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Name: Chemistry Modeling Workshop in NYC
School/Institution: Columbia University
Department/Unit: Teachers College
City: New York
State: NY
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop on Modeling Instruction is for high school chemistry teachers nationwide. Students preparing to teach science as well as college faculty are welcome. Modeling Instruction is useful for science teaching at any level. Modeling Instruction is completely aligned with the eight science practices outlined in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Standards.

Location: Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W 120th St. NYC
Peer leaders:
   Larry Dukerich of the ASU Modeling Instruction Program,
   Ms Donghong Sun of Montgomery High School in Skillman, New Jersey.
Content: first semester chemistry
Prerequisite:   One semester of college-level algebra-based chemistry is highly recommended.

Direct questions about content to LDukerich AT

ORGANIZER: Prof. Fernand Brunschwig, Teachers College, Columbia University (AMTA Board, member-at-large). FBrunsch AT

Offered by PhysicsTeachersNYC, an affiliate of the American Modeling Teachers Association

Modeling Instruction focuses on key selected chemistry models and uses a process-oriented inquiry approach that is extremely effective in helping students develop independence and problem-solving ability.

Immersing teachers in an environment where they see the instruction from the point of view of the students is key to strengthening the intertwined content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. In 20 years of running Modeling workshops, we have found that three weeks of full-day workshops are the minimum exposure teachers need to feel comfortable implementing Modeling Instruction pedagogy in their own classes.

The Modeling Workshop in chemistry is an intensive 3-week course with these goals:
1. Educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided-inquiry method of teaching chemistry and, at the same time, improve their content knowledge
2. Help participants integrate computer courseware effectively into the curriculum.
3. Help teachers make better use of national resources for science education.
4. Establish electronic network support and a learning community among participants.
5. Strengthen local institutional support for participants as school leaders in disseminating standards-based reform in science education.

The main objective of the Modeling Workshop is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers will be provided with a fairly complete set of written curriculum materials to support instruction, organized into coherent modeling cycles. (The modeling cycle is described at The physical materials and experiments in the curriculum are simple and quite standard, already available in most chemistry classrooms.

To develop familiarity with materials necessary to fully implement this approach in the classroom, we find that teachers must work through the activities, discussions and worksheets, alternating between student and teacher modes. Each unit in the course manual includes an extensive Teacher Notes section. Throughout the course, teachers are asked to reflect on their practice and how they might apply the techniques they have learned in the course to their own classes.

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: 07/22/2013
End Date: 08/09/2013
Duration: 3 weeks M-F
Application Deadline: 07/02/2013
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $450 ($300 if funding comes through) (includes one-year membership in AMTA)
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
optional graduate credit probable - extra cost
Benefit Explanation: Housing, meals, and travel expenses must be provided by the participant or his/her school district.

Housing possibilities at Columbia Teachers College (525 West 120th St., New York, NY 10027) and nearby. (This is an informal, unofficial list generated by PhysicsTeachersNYC, for those interested in finding a place to stay so as to attend the 2013 Summer Modeling Instruction Workshops, July 22 – Aug 9.)

Dormitory-type rooms may be available at Columbia Teachers College. See URL below for details:
    The rooms have a twin bed and bathroom but no kitchen, with access to shared kitchen facilities. The website above should have rates and other information.

There are two other organizations near Teachers College that also provide student housing:
Union Theological Center:

International House:

A Youth Hostel is at 104th and Amsterdam, 16 blocks (.8 mile) from Teachers College:

Also, Columbia University has graduate and undergraduate dormitories separate from those at Teachers College; and Barnard College (which, like TC, is affiliated with Columbia) also has dormitories nearby. It seems unlikely that they would offer rooms to individuals who are not current students at Columbia or Barnard. But, as an outside chance, it may be worthwhile to research their websites.

In summer 2012, 3 optional graduate credits were available at additional cost. Credit may also be available for the summer 2013 workshops. Details about graduate credit will be posted as soon as possible.
Other Prerequisites: One semester of college-level chemistry, at minimum.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Fernand Brunschwig
New York, NY 10027