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Name: Mechanics, chemistry, & biology Modeling Workshops in central CA
School/Institution: Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
Department/Unit: Department of Physics
City: San Luis Obispo
State: CA
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: Two concurrent Modeling Workshops in mechanics and chemistry will be offered.
* The mechanics Modeling Workshop is for high school physics and physical science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms.
* Likewise, the chemistry Modeling Workshop is for high school chemistry teachers.
Peer leaders:
  mechanics: Jon Anderson, of Minneapolis, MN
  chemistry: Brenda Royce, co-developer of Modeling Chemistry curriculum, of Fresno CA

     A biology workshop on models and modeling will be held concurrently, led by Sue Johnson, Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara. It is based on MUSE, from the University of Wisconsin, which is compatible with Modeling Instruction. MUSE was developed for 11th - 12th grade biology and relies more on computer simulations, rather than hands-on investigations.  
     Sue Johnson is adapting it for biology teachers in grades 9 to 12, and she will use hands-on investigations too. Genetics and natural selection are the content focuses.
    MUSE is described at Click on "Modeling for Understanding in Science Education" in the lower left-hand corner. MUSE modules can be freely downloaded there.
     At the UCSB website, you can read Sue Johnson's  bio.

Priority (free) registration & $500 stipend are provided for high school teachers in San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara Counties, California.

Stipends + lodging funds available for selected Noyce Scholars

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for all other interested teachers worldwide.

Questions? Please contact: Sarah Hegg:

Register Here:

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 and chemical 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 2012 NRC document called "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.

Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) or visit to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.
Start Date: 06/16/2014
End Date: 06/27/2014
Application Deadline: 06/01/2014
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $250
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)

Parking and 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.

Registration fees must be received by June 1.

For registration questions, please email:

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Sarah Hegg, Admin Asst to Prof. Chance Hoellwarth
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA