PhysTEC Teacher Recruiting Materials

published by the American Physical Society

The PhysTEC collaboration includes diverse institutions each with their own methods of teacher recruitment. This page collects recruiting materials from the University of Arizona, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The site also provides templates allowing the creation of individualized materials.

PhysTEC Publicity Brochure

written by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition

The Physics Teacher Education Coalition brochure advertises PhysTEC programs to the physics community and the public.

PhysTEC Publicity Poster

written by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition

This poster is used at exhibitions to advertise the PhysTEC program.

Recruiting the Next Generation of Middle and High School Science Teachers

written by Carl Wenning, David Sykes, and Kimberly Shaw
published by the American Association of Physics Teachers

In the State of Illinois, a significant number of science teaching positions are filled by cross-over science teachers. According to the State of Illinois, 2500 teaching positions will need to be filled by qualified science teachers during the next five years. The number of science teachers graduating from preparation programs is far less than the necessary 500 per year. From a reflection on many years of science teaching and teacher candidate preparation, science teachers, science teacher educators, science department chairpersons, and high school administrators have identified five criteria that they believe are crucial for informing a selection process that is geared toward obtaining the best possible science teacher candidates, and further, they have developed guidelines for creating the optimal environment for science teacher recruitment.

Recruitment Strategies

published by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition

The need to recruit and prepare more physics teachers could not be clearer. The National Academies' report Rising Above the Gathering Storm states that the most consistent and powerful predictor of student achievement in science and mathematics is a teacher who is fully certified and has at least a bachelor's degree in the content area; however, two thirds of today's high school physics teachers did not major in physics, and over 90% of middle school physical science students are taught by teachers without a physical science major or certification. The American Association for Employment in Education consistently lists high school physics as one of the fields with the most severe teacher shortages. We will continue to see these kinds of statistics until physics departments around the country become deeply involved in teacher preparation.

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