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.
Friday, March 5, 2021
Saturday, March 6, 2021
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.
- 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
- A: Lightning Session: Recruiting Using Get the Facts Out Materials
- B: Online Teacher Community
- C: Teacher preparation and departmental survival: Using the EP3 Guide
- 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
- 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
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 will be a semi-structured networking opportunity where participants get to debrief about the sessions they have attended thus far.
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.