Professional Development for Teachers in Physics and Physical Science

The Physics Department aspires to becoming a premier place for current and future teachers to gain a deep understanding of physics and physical science. We also strive to model best practices for teaching physics and infuse every aspect of our curriculum with cutting edge research on student learning.

Energy Project

The Energy Project, funded by the National Science Foundation, allows the Physics Department to offer several professional development courses for teachers during both the summer and the academic year. Please visit the Energy Project main page for more information.

Professional Development Courses and Workshops

Courses offered in 2012:

Understanding Energy One and Two-- June 26 - July 2

This course is especially appropriate for 4th and 5th grade teachers and will include working with concrete materials in order to more fully understand the concepts of energy transfer and transformation and conservation of energy in systems, as delineated in the new science standards. A major focus will also be on the energy present in systems in the following science units: Circuits and Pathways, Ecosystems, Models and Designs, Microworlds, Food Chemistry, and Land & Water.

Teachers who have taken this course previously are welcome to take it again - the content will be designed to build upon their first experience.

Stipend of $750 and three 5000-level physics credits

(Registration fee applies. Clock hours are available.)

Email the Energy Project for more information.

 

Energy One -- August 6 - 17

This course for secondary teachers can be taken either as a standalone course or as part of a two-year, coherent, articulated professional development effort.

As a standalone course, it will focus on energy forms, energy transfers and transformations in the context of physics and physical science.  Participants will also be immersed in a diagnostic learning environment, explore research on student ideas about energy and related concepts energy, and discuss the implications of the research on the teaching and learning of the subject.

This course also fits into a two-year PD effort that is designed to help teachers transform their practice.

Stipend of $1200 and five 5000-level physics credits

(Registration fee applies. Clock hours are available.)

Email the Energy Project for more information.

Energy Two -- August 6 - 17

This course for secondary teachers is designed to be taken one year after the completion of Energy One, should participants which to build upon their first summer's experience.

The format and subject matter of the course will be similar to that of Energy One.

Stipend of $1200 and five 5000-level physics credits

(Registration fee applies. Clock hours are available.)

Email the Energy Project for more information.

 

Teacher Professional Development Resources

The Teacher Professional Development Resources page offers resources for creators and instructors of teacher professional development courses. These resources are guided by the concept of a diagnostic learning environment. The website offers access to SPU Physics Department's professional development philosophy, example lessons, and sample course agendas.

Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA)


Seattle Pacific University has been selected as an ESSEA partner institution.  The NSF-funded ESSEA program builds and expands on a project that was funded by NASA and implemented by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies from 2000-2005, and included 20 colleges and universities who offered online Earth system science courses to over 1,700 K-12 teachers (including both pre-service and in-service teachers).  For more information about our plans to implement the ESSEA courses for teachers, please contact Eleanor Close.

 
 
 

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