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Name: Biology Intro to Modeling Instruction: 1 week in Maine
School/Institution: Kennebunk Community Resource Center
City: Kennebunk
State: ME
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This introduction to Modeling Instruction, in the context of high school biology, is for teachers worldwide.

Dates: July 24-28, 2017.

Participants will be introduced to the Modeling Method, developed at Arizona State University, as a systematic approach to design of curriculum and instruction.  

The modeling cycle is described at

Workshop Goals
This is not a full-fledged Modeling Workshop, but is a 40-hour introduction to modeling pedagogy. Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Experience has shown that most teachers require at least 90 contact hours of intensive workshop to begin to implement it. A second Modeling Workshop in the following summer is highly recommended to deepen and broaden one's understanding.

Details of workshop content:
     The week concentrates on modeling pedagogy through use of whiteboards and Socratic dialog.
   1. Experimental Design
  2. Classifying Life
  3. Evolution*
  4. Energy*
 * Materials overview.

Click here to learn more about Modeling Instruction 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: 07/24/2017
End Date: 07/28/2017
Duration: 8 hour/day workshop.  Limited space available (12 max)
Application Deadline: 07/10/2017
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $800 for one week
Benefits: Housing
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: Registration includes instructional materials, 1-year trial membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA), continental breakfasts, lunches.

Limited FREE housing in homes of local citizens: deadline is June 1. Contact Dan MacDonald  at

Meals: Free homemade lunches included with workshop.

Optional graduate credit: 3 credits/week for $125/credit. Ask Prof. Jamie Vesenka for details:, 207-749-7913

If you prefer to find your own housing, here are options.
Other Prerequisites: 2 semesters of college-level biology are highly recommended.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: James Vesenka
c/o FPUU Kennebunk/Modeling Workshop
164 Summer Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Phone: 207-749-7913