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 PhysTEC highlighted in NSF report to Congress
The PhysTEC project was highlighted in the 2014 National Science Foundation Budget Request to Congress. PhysTEC was one of eleven highlighted projects and the only one related to education. The highlight displayed the map of the 286 Coalition members, with a brief description of the project, some of which is excerpted here: "Only 35 percent of high-school physics teachers have a degree in physics or physics education…The PhysTEC project seeks to engage physics departments more deeply in teacher education so that every student will have the opportunity to learn physics from a qualified teacher." For the full Budget Request, visit the NSF 2014 Budget Request to Congress document.

Physlet Physics 2E now on ComPADRE
The collection of over of 800 interactive Java simulations and associated curricular materials for the teaching of introductory physics is now available on ComPADRE at the Physlet Physics 2E web page. This free online book can be used in introductory physics classrooms, from high school to university, as interactive lecture demonstrations, Just-in-Time Teaching exercises, as interactive homework assignments, or as interactive pre-class exercises to "flip" your classroom.

Save the Date: 2014 Physics Teacher Education Coalition Conference
The 2014 Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) Conference will be held May 19-20 in conjunction with the UTeach Institute Annual Conference in Austin, TX. The PhysTEC Conference is the nation's largest meeting dedicated to physics teacher education. It features workshops, panel discussions, and presentations by national leaders, as well as excellent networking opportunities. Workshop solicitations will begin in November. Learn more at 2014 PhysTEC Conference page.

Report Available on Distance Education and Online Learning in Physics Workshop
Over 100 participants gathered at APS headquarters in College Park on June 1-2 to learn about the opportunities and implications of distance education and online learning for the physics community. The report on the Distance Education and Online Learning in Physics Workshop discusses the workshop's major themes, online resources, and proposed next steps for the physics community.

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