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Supporting Teachers and Students in A TIME for Physics First


Our project, currently in its third year, seeks to increase both the teaching effectiveness and leadership capacity of ninth grade physics teachers. Our professional development program, which consists of three summers of content-rich academies (10 weeks) and three academic years of online leadership courses, provides opportunities for teachers to strengthen their content knowledge, develop their use of modeling pedagogy, and expand their knowledge and skills for serving as leaders and catalysts for changes within their schools and districts. Through implementation of two different models, one that utilizes coaching (face to face classroom support) and one that utilizes mentoring (online support), we hope to understand how teachers can best be supported in enhancing their teaching effectiveness and impacting student learning.