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APS is a leading voice for physics education and supports physics educators at all levels through its programs, publications, and resources.
Improving Physics Teacher Education
PhysTEC is a joint APS-AAPT project to improve and promote the education of future physics and physical science teachers.
The Effective Practices for Physics Programs (EP3) Project, led by the American Physical Society (APS), in collaboration with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), aims to help physics programs respond to challenges they already face with a collection of knowledge, experience, and proven good practice.
The APS Committee on Education's Policy Working Group advises the APS staff and leadership on matters of education policy, including diversity issues related to education.
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J-TUPP is a joint APS-American Association of Physics Teachers task force charged with addressing the question, “What skills and knowledge should the next generation of undergraduate physics degree holders possess to be well prepared for a diverse set of careers?”
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The NPRLG is an independent organization of REU physics site directors working with the American Physical Society (APS) to further the collective interests of physics REU programs. The APS is helping to facilitate the interests of this group through its offices and resources. The NPRLG is committed to enhancing undergraduate student research experiences through cooperative engagement of the Physics REU site directors.
The percentage of women earning bachelor's degrees in physics is declining. The STEP UP 4 Women project is tackling the issue by designing research-based curriculum/classroom strategies for high school teachers to encourage women to study undergraduate physics.
The majority of physics graduates at all degree levels will become scientists and innovators working in the private sector, yet very little of the knowledge they gain while earning their degree intentionally prepares them for these roles. APS has joined in on nationwide efforts to promote physics innovation and entrepreneurship (PIE) education.
Physics Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education
APS has partnered with AAPT, AIP, and AAS to create the ComPADRE digital library, a collection of electronic educational materials in physics and astronomy. Together, APS and ComPADRE have developed Physics to Go, Physics Careers Resource, and PhysTEC.
APS provides a database of speakers who have offered to give talks on physics education research (PER).
PER Speaker Database
APS, AAPT, and the American Astronomical Society (AAS) offer biannual NSF-funded New Faculty Workshops, to introduce new faculty members to research-based teaching, grant opportunities in research and education, time-management and other professional development issues.