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Name: E & M 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: High School
Description: This workshop on Modeling Instruction is a sequel to the mechanics Modeling Workshop. It is for high school physics and physical science teachers nationwide.

LOCATION: Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W 120th St. NYC
PEER LEADER: Michael Crofton
CONTENT: microscopic models in electricity and magnetism
PREREQUISITE:  a mechanics Modeling Workshop of minimum 2 weeks.

Michael Crofton taught Physics, Chemistry, and other sciences for 32 years in Minnesota and he has led many Modeling Workshops (Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Mechanical Waves & Sound) since 1999. Direct questions about content to Michael: croftmd AT

Offered by STEMteachersNYC, an affiliate of the American Modeling Teachers Association.  Visit for more information.

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 physics models and uses a process-oriented inquiry approach that is extremely effective in helping students develop independence and problem-solving ability.

GOALS: Each Modeling Workshop is an intensive 2- or 3-week course with these goals:
1. Educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided-inquiry, interactive engagement method of teaching.
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.

In this course teachers will work through coherent model-centered materials for high school electricity and magnetism from a microscopic perspective to develop a deep understanding of content and how to teach it effectively.  The primary focus is on first-year physics courses that incorporate algebra and trigonometry.  In the E&M workshop there is less emphasis on why we believe that modeling is superior to conventional instruction, since we assume that teachers coming back to take a follow-up course have come to accept this as true.   To develop familiarity with the materials necessary to fully implement them in the classroom, we find that teachers must work through the activities, discussions and worksheets, alternating between student and teacher modes, much as they did in the 1st Modeling Workshop in Mechanics.

The course will begin with the study of electric charge and the electric fields produced by charges.  Next the course will delve into electrical energy and the concept of electric potential.  Following that the circuit unit begins with development of the surface charge model as a mechanism for setting up the electric fields that produce a steady state circuit.  After finishing the study of circuits, the course will investigate magnetic fields and magnetic forces, finishing with electromagnetic induction.

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
Application Deadline: 07/24/2017
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: 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.
Other Prerequisites: a mechanics Modeling Workshop of minimum 2 weeks (60 contact hours); 3 weeks preferred (90 contact hours)

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Fernand Brunschwig
New York, NY 10027