red Supported Site Cal Poly Pomona: Goals & Outcomes

Goal

The main objective of the California State Polytechnic University, Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) Targeted PhysTEC proposal is to increase the number of physics graduates who will pursue a career in high school physics teaching.

The CPP PhysTEC project focuses on building upon our existing LA program, engaging more physics faculty and the administration in the program, establishing an LA seminar course, and publicizing the LA program in the College of Science.

Selected Outcomes

  • During the first year of the project, two physics credentials were granted to the students meeting the Cal Poly Pomona Secondary Graduate criteria with one of these students having served as an LA. In the second year, this number is increased to three. Also, currently there are eight future teachers in the pipeline in the physics single-subject credential pathway.
  • Cal Poly Pomona Physics Learning Assistant program has been well established and was featured in the CPP Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (CEMaST) Spring 2014 newsletter.
  • CPP Physics and Astronomy department has approval for a hiring a Physics Education Research (PER) faculty in Fall 2015, which will address one of the PhysTEC site visit recommendations in Fall 2013.
  • EThe paid LA program offered a total of 21 positions in AY 2012-13 and 27 positions in AY 2013-14. The LAs worked in introductory physics lectures and recitations.
  • A Cal Poly Pomona Physics alumnus, Josh Zeeman, was invited to give a talk at the 8th annual Physics Education Seminar at the CPP Physics department. He shared his first year experience as a high school physics teacher (May 29, 2014).
  • The Biology department has adopted the Learning Assistant program that was launched in Fall 2013. Seminar courses (BIO 200 & BIO 400) were offered in Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 quarters each with six students.
  • The LA Seminar course has been developed and offered regularly.
  • The PIs presented several contributed talks and poster about the PhysTEC project and LA program in state and national meetings.
  • The PhysTEC team, LAs, and CPP faculty have build a physics teaching community by holding several events. For example, CPP LAs participated in the department annual demo show, leading a variety of physics demonstrations independently. In addition, LAs have led several outreach activities at a local elementary school in Spring 2013.
  • Annual LA appreciation spring luncheon has established.
  • Dr. Sadaghiani visited a classroom to observe teaching of a PhysTEC future high school candidate.
  • Starting Fall 2014, LAs applications will be processed online.