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Name: Biology Modeling Workshop in Los Angeles
School/Institution: Milken Community Schools
Department/Unit: 15800 Zeldins Way
City: Los Angeles
State: CA
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is open to biology teachers worldwide.

CANCELLED on May 23, due to low enrollment.

PEER LEADERS: Chantel Dooley and Claissa Furlong

For information about the workshop content and logistics, contact Damon Scoville, at

The main objective of this Modeling Workshop 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 the 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: 06/18/2018
End Date: 06/29/2018
Duration: 2 weeks (MTWThF)
Application Deadline: 05/10/2018
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $750 (includes one-year membership in AMTA and daily lunches)
Benefits: Meals
Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: FLYING? The Los Angeles International Airport is nearby.

Need funding? Consider asking your principal for Title II funds; or ask a local Rotary, Kiwanis, Soroptimists, K of C, etc.

Graduate credit is available at additional cost; CEUs are available. Ask Damon Scoville, at, for details and cost.
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college biology.  The workshop is for high school biology teachers and those who intend to begin teaching biology next year.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Wendy Heheman