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Name: chemistry, biology, middle school, phys sci Modeling Workshops in Michigan
School/Institution: several sites in Michigan
City: several cities in Michigan
State: MI
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: Middle School
High School
Description: High school chemistry, biology, physical science, and middle school science Modeling Workshops are held in Michigan each summer, at several locations.

The primary focus is to support Michigan teachers. If there are open seats in workshops, they welcome teachers from other states. If you are an out-of-state teacher, please email Mike Gallagher and express your interest in attending.

Questions? or 248.209.2234

Modeling Workshops are for science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. 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 its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials (resources) and work through activities alternately in the 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 phenomena as central to learning and doing science. Using models and modeling in science education is recommended by NSES, AAAS Project 2061, NGSS, and state K-12 science standards.

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.

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: 06/17/2019
End Date: 08/09/2019
Duration: Multiple start dates. Follow-up meetings in academic year.
Application Deadline: 07/1/2019
or until filled
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Application Link:
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Benefits and Requirements

Cost: In 2018, workshops were FREE for Michigan teachers. Low-cost (or free) for out-of-state teachers (on space-available basis).
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: In 2018, a group led by Mike Gallagher was in their 5th summer of statewide grant-funded efforts.

Participants can get graduate credits or CEUs (SCECHs) for an additional fee. Please ask the organizers when you apply, so that they have time to arrange it.

Ask Mike Gallagher about housing.
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level courses in the appropriate subject (chemistry, biology, physical science, ...).

A chemistry II Modeling Workshop is for high school and post-secondary chemistry teachers who have had a chemistry Modeling Workshop of minimum 2 weeks duration.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Mike Gallagher, Science Consultant
Oakland Schools
2111 Pontiac Lake Rd
Waterford Township, MI 48328
Phone: 248.209.2234