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STEM Ed Announcement: Stipends and PDP Opportunity for AP Physics 1 Teachers
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- Subject: STEM Ed Announcement: Stipends and PDP Opportunity for AP Physics 1 Teachers
- From: "Mort Sternheim" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sat, 30 May 2015 17:26:57 -0400
This is not a UMass Amherst program
Contact information is below.
Dear Science Education Leaders, Building Administrators and Physics
Boston University is proposing a novel methodology for delivering AP
Physics 1 to three distinct groups: (1) directly to students whose
schools do not offer AP Physics 1; (2) novice teachers and/or teachers
without strong backgrounds in physics who are responsible for teaching
AP Physics 1; and (3) veteran teachers responsible for teaching AP
Physics 1 who are looking for something new to try. We are particularly
interested in teachers and students from high needs school districts.
Teachers joining this project from schools that offer AP Physics 1 will
receive a stipend and PDPs for full participation.
Students joining this project from schools that do not offer AP Physics
1 will receive additional no cost tutoring at the Boston University
campus and a stipend for full participation. There is also the option
for students, with the cooperation and approval of the students school
administration, to earn high school credit for the College Board AP
Physics 1 course.
If this peeks your interest, please read below.
If you would like further information concerning this proposed project,
kindly contact me.
RE: Urban High School Physics Education through the AP Physics 1 MOOC
Boston University (BU) proposes to implement a new model of Advanced
Placement (AP) physics instruction for underserved high school students
and provide professional development in AP physics for novice and
underprepared high school instructors by using a massive open online
course (MOOC) as the content source.
The BU edX MOOC AP Physics 1 is an official audited College Board
The project proposes to pilot 3 models of delivery: (1) Small Private
Online Course Model targeting underserved students from schools that do
not offer AP Physics 1; (2) A Professional Development (PD) Model
targeting novice teachers and/or teachers without a strong background
in physics who are responsible for teaching AP Physics 1; (3) A Flipped
Classroom Model targeting veteran AP Physics teachers and/or teachers
with a strong background in physics who are responsible for teaching AP
Teachers (models 2 and 3) and students (model 1) will receive a stipend
for their full participation, and in addition teachers will be eligible
to obtain Professional Development Points (PDPs) that can be used for
state recertification purposes.
The primary instructional tool for each of these three models will be
the BU AP Physics 1 edX platform MOOC and associated online discussion
In the Small Private Online Course (SPOC) model participating students
will also come to the BU campus to receive additional
mentoring/tutoring from BU undergraduate near peer physics majors
trained in instructional engagement and supervised by the project
In the Professional Development and Flipped Classroom model students
attend a traditional classroom but instead of receiving teacher
directed instruction, classroom time will be used for practice and
feedback in individual and small groups, with tutoring and mentoring
focusing on the learners needs. In both of these models the classroom
teachers will meet regularly with the project director to coordinate
and discuss ongoing implementation of the project. The project director
will also make monthly site visits to the PD model teachers classrooms
to provide additional support.
If you are interested in learning more about participating in this
project, kindly respond to Mark D. Greenman at your earliest
Mark D. Greenman
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