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Name: Biology Modeling Workshop
School/Institution: STEMteachersNYC
Department/Unit: Trinity School, Science Dept.
City: New York
State: NY
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is for high school biology teachers worldwide. Pre-service teachers, as well as college faculty, are welcome.  

LOCATION: Trinity School, West 91st Street at Columbus Avenue in Manhattan
PEER LEADER(s): Mr. Chris Resch

Offered by STEMteachersNYC, an affiliate of the American Modeling Teachers Association.  Visit for more information.

Note: Other Modeling Workshops offered at this location are  waves/sound, mechanics, chemistry, & computational modeling. See the listings on this website or for more details and links to the registration pages.


Modeling Instruction focuses on key basic models and uses a process-oriented inquiry approach that is extremely effective in helping students develop independence and problem-solving ability. Immersing teachers in an environment where they see the instruction from the point of view of the students is key to strengthening the intertwined content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge.

1. Educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided-inquiry, interactive engagement method of teaching concepts that are fundamental to all sciences.
2. Help participants integrate computer courseware effectively into the curriculum.
3. Help teachers make better use of national resources for science education.
4. Establish electronic network support and a learning community among participants.
5. Strengthen local institutional support for participants as school leaders in disseminating standards-based reform in science education.

The main objective of the Modeling Workshop in biology is to acquaint teachers with all aspects of the modeling method and develop some skill in implementing it. To that end, teachers will be provided with a fairly complete set of written curriculum materials to support instruction, organized into coherent modeling cycles. (The modeling cycle is described at The physical materials and experiments in the curriculum are simple and quite standard, already available in most biology classrooms.

To develop familiarity with materials necessary to fully implement this approach in the classroom, we find that teachers must 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.

Link to Modeling Instruction and the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA).

Strategies for getting funding to support attendance:
Start Date: 07/09/2018
End Date: 07/20/2018
Duration: 2 weeks M-F
Application Deadline: 06/30/2018
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $408 before May 16 (more after May 15) if you cannot get support.  $708 otherwise
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
optional graduate credit - extra cost
Benefit Explanation: Graduate credits in education are optional ($125/credit)

Lodging, meals, and travel expenses are the responsibility of the participant or school district.

There is an extraordinary variety of possibilities for summer housing in the NYC metro region.  See .

Below is a list of some of the many housing possibilities at and near the workshop. (Unofficial list)

Marrakech Hotel (mention "STEMteachersNYC" to see if any special deals are still being offered) Marrakech Hotel (2688 Broadway, at West 103 St., NY, NY 10025; 212.222.2954, 866.546.8353;  The Marrakech is located at W 103 St stop of the #1 subway.

A Youth Hostel is at 104th and Amsterdam:

Union Theological Center:

International House:
212.316.6300 and similar websites offer a wide variety of housing options in NY City, Hoboken, Newark, and other NJ locations are also worth exploring because there are trains into Manhattan, especially the PATH trains, many of which connect with the #1, 2 and 3 subway lines and thus offer a relatively fast trip to the workshop.
Other Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level biology.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Fernand Brunschwig
New York, NY 10027