American Association of Physics Teachers
Council Roundtable Discussions
are Listed Below.
Minutes of the Fall Council
Millikin University, LTSC 115
October 19, 2002
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 a.m. In
attendance were Kelly Roos, Bruce McCart, Ken Mellendorf, Ann Brandon,
Debby Lojkutz, Roger Reeves, Duane Ingram, Ray Bugayong, Mark Boley,
Dave Renneke, Diana Roth, Kimberly Shaw, Chuck Schulz, Bill Hogan, and
Secretary-Treasurer Report: The minutes of
the last meeting and the treasurer's reports were reviewed and approved.
The current balance in the treasury is $3,129.26.
Section Representative Report: Bill Hogan
noted that Curt Hieggelke would not be present to deliver the Section
Representative Report as he had recently undergone triple-bypass surgery
two days earlier (prognosis good). Nonetheless, Curt had prepared and
delivered his report in writing. The following three points were made:
1) it was requested that the Executive Board meeting highlights be sent
out to Representatives before the Council meeting, 2) the Executive
Office has initiated discussion with the Acoustical Society to meet
jointly in Rhode Island in the middle of June 2006, and 3) it was
suggested that AAPT send notices to section members for whom they have
e-mail addresses. A question was also raised about how the mission
statement document has been used to plan new initiatives and evaluate
old ones. They commented that the document is a regular part of Board
discussions and that many agenda items are categorized based on the
Strategic Plan items.
Representative to the AAPT High School
Committee Report: Ann Brandon reported that the PTRA Rural
Institutes is going well. Publications of the AAPT "red, green, and
blue" booklets dealing with teacher preparation will soon be
available, and that they had been delayed due to multiple changes of
editorship. She noted that there will be teacher workshops before the
winter AAPT Austin meeting on January 11-12. She noted that we might let
Curt Hieggelke know of any preferences for summer meeting dates - June
or August. She also noted that summer meeting would be held in
Publicity Chair, Section Editor, and Webmaster
Report: Dave Renneke noted that he had been able to secure the
domain name "isaapt.org" for five years for only $75 total.
The committee members commended his effort, and noted how welcome the
new domain name was.
Newsletter Report: Roger Reeves, editor of
Illinois Physics Teacher, noted that the publication continues to be
produced at a cost of less than $100 per edition, both to print and
disseminate, thank in part of support by his school district.
Outstanding High School Physics Teacher Award: Diana
Roth exhibited the new online forms to be used to solicit nominations
and applications for this annual award. Members review the forms and
Charles Schulz suggested that an entry be included in the nomination
form in which the relationship between the nominator and nominee would
be listed (e.g, principal, teaching colleague, former student, etc.)
Diana thanked Michael Persson and Dave Renneke for the execution of the
online efforts, and Carl Wenning for assisting with seven questions to
be used in the application. Diana noted that, in compliance with rules
for the award, current nominees will be asked to resubmit following the
new format that restricts answers to 250 words each. (According to Dave,
copying and pasting should be encouraged to minimize the effort.)
Because the process is slightly behind schedule due to the new
procedures, Diana asked that Council members consider nominating
candidates. The nomination form is available at www.isaapt.org. Dave
Renneke will send Diana the approximately 160 e-mail addresses he
current has in the ISAAPT data base. Diana will also send out electronic
correspondence to the regional superintendents and principals.
Committee for the Distinguished Service
Citation Report: Carl Wenning and Roger Reeves suggested that they
alone would serve as the committee for the Citation as Ralph Miller,
current recipient, is too elderly (90) to be actively involved in the
process. The Council agreed.
Dues Assessment ad hoc Committee Report:
Carl Wenning reported that he had sent out 470 post cards to high school
physics teachers telling them about the ISAAPT, its meetings, and Web
page, and would do so again just prior to the spring meeting. Carl noted
that this mailing was/will be "piggy backed" on a mailing
promoting his summer workshops for high school teachers. Carl noted that
this does not address the concern about the lack of members paying dues
(only those attending meetings tend to do so), but that the treasury is
healthy. Thus, it was generally agreed that nothing needs to be done at
the present time to solicit dues payments from those not regularly
Report on Supplemental Meeting: Kelly Roos
then summarized results from a Council discussion held a day earlier at
noon dealing with the "Philadelphia List." He noted three
things: (1) the Committee agreed that it should meet periodically to
reassess the goals of the Association, (2) the meetings would be held on
Saturday afternoons following autumn meetings during odd-numbered years,
and (3) when new goals are established, efforts will be made at that
time to implement them through official actions of the Council. These
meetings will be open to the membership, and they will be encouraged to
attend. It was the general consensus of the Council that more time and
effort needs to be expended on helping high school physics teachers
satisfy certification needs.
Nominations Report: Past President Charles
Schulz noted that he was able to secure the consent and nominated the
following persons for positions on the Council: Mark Boley (Western
Illinois University), President-Elect; Troy Gobble (Riverside-Brookfield
HS), High School Rep.; Curtis Shoaf (Parkland), 2-Year College Rep.; and
Ben Brown (Principia), 4-Year College Rep. Following a call for addition
nominations (there were none), it was moved, seconded, and approved that
these nominees be accepted as the official slate of candidates at the
Association business meeting. (They were all subsequently and
unanimously elected by acclamation.)
