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Name: e&m Modeling Workshop near Cleveland
School/Institution: Elyria High School
Department/Unit: Science Dept, 601 Middle Ave
City: Elyria
State: OH
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
post-secondary faculty
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is open to all high school and college physics and physical science teachers worldwide. Prerequisite: A minimum of two weeks (60 contact hours) Modeling Workshop in mechanics or CASTLE electricity.

*  Michael Crofton. Michael has led many Modeling Workshops at Arizona State University, and also in Minneapolis, Wisconsin, New York City, Dallas, and Singapore.
*  Holly McTernan, a chemistry and physics teacher near Cleveland. Holly has organized and co-led Modeling Workshops.

For information, please email Holly McTernan:      

    In this course teachers will work through coherent model-centered materials for high school electricity and magnetism from a microscopic perspective to develop a deep understanding of content and how to teach it effectively.  The primary focus is on first-year physics courses that incorporate algebra and trigonometry.  In the E&M workshop there is less emphasis on why we believe that modeling is superior to conventional instruction, since we assume that teachers coming back to take a follow-up course have come to accept this as true.  
    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, much as they did in the 1st Modeling Workshop in Mechanics.
    This course borrows extensively from work of Bruce Sherwood and Ruth Chabay. There are 3 units in electricity: Charge and Field, Potential, and Circuits.
    The circuit unit is unique at high school level, as it leads students through surface charge as the mechanism for setting up different strength fields in conductors of circuits.
    The magnetism unit begins by investigating the field of a current-bearing wire, then fields of permanent magnets, then force on a particle in a field, then force on a current-bearing wire in a field, and then electromagnetic induction and Faraday's Law.

Modeling Instruction is aligned with the eight science practices outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education (2011), the research basis for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Experience has shown that most teachers require at least three weeks (or 80 to 90 contact hours) of intensive workshop to begin to implement it. A second Modeling Workshop in the following summer is highly recommended to deepen and broaden one's understanding.

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: 06/12/2019
End Date: 06/28/2019
Duration: (MTWThF, 2 Saturdays)
Application Deadline: 06/05/2019
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $775 thru May 15. $800 thereafter.
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
optional graduate credit
Benefit Explanation: Registration includes instructional materials.

Elyria is a western suburb of Cleveland. Motel housing is available. Make arrangements soon, to avoid complications.  Ask Holly McTernan for suggestions:

FLYING? Cleveland airport shuttle and taxi information are at the airport website.

* Optional: 3 graduate credits in physics (PHS531) from Arizona State University. Transferable to any master's degree program. Tuition is about $3400 for non-Arizona teachers. Contact .
* Optional: graduate credits from Dominican University. Not transferrable to master's degree programs at many universities. Tuition is $100/credit.
Other Prerequisites: A minimum of two weeks (60 contact hours) Modeling Workshop in mechanics or CASTLE electricity.

The workshop is for
*  high school and post-secondary physics and physical science teachers and
*  those who intend to begin teaching either of these subjects next year.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Holly McTernan
Cleveland, OH