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November 2018 (Volume 27, Number 10)

Education and Diversity Update

Looking for Ways to Improve Your Physics Teacher Education Program? Emulate the Best!

The PhysTEC program will be hosting a webinar to support physics departments in improving their teacher education programs. The webinar will show how to complete the new Physics Teacher Education Program Analysis (PTEPA) Rubric. The PTEPA Rubric is a self-assessment instrument based on a study of “thriving” programs that routinely prepare at least five physics teachers per year and is designed to help departments analyze and improve their programs. During the one-hour webinar, the lead author of the study, Stephanie Chasteen, will introduce the Rubric, guide participants through one section of it, and answer your questions. The webinar will take place Tuesday, November 13, at 2:00pm ET. No signup is needed; just go online to go.aps.org/2yA6sWA at that time.

Professional Skills Development Workshop

The APS, with NSF grant funding, will provide a workshop for senior women in physics with the goal of providing a framework and tools to be agents of change within their professional circles.

In today’s world, change is a given, whether in the workplace, the lab, at school, or within APS. Most people experience some level of stress or discomfort when confronting the disruptions change can bring. Whether it is a change in priorities, budgets, direction of a project, or new team members, understanding how we react to change and how to lead others through change is critical to your professional success.

Senior women interested in learning a step-wise process to more effectively lead change initiatives in their institutions and organizations should submit an application by November 11, 2018. Nominations will also be accepted. The form to apply or nominate someone can be found at the Leading Institutional Change Workshop form. Space is limited and all expenses for participation in this workshop will be covered by a grant from the NSF.

Travel Support for Minority-Serving Institutions to 2019 PhysTEC Conference

We are committed to supporting minority-serving institutions that wish to become leaders in physics teacher preparation and are offering a limited number of stipends of up to $1000 to qualified institutions to support travel to the conference. Applications are now open. More information can be found at the PhysTEC Conference Registration page.

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Staff Science Writer: Leah Poffenberger
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November 2018 (Volume 27, Number 10)

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The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics
Winners of 2018 Apker Award Announced
Go With the Flow
Leon Lederman 1922-2018
Astronomers Tackle Big Data with Blockchain
Scientific Research Stimulates Kansas Economy
Moving the Story Beyond Alice and Bob
This Month in Physics History
Education and Diversity Update
Profiles in Versatility
APS Office of Government Affairs
FYI: Science Policy News from AIP
Careers Report
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