Integrating Energy, Equity, and Place in High School Physics

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About the Energy and Equity Portal

About the Energy and Equity Portal

Energy is a foundational concept of physics and plays an integral role in a web of sociocultural realities, economic issues, and public policies. The Energy and Equity Portal supports high school teachers in teaching a robust model of energy, grounded in the NGSS, and also intentionally constructed to support engagement with current sociopolitical issues. Using the resources and community provided in the Portal, teachers 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 students create science concepts informed by their cultural worlds and educational priorities. Check out the classroom-ready teaching tools and enjoy a dynamic and compassionate professional learning community!

While we are first developing materials, contributions to the Energy and Equity Portal will be limited to participants in the Energy and Equity summer workshops for high school teachers. The Portal will be available for contributions from the wider community in 2022.

What can I do with the Energy and Equity Portal?

  • Find relevant materials for teaching energy and equity as part of a high school physics course
  • Contribute & review teaching materials
  • Join a growing community of teachers committed to innovative high school physics teaching
  • Find support for learning about new pedagogies and content

We aim to be not just a repository of online instructional resources, but a thriving community working on educational change. We intend for the Energy and Equity Portal to develop a thriving community that:

  • communicates with one another regularly,
  • seeks support from one another,
  • provides support to one another, and
  • uses these tools to sustain constructive professional collaborations.

Who can I contact if I have more questions about the Energy and Equity Portal?

Email us at info@energyandequity.org.

Who created the Energy and Equity Portal?

  • Rachel E. Scherr, University of Washington Bothell
  • Sam McKagan, Alder Science Education Association
  • Adrian Madsen, Alder Science Education Association
  • Amy Robertson, Seattle Pacific University
  • Lane Seeley, Seattle Pacific University
  • Kara Gray, Seattle Pacific University
  • W. Tali Hairston, Equitable Development LLC
  • Michael Thenhaus, American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Lyle Barbato, American Association of Physics Teachers
  • Bruce Mason, University of Oklahoma

The design and structure of the Energy and Equity Portal is based on the Living Physics Portal, designed and built by the Living Physics Portal team.

How is the Energy and Equity Portal funded?

The Energy and Equity Portal is funded through a National Science Foundation grant (award no. 1936601). All resources on the Energy and Equity Portal are free to use.