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Science teachers learn to be policy advocates

By Trey Smith, Rebecca Hite and Rebecca Vieyra
August 2021
The AAPT/AIP Master Teacher Policy Leader Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to build teachers’ policy knowledge, skills, and dispositions to act as change agents in science education policy spaces. Funded by the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Institution of Physics, the fellowship is composed of a cohort of 11 teachers in nine self-selected state-level teams who came together from across the country for a weeklong summit in Washington, D.C. During this summit, teachers developed action plans to improve equity in science education — from petitioning state legislatures to allocate funding for science teachers’ professional learning, to enlisting science teaching societies to promote evidence-based pedagogies to help girls and young women feel more welcome in science classrooms. Amy and her colleague

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Trey Smith (johsmi@upenn.edu) is a science, technology, and engineering teacher in Philadelphia public schools.

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Rebecca Hite (rebecca.hite@ttu.edu) is assistant professor of science education at Texas Tech University.

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Rebecca Vieyra (rvieyra@aapt.org) is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland-College Park.


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