AAPT/AIP Master Teacher Policy Fellows Application
This application is for educators committed to becoming agents of change for policies surrounding physics and physical science education. AAPT/AIP Policy Fellows will work with a cohort of 4-6 physics or physical science educators from their state (this may include elementary school science educators) to develop a strategic plan for policy engagement. Select fellows will attend a policy workshop in Washington, DC from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, July 28, 2018, and return to their state to implement their plan during the 2018-2019 academic year. In 2019, participants will again return to Washington, DC for a 3-day follow-up. Funding will be available to cover travel costs, meals, and accommodations.

This policy fellowship opportunity is based upon the "Aspiring to Lead" report from the Master Teacher Leader Taskforce of the American Association of Physics Teachers. The full text of this report is available at this link: https://www.aapt.org/K12/upload/PMTL-Report-2017__aapt_fina.pdf

Before applying, please read more about the fellowship at the following link*
https://www.aapt.org/K12/upload/Program-Description-1.pdf

Application deadline: February 28, 2018

Section 0: Guidelines and Eligibility
Section 1: Applicant Information
Last Name *
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First Name *
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Preferred Name
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Gender
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Race and/or ethnicity
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Email address *
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Primary phone number *
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Secondary phone number
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Home Street Address *
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City *
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State *
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Zipcode *
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Are you available to participate fully in the fellowship workshop in Washington, DC, from Saturday, July 21, to Saturday, July 28, 2018? *
if you are chosen as a Fellow, the costs of travel and lodging will be paid by the fellowship.
Are you willing and able to commit to implementing the strategic plan you develop for policy engagement during the 2018-2019 academic school year? *
Are you applying to this fellowship as a member of a team? If you are applying as part of a team, what is your team project name? *
please coordinate with other applicants from your team
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If applying as a team, please list the first and last names your co-applicants.
if applying as an individual please leave this field blank
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Section 2: Background as an Educator
Educational Institution or District Affiliation *
full name of K-12 district, college district, university, or institution/organization where you work
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School Site or University Department
full name of school site or university department where you work (if applicable)
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State in which your primary educational institution/organization is located *
e.g. Alabama
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Additional Educational Affiliation(s)
formal role(s) at additional educational organization(s) such as adjunct college instructor, board member of non-profit education association, et cetera
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Your role(s) at educational institution(s) with which you are affiliated *
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If you are a K-12 classroom teacher or instructional coach, what grade levels are you currently supporting? *
select all that apply or choose "not a K-12 educator"
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If you are a K-12 classroom teacher or instructional coach, which kinds of courses do you teach or support? *
If you indicated in the previous question that you teach other K-12 subjects besides physical science and physics, please list them.
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If you are a post-secondary educator, which kinds of courses do you teach? *
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Are you currently an AAPT member? *
if not, you are still eligible to apply for this fellowship
If you are currently or previously were an AAPT member, please briefly describe your experiences as a member.
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Section 3: Evidence of Teacher Leadership and Policy Interest
Each applicant will answer these questions based upon their individual strengths. However, if you are applying with other team members you are encouraged to coordinate to submit similar responses when appropriate (as indicated).
Essay Prompt #1: Please share an example that illustrates your commitments and experiences as a teacher leader. *
(You may submit this as a collaborative response if applying as part of a team). You might address how you design and adapt high-quality, meaningful, and equitable learning experiences; reflect on and continuously improve practices as an educator; collaborate and build coalitions within local, state, and/or national networks; make sense of, translate, and/or push back on policies that impact teaching and learning; or advocate for and bring excellence to the profession of teaching (limited to 2000 characters or about 300 words).
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Essay Prompt #2: In one sentence, describe a specific physics education policy issue or problem that you want to unpack and address as part of your participation in this fellowship. *
(You may submit this as a collaborative response if applying as part of a team). See examples of Physics Education Policy issues in the Program Description.
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Essay Prompt #3: Illustrate the problem or issue listed above by providing context to how this issue affects teachers and students. *
(You may submit this as a collaborative response if applying as part of a team). Consider addressing some or all of the following questions: What does the issue or problem look like? Help us to understand the core features of the issue you hope to address. How did this issue or problem emerge? Outline the context in which this problem exists, which may include identifying how the problem came to be, how it has changed over time, and the levels at which the problems manifests itself, as well as organizations and actors that have roles in ignoring, deepening, or resisting a problem. Why does this issue or problem matter? Make a case for why there is a problem that requires attention. Describe at least one successful effort to address this issue or problem. Be sure to define desired outcomes. (limited to 5000 characters or about 700 words).
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Essay Prompt #4: Describe who you think could help you address the policy issue or problem you have identified above. *
(You may submit similar collaborative responses if applying as part of a team). Why are you personally well-suited to help address this problem? If there are members of your team who are applying too, why are they important partners in addressing this problem? Who else would be important partners in addressing the problem you've identified? These might be particular local-, state-, or federal-level individuals you are familiar with or general actors at various levels of education and policy. (limited to 2000 characters or about 300 words).
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Essay Prompt #5: Review AAPT's Aspiring to Lead report, and, in particular, focus on page 19, the Policy Leadership Framework, to provide evidence of your own leadership experience. *
Based on your reading of the policy leadership framework: Describe your own experiences at the Emerging or Transforming levels, and explain what you hope to learn as a participant in this fellowship if you are to discuss the problem you have identified. (limited to 2000 characters or about 300 words).
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