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Name: Middle School Science Modeling Workshop in NYC
School/Institution: STEMteachersNYC, co-sponsored 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: Middle School
Description: Cancelled on May 9, 2017 due to low enrollment.

This workshop is for Middle school science teachers worldwide. The focuses are models in physical and earth science. Students preparing to teach science, as well as college faculty, are welcome. Modeling Instruction is useful for science teaching at any level.

LOCATION: Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W 120th St. NYC
PEER LEADER: Jeff Hengesbach.  Jeff is the Executive Officer of the AMTA. Jeff learned Modeling Instruction in the early 1990s from Larry Dukerich. He led Modeling Workshops at Arizona State University starting in 1997.
NOTE: Other Modeling Workshops offered at this location are mechanics, middle school science, and e&m. See the listings on this website or for more details and links to the registration pages.


Modeling Instruction focuses on key selected science 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 science content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge.

1. Educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided-inquiry method of teaching that is useful in all sciences.
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 quite standard, already available in most science classrooms.

To develop familiarity with materials necessary to fully implement this approach in the classroom, we find that teachers must work through the activities, discussions and worksheets, alternating between student and teacher modes.

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.

Link to Modeling Instruction  and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA).

Strategies for getting funding to support attendance:
Start Date: 07/31/2017
End Date: 08/11/2017
Duration: 2 weeks M-F. Optional 3rd week: Aug. 14-18 (on life science)
Application Deadline: 05/24/2017
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $350 per week. You can request a formal invoice from NYC DOE Vendor Number: STE-068881. Ready-to-use letter for requesting support is available at application link above. E-mail your purchase order to or send via US mail to STEMteachersNYC, 245 W 107 St. #10B, NY, NY 10025.
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU, optional graduate credit - extra cost
Benefit Explanation: 4 graduate credits from Aurora Univ ($100/cr), or 2 grad credit at SUNY Empire State.

Lodging, meals, and travel expenses are the responsibility of the participant or school district.

There is an extraordinary variety of possibilities for summer housing in the NYC metro region.

Below is a list of just some of the housing possibilities at and near the workshop (525 West 120th St., New York, NY 10027). (Unofficial list)

Marrakech Hotel (mention "STEMteachersNYC" to see if any special deals are still being offered) Marrakech Hotel (2688 Broadway, at West 103 St., NY, NY 10025; 212.222.2954, 866.546.8353;  The Marrakech is located 17 blocks (less than 1 mile) south of Teachers College, at W 103 St stop of the #1 subway.

A Youth Hostel is at 104th and Amsterdam, 16 blocks (.8 mile) from Teachers College:

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

Union Theological Center:

International House:
212.316.6300 and similar websites offer a wide variety of housing options in NY City, 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.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Fernand Brunschwig
New York, NY 10027