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AAPT/AIP 2018 Master Teacher Policy Fellows

Contact: Dave Wolfe, Director of Communications
E-mail: dwolfe@aapt.org
Phone: (301) 209-3327


July 1, 2018—AAPT has announced the Fellows selected for the 2018 Master Teacher Policy Fellowship, funded by the AIP Venture Partnership Fund. The fellowship opportunity will begin with a Leadership Workshop, July 21-28 in Washington, DC and conclude in July 2019.

The purpose of this fellowship is to engage K-12 classroom teachers of physics and physical science physics as agents of change in physics education. 

The 2018 AAPT/AIP Master Teacher Policy Fellows are:

Becky M. Bundy, Sanford Underground Research Facility/Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD

Julie Dahl, Sanford Underground Research Facility/Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD

Andrew Edmondson, Olathe Northwest High School, Olathe, KS

Melissa Girmscheid, Centennial High School, Peoria, AZ

Seth Guiñals-Kupperman, The Brooklyn Latin School, New York, NY

Jeffrey Hengesbach, Estrella Mountain Community College, Phoenix, AZ

Brian Kays, Ramona Covent Secondary School, Alhambra, CA

Katie Martino, Blind Brook, Rye Brook, NY

John Metzler, Niles West High School, Stoke, IL

Matthew Peterie, Olathe Northwest High School, Olathe, KS

Nichole Spencer, Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ

Amanda Whitehurst, STEMteachersPHX, Phoenix, AZ.

Meet these Master Teacher Policy Fellows and learn about their projects on the AAPT K-12 Portal.

This program will bring together these educators with experience in high school physics and K-8 physical science teaching who are eager to develop strategic plans to positively impact policy as it relates to elementary and secondary physics education. The program aims to empower and support teacher-driven efforts to improve educational policy at the state and/or large district level as it pertains to the teaching and learning of physics. This 13-month program will bring together cohorts of K-12 teachers of physics during an 8-day workshop experience in Washington, DC. During the workshop, participants will learn about the resources and policy supports that can be provided by the AAPT and AIP for district and/or state-level work. Using a "problem-based learning" approach, Fellows will use the workshop to explore solutions to their identified policy issue, learn about case studies in science policy from experienced science policy leaders, and receive constructive feedback from high-profile "critical friends" in local, state, and national science education policy. 

During the academic year, Fellows will be supported to engage in policy in their local and/or state context. The following summer, participants will return to Washington, DC for three days to share their experiences and to support the induction of a new group of Fellows. 

About AAPT
AAPT is an international organization for physics educators, physicists, and industrial scientists—with members worldwide. Dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching, AAPT provides awards, publications, and programs that encourage teaching practical application of physics principles, support continuing professional development, and reward excellence in physics education. Founded in 1930, the Association is headquartered in the American Center for Physics at College Park, Maryland.