The Physics Education Summer Training Program is for teachers of high-school, Honors, and AP physics who are looking to expand and deepen their understanding of the physics concepts inherent in the Next Generation Science Standards.

We also gladly welcome physics instructors at community colleges, vocation or technical schools, or others who may be instructing university-level physics. Our program prepares teachers to become confident with the physics behind the NGSS Performance Expectactions that their newly revised curricula is based upon.

Registration & Information:
To register or for more information, please email Prof. Amit Lath at lath@physics.rutgers.edu or visit Rutgers Continuing Studies

About Director Amit Lath:
Director Amit Lath draws on years of expertise in the world of Physics to design the best educational experience for Physics educators possible. His main research interests include Experimental High Energy Physics, including experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva.

Eugenia Etkina is a faculty member of the Rutgers Graduate School of Education and the Dept of Physics & Astronomy. A physics educator (and former HS physics teacher), she directs the GSE physics teacher preparation program, one of the largest and most successful in the country.


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
The School of Arts and Sciences
77 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
College Avenue Campus
Phone: 848-932-6460

Curriculum and Format:
Designed in collaboration between the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the program focuses on the three strands of knowledge:
  1. Disciplinary Core Ideas
  2. Science & Engineering Practices
  3. Crosscutting Concepts
The curriculum of the course is scheduled around Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCLs):
  • Week 1: Motion and Forces
  • Week 2: Momentum and Energy
  • Week 3: Electromagnetism and Circuits
  • Week 4: Waves and Optics
Participants will learn the DCIs by engaging in the following activities:
  • Designing experiments
  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Constructing and testing models and explanations
  • Representing and communicating knowledge and findings
  • Experimental work (labs) will be integrated in the collaborative learning process


Class Schedule:
Classes begin July 24, 2017 and end August 17, 2017. Participants will spend six hours in class Monday through Thursday each week of the course, and will work independently on Fridays. The session times for the course will be as follows: 8AM-2PM with an hour lunch from 11-12, M-Th. We will be in the Physics & Astronomy building, Serin Labs room 225. Address is 136 Frelinghuysen Rd Piscataway NJ 08854.

Costs and Fees:
The nominal cost of the program is $1500. However, the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences has generously provided funds, making the cost to participants in 2017 just $200.

Graduate Credit:
Students will have the potential to receive graduate credit for participating in this professional development course. Graduate tuition rates will apply.
Revised July 6, 2017

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