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A Teacher Preparation Model that Cultivates Student Success and Diversity
  Location: SS 104
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 8:00 AM -8:30 AM
  Author: Laird Kramer, Florida International University
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  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: We present the rationale and results driving Florida International University's (FIU's) new physics teacher preparation program, a program designed to cultivate success for all students. FIU implemented yhe University of Colorado's Learning Assistant (LA) model in 2008 through a PhysTEC Grant. The LA model is an experiential teaching program for undergraduates that recruits and prepares future teachers while driving departmental reform, as LAs must experience research-validated curricula in order to make informed decisions about their future in teaching. The program now supports 45 LAs, impacts over 2,000 introductory physics students per year, and is now fully sustained by department funding. The LA program's success has prompted a spread to chemistry, earth science, mathematics, and biology. The impact is most compelling as FIU is a minority-serving urban public research institution in Miami, serving over 42,000 students, of which 64% are Hispanic, 13% are black, and 56% are women.
  Footnotes: Work supported by PhysTEC and NSF PHY-0802184.
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