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Name: mechanics, chemistry I, biology Modeling Workshops in Central CA
School/Institution: Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
Department/Unit: Center for Excellence in STEM Education
City: San Luis Obispo
State: CA
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
post-secondary faculty
Teacher Level: High School
Description: Three concurrent Modeling Workshops are for teachers worldwide.
* Physics I/mechanics: for high school physics and physical science teachers and other science teachers interested in Modeling.
* Chemistry I: for high school chemistry teachers.
* Biology: for high school biology teachers.
Post-secondary faculty are invited, too.

Physics: Jon Anderson, Physics Education Consultant, Minneapolis MN
Chemistry: Brenda Royce, University HS/CSU Fresno
Biology: (to be determined)

Registration will be available in mid-February, 2019.

Conference Coordinator: Jenny Cruz:

Modeling Instruction is a robust pedagogy 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 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, chemical, and biological phenomena as central to learning and doing science. Using models and modeling in science education is recommended by NSES, AAAS Project 2061, state K-12 science standards, and the NRC "Framework for K-12 Science Education", the basis for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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.

An overview is at the AMTA   webpage on curriculum storylines.

Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Most teachers require at least 80 to 90 contact hours of intensive workshop to begin to implement it. A second Modeling Workshop is highly recommended to deepen and broaden one's understanding.
Start Date: 07/08/2019
End Date: 07/19/2019
Duration: 2 weeks (10 days)
Application Deadline: 06/15/2019
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $450 if paid by May 31. $475 June 1 - 15.
Benefits: Meals
Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: Registration is FREE for local HS teachers (SLO and northern Santa Barbara County & Southern Monterey Cty) and for selected Noyce scholars.

Approved by Cal Poly Extended Education for 1,3, or 6 CEUs (Available at an additional fee during the first week of workshops).

Parking and lunch are provided each day of workshops.

Optional lodging is $88.25/night. A list of area hotels can be provided upon request, at time of registration.

San Luis Obispo Airport (SBP) is served by United Express and US Airways. Non-stop flights from Los  Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix.
Amtrak to SLO from Seattle, San Diego and Los Angeles
Greyhound buses.
Additional Visitor Information for SLO:
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level courses in the respective content area.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Jenny Cruz, Grant Asst/CESAME
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407