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Name: chemistry I Modeling Workshop at ASU
School/Institution: Arizona State University
Department/Unit: Physics
City: Tempe
State: AZ
Opportunity Type: Modeling Workshop
Teacher Status: Preservice
post-secondary chemistry faculty
Teacher Level: High School
Description: This workshop is for high school and post-secondary chemistry teachers worldwide.

Peer leader: Mitch Sweet. Co-leader: Justin Sheets.  
Location: ASU - Tempe campus
    8am to  3:30pm MTWTh, 8am to noon F            

Course title is CHM 594: Modeling Instruction in Chemistry I

For questions, please e-mail Jane Jackson:

The Modeling Workshop in 1st semester chemistry is an intensive 3-week course with these goals:
1. educate teachers in use of a model-centered, guided inquiry, interactive engagement method of teaching, and improve content understanding at the same time,
2. help participants integrate computer courseware effectively into the science curriculum,
3. help teachers make better use of national resources for science education,
4. establish electronic network support and a learning community among participants.

The main objective of the 1st summer 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 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 any reasonably equipped classroom.

To develop familiarity with the materials necessary to fully implement them 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. 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 aligned with the eight science practices outlined in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education, the research basis of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Chemistry Workshop emphases
The Modeling approach to chemistry is based on the particulate nature of matter.  We ask 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).

An overview is at the AMTA   webpage on curriculum storylines.

Click here to learn more about the Modeling Instruction Program or visit to find information on these ASU workshops and to view strategies on how to gain funding to attend. Click here to learn more about the American Modeling Teachers Association and other Modeling Workshops nationwide.
Start Date: 06/08/2020
End Date: 06/26/2020
Duration: 3 weeks (MTWTh)
Application Deadline: 05/31/2020
Opportunity Website:
Application Link:
Sponsor Link:

Benefits and Requirements

Cost: $400 noncredit, or ~$2000 ASU in-state tuition/fees -- in Feb., see
Benefits: Professional Development/CEU
College Transcript Credit
Benefit Explanation: 3 graduate credits optional.

Noncredit registration is $400 (or $200 half-price discount for teachers who must pay out-of-pocket and cannot get reimbursed). Contact for details.

For graduate credit only: the ASU application fee is $70. (ASU charges a  late fee of $50 for this course registration after 1 week before a course begins.) Students must have proof of MMR immunity on file at the ASU Student Health Center before registering for a course.

Arizona teachers can apply for partial tuition scholarships. Out-of-state teachers for whom ASU tuition is a financial hardship are asked to contact Jane Jackson:

On-campus housing can be arranged (private room, shared bath) for ~$780 (+ $25 linens optional). Beautiful low-cost family housing in upscale Scottsdale, 7 miles north of campus. Contact Jane Jackson for information.

The Phoenix Sky Harbor airport is very close. The Phx/Mesa Gateway airport is roughly 20 miles to the east.
Other Prerequisites: Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college chemistry. The workshop is for
*  high school and post-secondary chemistry teachers and
*  those who intend to begin teaching chemistry next year, and
*  teachers in the ASU MNS degree program with concentration in physics.

Professional Development Opportunity Contact Information

Contact: Jane Jackson
Department of Physics, Arizona State University
Box 871504
Tempe, AZ 85287-1504
Phone: 480-965-8438