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2011 AAPT Summer Meeting
July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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Connecting Teacher Preparation to Professional Practice
  Location: SS Ballroom F
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 3:00 PM -3:10 PM
  Author: Eugenia Etkina, Rutgers University
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: In this talk I will describe how the Rutgers Physics Teacher Preparation program connects pre-service training to post-graduation professional development and practice. The key here is to use social networks and face-to-face meetings as two components of a professional learning community. I will show how one can maintain such a community with very little time investment and no additional funding. The learning community not only supports beginning teachers during their most difficult years of teaching but also allows pre-service teachers to have high quality student teaching experience. I will share the achievements of the community and the difficulties that arise. Rutgers has been producing large numbers of physics teachers for the past eight years. Over 90% of these teachers remain in the profession.
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