Integrating Energy, Equity, and Place in High School Physics

Physics Topics

Equity Topics

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Summer Workshop 2020

August 3, 2020 at 9:00am - August 7, 2020 at 12:00pm Pacific Time

Energy is a foundational concept of physics and plays an integral role in a web of sociocultural realities, economic issues, and public policies. In this one-week, fully-online professional development experience, high school teacher participants will develop a robust model of energy, grounded in the NGSS, and also intentionally constructed to support engagement with current sociopolitical issues. We will collaboratively explore energy learning as a means for promoting discussions of energy justice and energy equity globally and in our local communities. By developing a model of energy in physics that is fully aware of how science is sociocultural, teachers (and their students) will gain the opportunity to create science concepts informed by their cultural worlds and educational priorities. This work will take place in a fun, positive learning community that welcomes high school teachers who will bring diverse expertise in physics, equity, and inclusion. The course will model best practices for engaged distance learning from a science disciplinary perspective. Participants will gain classroom-ready teaching tools, enjoy a dynamic and compassionate professional learning community, and be energized for the upcoming academic year.

This fully online course will be offered for one week, Monday-Friday, August 3-7, 2020. Our expectation is for participants to be available for synchronous (live) sessions from 9am-12noon Pacific time (12noon-3pm EST), and to engage in 2-3 additional hours of asynchronous work per day. This independent work may include watching recorded material, writing independently, doing physics problems, making creative projects, making real-world observations, and so on.


Water in Student Communities

Project, Instructor supplement, Video

A place-based water unit from a chemistry course in an agricultural community

Structural Inequity, Climate Change, Poverty and Economic Injustice



Molly German

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