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Physics Master Teacher Leadership

The AAPT recognizes the role of teacher leadership and its potential for positively impacting science education. Check out the opportunities and resources below to get involved as a physics teacher leader.

AAPT/AIP Master Teacher Policy Fellowship: July 21-28, Washington, DC (Applications open January 2018 for this fully-funded leadership experience).

AAPT Physics Master Teacher Leader Task Force Project

Over 43 current or prior physics teachers, including teacher educators, physics education researchers, and policy leaders, have contributed to this project since early 2016.

AtL Map

Recognizing the need for networked physics teacher leadership to improve the quality and quantity of K-12 physics education, the AAPT selected a group of 17 Physics Master Teacher Leaders (PMTLs) supported by 13 teacher advisory members and a team of leadership advisory members.This task force was asked to develop a strategic plan to "create a new set of aspirational and coherent professional development and leadership models for the K-12 physics education community," and resulted in a major report, Aspiring to Lead. This project has been supported through a number of 100Kin10 Collaboration Grants and funds allocated by the AAPT Board of Directors.

Report: Aspiring to Lead - Engaging K-12 Teachers as Agents of National Change in Physics Education

Program Design: Based upon the report, the team proposes to design three programs that address the three priority areas set forth in the report.

AtL Program Design

Research Plan: These priority areas and associated programs call for additional educational research that focuses on both teacher leader network analysis, as well as contextualized studies on specific types of teacher leadership engagement.

AtL Research Plan

List of Meetings:

  • Seed Meeting: March 1-2, 2016 --> Microchip Whitepaper
  • Virtual Meetings: July-November 2016
  • Summit Face-to-Face: December 2-3, 2016
  • Aspiring to Lead Report Release: May 2017
  • Teacher Leader Agency and Advocacy (TLAA) Working Group: May 22-23, 2017
  • Teacher Preparation and Retention Program (TPReP) Working Group: July 1-2, 2017
  • Physics at All Levels (PALs) Working Group: September 22-23, 2017
  • Report Presentation to National Science Foundation: October 18, 2017 --> Presentation Slides

To learn more about this effort, please contact AAPT K-12 Program Manager Rebecca Vieyra at rvieyra@aapt.org.