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Name: Chemistry Modeling Workshop in NYC
School/Institution: STEMteachersNYC, Hosted by Teachers College, Columbia University
Department/Unit: Math, Science, and Technology Dept.
City: New York
State: NY
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop on Modeling Instruction is for high school teachers of chemistry and related subjects, for individuals preparing to teach, and college faculty nationwide. Modeling Instruction is completely aligned with the eight Science & Engineering Practices in the NGSS.

Location: Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W 120th St. NYC
   Donghong Sun, Trinity School, New York, NY
   Tammy Gwara, Trinity School, New York, NY
Content: first semester chemistry
Prerequisite:   One semester of college-level algebra-based chemistry.

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A Mechanics Modeling Workshop is offered concurrently, and A Middle School Science Modeling Workshop is offered from July 13 to July 31. See the listings on this website for details.

Modeling Instruction focuses on key selected chemistry models and uses a process-oriented inquiry approach that is extremely effective in helping students develop independence and problem-solving ability.

Immersing teachers in an environment where they see the instruction from the point of view of the students is key to strengthening the intertwined content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. We have found that three weeks of full-day workshops are the minimum exposure teachers need to feel comfortable implementing Modeling Instruction pedagogy in their own classes.

1. Educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided-inquiry method of teaching chemistry and, at the same time, improve their content knowledge.
2. Help participants integrate computer courseware effectively into the 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 Modeling Workshop is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers will be provided with a fairly complete set of written curriculum materials to support instruction, organized into coherent modeling cycles. (The modeling cycle is described at The physical materials and experiments in the curriculum are simple and already available in most chemistry classrooms.

To develop familiarity with materials necessary to fully implement this approach in the classroom, 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.

Three graduate credits at SUNY Empire State College are available at additional cost.

To learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA)
Visit to find information on Modeling Workshops nationwide and strategies to seek funding (if needed) to participate.
Start Date: 07/20/2015
End Date: 08/07/2015
Duration: 3 weeks M-F
Application Deadline: 07/02/2015
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $600 (includes one-year membership in AMTA) ($300 reimbursed after completion)
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
optional graduate credit - extra cost
Benefit Explanation: Lodging reimbursement available up to $750 by application at

Meals, and travel expenses responsibility of the participant or school district.

Housing possibilities at and near workshop (525 West 120th St., New York, NY 10027). (Unofficial list)

Dormitory-type rooms at Teachers College:
    Rooms have twin bed and bathroom but no kitchen, with access to shared kitchen facilities.

Two other nearby organizations:
Union Theological Center:

International House:

A Youth Hostel is at 104th and Amsterdam, 16 blocks (.8 mile) from Teachers College: and other, similar websites offer a wide variety of housing options in NY City worth exploring. Hoboken, Newark, and other NJ locations are also worth exploring because there are trains into Manhattan, especially the PATH trains, many of which connect with the #1, 2 and 3 subway lines and thus offer a relatively fast trip to Teachers College.
Other Prerequisites: One semester of college-level chemistry, at minimum.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Fernand Brunschwig
245 West 107 Street
Suite 10B
New York, NY 10025