Summary of Expectations for Teachers

Lead Teachers
Year 1 - At each Center during the first year two teachers will join the project. Their responsibilities include:
  • Holding an eight-week summer research appointment.
  • Trying some activities based on the summer research with students during the school year.
  • Working with the mentors to plan a year-2 three-week local institute for the associate teachers.
  • Working with the mentors to recruit year-2 teachers.
Year 2 - During the second year on average 10 new teachers will join each group bringing the total to 12 at each Center. Their responsibilities include:
  • Working with the mentors to offer the year-2 institute.
  • Planning with the mentors and the associate teachers how they will continue the collaboration for at least one week total time during the year. For example, this could mean regular network meetings during the school year or it might mean getting together each summer for one week.
  • Incorporating QuarkNet activities in the curriculum. This does not require teaching a particle physics unit. It does mean using examples from particle physics to enhance topics already taught.
Years 3+ - Beyond the second year responsibilities include:
  • Sharing responsibilities for organizing QuarkNet collaboration meetings.
  • Attending QuarkNet collaboration meetings.
  • Incorporating QuarkNet activities in the curriculum. This does not require teaching a particle physics unit. It does mean using examples from particle physics to enhance topics you already teach.
 
Associate Teachers
Year 2* - During the second year on average 10 new teachers will join each group bringing the total to 12 at each Center.
  • Attending the year-2 institute.
  • Planning with the mentors and lead teachers how they will continue the collaboration for at least one week total time during the year. For example, this could mean regular network meetings during the school year or it might mean getting together each summer for one week.
  • Incorporating QuarkNet activities in the curriculum. This does not require teaching a particle physics unit. It does mean using examples from particle physics to enhance topics already taught.
Years 3+ - Beyond the second year include:
  • Sharing responsibilities for organizing five days of QuarkNet collaboration meetings (These could range from a one-week workshop to academic-year, evening meetings.).
  • Attending QuarkNet collaboration meetings.
  • Incorporating QuarkNet activities in the curriculum. This does not require teaching a particle physics unit. It does mean using examples from particle physics to enhance top
 
All Teachers

Provide Information for Program Evaluation - We report all data to funders anonymously in annual reports. Since funding depends on participant cooperation, it is essential for participants to respond to the following. Responsibility is spread over several data collection methods so that in any given year a participant may not be asked to provide anything while others may be asked to provide forms or feedback for more than one activity.

  • Teacher Survey: if randomly selected, complete online form (Spring). A lottery is conducted for teachers who complete forms. Winners are selected from the first 50% and from the final group completing forms.
  • QuarkNet Site Visits: Each year from four to eight centers are selected for review by evaluators and leadership fellows. Teacher responsibilities include:
    • participating in onsite interviews during summer institutes.
    • classroom visits when implementing QuarkNet-related topics and activities (2-4 teachers will be selected).
    • participating in a short telephone interview if no classroom visit (spring or early summer the following year).
  • Boot Camp Participants: Pre- and Post-test, participant feedback form
  • Workshop (T&L, LHC, e-lab) Participants: participant feedback form
  • Masterclass Participants: complete teacher form while students are completing a student form (at the end of masterclass)