About us

Why attend?

The Southern California Advanced Physics Teaching Institute is an ongoing initiative to continue the inspiring work of helping physics teachers develop professionallly.

Our mission is to encourage teachers to build hands-on physics experiences using dynamic instructional methods, including labs and demonstrations.

We are committed to using these tools to develop equitable teaching practices that are responsive to the learning needs of all students.


Teachers who have attended last summer's week-long Southern California Advanced Physics Teaching Institute and the SCAAPT New Physics Teachers Workshop can attest to the useful demos, labs, lectures and mini-lessons. Teachers also loved the useful materials they brought back to their labs!


Our workshops are packed with labs, demos, instructional methods and immediately useful materials. Lab and demo materials, lunch, and free parking are included with registration fee of $575  (much less than comparable workshops).

James Lincoln, workshop leader, has been teaching physics for 12 years. He has served as the President of the Southern California chapter of the American Association of Physics Teachers (SCAAPT) for three years.

James Lincoln, M.S., M.Ed.  is a 3-time AP Exam Reader, Southern California Physics Teacher Resources Agent, and Master Physics teacher with experience in urban, public, and independent high schools. He has taught at several different colleges and universities through Souther California. 

For four years, Mr. Lincoln and colleagues have led the New Physics Teacher Workshop (NPTW). Mr. Lincoln holds degrees in Physics (B.S.) and Education (M.Ed.) from UCLA and a Master’s of Science in Applied Physics from California State University, Long Beach. When he is not leading workshops and teaching physics to high school students, you will find James working on his AAPT Films Project, a series of professional development videos for teachers. Visit his blog at LincolnPhysics.blogspot.com or watch his videos at Youtube.com/AAPTFilms.

Learn from committed, passionate, experienced physics teachers!

Bill Layton is a retired High School physics teacher who has taught all levels of physics from the most basic to both Advanced Placement-B and Advanced Placement-C. For many years, he has continued to work in the UCLA physics department with undergraduate and graduate students preparing to teach secondary school science. 

​ Mr. Layton is very active in the Southern California chapter of AAPT and has served in many positions including President and Vice President for High Schools.He is an experienced presenter at local and national meetings and presented at all of the
New Physics Teacher Workshops. He finds working with enthusiastic new physics teachers to be a very rewarding experience.