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Session 14 - Education & Abstract Services.
Oral session, Monday, June 09
North Main Hall B,

[14.02] Moving Towards an Exemplary Professional Development Program for Teachers

M. K. Hemenway, J. P. Barufaldi (U. Texas)

The American Astronomical Society Teacher Resource Agent Program provided 215 teachers with a four-week summer institute as their initial preparation as agents. Contact with the agents, including their attendance at an AAS meeting, is maintained following this initial participation. The formative evaluation of the program illuminates the challenges and opportunities presented in dealing with a diverse group of teachers. Changes to the original program structure due to various evaluation elements and the need to integrate the new National Science Education Standards will be addressed.

AASTRA is supported by NSF under grant ESI 93-53377 and the AAS. Additional support is provided by Loyola University of Chicago, Northern Arizona University of Flagstaff, University of Maryland at College Park, and the University of Texas at Austin.

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