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NJ-PTAG meeting Oct 17 TCNJ

25 Sep 2019 3:47 PM | Nancy Michaelsen (Administrator)

Please join us on October 17th from 5:30 - 7:30 PM for the Fall meeting of the New Jersey Physics Teacher Advisory Group (NJ-PTAG).  Come learn about a professional development and research opportunity, discuss lesson planning possibilities for block vs. "regular" schedules, and seek out or provide advice for early-career physics teachers.  

In addition to engaging with colleagues and gaining new ideas for teaching, participants receive FREE PHYSICS- FOCUSED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

The NJ-PTAG is an initiative of TCNJ’s NSF-funded Robert Noyce Physics Teacher Education Scholarship Program.  This regional network for physics teachers serves to promote new collaborations, an exchange of physics-teaching ideas, and opportunities to mentor and support early-career physics teachers.  Membership is open to all practicing high school physics teachers and mentors in the region, prospective physics teachers at TCNJ and other NJ colleges, and physics teacher education faculty at TCNJ and other NJ colleges.  NJ-PTAG meetings are held at least twice per year.

Please join us!

When:  Thursday, October 17th, 5:30 – 7:30.  Food will be provided.

Where: TCNJ Physics and Math Building (formerly called the Science Complex), Room P309

Cost:  Free.


·        Network with local colleagues.  

·        Learn about opportunities to participate in professional development and research regarding the use of spreadsheet models for physics as part of an NSF grant awarded to one of your colleagues (Michael McConnell, Spreadsheet Lab Manual, formerly from Cinnaminson High School).

·         Participate in a discussion about block schedule lesson planning and what works for block vs. "regular" schedules (Craig Halpern, Ewing High School)    

·         Provide advice to newer teachers and pre-service teachers in a "new teacher advisory roundtable discussion."  Early-career and pre-service teachers are invited to bring their questions and concerns and experienced teachers are asked to bring time-tested advice and thoughts about what they wish they had known when starting out.     



·        Credit for two hours of professional development, certified by TCNJ.  (Note that it is up to each participant to confirm acceptance of these PD hours by his/her school district.)

·        Reimbursement for travel in the form of a $15 Wawa gift card.


Directions and Parking:  TCNJ’s campus is located at 2000 Pennington Rd., Ewing, NJ, 1.5 miles south of exit 72 on I-295 (old exit 4).   We have arranged to have the gates open (beginning at 5:00) for parking Lots 1 and 2, which are the closest to the Physics and Math Building.  No permit is required.  Should those lots be full, additional parking is available in Lot 4.  A map of campus and parking options is available here:

RSVP: Please respond to this email by Friday, October 11th  to let us know that you plan to attend or to express interest in hearing about future NJ-PTAG events and opportunities.

***WHEN YOU RSVP, please tell us if you currently have block-scheduling at your school.  We invite you to bring along samples of successful block lessons to share. 

Please feel free to share this invitation and to contact us with any questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, October 17th!




Dr. Nathan Magee
Associate Professor of Physics
Principal Investigator, NSF/Noyce Physics Teacher Education Program at TCNJ
The College of New Jersey


Dr. Melissa Chessler

Assistant Program Director

Robert Noyce Physics Teacher Education Program

The College of New Jersey

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