American Association of Physics Teachers
Minutes of the Spring Council
Illinois Central College, East Peoria
October 17, 2009
President Tom Foster called the
meeting to order at 7:05 am. Council Members present: President Elect
Carl Wenning, Secretary/Treasurer Dave Sykes, Newsletter Editor Brian
Davies, Past President Deb Lojkutz, High School Representative Ann
Brandon, Doug Brandt, Rob Mason, Zak Knott, Tom Snyder, Ken Mellendorf,
Tom Carter, Bill Hogan, Shane Hanson, Andrew Morrison, Chris LaRoche,
and Cliff Parker.
A motion to approve the minutes
of the Spring, 2009 Council Meeting was made by Carl and seconded by
Deb. The motion passed without discussion.
Dave reported on the financial status of the ISAAPT. Currently there is
$1682 in the treasury. He added that the Rossing Fund has a balance of
$30,041 and has actually lost value since the Spring Meeting. He stated
that recent fees have been greater than the interest and that he will
work with AAPT CFO Michael Branson to have the fees minimized.
Section Representative Report:
Zak Knott reported that Ann Brandon stood in for him at the national
meeting in Ann Arbor. Ann reported that the AAPT was pushing for
new members and that for all ISAAPT members who join the AAPT, the
ISAAPT would get a kick back of $5-$10. Sites and dates for future
national meetings are: Washington, DC, February 13-17, 2010. Portland,
Oregon, July 17-21, 2010. Jacksonville, Florida, January 8-12, 2011.
High School Representative
Report: Ann reported that two publications are out:
Teaching Physics in the First Year by Mary Winn and Jan Mader.
2. The Role, Education, Qualifications, and Professional
Development of Secondary Physics Teachers.
Report: Dave Renneke was unable to attend the Council Meeting but he
emailed his report earlier. A summary of the report is as follows:
Three new web pages have been added to the website - membership form,
dues information record, and meeting attendance record. Two web
pages have been updated - the membership information page and the home
page. Dave also reported that he felt drop-down menus would be an
excellent update for the Web site and he encourages anyone interested to
help with menu items and phrases for the menus.
In Dave's absence Cecilia Vogel
is the official photographer for the meeting.
Brian reported that the most recent IPT was five pages long and was
mailed to 101 members (12 via email). Brian added that he took care of
the duplicating and mailing costs.
Outstanding High School Physics Teacher Award:
Cliff reported that he is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Award.
Committee for the Distinguished
Service Citation Report: Tom Foster congratulated the 2009 ISAAPT
Distinguished Service Citation recipient, Brian Davies.
Nominating Committee Report:
Deb reported on the slate of candidates for the 2009 ISAAPT elections.
President-Elect: Doug Brandt
Secretary/Treasurer: Dave Sykes
High School Representative: Rebecca Wenning-Vieyra
Two Year College Representative: Max Lee
Four Year College Representative: Lenore Horner
Replacement for Doug Brandt: Ken Wester
Replacement for Zak Knott: Frank Cange
Update: Tom Foster thanked Ken Mellendorf for his work on being
host. In response, Ken thanked Joe Bergman of the IACT for all his work
to make the meeting a success. Dave added that it would take a couple of
weeks to work out the finances with the IACT.
Tom reported that IACT President Tony Nelson has proposed to have a
joint meeting with the ISAAPT on even numbered years at ISU. After some
discussion a motion to appoint Carl to meet with the IACT Board to
propose to have Joint Fall Meetings with the IACT on even numbered years
some place in Central Illinois was made by Tom Carter and seconded by
Bill Hogan. The motion passed without discussion.
(Mar. 26-27): Blackburn College, Carlinville
Fall, 2010: Sherrard High School, Sherrard
Spring, 2011: Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
Fall, 2011: Joliet Junior College, Joliet
Carl Wenning reported on several issues:
ISAAPT is up for re-approval from the Illinois Board of Education to
award CPDU's for ISAAPT meetings. A motion to have Carl apply to the
Illinois Board of Education for approval of CPDU's for all ISAAPT
meeting talks and workshops was made by Bill Hogan and seconded by Doug
Brandt. The motion passed without discussion..
ISAAPT/CSAAPT has been awarded a $2000 grant for the purpose of holding
two workshops for new/transition physics teachers. The money will be
used to pay the honorarium to a PTRA member (who will facilitate the
workshop) and for the books provided to attendees of the workshops.
proposed that the ISAAPT facilitate the creation of Local Physics
Alliances (LPA's) in Illinois. Carl passed out a map of possible zones
for LPA's. Several council members volunteered to be the leader of the
zone they reside in. LPA's would serve as a mechanism for teachers to
meet with other teachers who are relatively close geographically.
proposed that the Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Development
Committee be enlarged and that perhaps LPA leaders comprise the enlarged
reported that the ISAAPT guidebook program is up for renewal. A motion
to continue the ISAAPT guidebook program was made by Bill Hogan and
seconded by Deb Lojkutz. The motion passed without discussion.
suggested that we continue to work on the ISAAPT dues structure. Several
suggestions were made but all agreed that the discussion needs to
include the Webmaster (Dave Renneke was absent from the council
Foster reported that the reciprocal system with the ISTA/ISAAPT websites
is now up and running.
A motion for adjournment was
made by Tom Carter and seconded by Bill Hogan. The meeting was adjourned
at 8:37 am.