Preliminary Schedule

The 2020 PhysTEC Conference will be held February 29th & March 1st in Denver, Colorado.

The program includes time for networking (both structured and unstructured) and several types of sessions and workshops. A tentative list follows, with a schedule grid is farther below. They will be updated when the schedule is finalized.

Plenary sessions:

  • Advice from the trenches: A panel of physics teachers discusses how they were (or were not) prepared by their teacher education programs.
  • Advocacy for physics teacher preparation
  • PhysTEC Awards Ceremony: The Teacher of the Year and The 5+ Club

Workshops and panels:

  • New resources for Getting the Facts Out about STEM teaching professions
  • Working with and recruiting from Community Colleges
  • Cultivating an inclusive culture in the physics department through a Learning Assistant program
  • How to start a regional PhysTEC network in your state
  • How to get and run an NSF Noyce Scholarship grant
  • STEP UP: Supporting Teachers to Encourage the Pursuit of Undergraduate Physics for Women
  • How teacher communities or advisory groups can strengthen your teacher preparation program
  • Department Action Teams for improving climate, motivation, or capacity for teacher preparation
  • The Underrepresentation Curriculum Project
  • Using the PTEPA Rubric to guide program improvement
  • Share-a-thon focused on recruitment ideas
  • Training teachers to use the research-based PEER curriculum for high school physics
  • Periscope: Lessons for training LAs and TAs
  • Building relationships between a physics department and a school of education
  • Program sustainability: building institutional commitment for teacher education

Post-conference extended workshop: How to build and strengthen a Learning Assistant program that can feed your teacher preparation program

  • Between the 2020 PhysTEC Conference and the 2020 APS March Meeting, the LA Alliance will host a nuts-and-bolts workshop about running a Learning Assistant program.
  • The workshop is free for anyone registered for the PhysTEC Conference or the APS March Meeting.
Friday, February 28
5:30pm-7:30pm Networking Dinner for Legacy Sites, Current Sites, and Fellows (invitation only)
7:30pm-9:00pm Happy Hour
6:00pm-8:30pm Registration
Saturday, February 29
7:30am-8:30am Registration
8:00am-9:45am Opening Plenary
9:45am-10:00am Transition
10:00am-11:15am Workshop A Workshop B Workshop C
11:15am-11:45am Networking Break
11:45pm-1:00pm Workshop A Workshop B Workshop C
1:00pm-1:15pm Transition
1:15pm-2:45pm Lunch Plenary
2:45pm-3:00pm Transition
3:00pm-4:15pm Workshop A Workshop B Workshop C
4:15pm-4:30pm Transition
4:30pm-6:00pm Poster Session
6:30pm Networking Dinner
Sunday, March 1
8:00am-9:30am Breakfast Plenary
9:30am-9:45am Transition
9:45am-11:00am Workshop A Workshop B Workshop C
11:00am-11:15am Transition
11:15am-12:30pm Workshop A Workshop B Workshop C
12:45pm-2:15pm Lunch Plenary
2:15pm-2:30pm Closing Session
3:00pm-6:00pm Pre March Meeting Workshop