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Name: biology Modeling Workshop in southwest Indiana
School/Institution: North High School
Department/Unit: Science Dept., 15331 Hwy 41 North
City: Evansville
State: IN
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
post-secondary biology faculty
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is open to all high school and college biology teachers worldwide. It is sponsored by the Evansville school district.

PEER LEADER: Melissa Nolan and Clarissa Furlong

The Modeling Workshop in biology is an intensive 2 or 3-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,

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 biological materials and experiments 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 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: 06/03/2019
End Date: 06/14/2019
Duration: (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 05/01/2019
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $600.  Pay by May 1.
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: Cost includes instructional materials and a 1-year trial membership in the American Modeling Teachers Assoc. for 1st-time Modeling Workshop participants.

For group rates on hotel/motel, contact Vic Chamness.
Other Prerequisites: The workshop is for
*  high school and post-secondary biology teachers and
*  those who intend to begin teaching biology next year.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Vic Chamness, Office of Academic Affairs
Evansville School District Corporation
Evansville, IN 47713
Phone: 812-435-0904