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Name: Biology Modeling Workshop in Dallas TX
School/Institution: Ursuline Academy of Dallas
Department/Unit: Science Department
City: Dallas
State: TX
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is for high school biology teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms.  

All physics and chemistry teachers at Ursuline Academy use Modeling Instruction, in a pcb sequence. Biology is the last stage; and Ursuline Academy is generously opening this Modeling Workshop to teachers nationwide.

Peer leader: Angela Gard (the foremost biology Modeling Workshop leader nationwide!)

Questions? Rhonda Bush: 469-232-1800, ext 1848

To exemplify effective instruction, this workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Biology content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with course materials (resources) and work through activities alternately in 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 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. (A modeling cycle is described 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.

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: 06/05/2013
End Date: 06/21/2013
Application Deadline: 05/01/2013
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
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Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $700 (includes membership in American Modeling Teachers Assn)
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: Participants might be able to get graduate credits or CEUs for an additional fee.

For housing suggestions, ask Rhonda Bush:
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level biology.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Rhonda Bush, Director of Science & Math
Ursuline Academy of Dallas
4900 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75229
Phone: 469-232-1800, ext 1848