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Name: 8 chemistry II, waves, biology, middle school, phys sci Modeling Workshops in Michigan
School/Institution: several sites in Michigan
City: several cities in Michigan
State: MI
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: Middle School
High School
Description: High school waves, chemistry II, biology, physical science, and middle school science Modeling Workshops will be held in Michigan in summer 2017, at several locations.

Since it is a state grant, the primary focus is to support Michigan teachers. If there are open seats in some workshops, they will welcome teachers from other states. If you are an out-of-state teacher, please email Mike Gallagher and express your interest in attending.

Questions? or 248.209.2234

Don't delay! Review of applications starts on April 14.

Partial list in 2017:
*  North-central – physical science at Roscommon, July 24-August 11, leader Phil Root.
*  SE – middle school at Novi HS, Novi, July 10-28, leader George Nelson and Scott Stokes.
*   SE - biology at Novi HS, July 24-Aug. 11, leader Rebecca Stanley.
*  SE – NGSS waves at Oakland schools, SE Tech Campus, July 10-21, leaders Don Pata and Laura Ritter. (Prerequisite is minimum 2 weeks of mechanics Modeling Workshop.)
*  SE - chem II at Novi HS, June 19-30, leaders Levi Torrison and Phil Root. (Prerequisite is minimum 2 weeks of chem I Modeling Workshop.)
*  SW – physical science at Muskegon, July 10-28, leader Jeff Hengesbach.
*   SW - biology at Grand Rapids, June 19-July 7, leaders Melissa Nolan & Derek Wagler.
*  Upper peninsula – middle school at Seaborg Math and Science Center NMU,  July 31- August 18, leaders George Nelson and Nell Bielecki.

LOCATIONS of Modeling Workshops in 2015 (most are the same in 2017):
* Oakland Science, Mathematics and Technology Center, Waterford. Near Detroit.
* COOR ISD Mathematics and Science Center, Roscommon. North-central part of the state.
* MAISD Regional Mathematics and Science Center, Muskegon. Southwest part of the state.
* Kent ISD, Grand Rapids. Southwest part of the state.
* Seaborg Math & Science Center at Northern Michigan University, Marquette -- upper peninsula.

These Modeling Workshops are for science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. To exemplify effective instruction, each workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Course content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials (resources) and work through activities alternately in the roles of student and teacher.

The Modeling Method is introduced as a systematic approach to the design of curriculum and instruction. The name Modeling Instruction expresses an emphasis on making and using conceptual models of physical phenomena as central to learning and doing science. Using models and modeling in science education is recommended by NSES, AAAS Project 2061, NGSS, and state K-12 science standards.

Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (The modeling cycle is described at The teacher guides students through each modeling cycle, with an eye to improving the quality of student discourse by insisting on accurate use of scientific terms, on clarity and cogency of expressed ideas and arguments. After a few cycles, students gain skill at conducting scientific investigations without excessive prompting from the teacher. The main job of the teacher is then to supply them with more powerful modeling tools. Lecturing is restricted to scaffolding new concepts and principles on a need basis.

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.
Duration: Multiple start dates. Follow-up meetings in academic year.
Application Deadline: 06/09/2017
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: FREE for Michigan teachers. To be determined for out-of-state teachers (on space-available basis).
Benefits: Stipend
Travel Reimbursement
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: A group led by Mike Gallagher is in their 4th summer of a statewide grant-funded effort.  In summer 2015, a $1500 stipend for Michigan teachers.

Participants can get graduate credits or CEUs (SCECHs) for an additional fee. Please ask the organizers when you apply, so that they have time to arrange it.

Limited travel reimbursement. Ask Mike Gallagher about housing.
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level courses in the appropriate subject (chemistry, biology, physical science).

The waves Modeling Workshop is for high school and post-secondary physics teachers who have had a mechanics Modeling Workshop of minimum 2 weeks duration.

The chemistry II Modeling Workshop is for high school and post-secondary chemistry teachers who have had a chemistry Modeling Workshop of minimum 2 weeks duration.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Mike Gallagher, Science Consultant
Oakland Schools
2111 Pontiac Lake Rd
Waterford Township, MI 48328
Phone: 248.209.2234