Partnership Program:
Curriculum and Structure

Curriculum

Partnered high school students will have access to the same resources as those of our University of Illinois students. These include but are not limited to:

IOLab
IOLab

  • pre-lectures.
     
  • research-based online homework including mastery-inspired activities.
     
  • group problem-solving activities.
     
  • design-based labs using IOLab.
     
  • assessments.
     

Structure and Support

True partnership takes advantage of everyone’s strengths and contributions. While we can provide expertise in the physics curriculum, it is the teachers experience with their students in the classroom that will be essential for creating an effective learning environment. We see this as an on-going partnership with the activities iteratively improving.  We also envision the program starting small, and then growing as we gain expertise into the key elements for creating a successful experience. Our initial implementation will likely include:

  • teachers working through curriculum.

  • initial in-person meeting hosted by U of I.

  • weekly on-line check-ins with U of I physics team.

  • monthly in-person regional meetings hosted by teacher's school.

  • continuous online curriculum support for teachers throughout the academic year.

We realize that high school physics teachers do not have 'extra' time available, so we will work to have these activities fall within the professional development time or seek supplemental funding/compensation as necessary.