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John Stewart, University of Arkansas
In the previous issue of this newsletter, two of the new PhysTEC sites, California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), discussed their plans for improving teacher preparation. In this issue, two more of the new sites are introduced, the University of California at Davis (UC-Davis) and Chicago State University (CSU). David Webb of UC-Davis will give an overview of their program and introduce a novel class structure in which the PhysTEC Learning Assistants will participate. Mel Sabella and Andrea Gay Van Duzor of CSU will discuss some of the exciting features of the PhysTEC project at CSU including the creation of a Teacher Immersion Institute and the use of partnerships with two-year colleges to aid in the recruiting of teachers. The CSU program may eventually provide a model for teacher preparation in the urban environment.
The 2011 PhysTEC Conference, focusing on Building Sustainable Programs, will be held May 23-24, 2011 in Austin, TX. The PhysTEC conference, formerly the PTEC conference, features presentations by members of many of the most successful institutions in physics teacher preparation. Registration information can be found at ptec.org. The 2011 conference will be held jointly with the UTeach-NMSI Institute Annual Conference. The UTeach Conference will be on May 24-26. For more information on Uteach visit http://uteach-institute.org/conference.