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Name: middle school Modeling Workshop
School/Institution: Central Michigan University
Department/Unit: Center for Excellence in STEM Education
City: Mt Pleasant
State: MI
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: Middle School
Description: This workshop is funded for middle school teachers in these counties:  Gratiot, Isabella, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Saginaw, Bay and Arenac.  

Open to others worldwide if seats are left (for FREE).

PEER LEADER: Kelli Gamez Warble, Teacher-in-Residence at Arizona State University. Kelli helped develop the middle school Modeling Workshop. She has led Modeling Workshops since 1998.

For information about workshop content and logistics, contact Julie Cunningham at . Julie is Director, Center for Excellence in STEM Education, Central Michigan University.

The main objective of Modeling Workshops is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method of instruction and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers are provided with a complete set of written curriculum materials to support instruction organized into coherent modeling cycles (as described in Wells et al., 1995). The modeling cycle is described at

To develop familiarity with the materials necessary to fully implement them in the classroom, teachers work through activities, discussions and worksheets, alternating between student and teacher modes. Each unit in the course manual includes an extensive Teacher Notes section. Throughout the course, teachers are asked to reflect on their practice and how they might apply the techniques they have learned in the course to their own classes.

Modeling Instruction is a complex transformative pedagogy. Most teachers require at least 80 to 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: 07/09/2018
End Date: 07/27/2018
Duration: 5 days (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 06/23/2018
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: Stipend for teachers in named counties (above). FREE for others.
Benefits: Stipend
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Other Prerequisites: The workshop is for middle school science teachers and those who intend to begin teaching middle school science next year.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Wendy Heheman