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Name: Chemistry Modeling Workshop in Wichita KS
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: Alan Vancil, Rose Hill High School in Rose Hill, Kansas

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

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

Chemistry Workshop Goals
The Modeling approach to chemistry is based on the particulate nature of matter.  The AMTA   webpage on chemistry asks three fundamental questions about matter:
   1. How do we view matter?
   2. How does it behave?
   3.What is the role of energy in the changes we observe?
First we will introduce the Modeling approach to high school science instruction.  This methodology makes student thinking visible through white board presentations, Socratic questioning and peer review.  The second goal is to practice and enhance the current chemistry modeling curriculum.  Emphasis will be placed on the first nine units: the simple particle through relating how much to how many particles (i.e. stoichiometry).

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 chemistry  or preparing to teach chemistry 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