Program Information

Sec. 4: Benefits

Below are the benefits for both Fellows and their districts for the five-year span of the project.

Physics First Fellows will receive the following benefits:

  • Leadership, content and pedagogical training from experts in Physics and Science Education.
  • Enhanced knowledge and skills to serve as a leader in the profession at local, state and national levels.
  • Access to a yearlong physics curriculum for 9th grade.
  • Stipends - see stipend table below.
  • Graduate credit earned from University of Missouri; 10 hours in physics (4+4+2 over 3 summers) and three (one each year X three academic years) in Science Education.
  • A materials kit worth ~$2200 plus a laptop computer or a LCD projector (participant’s choice).
  • Air-conditioned dormitory room, board and travel support.
  • District-level support for implementation and support from administrators and math teacher colleagues.
  • Guidance and support toward National Board Certification, Praxis preparation.
  • University of Missouri graduate certificate (currently submitted to CBHE for approval).
  • Access to resources, technical support and evaluative tools during the academic year.
  • Access to and support from project’s Coaches or Mentors.
  • Partial support to attend and present project-related activities at professional conferences.
  • The project will provide support for Fellows to attend selected conferences (details will be provided as conferences are selected).

Stipends will be paid in the following manner:

June 2009-May 2010
June 2010-May 2011
June 2011 - May 2012
June 2012-May 2013
June 2013-May 2014
C1 -Pre academy meeting Apr 2010
C1-upon completion of summer academies
C1- upon completion of AY activities
C2 -Pre academy meeting Apr 2010
C2 - upon completion of student testing 2010-11
C2 -upon completion of summer academies
C2 -upon completion of AY activities


Core Partner School Districts will receive the following benefits:

  • Comprehensive professional development for participating teachers that includes content, pedagogy, and leadership training.
  • Curriculum for implementing a yearlong 9th grade physics course.
  • Broad academic year support, including project-trained coaches and mentors as Fellows implement the 9th grade physics course.
  • Financial support (stipends, tuition, etc.) for Physics First Fellows graduate credit, and support to attend professional meetings.
  • Resources and materials for use in teachers’ classrooms, including a kit-based lending program.

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