February STEP UP Newsletter


It’s the start of a new year and new decade, and somehow already halfway through the academic year. We took some time in January to reflect on all that we accomplished in 2019, and to recruit new ambassadors for the future work that we still have to do.
 
We know that STEP UP materials have the power to inspire young women and that you are our front line to helping any student see themselves in physics. Have you done the lessons in your classroom? If so, submit a testimonial about your experience or request a Certificate of Completion.
 
If you’re looking for more guidance on the lessons, we recorded two webinars on the Careers in Physics lesson and the Women in Physics lesson featuring three of our Ambassadors: John Metzler, Shane Wood, and Colleen Epler-Ruths. You can reach out to those three, or be connected with a local Ambassador, through our contact form.
 
We will finally be launching our online community this month. We are migrating the full STEP UP community to the new system in two weeks, so watch your inbox for instructions on how to log in, adjust your email preferences, join discussions, and more. We hope this will streamline communications with the project and Ambassadors, and (for the first time!) allow you all to interact with one another.
 
As always, thanks for being a part of STEP UP!

2020-2021 Ambassador Leads

Seven Ambassadors from the first cohort will be joining our Ambassador Program Coordinator, Bree Barnett Dreyfuss (top, center) as Ambassador Leads in training and supporting our second cohort. These awesome folks are (clockwise from top, right): Mike Wadness, Alisa Grimes, Jolene Johnson, Katherine Seguino, Alma Robinson, Brian Kays, and Colleen Epler-Ruths.
Read more here »
Stay tuned—we will announce our 2020-2021 Ambassador cohort in a few weeks!

STEP UP Guidelines #PosterSelfie

#STEPUPphysics poster spotting! Cat Garland, STEP UP Ambassador and Master Teacher, uses the Guidelines for Classroom Discussion with her class at Uncommon High School, Brooklyn, NY Take a selfie with your poster or one you encounter and submit your photo to STEPUPphysics@aps.org. You can also tag us in a photo on social media (see footer)!

Teacher Spotlight in the STEP UP Promotional Video

We created a STEP UP promotional video about the need for STEP UP and the goals of the project. You might recognize some faces of our Ambassadors and Master Teachers (like Moses Rifkin, editor of The Underrepresentation Curriculum). In addition to interviews with teachers in the STEP UP community, the video features students discussing the impact the lessons have had on their goals.
This is a great video to share with those in your network who may not have joined STEP UP yet. As always, thanks for helping us get more teachers to STEP UP!
Please contact us at STEPUPphysics@aps.org if you have any questions!
 
Raina Khatri
STEP UP Project Manager
Florida International University
rkhatri@fiu.edu
Anne Kornahrens
STEP UP Project Manager
American Physical Society
kornahrens@aps.org
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