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Name: 3 Modeling Workshops: Mechanics, chem, biology (So. Jersey Modeling Institute)
School/Institution: Clearview Regional High School
Department/Unit: Science
City: Mullica Hill
State: NJ
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: These three workshops are for high school science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms.  They are open to teachers worldwide, including pre-service teachers and post-secondary teachers.

Content: mechanics
Peer leader: Douglas Vallette
Dates: July 8-26, 2013

Content: 1st semester chemistry
Peer leader: Jim Navins and Maureen Huhman
Dates: July 8-26, 2013

Content: 1st semester biology
Peer leader: Angela Gard
Dates: July 29-August 16, 2013

Location: Clearview Regional High School, Mullica Hill, NJ.
Workshop hours: 8am to 3pm MTWThF.

Mullica Hill is 20 miles south of Philadelphia, PA.

To exemplify effective instruction, each workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. 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 the roles of student and teacher.

The Modeling Method is introduced as a systematic approach to 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 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.

Brochure: Modeling brochure.pdf

For questions, email Ron Antinori:

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: 07/26/2013
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWThF). 8am to 3pm daily.
Application Deadline: 06/01/2013
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $75
Benefits: Housing
Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: The deadline is not firm, but teachers who apply late might need to buy their own materials. Please ask Ron Antinori to tell you how.

Housing is available at nearby Rowan University for FREE!  Transportation is available between housing and Clearview Regional High School. For information,  contact Ron Antinori:, 856-223-2747

Mullica Hill is 20 miles south of Philadelphia, PA, so major airport access is easy!

On April 26, The Boeing Company awarded a grant to the Institute, enabling the registration fee to be reduced to $75 and FREE housing for up to 58 teachers. A big THANKS to The Boeing Company!
Other Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college science in the workshop subject.

The three workshops are for current and prospective high school teachers of the respective subject.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Ron Antinori, Science Supervisor
Clearview Regional High School
625 Breakneck Road
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Phone: 609-457-1156, 856-223-2747
Fax: 856-478-0409