The Alliance for Physics EXcellence (APEX)


APEX Partners:


University of Alabama

Drake State


Huntsville City Schools





Vision Statement

APEX's vision is to transform secondary physics education in Alabama by enabling physics teachers to acquire a deeper knowledge of physics content and employ more effective pedagogical strategies based on physics education research, enabling students to achieve higher gains.


APEX subscribes to our nation's philosophy that every student is entitled to the same quality educational experience, regardless of where they attend school, which assumes teachers are equally and highly qualified. Physics topics are becoming ubiquitous as educators realize that physics is the fundamental science upon which the other sciences and engineering are built. However, over the past decade the percentage of highly qualified physics teachers has not significantly changed. The components of APEX are designed to raise the quality of teachers provide teachers with strategies leading to higher student achievement in physics. More students of all racial groups are studying physics than ever before (33% of high school students or over 1,000,000 students nationwide).

First APEX Cohort 1 PTI Summer Workshop at AAMU


APEX Physics Teacher Institute (PTI) has convened the first Summer Workshop for Cohort 1. The workshop was held from June 3rd to June 14th at Alabama A&M University.

APEX Cohort 1 Summer Workshop 2013

Scene from APEX PTI Cohort 1 Summer Workshop 2013 (taken June 7th, 2013). Click on image for full size picture.

APEX Cohort 1 Summer Workshop 2013 Group Photo

Group Photo of APEX PTI Cohort 1 Participants, Summer 2013 Workshop. Click on image for full size picture.

Picture Album

Alabama State Department of Education Press Release.


Alabama State Department of Education Press Release: $8 Million Grant To Provide Specialized Training For Alabama High Schoolphysics Teachers.

University of Alabama Press Release.


University of Alabama Press Release: UA Receives $1.6 Million Grant for Physics Education Improvements in High Schools.

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