2019 Summer Leadership Institute

The 2019 PTRA Summer Leadership Institute will be July 24-28, 2019 at Capitol Reef National Park, Utah (https://www.nps.gov/care/index.htm).  Transportation to and from Salt Lake City will be provided for those attending the AAPT meeting.  It is about a 3 hr. drive and we will leave Wed. afternoon and return to Salt Lake City before 2 PM on Sunday.

The main focus of the institute will be astronomy and application in the K-12 classroom, but other topics will include:
  • development of materials and resources for K-12 teachers and students
  • further development of a strategic plan 
  • updates on quantum resources and potential workshops

The cost of attending the institute will vary according to prior level of involvement and PTRA support.:

  • As per discussion and consensus at the WM19, all participants will be required to pay a $200 registration fee.  This fee will be assessed once the final list of participants is determined.  Failure to pay the fee by the designated deadline will relinquish your registration to the next person on the waiting list. 
  • All participants will be responsible for their travel and housing accommodations.  There is limited dormitory type housing “on site” but there are also nearby hotels (about 10 miles) if you prefer. The link for housing reservations and payment will be posted after the participant list is determined.  PTRAs who have fulfilled the requirements to have workshops will be given first priority for the on site housing. Cost of meals and housing (dorm only) is $160 per person.  
  • All participants must be current members of AAPT.
  • Participants who are considered to be PTRA Specialists (see PTRA Designations)  and have contributed at least $250 to the continuation fund in the last year AND provided a minimum of 3 hours of workshops/professional development per year for the last 2 years, will receive a travel stipend in the amount of $500 (distributed after the institute). All participants/PTRAs are expected to provide Professional Development to their peers based on best practices and content developed at the leadership institute. As per the adopted guidelines, active PTRAs (i.e. Specialists) must provide a minimum of 3 hours of workshops per year. Documentation of workshops is based on workshop listings and participants from the required online surveys.  
  • If participants are not PTRAs and do not want to provide PD in return for their attendance, the registration fee is $500. 
  • If an attending participant accepts the contract to be a PTRA and only pays the $200 fee, but does not fulfill the PD obligations within the 2019-2020 year, the $300 difference will be assessed and/or be applied to the next institute.
  • New PTRA applicants are eligible to apply for one of the limited scholarships from AAPT to help offset institute expenses. The expectation for those receiving scholarship funds is that they contribute to the physics community by providing PD for their peers in the coming year.  For more information on the scholarship, contact Dr. Matsler (kmatsler@me.com)
  • Miscellaneous:  Attire is casual. Since the focus of the institute is astronomy, there will be nightly sessions.  The PTRA institute is typically a 12-14 hour work day with breaks for meals.  This institute will be at least the same number of hours, but a shift to include night time viewing. Graduate credit will be available at an extra cost of $120 for 3 graduate hours from BYU.

Use the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9MVKJ57 or QR code to submit an application.  Deadline for applications is April 1, 2019 

Thank you for your interest in PTRA.