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  Session: Innovative Models of Physics Teacher Preparation
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Teachers Teach Teachers: Physics Professional Development for Elementary In-service Teachers in an Urban District
  Meeting: 2017 Summer Meeting: Cincinnati, Ohio
  Location: N/A
  Time: 2:40PM
  Author: Katya Denisova,, Baltimore City Public Schools,
4104285155, kdenisova@gmail.com
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Federal emphasis on high-stakes testing in ELA and math have led elementary schools to disregard science. Elementary educators report that science, and especially physics, is the area in which they feel least prepared to teach. A disproportionate number of the students who we don’t reach are students of color, students who are frequently found in underserved, urban, or rural environments with little access to high quality lab equipment, academic experiences, or discipline-specific professional development for their teachers. NSF-funded five year project SABES* (STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools) has developed and implemented a solution to this crisis in the form of a 45 hour professional development for K-6 teachers. The course is focused on conceptual physics content and is taught by Master Teachers who receive coaching from physics pedagogical content experts. I will illustrate this work with videos from the workshops, interviews with Master Teachers and participants, and research data.
  Footnotes: *STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES) is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-1237992
  Presentation: AAPT July 2017.pptx

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