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Name: chemistry Modeling Workshop in No. Central MI
School/Institution: COOR ISD Regional Mathematics and Science Center
Department/Unit: 11051 N Cut Road
City: Roscommon
State: MI
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: High school mechanics, chemistry, biology, and middle school science Modeling Workshops will be held in Michigan in summer 2015, at FIVE locations. A group led by Mike Gallagher is in their 2nd summer of a MSP grant.  

Since it is a state grant, the primary focus is to support Michigan teachers. If there are open seats in some workshops, they welcome teachers from other states. If you are an out-of-state teacher, please email Mike Gallagher and express your interest in attending.

Questions? or 248.209.2234

PEER LEADER: Levi Torrison.  Levi led the 2014 chemistry Modeling Workshop at Seaborg (in Marquette). He has led several chemistry Modeling Workshops in Phoenix, in Indiana, and in Louisiana. He learned Modeling Instruction at Arizona State University. He teaches chemistry at Estrella Mountain Community College, near Phoenix, Arizona.

LOCATIONS of the Modeling Workshops:
* Oakland Science, Mathematics and Technology Center, Waterford. Near Detroit.
* COOR ISD Mathematics and Science Center, Roscommon.
        North-central part of the state.
* MAISD Regional Mathematics and Science Center, Muskegon. Southwest part of the state.
* Seaborg Math & Science Center at Northern Michigan University, Marquette -- upper peninsula.
* Kent ISD, Grand Rapids.

These Modeling Workshops are for science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. To exemplify effective instruction, each workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Course 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 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 state K-12 science standards.

Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (The 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: 07/27/2015
End Date: 08/14/2015
Duration: Follow-up meetings in academic year.
Application Deadline: 06/12/2015
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: FREE for Michigan teachers. To be determined for out-of-state teachers (on space-available basis).
Benefits: Stipend
Travel Reimbursement
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: $1500 stipend for Michigan teachers.

Participants can get graduate credits or CEUs (SCECHs) for an additional fee. Please ask the organizers when you apply, so that they have time to arrange it.

Limited travel reimbursement. Ask the local organizer about housing.
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level courses in chemistry.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Mike Gallagher, Science Consultant
Oakland Schools
2111 Pontiac Lake Rd
Waterford Township, MI 48328
Phone: 248.209.2234