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Rural AAPT/PTRA Program

The Rural AAPT/PTRA program is an initiative to serve rural teachers. The program provides opportunities for these teachers to grow professionally in physics content, in the use of technology for instruction, and in established successful teaching strategies. Additionally these teachers become the foundation of a professional and supportive local network for physics teachers.


Features are introduced to accommodate teachers in a rural environment (e.g., establishment of AAPT/PTRA Rural Regional Sites at designated colleges/universities, and the appointment of a member of the physics department as a Rural Center Coordinator (RCC). The RCC arranges and hosts all sessions, but PTRAs in the general geographic area conduct the workshops. Rural participants will be able to attend up to 42 workshop hours per year.


An additional goal is to identify rural participants who exhibit leadership potential as well as content knowledge to apply for national AAPT/PTRA leader training and thus work toward a locally implemented rural site.