Congratulations to Wendy Adams

Congratulations to TEAM-UP’s Wendy Adams and the rest of the PhET team for being named recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Physics Education Research Award!


Mines Students Revamped SUMMET/SAFE Programs

Students from Mines revamped the SUMMET/SAFE summer programs as curriculum design and delivery Interns. Read more here


Noyce Scholars Announced

Congratulations to our new Noyce Scholars! Julianna Campbell (Engineering Physics ’17), Sean Dempsey (Electrical Engineering ’17), and Blake Shiparski (Engineering Physics ’17) will each be receiving the $10,000/semester scholarship starting Fall 2017 as they complete their teaching licenses. They will be joining Amanda Casner (Engineering Physics ’17) and Nicholas Dyer (Computer Science ’18), who are already receiving the scholarship.


TEAM-UP featured in Mines Research Magazine!

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A meeting of minds can be found on page 28 of the 2016-2017 edition of Colorado School of Mines Research magazine. This article does a nice job of describing why Mines is working to prepare some of the nations best and brightest math and science teachers and features a couple of current TEAM-UP students. Way to go Nick and Amanda!


Link to magazine: https://issuu.com/minespr/docs/2016-17minesrsrch_final_lorez_issuu



Amanda Casner recipient of 2015 Barbara Lotze Scholarship, 1 of 6 Nationally


Amanda Casner will graduate from Colorado School of Mines in the spring of 2017. "I became interested in pursuing a career in education after becoming a Physics 100 teaching assistant at Mines. Through this job I have discovered that in addition to my enthusiasm for physics and learning about how the world works, I have an even greater passion for sharing that enthusiasm with others. I love being able to work one-on-one with students and help them to better understand difficult concepts and ideas."  

Kristine Callan, Associate Professor in the physics department mentioned, "As a TA for our introductory sequence, Amanda was able to jump right in and become a valuable member of the team. In all of her TA duties, she displays a passion for physics, teaching, and learning. She prepares thoroughly for the upcoming material each week, asking insightful questions about the content and pedagogy."


Link to full article: https://www.aapt.org/Programs/awards/2015-Lotze-Scholarship-Winners-Named.cfm



UNC-Mines STEM Teaching Program Selected to Become National Model


The Physics Teacher Education Coalition will provide a $320,000 grant to the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado School of Mines to develop their collaborative teacher preparation program into a national model.

The joint program, announced last year in response to a U.S. presidential goal to prepare 100,000 new STEM teachers over the next decade, is among four programs selected out of 17 submitted across the country.

Awardess demonstrated a capacity for larger increases in the number of physics teachers graduating from their programs, as well as strong departmental and institutional support for teacher preparation efforts. Funding for the new sites will begin in Fall 2015, when the UNC-CSM program is expected to begin.

The UNC-CSM partnership is the Physics Teacher Education Coalition’s first multi-institutional site, which brings together a leading teacher education institution with a technically focused university. UNC’s Wendy Adams (principal investigation) and co-principal investigators Christy Moroye (UNC), Vince Kuo (CSM) and Kristine Callan oversee the project, what has also received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

“We were pleased to have received such strong proposals that promise to develop new models for physics teacher education,” said Monica Plish, director of Physics Teacher Education Coalition and American Physical Society associated director of Education and Diversity.

With the addition of the newly funded sites, the project has funded a total of 445 sites to build physics teacher education programs since it began in 2001. Collectively, these institutions have doubled the number of high school physics teachers graduating from their programs. PhysTEC sites have achieved these successes by increases teacher recruiting efforts; hiring master teachers to work within physics departments; developing engaging early teaching experiences; improving content and pedagogy courses; and fostering collaboration between physics departments, education schools, and local school districts.

For more information about the Physics Teacher Education Coalition, visit www.phystec.org



On a Related Note

UNC in December organized and hosted the Colorado STEM Teacher Preparation Symposium, bringing together 100 faculty and staff members from 13 higher education institutions, ten K-12 school districts and eight non-profit organizations to discuss strategies for developing quality STEM teachers in the state. The symposium’s findings will be released this spring.


Link to full article: http://www.unco.edu/news/releases.aspx?id=7777



Mines-UNC STEM teaching program selected to become national model


Golden, Colo. March 4, 2015 -  The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) will fund four new sites at five universities to develop their physics teacher education programs into national models. The new projects are Rowan University, Texas State University, West Virginia University, and a join University of Northern Colorado/Colorado School of Mines project.

The Mines team includes Vince Kuo and Kristine Callan from the Department of Physics and Steven DeCaluwe from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The UNC team members are Wendy Adams and Christy Moroye.

The winning institutions were selected during a two-stage review process that began with a pool of 17 applicants. Awardees demonstrated a capacity for large increases in the number of physics teachers graduating from their programs, as well as strong departmental and institutional support for teacher preparation efforts. Funding for the new sites will begin in Fall 2015.

With the addition of the newly funded sites, the project has funded a total of 45 sites to build physics teacher education programs since it began in 2001. Collectively, these institutions have doubled the number of high school physics teachers graduating from their programs. PhysTEC sites have achieved these successes by increasing teacher recruiting efforts; hiring master teachers to work within physics departments; developing engaging early teaching experiences; improving content and pedagogy courses; and fostering collaboration between physics departments, education schools, and local school districts.

PhysTEC, a flagship education program of the American Physical Society (APS), aims to improve the education of future physics teachers by transforming physics departments, creating successful models for physics teacher education programs, and disseminating best practices (See www.phystec.org for more details). The PhysTEC program is led by APS in partnership with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), with support from the National Science…


Link to full article: http://goo.gl/ySzWoD


TEAM-UP is proud to be a 
NSF Noyce Capacity Building Program, NSF Noyce Phase I Project Site, PhysTEC Comprehensive Site, and 100Kin10 Partner