2015 Workshops

Professional development workshops for teachers K-12 can be set up for your district, region, or state.  A PTRA can help your teachers understand concepts in physics, physical science, engineering, STEM, and much much more.



The Carroll County Schools, Douglas County Schools, University of West Georgia, and American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), are partnering to offer training on physics and mathematics content and teaching techniques on the campus of the University of West Georgia. This professional development (80 hours) is funded by a grant from the Georgia Department of Education’s MSP.The curriculum for the 2015 project was the study of mathematics, electricity, and magnetism. The workshop material was designed to meet local and state standards. A summer session was held at UWG June 15-26, 2015; a follow-up was held on a Saturday in September. The workshops were led by nationally trained physics high school teachers, a mathematics professor, and a physics professor, including Ann Robinson, Sharon Kirby, David Todd, David Leach, and Bob Powell

For more information Contact Bob Powell bpowell@westga.edu


Contact Steve Shropshire  shropshi@physics.isu.edu


The ToPPS 2015 summer institute was  July 6 – 10 at the Alva campus of NWOSU.  The curriculum was Force & Motion and was intended for science teachers grades 6 – 12, although some elementary school teachers attended.  Each day, participants worked through interactive activities for their own classrooms.  Participants received a $400 stipend for attending, plus two separate $100 stipends for attending follow up sessions during the academic year.  This project served over 20 certified Oklahoma P-12 educators and was funded through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

The PTRA leader was Christine Audo.  University faculty members Steve Maier (sjmaier@nwosu.edu) and Jenny Sattler were the PIs for the project and were actively involved each day.  The website for the project is www.nwosu.edu/ToPPS.


Ten days of content training was held in Dallas for employees of the Dallas Independent School District in June 2015.  The focus of the professional development was to prepare teachers for the TeXeS exam. There were 15-20 teachers present and the content covered all of the TEKS!  It was a full 10 days.  Lots of learning, lots of fun.


Title: Energy: NGSS for Physics and Physical Science Teachers
Dates: July 6-17, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Workshop Leader: Elaine Gwinn
University Faculty Contact: Lowell McCann
Website: https://www.uwrf.edu/PHYS/Summer.cfm
Website for specific NGSS: http://www.nextgenscience.org/hsps3-energy
Topics: This two week workshop focused on teaching Physics and Physical Science courses that help students meet and exceed the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Energy.  Emphasis will be on Physics content knowledge, active learning techniques, and engineering design applications specific to the NGSS.
Costs: $95/day, $950 total