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Name: biology Modeling Workshop in Phoenix
School/Institution: St Mary's Catholic High School
Department/Unit: 2525 North 3rd Street
City: Phoenix
State: AZ
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: CANCELLED on May 22, 2017, due to low enrollment. (Only 4 teachers had paid, although several more indicated interest. JJ)

This workshop is for high school biology teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms. The workshop is open to teachers worldwide.

PEER LEADER:Matthew Kennedy, PhD (high school science teacher near Columbus, Ohio, at Fuchs Mizrachi School).
INTERN: Renee Ashlock (AZ School for the Arts, Phoenix)

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To exemplify effective instruction, this workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Content of a first 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.

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, state K-12 Science Standards, and the NRC "Framework for K-12 Science Education", which is the basis for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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.  Lecturing is restricted to scaffolding new concepts and principles on a need basis.

Workshop focuses:
   Experimental Design (Unit 1 in the biology storyline, v.2)
   Evolution (Unit 3)
   Energy (Unit 4)
   Cell Structure & Function (Unit 5)
   Growth and reproduction (Unit 6)

Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Most teachers require at least three weeks (or 80 to 90 contact hours) of intensive workshop to begin to implement it. A second Modeling Workshop in the following summer is highly recommended.

Click here to learn more about 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: 07/05/2017
End Date: 07/21/2017
Duration: 13-day course, meets M-F
Application Deadline: 05/15/2017
tentative, or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $750 (includes one-year membership in AMTA)
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: FLYING? Phoenix Sky Harbor airport is an international airport.
Funding is being sought, to reduce the cost.

Optional: 4 graduate credits in education from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. $100 for each credit.
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level biology.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Wendy Heheman
AMTA Outreach Coordinator
Mesa, AZ
Phone: 480-854-4764