Computational Modeling Physics First Application Form
Teachers of 9th grade Physics First course are invited to join the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA), and Bootstrap's Pyret team for a 2-week professional development workshop in Chicago from July 9 - 20, 2018. This training workshop will introduce physics teachers to computational modeling as one of many ways to represent and deepen understanding about physics concepts, alongside more traditional representations such as graphs, equations, diagrams, and verbal descriptions. This workshop will also introduce participants to evidence-based Modeling Instruction techniques for teaching algebra-based physics, which is heavily reliant upon the use of these representations to formulate mental models of physical concepts. No prior experience in programming or Modeling Instruction is required to participate in this workshop.

Read more about this effort and see sample curricular resources here: https://www.aapt.org/K12/Computational-Modeling-in-Physics-First.cfm

This National Science Foundation-sponsored project aims to develop research-based teaching approaches and resources to enhance the teaching of physics through the inclusion of programming. This workshop is part of a dissemination and research effort to implement computation-integrated resources developed by middle and high school physics teachers in development workshops in 2016 and 2017.

We are seeking teachers from around the nation who have the following characteristics:
- Experience teaching 9th grade physics (Physics First).
- Interest in integrating computer science and Modeling Instruction in physics (No prior computer science or Modeling Instruction experience is necessary.)
- Evidence of being willing to experiment with their instructional and curricular approach.
- Evidence of institutional/administrative support for the inclusion of programming in their Physics First course(s).

Participant expectations include the following:
- Full attendance at the 2-week professional development workshop
- Participation in virtual monthly check-ins during the school year
- Engagement in data collection requirements and surveys (from teacher participants and their students) for research purposes throughout the year

Workshop participants who successfully complete the workshop and participate in academic-year activities will receive:
- $1,000 stipend for successfully completing the 2-week workshop
- $1,500 stipend for academic year involvement in 2018-2019 school year
- Travel, lodging, and meals (for non-local participants)

For further information regarding this opportunity, please reach out to Rebecca Vieyra, AAPT K-12 Program Manager at rvieyra@aapt.org

Application
This application consists of three parts. You are able to click through the full application to see all details before you complete it. The parts consist of the following:

SECTION 1: Personal Information and Teaching Experience

SECTION 2: Upload of Letter of Support from an administrator. This letter of support from a school-level administrator should include the following components (click through application to see further details in Section 2):

--> Statement of support for the teacher's involvement in this project.

--> Statement on availability of computers or computer labs to students.

--> Statement of willingness to work with this grant's researchers and the teacher to permit data collection.

SECTION 3: 21-question multiple choice survey of your level of comfort in teaching physics and computation. (This is for research purposes only, and has no bearing on your selection for participation).

Upon submission, you will receive a personal notification that it has been received. Candidates may be requested to complete a brief phone or video conference interview before final selections are made.

Personal Information
Last Name
First Name
E-mail Address
Home Mailing Address
Cell Phone
Education (please list undergraduate and graduate degrees and major, year earned, and institution)
Teaching Experience
Name of School where You Teach
Address of School where You Teach
Is your school a "high-needs" school? (This is typically determined based upon one or more of the following factors: (1) high percentage of student families living in poverty, (2) high percentage of secondary teachers not teaching in their content area of expertise, (3) high teacher turnover rate.) Please state YES or NO, and include additional information describing the challenges faced by your school, if applicable.
CURRENT physics teaching experience (select only courses and grades that you are teaching DURING the 2017-2018 academic year).
Physics First (8th or 9th grade only)
Conceptual Physics (not Physics First)
Algebra-based Physics (not Physics First)
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
AP Physics C
IB Physics
8th grade
9th grade
10th grade
11th grade
12th grade
PRIOR physics teaching experience (select only courses and grades that you are teaching/have taught BEFORE the 2017-2018 academic year).
Physics First (8th or 9th grade only)
Conceptual Physics (not Physics First)
Algebra-based Physics (not Physics First)
AP Physics 1
AP Physics 2
AP Physics C
IB Physics
8th grade
9th grade
10th grade
11th grade
12th grade
List the total number of years you have been teaching physics.
List the total number of years you have taught overall (physics + other content areas).
List the physics Modeling Instruction workshops you have taken, if any. Include topic, approximate date, leader, and # of weeks. NOTE: Prior Modeling Instruction workshops are NOT required to be eligible for this opportunity.
Do you and your students have access to computers during class time? Please describe your school's technology access. (Do you have one-to-one desktops/laptops/tablets; if you have computer labs, how frequently can you reserve them during class time? Etc.)
Describe your experience and skill level in computer programming (and specify languages, if relevant). NOTE: Prior experience programming is NOT a requirement.
Describe your interest in and experience (if any) with integrating computer programming and computational thinking into your teaching of physics (or other sciences).
Please feel free to add any other information about you that you believe might be relevant to the selection committee.
Personal Demographic: Race
Personal Demographic: Ethnicity
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