2006 Conference on the Preparation of Physics and Physical Science Teachers

Building Innovative Programs: Preparing Highly Qualified Physics and Physical Science K-12 Teachers

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
March 24-25, 2006

Overview

The goal of PhysTEC conferences is to bring together individuals and organizations concerned about the critical need to increase the number and quality of physics and physical science K-12 teachers in this country. This conference will explore, via workshops, plenary and poster sessions, the components of highly successful science teacher preparation programs.

Attendance

The attendance at the 2006 PhysTEC Conference was 90.

Opening Address

The National Crisis in Physics and Physical Science Teacher Preparation, Ted Hodapp (American Physical Society) (3.28M pdf)

Plenary Sessions

"The Problem Is...:" Why everyone knows universities can't prepare more math and science teachers and support them better (and why they're wrong), Michael Marder (Co-Director of UTeach, University of Texas at Austin)

NSF Opportunities for Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Joan Prival (Program Director, NSF Division of Undergraduate Education)

Workshops

Here is a list of the workshops: (offered in 90-minute concurrent sessions)

Stamatis Vokos and Valerie Otero during the Undergraduate Learning Assistants workshop
Stamatis Vokos and Valerie Otero during the Undergraduate Learning Assistants workshop (photo by Len Jossem)

Funding

This Conference is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) of the U.S. Department of Education, and corporate and individual contributions to the American Physical Society’s Campaign for the 21st Century.