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Name: Physical Science Modeling Workshop in New Orleans
School/Institution: Ben Franklin High School
Department/Unit: Science
City: New Orleans
State: LA
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is for physics and physical/integrated science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. The workshop will occur at Ben Franklin High School, on the campus of the University of New Orleans; it  is open to high school science teachers nationwide.

The address is 2001 Leon C Simon Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70122.

Peer leader: to be determined

To exemplify effective instruction, this workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Physics content (to be announced later) 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.

For questions on physics content, email
For other questions, please email

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: 07/08/2013
End Date: 07/19/2013
Duration: Two week course meeting M-F with follow-up mentoring for local teachers
Application Deadline: 05/31/2013
Opportunity Website:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: The workshop is free to local public school teachers, $300 for all others.
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: A stipend may be available for local teachers.

Low-cost housing may be available; reserve early. A housing list is at files/NewOrleans-tracLodging2010.pdf

For questions and registration form, please email
Other Prerequisites: One semester of college-level algebra-based physics.

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