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PhysTEC Conference 2021 Tentative Schedule

The following is the tentative schedule for the CSU PhysTEC Conference 2021 on January 29, 2021.

Time Topic Description
9:00am Welcome, Conference Goals, Chancellor's Office Welcome Presented by Laura Henriques, Science Education Department, and Chuhee Kwon, Physics and Astronomy Department - CSU Long Beach.
9:10-9:40am PhysTEC and Physics Teacher Education today Over the last 20 years, PhysTEC has learned a great deal about how to improve the education of new physics teachers. In this session, the PhysTEC Director will describe the state of physics teacher preparation generally and what PhysTEC is doing to help institutions use best practices for program improvement.
Presented by Monica Plisch, Director of Education and Diversity, PhysTEC Program Director - American Physical Society.
9:50-10:30am If you can't measure it, you can't improve it: Using the PTEPA rubric to assess your physics teacher education program The Physics Teacher Education Program Analysis (PTEPA) Rubric from PhysTEC provides a guide for physics teacher education programs. Programs have found it useful for evaluating program strengths and gaps and strategic planning. The rubric and associated materials are at and may optionally be completed prior to the workshop.
Presented by Stephanie Chasteen, External Evaluator for PhysTEC - Chasteen Educational Consulting.
9:50-10:30am Recruiting and Retaining Physics Majors with a PhysTEC Program We will explore how a teaching induction experience can be used for recruiting and retaining students of diverse backgrounds into the physics major, even under the constraints of a distance-learning model imposed by the pandemic.
Presented by Galen Pickett, Physics and Astronomy Department - CSU Long Beach.
9:50-10:30am What does it mean to incorporate Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion into your teaching? Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) are buzz words going around right now, but what does it mean to actually include JEDI work into your courses and department? This workshop will start with a self assessment of JEDI work and then talk about meaningful ways to incorporate JEDI work in your home space.
Presented by Ximena Cid, Physics Department Chair - CSU Dominguez Hills.
10:40-11:20am Early Teaching Experiences as a Path Towards Future Physics Teacher Recruitment We present a unique model for a low-stakes teaching experience for STEM students to understand more about what goes into teaching math or science. We discuss the important components of the program, its role in future teacher recruitment, and include a panel discussion with students who have participated in the program.
Presented by Sara Callori, Physics Department - CSU San Bernardino.
10:40-11:20am Physics Lab Redesigned for Online Learning with Hands on and Online Components Our team collaborated to design 9 labs for a non-majors course, each with a hands-on and an online component. Students were supplied with a low cost (<$7) kit of simple materials which were used for the hands-on portion. We modified labs using the Pivot Interactives platform where students analyze high speed video to explore key physics concepts.
Presented by Rod Ziolkowski, Physics and Astronomy and Science Education Departments - CSU Long Beach.
10:40-11:20 am Leveraging MSTI and Noyce to support recruitment of physics teachers Many CSU campuses have Noyce projects and Math/Science Teacher Initiatives (MSTI). This session will address ways to integrate the programs to build on the goals of each project to recruit and retain physics teachers. This session will also address issues related to the lack of physics teachers from underrepresented populations.
Presented by Donna Ross, School of Teacher Education - San Diego State, and Lawrence Horvath, Graduate College of Education - San Francisco State.
10:40-11:20am Science aspirations: the source of the flow into the STEM pipeline Stimulating and maintaining science aspirations among historically underrepresented California youth is the key to addressing the ongoing need for highly qualified physics teachers. I will present my research aimed at understanding the factors that contribute to youth science aspirations in urban Los Angeles secondary schools.
Presented by Leif Andersen Monserratte, Physics Department - CSU Los Angeles, High School Physics Teacher - LAUSD.
10:40-11:20am Sharing ideas for supporting physics department's efforts to recruit and support physics teachers Join colleagues and fellow department chairs in a conversation about what CSU physics departments can do to:
1. Recruit majors with an intent to increase physics teachers.
2. Encourage students to explore teaching as one of the career pathways.
3. Develop/maintain the supportive environment for students pursuing the teaching career.
4. Learn about and utilize resources created by the professional society (APS, AAPT).
5. Share strategies for partnering with teacher preparation/science education faculty.
Presented by Scott Severson, Physics Department Chair - Sonoma State University and Stephen Tsui, Physics Department Chair - CSU San Marcos.
11:30-12:10pm Networks of Support for Inservice Teachers Keeping physics teachers in the classroom is as important as recruiting new teachers. Unfortunately, many physics teachers are the sole physics teachers at their school. We present ways to build networks to support physics teaches across schools and reduce the isolation through university based efforts. Online communication through email and social networking help teacher feel connected to the larger community. Professional development (PD) workshops, summer institutes and lesson study projects help bring teachers together. We will discuss how we integrate university events and PD efforts with teacher preparation to build robust teacher networks.
Presented by Brian Foley, College of Education - CSU Northridge.
11:30-12:10pm Epistemologically sophisticated Learning Assistants: agents of course reform and targets for teacher recruitment The LA program may serve as an excellent teacher recruitment tool by demystifying the instructional preparation required to teach and providing an avenue to experience how gratifying the profession can be. Workshop participants will be presented with research results involving the use of Baxter Magolda’s Epistemic Reasoning model to characterize LA beliefs about STEM knowledge and learners, and reflect on the role epistemology needs to play in their own teacher education programs.
Presented by Ben Lutz, Laura Ríos, Brian Self, and Stamatis Vokos, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
11:30-12:10pm Get the Facts Out: Teaching, The Best Kept Secret! In this workshop, participants will dig into data many students and faculty find surprising about the teaching profession. We will share strategies and resources for sharing the facts about the profession so that students will have accurate information about their career prospects.
Presented by Wendy Adams, Savannah Logan, and Jared Breakall - Get The Facts Out.
12:20-12:55pm Get The Facts Out Get the Facts Out (GFO) is an NSF-funded project aimed at solving the national STEM teacher shortage by promoting accurate information about the teaching profession. In this session, we will discuss strategies for recruitment at your institution and ways for you to get more involved in GFO. In addition, we will share how recruiting more teachers can be beneficial for your department and your university.
Presented by Wendy Adams, Get the Facts Out, PI -  Colorado School of Mines.
12:55-1:15pm Closing, Next Steps, and Evaluation  

The PhysTEC Conference Planning Committee:

  • Sara Callori, San Bernardino
  • Ximena Cid, Dominguez Hills
  • Carol Hood, San Bernardino
  • Brian Foley, Northridge
  • Laura Henriques, Long Beach
  • Chuhee Kwon, Long Beach
  • Ed Price, San Marcos
  • Donna Ross, San Diego
  • Homeyra Sadaghiani, Pomona

This conference is supported by CSU Chancellor's Office (Math-Science Teacher Imitative MSTI-STEM Challenge) and PhysTEC and the Southern California PhysTEC Regional Network.

The California State University - Office of the Chancellor

Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC)