Many PhysTEC sites have recruited local physics teachers to form Teacher Advisory Groups (TAGs), which meet regularly with department faculty to help improve preservice teacher preparation. TAGs can serve several functions within a teacher preparation program. Several programs have benefitted from the advice and expertise that local teachers were able to provide. TAGS can also become communities where teacher networks form, and where preservice teachers can meet and learn from experienced working teachers. (See also Induction & Mentoring) Finally, TAGs can be used as recruiting tools within the department.