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Name: biology Modeling Workshop
School/Institution: Asheville High School?
Department/Unit: Science
City: Asheville
State: NC
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: 3 Modeling Workshops in North Carolina will be held for high school science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms.  They are open to ALL teachers, worldwide.

The biology Modeling Workshop will be led by LaToya Scott.

For questions, email Scott Ragan: Scott_Ragan@ncsu.edu

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

Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (Specifics of the modeling cycle are at http://modeling.asu.edu/modeling-HS.html .) 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.

Participants will design and carry out a series of investigations that use Modeling Instruction. They will practice Socratic questioning techniques that will enable them to foster scientific discourse among students and that aid in assessing student learning. Each participant will keep a daily journal book of problems solved, labs done, personal notes and reflections on activities and readings, and expected student difficulties with ways to address them.


Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) or visit http://modelinginstruction.org/workshops-2016/ to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.
Start Date: 06/17/2019
End Date: 06/28/2019
Duration: 2 weeks (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 05/30/2019
or until filled
Opportunity Website: https://sciencehouse.ncsu.edu/programs/modeling/
Sponsor Link: http://modelinginstruction.org

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $700
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: The state Math-Science Partnerships grant ended. In fact, the entire MSP program was discontinued by the U.S. government, unfortunately.

Instructional materials are included, and a FREE one-year trial membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) for first-timers.

(For housing opportunities and more details, visit the project website, linked above.)
Other Prerequisites: For the biology workshop: 2 semesters of college biology. The biology workshop is ONLY for high school biology teachers (not middle school).

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Scott Ragan
Science House (at NCSU)
909 Capability Drive, Suite 1200
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone: 919-515-5610