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Thursday, August 5 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
Opening Keynote: Cultivating expert learners, rather than expert knowers

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As our world has become more scientifically complex and our problems more interconnected, teachers are working to build learning environments in which students can make sense of complex issues and have agency to innovate. It is critical for organizations that support teachers to foster space for teacher-leaders to innovate, support, and work through unanticipated challenges associated with diverse contexts. We take seriously the parallels between the journey of the teacher and the journey of the scientist — professional satisfaction is gleaned from working in teams to investigate problems of practice. In doing so, we generate new knowledge which contributes to the discipline. 

Learn how the PEER Physics curriculum-supported, teacher-facilitated professional community weaves together professional learning with research-based curricular resources. Led by teacher facilitators who have been successful in the classroom, this experience amplifies the use of responsively designed curricular resources aligned to the current standards. Participating PEER Physics teachers develop and hone skills for building supportive and inclusive learning environments that can be applicable in any discipline. They have opportunities to become teacher leaders within the community and work as facilitators in their own districts and regions. Teaching is never finished; like science, it is an intellectual journey. PEER Physics is a national organization in which teachers support teachers in the journey of cultivating expert learners, not just expert knowers.

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Emily Quinty

Director of Professional Development, PEER Physics
Emily Quinty cares deeply about inviting all students to participate in the process of inducing scientific principles from evidence and engaging in science practices, especially students who are traditionally underrepresented in science. She has experience teaching high school physics... Read More →

Thursday August 5, 2021 11:45am - 12:45pm EDT