Supported Site Ball State University
Ball State University
Department of Physics
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Ball State University’s PhysTEC project has concentrated on improving their middle school science teacher education program, reforming the introductory algebra-based physics courses taken by these students, and developing an effective induction and mentoring program for newly certified physics teachers. As a result of Ball State’s mentoring efforts, the site has achieved an enviable 100% retention rate of physics teachers graduated during the PhysTEC funding period. PhysTEC’s influence on the department can be seen in the hiring of a permanent PER faculty member and providing assistance to a doctoral candidate, who is an experienced physics teacher, to assume some of the roles that the TIRs took on during the course of the project. In addition, the PhysTEC TIR model will be used for new teacher induction and mentoring in Ball State’s recently awarded Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation program.