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Name: chemistry Modeling Workshop near Chicago
School/Institution: Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Department/Unit: Science
City: Wheaton
State: IL
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: NEW! A second section of the chemistry Modeling Workshop will be held Aug. 4 to 15. Same location.

The 4 workshops in June are FULL. A waiting list is available.
LOCATION: Wheaton-Warrenville South High School.

Chemistry: Phil Culcasi, Science Dept. Chair at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School in Wheaton, IL

For questions about content:

To exemplify effective instruction, the workshops are taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Content for a semester is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials (resources) and work through the activities alternately in the roles of student and teacher.

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: 08/04/2014
End Date: 08/15/2014
Duration: Dates are final.  Meet all day M-F
Application Deadline: 07/01/2014
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $280
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Professional Development/CPDU's
Benefit Explanation: The cost includes workshop materials.

4 hours of graduate credit optional from Aurora University; cost to be determined. Information on the first day of the workshop.

Registration is being coordinated through Fermilab's Education Office. Fermilab is conducting many workshops this summer - please be sure you select the correct modeling workshop at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, with the dates from August 4 to 15, 2014.

For online registration, you can register and pay with a credit card at the application link URL above.

If you fill out the online form, select the Modeling Chemistry.  The fee is $280.  If you'd rather use the printed form from the PDF file, you can pay by check, school purchase order, or credit card.  Additionally, you can either mail or fax your registration in.  Be sure to use these same course titles for the course name entry on the written form.

We expect the workshops to fill quickly, so register as soon as possible.

Our school is Wheaton Warrenville South High School, 1993 Tiger Trail, Wheaton, IL 60189.  Here's a map:

If you come from out of town, there are MANY nearby housing options.  Here's a few:
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Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level courses in chemistry.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Jim Stankevitz
Science Department, Wheaton-Warrenville South High School
1993 Tiger Trail
Wheaton, IL 60189
Phone: 630-784-7200 x8734
Fax: 630-682-2196