Workshops 2014

Modeling Workshops for Summer 2014


Modeling Workshops are listed alphabetically by state. Most are three-week summer workshops that thoroughly treat the pedagogy and content for a high school physics, chemistry, physical science or biology course. Content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in the roles of student or teacher, as they practice techniques of guided inquiry and cooperative learning. At many workshops, teachers receive stipends and/or tuition waivers, instructional materials, and sometimes housing at reduced rates. (State-funded workshops provide these only for in-state teachers.) Generally, workshops use whatever probes and interfaces are available at the site.

Are you considering hosting a Modeling Workshop?  Click here for an outline of host institution responsibilities. Please note: AMTA strongly recommends workshops that are three weeks in duration because these provide teachers the opportunity to practice the interactive engagement techniques crucial to the successful implementation of Modeling Instruction in the classroom. Two-week workshops can also be effective, provided academic year follow-up support is available. Professional development experiences that are shorter in duration are not considered Modeling Workshops. Such “Modeling Lite” or “Introduction to Modeling” type sessions afford participants the chance to explore aspects of modeling instruction. However, we believe they provide teachers neither sufficient time to develop a deep understanding of the pedagogy nor the opportunity to practice the listening and questioning skills that allow one to successfully implement the approach.

Free 1-year trial membership in AMTA! Participants in full workshops this summer are eligible for a free 1-year trial membership in AMTA. Your workshop leader will provide you details on how to enroll. At the end of the year you will have the option of renewing your membership. Follow this link for some details.

Ask your school district to pay for your Modeling Workshop. The document HowGetFinancialHelp from Jane Jackson offers advice on getting financial help from your district or other sources.

Workshops by State

Below is a partial list of workshops. More will be added later, as information becomes available.  Some workshops are contingent on funding and sufficient enrollment to make them cost-effective. Unless otherwise noted, workshops are open to high school and post-secondary science teachers worldwide.  [Updated 6/14/14]

  • Alabama
    McGill-Toolen HS-Mobile
    Dates: July 7-18

    Content: Mechanics
    Leader: Tim Burgess
    Content: chemistry I
    Leader: Dennis Glass Cost: $500
    View the McGill-Toolen Modeling Workshops 2014 flyer for details
    Follow this link to register
  • Arizona
    Arizona State University-Tempe
    Open to high school and middle school teachers nationwide.
    Dates: June 9-27
    PHS 530/PHY 480: Methods of Physics Teaching I – Mechanics
    Leader: Jeff Steinert
    PHS 594/PHY 494: Methods of Physics Teaching II – E & M
    Leader: Michael Crofton
    PHS 594/PHY 494: Methods of Physics Teaching II – Modeling Instruction in Light
    Leader: Bill Edelbrock
    Dates: July 7-25
    CHM 594: Modeling Instruction in High School Chemistry I (core units)
    Leader: Russ Shaffer
    Contact Jane Jackson, 480-965-8438, or visit ASU Graduate Program for High School Teachers.
    Housing (private room, semi-private bath in furnished apartment near campus): $15 to $20/day may be available.
    Pima Community College – Tucson
    Dates: June 16-July 3

    Content: mechanics Leaders: Kelli Gamez-Warble, Karie Meyers
    Cost: $500
    Contact Karie Meyers for details
  • California
    Whittier UHSD
    Dates: June 9-27

    Content: Mechanics
    Leaders: Mark Hughes, Ben Balarie
    Contact Carlye Olsen for details
    Follow this link for the WUHSD Modeling Physics Flyer
    Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo
    Dates: June 16-27

    Content: mechanics
    Leader: Jon Anderson
    Content: chemistry I
    Leader: Brenda Royce
    Contact Sara Hegg for details
  • Florida
    Florida International University – Miami (pending)
    Dates: June 30-July 18
    Content: mechanics
    Leaders: Jon Anderson & Chris Doscher
    A $100/day stipend is offered to teachers
    Content: waves/light
    Leaders: Jeffrey Rose and David Kirkpatrick
    Contact David Jones for details
    University School, Fort Lauderdale – pending Dates: June 9-26-tentative
    Content: chemistry I
    Leader: Carlos Montero
    Follow this link for workshop details
    Follow this link to register.
  • Georgia
    Lovett school – Atlanta
    Dates: July 7 -25

    Content: chemistry I
    Leader: David Farabee
    Download the AMTA Georgia Modeling Chemistry Brochure for details
  • Illinois
    Wheaton-Warrenville South High School, Wheaton
    Dates: June 16-27

    Content: mechanics
    Leader: Matt Scheffler
    Content: E & M
    Leader: Jim Stankevitz
    Content: chemistry I Leader: Phil Culcasi
    Note: due to popular demand, a 2nd Chemistry I workshop, led by Phil Culcasi, is tentatively scheduled for M August 4 – F August 15. At least 18 teachers are needed for this workshop to make.
    Content: biology
    Leaders: Frank Novakowski, Sara Wilhem
    Follow this link Illinois 2014 for details
    Follow this link to apply
  • Kansas
    Southeast High School – Wichita
    Dates: June 9-26

