Report on how to support high school teachers interested in teaching and mentoring students in quantum science

Report

The Quantum Education interest group of the IEEE Quantum Initiative held an open discussion on February 10th, 2021. See Discussion on how to support high school teachers interested in teaching and mentoring students in quantum science for the meeting invitation. The group is managed through a mailing list which anyone can join by emailing the administrators.

The report here serves as a summary of the points brought up at the two hour Webex call. 52 participants shared their perspectives as education researchers, high school teachers, high school to graduate students, teacher trainers, university instructors, outreach and community organizers, and education nonprofit leaders. This report consists of extended summaries of Subgroups A, B, & D’s discussions, and a transcription of Subgroup C’s outbrief. Prior to publishing, the document was circulated among mailing list members who participated in the discussion as a Google doc soliciting comments, suggestions, and approval.

As most discussion participants indicated their interest in a follow-up discussion every two months, the next discussion, again open to all, will be Saturday, April 10th at 10AM Eastern, continuing the conversation focused on: Initiating open discussion carrying on into workshops and networking for high school teachers, and increased pathways for high school students, to learn about quantum information science.

Additional resources

Below are the slides presented by Professor Chandralekha Singh (University of Pittsburgh) for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion discussion topic, and a link to where slides are attached for the 15-minute discussion precursor to this one on Identifying the Problem Space at the November 2020 IEEE Quantum Education monthly meeting.