Spring Meeting: Charles Schulz, host of the
spring 2003 ISAAPT meeting at Knox College, noted that he has the
keynote speaker arranged, Bob Austin of Princeton University. Other
speakers will be include industry experts and teacher workshops. Carl
Wenning will offer an "inquiry" workshop for teachers, and
additional workshops will be arranged if possible.
Future Meetings: Carl Wenning, host of the
autumn 2003 ISAAPT meeting at Illinois State University, noted that the
theme of the meeting will be "Recruitment and Retention of the
Physics Major." He indicated that there would be an open forum
dealing with the subject, and experts from the field of nursing might
also be invited to speak or otherwise participate. Carl noted that there
were be several teacher workshops.
IASSPT-ICCB Working Group: Duane Ingram
noted that the ISAAPT had, at the end of the Joliet meeting, worked out
a basic transfer agreement to be used as part of the State's Illinois
Articulation Initiative, but that the Illinois Community College Board
had formed another working group of university and community college
administrators to carry out this work independent of the work of the
ISAAPT subcommittee. The status of the transfer agreement is now
At this point (7:55 a.m.) the Council meeting
effectively ended. Because the morning sessions of the fall meeting were
not to begin until 9:00 a.m., it was decided that following a 10-minute
break that the roundtable discussion from Friday would be continued.
Details are provided separately.
Roundtable Discussions of the "Philly List"
Millikin University, LTSC 115
Friday/Saturday, October 18/19, 2002
In attendance at the Friday meeting were: Kelly
Roos, Dave Renneke, Kim Shaw, Carl Wenning, Charles Schulz, Duane
Ingram, Dave Cornell, Ken Mellendorf, Ray Bugayong, Gary Gladding, Ann
Brandon, Debby Lojkutz, and John Askill.
In attendence at the Saturday meeting were: Kelly Roos, Bruce McCart, Ken Mellendorf, Ann Brandon, Debby Lojkutz, Roger
Reeves, Duane Ingram, Ray Bugayong, Mark Boley, Dave Renneke, Diana
Roth, Kimberly Shaw, Chuck Schulz, Bill Hogan, and Carl Wenning
Friday, 12:08 - 1:03 p.m.: Kelly Roos
called the meeting to order stating that he'd like to review the
"Philly List". His only agenda was to determine the
desirability of a periodic "planning/vision meeting," how,
when, and where such a meeting should be held; and brain storm ideas for
improving services. He was quick to point out that there isn't anything
wrong, but there probably are ways of improving the offerings of the
Association. The following general consensus was established:
Planning/vision meetings are
needed and should take place following fall meetings during odd-numbered years. The
first such meeting will be held at ISU in 2003. The new
president-elect will chair the meeting.
The entire membership will be invited and
encouraged to attend these meetings.
Emphasis should be placed on providing services
for high school physics teachers who have a growing need for CPDU's
for ongoing teacher certification.
Some emphasis should be placed on creating
local physics alliances.
A listserv for teachers is a possibility, but
there is not a strong belief that it will be utilized; there is a
greater probability that "care packages" sent to
in-service teachers on a mailing list might be more useful,
especially for novice teachers.
There is a possible need for an
"information clearinghouse" that would provide a roadmap
to helpful teaching resources. Dave Renneke will attempt to
establish such links on the ISAAPT web page, but information would
have to be sent to him.
Saturday, 8:10 - 8:55 a.m.: Discussion then
moved on to what the ISAAPT might do to help high school physics
teachers. Ken Mellendorf suggested that more attention be paid to
establishing and maintaining local physics alliances, especially for
those physics teachers who might not be able to get away for Association
meetings. He suggested structured teacher workshops at Association
meetings, not unlike what the AAPT PTRA's present. Ann Brandon and Debby
Lojkutz noted that the ISBE now demands that 20% of all certification
work be in some way related to working with special education (learning
difficulties, physical disabilities, etc.) Duane Ingram noted how he had
been able to hold similar meetings in the past, and that he was able to
provide small teacher stipends through the MAPA program. Kimberly Shaw
noted that SIUE has available math and science hands-on kits. Kelly Roos
then noted how it might be helpful if someone would give a talk at one
of the upcoming meetings to explain to those not involved in teacher
certification what the new teacher certification process is all about.
Dave Renneke suggested a panel discussion on the topic at Knox College.
Charles Schulz agreed that a panel dealing with Physics Alliances and
Physics Outreach would be a good way to start a wider conversation about
needs. Bill Hogan then drew attention to the fact that he often sees
Illinois teachers at national AAPT meetings, but not at meetings of the
Illinois Section. He felt that the ISAAPT needs to better promote
itself, and suggested that all Illinois AAPT members be contacted
through e-mail. Ann Brandon suggested using state membership information
on the AAPT web page. Dave Renneke will pursue this resource. Kelly Roos
noted the value of ongoing discussion, and encouraged the use of the
ISAAPT listserv to continue discussion. He will periodically "prime
the pump" to keep the discussion going.
Carl J. Wenning
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