Iowa Physics Teacher Instruction and Resources (IPTIR)
IPTIR is a 3 year professional development program funded by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa and Title II A (of the No Child Left Behind Act) in collaboration with Science Education faculty from the UNI Price Laboratory School, master teachers, and Area Education Agencies to prepare more high-quality high school physics teachers for Iowa schools and to improve the performance of their students. The IPTIR program currently targets a cohort of 31 existing high school physics teachers and secondary science teachers all over the state of Iowa many of whom are completing the requirements necessary for the State of Iowa Grades 5-12 physics teaching endorsement. Participants have access to classroom physics resources during the implementation component of the program available on loan funded by a Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust grant. Participants receive a stipend, instructional resources, and summer housing in addition to earning graduate physics credit at a low cost. The program began with a summer institute in the summer of 2009 and is modeled after similar programs provided in 2006-08 and 2002-03.