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Name: Chemistry Modeling Workshop in Missouri
School/Institution: Columbia Public Schools
Department/Unit: Staff Development
City: Columbia
State: MO
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is targeted for chemistry teachers in the pcb sequence, but is open to all high school chemistry teachers nationwide.

The Modeling Workshop in 1st semester chemistry is an intensive 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 computer courseware 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,
5. strengthen local institutional support for participants as school leaders in disseminating standards-based reform in science education.

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 physical materials and experiments in the curriculum 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 NRC Framework for K-12 Science Standards.

Peer leaders: Larry Dukerich and Janice Morris
Location: Columbia High School
    all day MTWThF            

For questions on content, please e-mail

To commit to register, contact Michael Szydlowski,  Science Coordinator.

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: 06/10/2013
End Date: 06/28/2013
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 05/01/2013
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link: forthcoming
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $300
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: Graduate credit optional at additional cost, if enough teachers request it of Michael Szydlowski. Please e-mail him at:

For housing suggestions, please contact Mike Szydlowski.
Other Prerequisites: Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college chemistry. The workshop is for
*  high school chemistry teachers and
*  those who intend to begin teaching high school chemistry next year

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Jane Jackson
Department of Physics, Arizona State University
Box 871504
Tempe, AZ 85287-1504
Phone: 480-965-8438