red Supported Site Boston University: Induction & Mentoring

Successes

  • We created a spreadsheet/database for monitoring/communicating with recent graduates.
  • The TIR has been awarded two grants from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to provide area physics teachers with 60 hours of professional development to deepen content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge in physics. The TIR has hired a BU graduate physics major to participate as a Teaching Assistant in the Mechanics and Energy institute that will be hosted at BU. The TIR and TA have already spoken about having a group of BU physics graduate students that have indicated interest in Physics Education Research to participate in the BU Physics Teacher Network (BU-PTN or TAG) meetings this coming fall. This will be the first success in our goal of having BU physics graduate students involved with activities specific to the PhysTEC project.
  • One graduate student (from outside BU) has been recruited to enroll in the Noyce MAT program with a specialization in physics teaching. This individual will be working closely with the PhysTEC TIR during their pre-practicum and practicum experiences.

Challenges

  • A significant project will be to develop a full induction and mentoring plan for future (September 2014) in-service Noyce and PhysTEC graduates.

Sustainability

  • Our Noyce Scholarship proposal for science teachers was funded, which will be a big help with our induction and mentoring efforts. We developed a plan to initiate a formal induction and mentoring process utilizing the TIR and Master Teachers from the Noyce program.

Activities

  • We created a database of current and recent physics teaching students.
  • We consistently invited teachers to campus events that have teacher-recruitment themes. This informed teachers about PhysTEC activities, and strengthened our network of supportive faculty and teachers for new in-service teachers.
  • The TIR has created and is maintaining a spreadsheet/database of area administrators and local physics teachers that are receptive to supporting PhysTEC and Noyce pre-service teachers in full practicum experiences.
  • The TIR has created and is maintaining a spreadsheet/database of area administrators that are receptive to hiring future PhysTEC graduates.
  • The TIR, working closely with School of Education faculty, has begun developing an induction plan for future (starting in fall of 2014) Noyce and PhysTEC graduates.
  • The BU Physics Teacher Network met four times with an average participation from area in-service physics teachers of 25. Some of these teachers are likely candidates to provide pre-practicum and full practicum experiences for our Noyce and PhysTEC students.