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Name: Physical Science Modeling Workshop
School/Institution: New Orleans Parish Schools
Department/Unit: Curriculum & Instruction
City: New Orleans
State: LA
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is for physical science teachers who want to create robust, student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. The workshop will occur at New Orleans Parish Schools and is open to high school science teachers nationwide.

Peer leaders: to be announced later

To exemplify effective instruction, this workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Content of first semester physical science is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials (resources) and work through the activities alternately in the 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 phenomena as central to learning and doing science. Using models and modeling in science education is recommended by NSES, AAAS Project 2061 and the Washington State K-12 Science Standards.

Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (Specifics of the modeling cycle are 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.

Additional information on the 2011 workshop will be forthcoming.

For questions, please email

Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program. Visit to find updated information on this workshop and others, and to view possible strategies on how to gain funding (if needed) to attend.
Start Date: 07/06/2011
End Date: 07/19/2011
Duration: Two week course meeting M-F with follow-up mentoring for local teachers
Application Deadline: 05/01/2011
Application Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: The workshop is free to local public school teachers, probable $400 cost for all others.
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: A stipend may be available for local teachers.

A housing list is available at the New Orleans listing at .
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level courses in physical sciences.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Ms Dana Gonzalez, Science & Math Specialist
New Orleans Parish Schools
3520 General DeGaulle Drive
New Orleans, LA 70114
Phone: 504-304-3837