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Name: Mechanics Modeling Workshop in Mobile
School/Institution: McGill-Toolen Catholic High School
Department/Unit: Science
City: Mobile
State: AL
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: June 25: openings exist!This workshop is open to high school physics teachers worldwide.

PEER LEADER: Dr. Tim Burgess. Tim has been involved in Modeling since 1997. He has led many modeling courses and workshops in Arizona, Alabama, California, Mississippi and Tennessee, starting in 2001 at ASU.  He teaches Honors Physics to Freshman as well as AP Physics.

You can contact Tim directly at

Workshop information is  here.

For more information, contact the Workshop Director, Dr. Lisa Griffin.

Workshop goals
The Modeling Workshop in 1st semester physics is an intensive 2-week course with these goals:
1. educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided inquiry method of teaching, and improve content understanding at the same time,
2. help participants integrate computers effectively into the science 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 1st summer Modeling Workshop is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method of instruction and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers are provided with a fairly complete set of written curriculum materials to support instruction organized into coherent modeling cycles (as described in Wells et al., 1995). The modeling cycle is described at

To develop familiarity with the materials necessary to fully implement them in the classroom, teachers 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: 07/07/2014
End Date: 07/18/2014
Duration: 2 weeks (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 07/02/2014
Please pay by June 15 if possible.
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $500 (includes daily lunch, instructional materials, & AMTA membership)
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: For housing suggestions, please contact Lisa Griffin at

Scholarships for some reduction of fee are available by contacting the Workshop director, Lisa Griffin:

FLYING? The Mobile Regional Airport is a major airport, with flights by
    American Airlines
    Continental Airlines
    Delta Air Lines
    U.S Airways
Other Prerequisites: The workshop is for
*  high school physics and physical science teachers and/or
*  those who intend to begin teaching high school physics next year
Post-secondary physics faculty are welcome, too.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Dr. Lisa Griffin
Science Dept, 1501 Old Shell Road
McGill-Toolen Catholic High School
Mobile, AL 36604
Phone: 251.445.2839
Fax: (251) 433-8356