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Name: Modeling Workshop: Mechanics with PRISMS+ (Funded for Iowa teachers)
School/Institution: University of Northern Iowa
Department/Unit: Physics
City: Cedar Falls
State: IA
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: Professional Development Programs for Teachers Iowa Regents Modeling and PRISMS Workshop, Summer 2013 and Academic Year 2013-14

The Iowa Regents Modeling and PRISMS Workshop, with funding by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, provides professional development for high school physics and physical science teachers.  It is the third summer workshop in Modeling Instruction for high school physics and physical science teachers.  The first two workshops were offered in 2011 at Iowa State University and in 2012 at the University of Iowa.  For the third summer workshop, Modeling Instruction will be integrated with Physics Resources and Instructional Strategies for Motivating Students (PRISMS) PLUS.   The goal of the workshop is to provide Iowa science teachers with local access to the exemplary professional development programs of Modeling and PRISMS and to support their implementation of the curricula in their classrooms to improve their instructional practices and increase teacher and student understanding of physics concepts.  Both curricula are aligned with the Iowa Core and national science education initiatives.  The workshop will be facilitated by master high school physics teachers (Shannon McLaughlin and Les Burns) in collaboration with university physics and science education faculty (Larry Escalada and Jeff Morgan).

The workshop is a one-year professional development program that will include an intense three-week summer institute on the UNI campus from June 10 through June 28, 2013 followed with 2013-14 academic year professional development and support.

Participants will receive a stipend, 5 semester credit hours of UNI physics graduate credit at a considerable discount to be paid by the participant, instructional resources and support, summer housing and meals, possible access to classroom physics resources available on loan, etc.  See the brochure and application for details. Application deadline:  March 29, 2013.  For more information, contact Shannon McLaughlin ( or Dr. Larry Escalada ( for details.

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: 06/10/2013
End Date: 06/28/2013
Application Deadline: 03/29/2013
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: Free for Iowa teachers
Benefits: Stipend
Travel Reimbursement
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: Funded by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust. Benefits will include:
* Stipend for Iowa teachers: approximately $2250 for the three weeks.
* Travel allowance or on-campus housing. The exact amounts of travel allowance will depend on how many applicants require this funding from our fixed budget.
* Workshop supplies and materials provided.

5 Graduate credits are available for purchase at a reduced cost through the University of Northern Iowa.
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level physics

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Shannon McLaughlin
Norwalk High School
1201 North Ave.
Norwalk, IA 50211