A TIME for Physics First

Working with teachers in the Physics First program

A TIME for Physics First is a project that was funded by the National Science Foundation Math-Science Partnership Institute grant titled A TIME for Freshman Physics in Missouri (Academy for Teachers using Inquiry and Modeling Experiences for Freshman Physics in Missouri), September 2009-Aug 2015 (NSF-DUE 0928924).

The project was a partnership among the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), and thirty seven Core Partner school districts. The vision of the project was to prepare Missouri's 9th grade science teachers to become intellectual leaders as they learned to teach a yearlong freshman physics course. Leadership skills were built through research-based professional development (PD) that included comprehensive physics content, pedagogy, research and evaluation.

My contributions to this project (as co-PI) consisted of:

  1. Teaching summer professional development classes/workshops for physics teachers (physics instructor).

  2. Writing curriculum for teacher professional development (8 units)

  3. Implementing the curriculum during summer academies and revising it for teachers to use in their classroom.

  4. Management team responsibilities.