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Name: chemistry, biology, physics, middle school Modeling Workshop at NC State University
School/Institution: North Carolina State University
Department/Unit: The Science House, College of Sciences
City: Raleigh
State: NC
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Inservice
Teacher Level: High School
Description: 4 Modeling Workshops will be held for high school & middle school science teachers who want to create student-centered, active-inquiry classrooms.  They are open ONLY to teachers in North Carolina due to the nature of the funding.

For questions, email Scott Ragan:

To exemplify effective instruction, each workshop is taught using a robust pedagogy, Modeling Instruction, developed at Arizona State University. Course content is reorganized around basic models to increase the structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials (resources) and work through activities alternately in roles of student and teacher.

The Modeling Method is introduced as a systematic approach to the design of curriculum and instruction. The name Modeling Instruction expresses an emphasis on making and using conceptual models of physical and chemical phenomena as central to learning and doing science. Using models and modeling in science education is recommended by NSES, AAAS Project 2061 and state K-12 science standards. Modeling Instruction is completely aligned with the eight science practices outlined in the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education (2011), the research that is the basis of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Student activities are organized into modeling cycles that engage students systematically in all aspects of modeling. (Specifics of the modeling cycle are at .) The teacher guides students through each modeling cycle, with an eye to improving the quality of student discourse by insisting on accurate use of scientific terms, on clarity and cogency of expressed ideas and arguments. After a few cycles, students gain skill at conducting scientific investigations without excessive prompting from the teacher. The main job of the teacher is then to supply them with more powerful modeling tools. Lecturing is restricted to scaffolding new concepts and principles on a need basis.

Participants will design and carry out a series of investigations that use Modeling Instruction. They will practice Socratic questioning techniques that will enable them to foster scientific discourse among students and that aid in assessing student learning. Each participant will keep a daily journal book of problems solved, labs done, personal notes and reflections on activities and readings, and expected student difficulties with ways to address them.

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: 07/27/2018
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWThF) and 3 follow-ups (probably in October, December, March)
Application Deadline: 05/30/2018
or until filled
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: Free - but only open to North Carolina teachers
Benefits: Stipend
Professional Development/CEU
$100/day reimbursement for substitute during follow ups
Benefit Explanation: Funded in summer 2018 by a state Math-Science Partnerships grant.  $125/day stipend.

Instructional materials and a FREE one-year trial membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) are included.

(For more details, visit the project website, linked above.)
Other Prerequisites: For the chemistry workshop: 2 semesters of college chemistry. The chemistry workshop is ONLY for high school chemistry & physical science teachers (not middle school).

For the biology workshop: 2 semesters of college biology. The two biology workshops are ONLY for high school biology teachers (not middle school).

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Scott Ragan
Science House (at NCSU)
909 Capability Drive, Suite 1200
Raleigh, NC 27695