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PTRA ToPPS Project at NWOSU
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 8:40 AM -8:50 AM
  Author: Steven Maier, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
580 327 8562, sjmaier@nwosu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: In the summer of 2011, a PTRA ToPPS science institute for Oklahoma middle and high school teachers was hosted at Northwestern Oklahoma State University [1]. This institute is the first of its kind for the state of Oklahoma and will be a major step forward for establishing a network of resources and cooperating teachers across northwest Oklahoma. In this presentation, an update of a continuing four-year study that served as the motivation for pursuing an ITQ grant [3] will be presented. How the program is expected to address the needs of "out of field" teachers and the call for additional professional development for physical science teachers across the state will also be discussed. Finally, preliminary results of the institute's effectiveness in building upon participants' content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, instructional strategies, professional networking and recourses to help their districts and students in their classrooms will be shared.
  Footnotes: PTRA (Physics Teaching Resource Agents) ToPPS (Teachers of Physics and Physical Science) [1] Program website: www.nwosu.edu/ToPPS [2] Maier, S.J., HS Physics Teaching in Oklahoma: A Status Report, AAPT summer conference, Portland, OR, 2010. [3] Funding for this project was made possible by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Improving Teacher Quality grant program for professional development; NCLB Title II, Part A.
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