Conference Schedule

The 2021 PhysTEC Conference will be hosted via the virtual platform QiqoChat on March 5th and 6th, 2021.

The program includes time for networking and several types of sessions and workshops. A Schedule-at-a-Glance follows, with session descriptions below.  Details for attendance via QiqoChat will be added soon.

All stated times are in Eastern Time.

Schedule-at-a-Glance

Friday, March 5, 2021

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET

Plenary Room

Welcome

11:50 AM - 12:50 PM ET

Breakout Room A

Breakout Room B

Breakout Room C

Breakout Room D

Breakout Session 1

  • A: An Introduction to PhysTEC and Physics Teacher Education Today Presented by Monica Plisch
  • B: Fostering a critical awareness in physics teaching and learning: Leveraging cultural resources to address trauma Presented by ReAnna Roby and Mel Sabella
  • C: Periscope Video Lessons: Looking into learning in best-practices physics classrooms Presented by Rachel Scherr   
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET

Table Discussion Room

Talk-out 1

1:50 PM - 2:40 PM ET

Plenary Room

Plenary Panel 1: Strategies for Inclusive Teaching

Presented by: Kelly Hogan, Viji Sathy, Ramón Barthelemy, Rochelle Gutiérrez Discussant: Monica Plisch

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Breakout Room A

Breakout Room B

Breakout Room C

Breakout Session 2

  • A: Lightning Session: Recruiting Using Get the Facts Out Materials Presented by: Sara Callori, Sarah Formica, Allison Daubert, Angela Johnson, Josh Grossman, Meg Gardner
  • B: Online Teacher Community Presented by Matt Richard
  • C: Teacher preparation and departmental survival: Using the EP3 Guide Presented by David Craig and Ted Hodapp
4:20 PM - 5:20 PM ET

Poster Session Room

Poster Session

 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET

Plenary Room

Welcome Back: Awards and Teacher of the Year Presentation

11:50 AM - 12:50 PM ET

Breakout Room A

Breakout Room B

Breakout Room C 

Breakout Session 3

  • A: Lightning Session: Successful Strategies from PhysTEC Supported Sites Presented by: Liang Zeng, Chad Sosolik, Joe Kozminski, Tony Calamai, Rachel Scherr, Doug Petkie
  • B: Creating an Inclusive Culture with a Learning Assistant Program Presented by Eleanor Close and Xandria Quichocho
  • C: Maintaining PTE through budget changes Institutional Commitment and Advocacy for PTE and PTE programs Presented by Stamatis Vokos 
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET

Table Discussion Room

Talk-out 2

1:50 PM - 2:40 PM ET

Plenary Room

Plenary Panel 2: New Online Teaching Strategies for Physics Teacher Education

Presented by: Eugenia Etkina, Jennifer Porter, Robynne Lock, Will Newton Discussant: Christopher Fischer

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Breakout Room A

Breakout Room B

Breakout Room C 

Breakout Session 4

  • A: NSF Funding Opportunities in Division of Undergradaute Education Presented by Sandra Richardson
  • B:  Engaging in Equity & Justice Work as a White Educator Presented by Rosemary Russ
  • C: Let's go on a Pandemic TIR-AIDE - Teacher-in-Residence Aiding Students and Faculty Presented by Jon Anderson, TJ Noviello, and Clay Stanfield
4:20 PM - 5:10 PM ET

Table Discussion Room

Table Discussions

5:10 PM - 5:20 PM ET

Table Discussion Room

Closing

 

Session descriptions

Plenary sessions:

Plenary 1: Strategies for a Just and Inclusive Culture

How can teaching and teacher education help promote an equitable and inclusive culture in schools, in STEM, and in the world? Faculty experts will discuss their work in creating environments in STEM classrooms and departments that go beyond diversity and cultivate justice. Led by Monica Plisch, Director of Programs at the American Physical Society, the panel will share strategies, ideas, and tools that are successful in uplifting voices that are often ignored. Join us for a candid and thoughtful discussion about what works and what is still most needed to bring equity to the STEM and education communities.

Plenary 2: New Online Teaching Strategies for Physics Teacher Education

While many institutions and instructors have a long history of employing online instruction, restrictions on in-person teaching modalities due to the COVID-19 pandemic expanded the use of online instruction dramatically. This panel will share success stories of creating new online strategies in physics teacher education programs. Our invited faculty experts have created new materials, adapted and improvised new instructional spaces, taken advantage of existing tools for collaborative engagement online, and modified approaches to clinical practice. The development and testing of new ideas for online physics teacher education, such as those presented here, are useful both for the continued success of physics teacher education programs under COVID-19 restrictions and for expanding existing programs to improve remote access to instruction.

Breakout Sessions:

Session 1:

  • A: An Introduction to PhysTEC and Physics Teacher Education Today
  • B: Fostering a critical awareness in physics teaching and learning: Leveraging cultural resources to address trauma 
  • C: Periscope Video Lessons: Looking into learning in best-practices physics classrooms

Session 2:

  • A: Lightning Session: Recruiting Using Get the Facts Out Materials
  • B: Online Teacher Community
  • C: Teacher preparation and departmental survival: Using the EP3 Guide

Session 3:

  • A: Lightning Session: Successful Strategies from PhysTEC Supported Sites
  • B: Creating an Inclusive Culture with a Learning Assistant Program
  • C: Maintaining PTE through budget changes Institutional Commitment and Advocacy for PTE and PTE programs

Session 4:

  • A: NSF Funding Opportunities in Division of Undergradaute Education
  • B: Engaging in Equity & Justice Work as a White Educator
  • C: Let's go on a Pandemic TIR-AIDE - Teacher-in-Residence Aiding Students and Faculty

Table Topic Discussions:

Collaborate with your colleagues to address common issues surrounding physics teacher preparation. Join a table with one of the following discussion topics:

  • Table 1: Online Courses in Physics Pedagogy
  • Table 2: Future of Physics Teaching
  • Table 3: Developing Justice and Equity in PTE
  • Table 4: Finding Funding
  • Table 5: Being Political Within and Across Departments
  • Table 6: Collaborating with K-12 Schools and 2-Year Colleges
  • Table 7: Student Teachinig Experiences 
  • Table 8: Cultivating Physics Teacher Identity
  • Table 9: Idea Buffet: What Should PhysTEC Offer to Help You?

Talk-out Sessions:

Talk-out sessions will be a semi-structured networking opportunity where participants get to debrief about the sessions they have attended thus far. 

Poster Session:

The Poster Session will be hosted in an embedded Gather.Town space within the QiqoChat PhysTEC Conference Event. All posters will be interactive objects that can be viewed while speaking with the presenter.