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Name: mechanics, biology, chemistry I, middle school: 4 Modeling Workshops near Chicago
School/Institution: Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Department/Unit: Science
City: Wheaton
State: IL
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: LOCATION: Wheaton-Warrenville South High School.

Mechanics: Jim Stankevitz, AMTA President in 2017
Chemistry: Phil Culcasi.
Biology: Frank Novakowski.
Middle school: George Nelson.
    Most peer leaders teach at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School in Wheaton, IL

Also, an e&m Modeling Workshop will be held at Fermilab, led by Matt Scheffler.

For questions about content:
  and Jim Stankevitz at

REGISTRATION BEGAN ON FEB. 1, 2018. 1st year workshops fill fast!

To exemplify effective instruction, the workshops are taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Content for a 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.

Chemistry Workshop Goals
The Modeling approach to chemistry is based on the particulate nature of matter.  The AMTA   webpage on chemistry asks three fundamental questions about matter:
   1. How do we view matter?
   2. How does it behave?
   3.What is the role of energy in the changes we observe?
First we will introduce the Modeling approach to high school science instruction.  This methodology makes student thinking visible through white board presentations, Socratic questioning and peer review.  The second goal is to practice and enhance the current chemistry modeling curriculum.  Emphasis will be placed on the first nine units: the simple particle through relating how much to how many particles (i.e. stoichiometry).

Biology Modeling Workshop
Students of a 9th or 10th grade biology course frequently arrive with little or no ability to create an experiment.  They can quote the steps of "The Scientific Method" but cannot communicate what they observe or suggest questions to test from those observations.  Because of this, we begin Modeling Biology by developing skills in experimental design.  Workshops in 2013 to 2015 focused on  Units 1 to 4.
    Unit 1: Experimental Design
    2: Classifying Life
    3: Evolution
    4: Energy

Physics Mechanics Workshop
The mechanics Workshop trains physics teachers to use a model-centered, guided inquiry approach to teaching physics using particle models as the basis of instruction. Representations of particle models include mathematical, graphical, diagrammatic, verbal, and written.
   Descriptive and causal models are built to represent motion in one and two dimensions, force, working and energy storage modes, impulse and momentum transfer.

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: 06/11/2018
End Date: 06/29/2018
Duration: 2 weeks. Meet all day M-F  7:30 am to 2 pm
Application Deadline: 05/01/2018
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: each workshop costs $300
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Professional Development/60 CPDU's
Benefit Explanation: The cost includes workshop materials and a 1-year membership in the AMTA for teachers in their 1st Modeling Workshop.

12 CEUs, 60 CPDUs.

For all 5 workshops, 4 graduate hours of credit through the University of
St. Francis are optional and cost a total of $400. Registration and
payment for the optional graduate credit will take place on the first day
of the workshop.  Details are in the registration info.

Registration is coordinated through Fermilab's Education Office. Fermilab is conducting many workshops this summer - please be sure you select the correct Modeling Workshop at Wheaton Warrenville South High School.

For online registration, you can register and pay with a credit card at the application link URL above.

If you fill out the online form, select from the Modeling Biology, Modeling Chemistry, Modeling Physics: Mechanics or Modeling Physics: Electricity and Magnetism.  

If you'd rather use the printed form from the PDF file, you can pay by check, school purchase order, or credit card.  You can either mail or fax your registration in.  Use these same course titles for the course name entry on the written form.

The workshops to fill quickly, so register as soon as possible after February 1.

Our school is Wheaton Warrenville South High School, 1993 Tiger Trail, Wheaton, IL 60189.  Here's a map.

If you come from out of town, there are MANY nearby housing options.  Here's a few. Ask if they have a long-term discount.
*  Candlewood Suites.
*  Residence Inn Marriott.
*  Hyatt Place.
*  Extended Stay America.
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level courses in the respective content (i.e., physics, chemistry, biology).

For the e&m workshop: the prerequisite is a mechanics Modeling Workshop of minimum 2 weeks duration.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Jim Stankevitz
Science Department, Wheaton-Warrenville South High School
1993 Tiger Trail
Wheaton, IL 60189
Phone: 630-784-7200 x8734
Fax: 630-682-2196