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  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Building a Community of Physics Teachers to Support "Learning to Teach Continuum"
  Meeting: 2006 AAPT Summer Meeting: Syracuse, NY
  Location: Shaffer Hemin Auditorium
  Date: Tuesday, July 25
  Time: 8:00PM
  Author: Drew Isola, Western Michigan University
269-599-8628, drew.isola@wmich.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The learning to teach continuum (teacher preparation - induction - mentoring & professional development) is fraught with inconsistencies and missing pieces. Universities typically see themselves as only being responsible for the first phase, some school districts take on the second and everyone or no one takes on the third area. An experienced K-12 Teacher in Residence with an active role in a university teacher preparation program can play an integral role in developing a community of teachers of physics. This community can serve as the glue to hold this continuum together and provide some continuity for individuals as they pass through this continuum from institution to institution. Examples of what such a community can do to support this continuum will be discussed along with some positive results of these activities.
  Footnotes: None

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