More than 60 summer Modeling Workshops™ in high school physics, chemistry, physical science, biology, and middle school science will be offered, in many states. Most are two or three weeks long.

  1. CEUs; optional graduate credit. Stipends at grant-funded sites.
  2. Modeling Instruction is research-informed, interactive engagement pedagogy.
  3. Ask your school administration to help pay. Mention the research on NGSS readiness: Modelers are better prepared to transition to NGSS than other teachers, research shows.

Website:  http://modelinginstruction.org

Workshop descriptions: http://www.phystec.org/pd/?set=Modeling

ABOUT MODELING INSTRUCTION:

Modeling Instruction is designated as an Exemplary K-12 science program and a Promising Educational Technology program by the U.S. Department of Education.

Modeling Workshops are peer-led. Content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in roles of student or teacher, as they practice techniques of guided inquiry and cooperative learning. Models and theories are the purpose and the outcomes of scientific practices. They are tools for engineering design and problem solving. Thus, modeling guides all other practices.

Each MODELING WORKSHOP has these features:

  • Aligned with National Science Education Standards
  • Focuses on all 8 scientific practices of NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.
  • Addresses multiple learning styles.
  • Addresses student naive conceptions.
  • Collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.
  • Systems, models, modeling.
  • Coherent curriculum framework, but not a curriculum; thus flexible.
  • Compatible with Socratic methods, project-based instruction, PBL, etc.
  • Science & math literacy.
  • Authentic assessments.
  • High-tech and low-tech options for labs.