Unconference 2021

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Southern Ohio AAPT Meeting

Moses Rifkin, editor of the Underrepresentation Curriculum, will be giving an invited talk at the meeting of the Southern Ohio Section of the AAPT this weekend. Other speakers include Kathy Koenig and Adrienne Traxler, so it’s definitely worth checking out!

As a bonus, this will be the first talk in which Moses can show off the new website and lesson plans, so we’re pretty excited!—saturday-oct-24-2020.html

New Lesson Plans

We’ve been hard at work this summer improving and re-writing the Underrepresentation Curriculum lesson plans. Up until now, the curriculum has consisted of a large, relatively confusing set of documents on Google Drive.

The new lessons are available today as PDFs. They:

  • Are easier to read, understand, and use
  • Reflect decades of combined experience
  • Include NGSS connections
  • Refer to a common set of activities and practices
  • Contain links to all the resources and references you need
  • Are released under a Creative Commons license

To see the new lessons, check out the Curriculum page on our website!

Who uses the URC?

By the summer of 2020, more than 1800 educators have signed up to access the Underrepresentation Curriculum materials. The sign-up form asks educators to indicate their field, and editor Andrew Morrison put together the word cloud below:

The best-represented subject is physics (more than 700), which makes sense because that’s where we started. We also have more than 300 (each) chemistry and biology educators on board.

Whomever you are and whatever you teach, we’re glad you joined us!