The OAPT is aware that it can be very difficult for high school teachers to attend the OAPT conference because so little financial support for professional development is made available by their schools, board and unions. We encourage teachers to tap into these sources wherever possible. In addition we make things easier on teachers’ wallets in four ways. These supports are only possible through the generosity of several organizations.
1) Conference fees are kept very low because the host university provides the facilities and many of the speakers at no cost. Our thanks this year go to our host - The Institute of Quantum Computing.
2) Residence fees are kept to $30 and $60 a night because the real costs are subsidized by the University of Toronto’s Electrical and Computer Engineering. We thank U of T ECE for their many years of support for this and the OAPT Grade 11 Physics Contest
3) The OAPT recognizes that teachers in northern Ontario lack many of the PD opportunities that are available in the south. They also have much higher travel costs. For the eighth year running, the OAPT will be covering the travel costs for teachers north of Algonquin Park. We would like to thank the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics for helping us to provide this support. You can apply for this subsidy by filling out this Google form (link)
4) The OAPT believes that encouraging first-time attendance will create a new generation of teachers who will want to attend again and again. To encourage first time attendees, we will cover their supply teacher costs for Friday May 3rd. Please encourage the young teachers at your school to take advantage of this opportunity. You can apply for this subsidy by filling out this Google form (link)