Committee on Teacher Preparation


Mission Statement
The role of the AAPT Committee on Teacher Preparation is to influence policy and activities within the AAPT that foster improvement of physics teacher preparation based on the research in physics learning and the physics teaching experience of the AAPT membership. The Committee will:

 

  1. Provide a forum and support the continued development of a strong and diverse coalition of institutions committed to using inquiry-based, problem-solving, and active-learning strategies in science courses they provide for secondary and elementary teachers of physics.
  2. Sponsor and co-sponsor sessions, workshops, and other activities to make AAPT members and the broader educational community aware of programs that produce teachers who better understand physics and how to teach it so that ALL students can experience physics as an important, engaging, and exciting activity.
  3. Offer assistance in the development of program standards and selection of curriculum for teacher preparation programs. Support AAPT sections in regional or state efforts related to certification/licensure, program requirements, and physics content tests for teachers of physics.
  4. Increase communication, collaboration, cooperation, and joint sponsorship of interactions with other national organizations that have improving teacher preparation as part of their organization's stated mission to share findings and experiences and to exchange constructive critical examination of the physics teacher preparation process.
  5. Develop a strong, working committee with wide representation from other area AAPT committees and liaisons from other organizations to expand and share the work of the committee in AAPT and beyond.

 

Reports

2017 Annual Committee Report
2016 Annual Committee Report
2015 Annual Committee Report
2014 Annual Committee Report
2013 Annual Committee Report
2012 Annual Committee Report
2011 Annual Committee Report
2010 Annual Committee Report
2009 Annual Committee Report
2008 Annual Committee Report
2007 Annual Committee Report
2006 Annual Committee Report
2005 Annual Committee Report

 

Committee Members

Duane B. Merrell, Chair (Term ending after WM2020)

Debbie A. French, Vice Chair (Term ending after WM2020)

Kristine E. Callan (Term ending after WM2021)

Oguz Celik (Term ending after WM2021)

Kathleen A. Harper (Term ending after WM2022)

Janie Head (Term ending after WM2022)

Dan MacIsaac (Term ending after WM2021)

Monica Plisch (Term ending after WM2021)

Michael C. Wittmann (Term ending after WM2020)

Rachel Sweeney, Staff Liaison

Past Chairs

David Rosengrant, Ed.D (2017)

John C. Stewart (2018)

Dan MacIsaac (2019)