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Name: Mechanics Modeling Workshop in Wichita
School/Institution: Wichita Public Schools
Department/Unit: Staff Development
City: Wichita
State: KS
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is open to high school teachers worldwide.

Peer leader: Art Ballos, Wichita HS East, 2301 E Douglas Ave, Wichita

Location of all four Modeling Workshops: Southeast High School, 903 South Edgemoor, Wichita.
Time: 8am to 4pm MTWTh

Participants are introduced to Modeling Instruction as a systematic approach to the design of curriculum and instruction. The workshop includes results of science education research, best practices in middle school/early high school science teaching, options in technology, and experience in collaborative learning.

Why Modeling Instruction? Extensive research supports the effectiveness of the Modeling approach in enhancing student learning. Based on a comparison of traditional high school instruction, Modeling high school students score an average of about 1.5 standard deviations higher on assessments of conceptual understanding of physics.

Workshop Goals include:
• Improve instructional pedagogy by implementing research-based instructional strategies, inquiry methods, critical and creative thinking, cooperative learning, use of standardized evaluation instruments, and effective use of classroom technology in instruction.
• Deepen content understanding in physical science by using multiple representational tools for constructing scientific models.
• Learn effective pedagogical strategies from veteran educators who model these strategies throughout the workshop.
• Participate in an on-going collaboration among partners through a state-wide professional learning community of modeling teachers.
• Enhance/improve science curriculum in your school district.

For information, and to commit to register, please contact Laura Swanson, Science Curriculum Coach, Wichita Public Schools.
phone: 316-973-4403, email:

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: 06/09/2014
End Date: 06/26/2014
Duration: Monday to Thursday, 8am to 4pm. Follow-up meetings in school year; some online.
Application Deadline: 05/01/2014
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link: forthcoming
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $500 (includes instructional materials and a set of whiteboards)
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: For housing suggestions, please contact Laura Swanson.
Other Prerequisites: No special prerequisites, other than being a teacher of high school physics  or preparing to teach physics in 2014-15.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Laura Swanson, Science Curr Coach, Wichita Public Schools
201 N. Water Street
Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: 316-973-4403