1. Gregory Rushton
  2. https://www.mtsu.edu/faculty/gregory-t-rushton
  3. Director, TN STEM Education Center
  4. APTeach: A Scalable Community Approach to Improving Instruction in AP Chemistry Nationwide
  5. https://apteach.org
  6. Middle Tennessee State University
  1. Steven Berryhill
  2. Research Coordinator - Faculty
  3. APTeach: A Scalable Community Approach to Improving Instruction in AP Chemistry Nationwide
  4. https://apteach.org
  5. Middle Tennessee State University
  1. Siying Jiang
  2. Graduate Student
  3. APTeach: A Scalable Community Approach to Improving Instruction in AP Chemistry Nationwide
  4. https://apteach.org
  5. Stony Brook University
  1. Fatma Kaya
  2. Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  3. APTeach: A Scalable Community Approach to Improving Instruction in AP Chemistry Nationwide
  4. https://apteach.org
  5. Middle Tennessee State University
  1. Jiecheng Song
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jiecheng-song-4b109596/
  3. Graduate Student
  4. APTeach: A Scalable Community Approach to Improving Instruction in AP Chemistry Nationwide
  5. https://apteach.org
  6. Stony Brook University
  1. Preethi Titu
  2. Assistant Professor of Science Education
  3. APTeach: A Scalable Community Approach to Improving Instruction in AP Chemistry Nationwide
  4. https://apteach.org
  5. Kennesaw State University
  1. David Yaron
  2. Professor of Chemistry
  3. APTeach: A Scalable Community Approach to Improving Instruction in AP Chemistry Nationwide
  4. https://apteach.org
  5. Carnegie Mellon University
  1. Wei Zhu
  2. http://www.ams.sunysb.edu/~zhu/index.html
  3. Professor & Associate Dean
  4. APTeach: A Scalable Community Approach to Improving Instruction in AP Chemistry Nationwide
  5. https://apteach.org
  6. Stony Brook University
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    Gregory Rushton

    Lead Presenter
    Director, TN STEM Education Center
    May 10, 2021 | 06:20 p.m.

    Welcome to "APTeach"! APTeach is an online professional development community that encourages chemistry teachers to reflect on and improve their teaching practice. Please feel free to comment or ask questions on any aspect of our IES-funded project. If you are interested in joining our community, we invite you to sign up at https://apteach.org/story!

    We hope you enjoy our video!

     
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    Jiecheng Song
    Steven Berryhill
  • May 13, 2021 | 09:53 a.m.

    Great project, I have two questions: 

    (1) how does the reflection take place? is it structured (e.g., teachers will fill out a form or write a formal reflection) or is it through conversation (e.g., scheduled meetings or group interviews?) 

    (2) Do you have any strategy to sustain the teachers community? 

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    Fatma Kaya

    Co-Presenter
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    May 18, 2021 | 12:46 p.m.

    Thank you for your questions!
    Teachers can reflect on their teaching practice in small/ large group workshops and slack messaging. Teacher leaders schedule workshops and facilitate group conversations. We think small group interactions will lead to a sustained community over time.

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    Adem Ekmekci

    Researcher
    May 11, 2021 | 02:06 p.m.

    Hi Greg!

    I enjoyed the video and learning about your APTeach program. Were the teachers participated only local teachers or were you able to reach out to a bigger geographic area? Any plans on going on a national scale? 

     
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    greg rushton

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 11, 2021 | 02:16 p.m.

    Adem, thanks for coming by, we were able to recruit teachers from across the US and even overseas...this was intended to be a large scale, national project...we have been able to reach >1500 teachers so far.

     
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    Adem Ekmekci

    Researcher
    May 11, 2021 | 02:21 p.m.

    Wow, that's great. Congratulations on the impressive work!

     
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    Laura Larkin

    Facilitator
    Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow
    May 11, 2021 | 04:50 p.m.

    Hi Greg-

    This is such a great resource for AP Chemistry teachers - especially in smaller schools or districts where one might be the only chemistry teacher.  How do teachers or district coaches or administrators find out about APTeach?  I'm also wondering how remote learning has impacted AP Chemistry and APTeach.  I'm a math teacher and know it's been very difficult without manipulatives and other hands-on experiences. It seems even more daunting in lab-based courses.

     
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    Wei Zhu

    Co-Presenter
    Professor & Associate Dean
    May 11, 2021 | 07:32 p.m.

    Thank you very much Laura! I am a math/stat teacher myself and on the same team with Greg. We have been talking about expanding APTeach to Math & Stat teachers as well. Hope we can stay in touch to help bring AP teachers together in this hard^2 time.

  • May 11, 2021 | 07:18 p.m.

    Great video, Greg and Team! Great to see you all here!  It sounds like your community is offering a place where teachers grow to trust each other and can really discuss the practice--so important. Looking forward to connecting and learning even more about the project soon. 

     
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    Wei Zhu

    Co-Presenter
    Professor & Associate Dean
    May 11, 2021 | 07:34 p.m.

    Thank you very much for your support, Judi!

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    Steven Berryhill

    Co-Presenter
    Research Coordinator - Faculty
    May 11, 2021 | 07:45 p.m.

     

    Hi Judi, 

    Thank you for your response! Yes, APTeach is a great networking community and support system that allows teachers to regularly connect with others in their field. We are very excited to connect with you to share more about the project. Thank you for your support!

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    Bridina Lemmer

    Facilitator
    Technical Assistance Consultant
    May 12, 2021 | 11:45 p.m.

    Colleagues of mine at AIR have created a similar virtual community of practice for CS teachers (https://videohall.com/p/2045). I look forward to seeing the results of your RCT! Online professional communities have become a great way to connect otherwise isolated teachers so they can engage in meaningful and collaborative professional learning.

    How do you identify and support your teacher leaders? These are really the "glue" of such great and sustainable CoPs!

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    David Yaron

    Co-Presenter
    Professor of Chemistry
    May 16, 2021 | 12:11 p.m.

    Thanks for the pointer Bridina. 

    We started with teacher leaders we knew before hand, and who were involved in work related to AP Chemistry (i.e. former members of the test development committees and current/former readers of the exam). Our current leaders are teachers who we did not know before this project and were recruited based on their strong contributions to the community. This new group is doing great, which we take as evidence that these types of professional communities can be sustained by recruiting leaders from within. 

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    David Barnes

    Facilitator
    Associate Executive Director, NCTM
    May 14, 2021 | 08:44 p.m.

    Very interesting! Could you share a little about the level of engagement you see with the teachers?  Are there super users, typical users, and occasional visitors and how do their interactions compare and differ?  Any sense of how/why they operate in these ways?

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    Preethi Titu

    Co-Presenter
    Assistant Professor of Science Education
    May 18, 2021 | 09:34 a.m.

    Hi David, The engagement level of the teachers within our project is highly encouraging! We do see a typical range of involvement of the teachers with some being actively involved while some are occasional users.The pandemic allowed us to focus on ways to provide online professional development that supports teachers as they transition to new teaching approaches and how to effectively convey the course materials, including laboratories, through the online format. This has increased teacher participation and engagement. We are starting to notice some pattern in teachers involvement and engagement which mostly is need based depending on what content they are teaching and also based on their experience of teaching APChemistry which varies the level of interactions.  

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    David Barnes

    Facilitator
    Associate Executive Director, NCTM
    May 18, 2021 | 09:42 a.m.

    Being able to provide just in time support especially as teachers are developing new understandings and strategies seems like a real sweet spot.  Very encouraging!

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