of the American Institute of Physics, perhaps there could be collaboration
Stephanie Stockman said there is a new Education person at AGU, and she would find some information on some of the education programs they’ve done in the past to share
Susana expressed interest in collaborating with DPS as well
Susana also said it would be interesting to learn which people overlap in DPS and AGU education—“Venn diagram” people
Denise asked whether the working group would like to have a meeting of smaller groups this spring, and what would be the most use?
Christine explained that SCORE could support small breakout group meetings if desired, to plan an “ideal” workshop or institute, which could then be tested
Stephanie Stockman mentioned that more telecom time would be more important right now than meeting; we’ve become scattered during the summer and need more phone-time to regroup
There were no other responses; we’d like to hear more from those who weren’t able to join the telecon
Should PSEWG have a strong presence at any conferences of interest between Jan 15 and June 30 2007? Please let Stephanie, Denise, Laurie and Christine know if you are planning to attend or would like to attend any of the following conferences, with action focused on science pre-service:
ASTE January 3–6th
AAS/AAPT January 7–11 - Julie offered to host a small meeting on pre-service during this conference if desired
Pre-Service Teacher National Conference at Langley Feb. 15–17
NACCTEP March 2-4
NSTA March 29–31
There were no team reports or discussion, aside from the Data Team report emailed earlier by Christine.
Next PSEWG Telecon is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5th at 2 p.m. eastern.