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Name: chemistry I Modeling Workshop in western KS
School/Institution: Fort Hays State University
Department/Unit: College of Education
City: Hays
State: KS
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
post-secondary faculty
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is for high school and post-secondary chemistry and physical science teachers worldwide.

Peer leader: Earl Legleiter. Earl has organized and led many Modeling Workshops since 1999 -- in Kansas, Colorado, Arkansas, and Michigan.
For questions, please e-mail Earl:

The Modeling Workshop in 1st semester chemistry is an intensive 3-week course with these goals:
1. educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided inquiry, interactive engagement method of teaching, and improve content understanding at the same time,
2. help participants integrate computer courseware 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. (The modeling cycle is described at The physical materials and experiments in the curriculum are simple and quite standard, already available in any reasonably equipped classroom.

To develop familiarity with the materials necessary to fully implement them 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.

Modeling Instruction is aligned with the eight science practices outlined in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education, the research basis of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Chemistry Workshop emphases
The Modeling approach to chemistry is based on the particulate nature of matter.  We ask three fundamental questions about matter:
   1. How do we view matter?
   2. How does it behave?
   3.What is the role of energy in the changes we observe?
First we will introduce the Modeling approach to high school science instruction.  This methodology makes student thinking visible through white board presentations, Socratic questioning and peer review.  The second goal is to practice and enhance the current chemistry modeling curriculum.  Emphasis will be placed on the first nine units: the simple particle through relating how much to how many particles (i.e. stoichiometry).

An overview is at the AMTA   webpage on curriculum storylines.

Click here to learn more about the American Modeling Teachers Association and other Modeling Workshops nationwide.
Start Date: 06/17/2019
End Date: 06/28/2019
Duration: 2 weeks (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 05/28/2019
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $250
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: Optional graduate credit from Fort Hays State University: 3 credits for $903.25

Dorm and meals: $300 (inexpensive!)
Other Prerequisites: Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college chemistry. The workshop is for
*  high school and post-secondary chemistry & physical science teachers and
*  those who intend to begin teaching chemistry or physical science next year.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Earl Legleiter, Director of Science & Math Education Institute
College of Education, Fort Hays State University
Hays, KS 67601
Phone: (785) 625-4561