At a recent AAPT meeting, I was part of a conversation about professional development that focused on conferences. We discussed the current meeting structure used by AAPT and some alternative formats. This discussion added greatly to my own understanding of new ways for teachers to receive their professional development. This conversation also began my friendship with Kelly O'Shea, a physics teacher from New York. She is also a blogger (check her out at https://kellyoshea.wordpress.com) and an innovative educator. Through my relationship with Kelly, I have grown in my own knowledge of two “out of the box” ways teachers are getting their professional development.

1.
AAPT Writing Committee
, “
The Role, Education, Qualifications, and Professional Development of Secondary School Physics Teachers
” (
AAPT
,
College Park, MD
,
2009
), http://www.aapt.org/Resources/upload/Secondary-School-Physics-Teacher-Role_booklet.pdf.
2.
Richard
DuFour
, “
What is a ‘professional learning community’?
Educ. Leader.
61
(
8
),
6
11
(
2004
).
3.
A Physics PLC: Collaboration at a Distance
,”
LearningAnd-Physics
(Feb. 16,
2013
), https://learningandphysics.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/a-physics-plc-collaboration-at-a-distance/. Accessed Feb. 15, 2015.
4.
John
Burk
and
Josh
Gates
, “
Physics teacher camp
,”
Phys. Teach.
49
,
459
(Oct.
2011
).
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