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Name: WAVES/LIGHT, Chemistry, & Biology Modeling Workshops in Central CA
School/Institution: Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
Department/Unit: Center for Excellence in STEM Education
City: San Luis Obispo
State: CA
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: Two concurrent Modeling Workshops are for teachers worldwide.
* The waves & light Modeling Workshop is for physics and physical science teachers who have taken a mechanics Modeling Workshop of 2 or 3 weeks.
* The chemistry Modeling Workshop is for high school chemistry teachers.

Waves & Light: Jon Anderson, Physics Education Consultant, Minneapolis MN
Chemistry: Brenda Royce, University HS/CSU Fresno
Biology: Susan Johnson, UC Santa Barbara

A biology workshop on models and modeling in the 4 core ideas of NGSS: molecules to organisms, ecosystems, heredity and biological evolution, will be held concurrently. It will include lessons from AMTA and MUSE (Modeling for Understanding in Science Education - University of Wisconsin, Madison). MUSE developed, tested, and conducted research on modeling lessons in high school biology and physical science. Read Chapter 12 of How Students Learn: Science in the Classroom to see how students learned science content by developing models to explain natural phenomena. 
    MUSE is described at Click on "Modeling for Understanding in Science Education" in the lower left-hand corner. Sample MUSE modules can be freely downloaded there.

Priority (free) registration & $500 stipend for high school teachers in San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara Counties, California. $275 for all other HS teachers Nationally

Stipends + lodging funds for selected Noyce Scholars.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for teachers worldwide.
Questions?  email Kathleen Kravets:
Download a   flier.

Modeling Instruction is a robust pedagogy developed at Arizona State University.  Course content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials (resources) and work through activities alternately in roles of student and teacher.

The Modeling Method is introduced as a systematic approach to the design of curriculum and instruction. The name Modeling Instruction expresses an emphasis on making and using conceptual models of physical, chemical, and biological phenomena as central to learning and doing science. Using models and modeling in science education is recommended by NSES, AAAS Project 2061, state K-12 science standards, and the NRC "Framework for K-12 Science Education", the basis for the Next Generation Science Standards.

Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (The modeling cycle is described at The teacher guides students through each modeling cycle, with an eye to improving the quality of student discourse by insisting on accurate use of scientific terms, on clarity and cogency of expressed ideas and arguments. After a few cycles, students gain skill at conducting scientific investigations without excessive prompting from the teacher. The main job of the teacher is then to supply them with more powerful modeling tools. Lecturing is restricted to scaffolding new concepts and principles on a need basis.

Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Most teachers require at least 80 to 90 contact hours of intensive workshop to begin to implement it. A second Modeling Workshop is highly recommended to deepen and broaden one's understanding.
Start Date: 06/22/2015
End Date: 07/03/2015
Duration: 2 weeks (10 days)
Application Deadline: 06/01/2015
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link: forthcoming
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $275. Registration fees must be received by June 1.
Benefits: Meals
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: Approved by Cal Poly Extended Education for 1,3, or 5 CEUs (Available at an additional fee)

Free parking and free lunch are provided daily.

Housing is not provided for this event.

Contact info for all motels, suites, bed & breakfasts, & a HOSTEL in San Luis Obispo:  Reserve ASAP, to avoid conflict with Cal Poly Commencement.  Ask for a long-term rate.

* San Luis Obispo Airport (SBP) is served by United Express and US Airways. Non-stop flights from Los  Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix.
* Amtrak from Seattle and San Diego.
* Greyhound buses.
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level courses in the respective content area.

The prerequisite for the waves & light Modeling Workshop is a mechanics Modeling Workshop of at least 2 weeks duration.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Kathleen Kravets, Grant Asst/CESAME
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA