Learn about the UToP Program

Project Description

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The American Association of Physics Teachers, working in conjunction with the American Institute of Physics has launched the Master Teacher Instructional Leaders: Underrepresented Teachers of Physics Fellowship. The Fellowship partners early career or preservice Physics teachers from underrepresented populations with more established Physics teachers who are also from underrepresented populations to build a community of experts all working to increase diversity of Physics teachers, and the broader field of Physics.

Teachers of color have lower retention rates than their White counterparts, often because teachers of color are found in underserved school environments. Even highly qualified PhysTEC graduates are retained at a rate only slightly higher than the national average.

AAPT & AIP are seeking mentor and mentee applicants for a new fellowship!

Master Teacher Instructional Fellows: Underrepresented Teachers of Physics (UToP)

Eligible applicants should be Black, African American, African, Black Latinx, Black Caribbean, and those who identify within the African Diaspora and are either a current or recent high school physics teacher.

Fellowship benefits include:

  • Personalized mentoring
  • Travel stipend for AAPT Summer Meeting
  • Opportunities to network with other Underrepresented Physics Educators
  • Graduate Course Credit

For more details and information about AAPT's K12 Programs, please contact Mark Hannum, at K12programs@aapt.org