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Name: middle school science Modeling Workshop near Phoenix
School/Institution: Tempe Preparatory Academy
Department/Unit: 1251 East Southern Avenue
City: Tempe
State: AZ
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: Middle School
Description: Cancelled in early May 2017, due to low enrollment. (Wendy Heheman's 3 grant proposals were rejected, unfortunately, so the workshop was too expensive for teachers.)

This workshop is for middle school teachers worldwide.

* Christie Mendoza
* Cathy Tiedemann

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 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.

First we will introduce the Modeling approach to science instruction.  This methodology makes student thinking visible through whiteboard presentations, Socratic questioning, and peer review.  Then we will practice and enhance the modeling curriculum for grades 6 to 8.

Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Experience has shown that most teachers require at least three weeks (90 contact hours) of intensive workshop to begin to implement it. A second Modeling Workshop is highly recommended to deepen and broaden one's understanding.

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: 06/05/2017
End Date: 06/23/2017
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 05/05/2017
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $750 (includes one-year membership in AMTA). Funding is being sought to lower the cost.
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
Benefit Explanation: Registration includes instructional materials and 1-year trial membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA).

Optional: 4 graduate credits in education at Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois; $100 for each credit.

Flying? Phoenix Sky Harbor is the major airport, 5 minutes away.

Long-distance teachers: choose a Tempe motel on the free ORBIT "Jupiter" busline, and get off it at Malibu Drive.  Malibu Drive at Dorsey Lane is one block south of Tempe Preparatory Academy. Download a map of routes, & schedules at
Other Prerequisites: Experience teaching middle school (grades 6 to 8) science or math, or preparation for such.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Wendy Heheman
AMTA Outreach Coordinator
Mesa, AZ