AAPT High School 

Teacher Camp 2024

Welcome to the home page for the AAPT High School Physics Teacher Camp!

What:  The camp is a self-organizing opportunity for teachers of high school physics classes to discuss topics such as inquiry labs, standards-based grading, equity, and other issues important to high school physics. The registrants will determine the topics. There will also be a chance to share something about your teaching with a small group.

When:  Sunday, July 7th, 2024 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (Eastern)

Where: John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science (55 Malcolm X.  Blvd, Boston, MA)

Who: Individuals will be employed teaching at least one 9th-12th grade physics class in the 2024-2025 school year.

Cost: $25

Registration Form!

Code of Conduct: The AAPT Code of Conduct is in effect for this event. Please see info here.

Invited Speaker: Chandralekha Singh, PhD

Speaker Bio: Chandralekha Singh is a Distinguished Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Founding Director of the Discipline-based Science Education Research Center (dB-SERC) at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Past President of the American Association of Physics Teachers. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and her Ph.D. in theoretical condensed matter physics from the University of California Santa Barbara. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, before joining the University of Pittsburgh. She co-led the US team to the International Conference on Women in Physics in Birmingham UK in 2017. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers, American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science. More information about her can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/professorsinghswebpage/

Title: Towards meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion in physics learning environments

Chandralekha Singh, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh

Instructors often only focus on content knowledge and skills to improve student engagement and learning in physics courses. However, students’ sense-of-belonging, self-efficacy and mindset can also play an important role in their engagement and success in physics. For example, students’ sense of belonging in a physics class, their self-efficacy, and views about whether intelligence in physics is “fixed” or “malleable” can affect engagement and learning. These types of concerns can especially impact the learning outcomes of women and racial/ethnic minority students and stereotype threats can exacerbate these issues. I will discuss prior research studies that show how different types of social psychological interventions (e.g., social belonging and growth mindset) have improved the motivation and learning outcomes of all students, especially women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. These interventions include providing data to students about how intelligence is malleable and one can become an expert in a discipline by working hard in a deliberate manner, sharing with examples of testimonials of past students from diverse backgrounds, who struggled initially but then succeeded by working hard and using deliberate approaches. We will discuss how ecological belonging interventions can be adapted and implemented in physics classes to make them more equitable and inclusive. These types of interventions are short even though they have the potential to impact student outcomes significantly—especially for underrepresented students in physics classes. We will present data from large introductory physics courses showing the efficacy of such interventions. We will also discuss evidence-based inclusive mentoring approaches that can enhance student outcomes significantly.

Optional Readings:


Unlocking the benefits of gender diversity: How an ecological-belonging intervention enhances performance in science classrooms", K. Binning. B. Conrique, D. Doucette, and C. Singh, Psych. Science 35 (3),  (2024) https://doi.org/10.1177/09567976231221534 

High School teachers are encouraged to participate in the AAPT Summer Meeting 2024.  Link to registration is HERE

Teachers are also encouraged to participate in the MIT Teacher's Day on Saturday, July 6th. Link to more information is HERE.

AAPT has set aside funds to help members of the physics education community defray the cost to attend the AAPT Summer Meeting 2024Click here for that information

If lodging is an obstacle for you, reach out to Nora Paul-Schultz (contact information on the contact page on this site).

If you have suggestions for furture speakers, please contact either Michael Lerner or Kelly O'Shea (contact information on the contact page of this site).