    Cost: $500 for all workshops
    Content: mechanics
    Leader: Art Ballos
    Contact Laura Swanson for details
    Content: waves and fields
    Leader: Earl Legleiter
    Content: chemistry I
    Leader: Alan Vancil
    Contact Elizabeth Peyser for details
    Content: physical science and math
    Leaders: David Leib, Fred Snyder
  • Kentucky
    Western Kentucky U
    Dates: July 7 -25

    Content: mechanics
    Leaders: Aaron Debbink, Ben Buehler
    mix of credit and non-credit participants, contingent on sufficient enrollment
    Tuition: $1470 for 3 graduate credits; or $750 for continuing education units only (CEUs)
    Contact Richard Gelderman for details
  • Louisiana
    Core Element: Greater New Orleans STEM Initiative
    Dates: July 7-18

    Content: Chemistry
    Leader: Phil Root
    Content: mechanics
    Leader: TBD
    Cost: The workshop is free to local public school teachers
    Follow this link to register
    Contact Andrea Walker for details.
  • Maine
    Kennebunk – First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
    Dates: July 28 – Aug 8

    Content: Intro to mechanics – kinematics
    Leader: Chad Hodgkins
    Content: mechanics-dynamics
    Leader: Chad Hodgkins
    Content: chemistry
    Leader: Tom Pfeiffer
    Follow these links to a flyer and an application
    Cost: $650 for one week, $1250 for 2 weeks, includes housing and meals
    It has come to our attention that some applications to our summer workshops have gone missing! If you have sent in an application or inquiry and have not received a reply, please resend your information to so that we may get you set up. There is still plenty of space available in both Chemistry and Physics.
    Contact Dean Meggison for details
  • Michigan
    Oakland Science, Mathematics and Technology Center, Waterford
    Dates: June 24-July 16
    Content: mechanics (FULL)
    Leaders: Laura Ritter & Bryan Battaglia
    Dates: August 6-22
    Content: chemistry (FULL)
    Leaders: Gary Abud and Michelle Okroy
    MAISD Regional Mathematics and Science Center, Muskegon
    Dates: June 19-July 11
    Content: mechanics
    Leader: Don Pata & Laura Sloma
    Kent ISD, Grand Rapids
    Dates: June 18-July 10
    Content: Chemistry
    Leaders: Tammy Gwara & Seth Furlow
    COOR ISD Mathematics and Science Center, Roscommon
    June 23-July 15
    Content: Physics
    Leaders: Shannon McLaughlin and Megan Bartly
    Seaborg Mathematics and Science Center, Marquette
    Dates; July 18-Aug 15
    Content: chemistry
    Leaders: Levi Torrison and Jeffrey Finnan
    Check out the Modeling in Michigan website or contact Mike Gallagher for details
  • New York
    SUNY-Buffalo State College
    Dates: July 21-August 8

    PHY620 – Mechanics
    Leader: TBA
    PHY622 – E & M
    Leader: TBA
    Contact: Dan MacIsaac
    Teachers College-Columbia University
    Dates: July 21 – August 8

    three workshops
    Content: mechanics
    Leaders: Paul Bianchi & Seth Guinals-Kupperman
    Content: Chemistry Leaders: Donghong Sun & Tammy Gwara
    *Niederhoffer Gift Creates Chemistry Scholarships for Teachers to NYC
    Summer Modeling Workshop* – Follow this link for details
    Content: Models of Light
    Leaders: Mark Schober & Kofi Donnelly
    Cost: $50 to register, the balance of $449 is due later in the spring
    Contact: Fernand Brunschwig
    Link to details and sign up
    Follow this link for information about housing
    Millbrook School, Millbrook – cancelled
    Dates: July 28-Aug 8

    Content: mechanics
    Leader: Kathy Malone
    Content: biology
    Leader: Angela Gard
    Cost: Commuting: $650 Boarding: $1100
    Application for registration accepted until June 1, 2014.
    Register using this Google Form.
    For further information contact Matt Dilley
  • North Carolina
    NC State U – Raleigh
    Dates: July 7-24
    – contingent on funding
    Content: biology
    Content: physical science
    Open to NC teachers only
    Follow this link for workshop information
  • Ohio
    The Ohio State University – New Albany HS
    Dates: June 9-26

    Content: Mechanics
    Leaders: Brian Carpenter, Chas Deremer, Kathy Harper
    Content: Chemistry I (core units)
    Leaders: Liz Emmer, Tom Wisard, Ted Clark
    Content: Adv Modeling – curriculum development
    Leaders: Heidi Kresge, Rick Jacox, Kathy Harper, Ted Clark
    Follow these links to a 2014 ModelingFlyer and to the Ohio_Application14
    Contact: Kathy Harper
    Bowling Green State U
    Dates: July 14-25

    Content: physics/chemistry
    Leaders: Nate Ash, Mary Kate Hafemann
    Content: biology
    Leader: Kristina Newman
    A strong preference is given to Ohio teachers
    Contact: John Laird for details
  • Pennsylvania
    St Vincent College, Latrobe
    June 16 – July 3

    Content: mechanics
    Leaders: Jess Dykes & Holly McTernan
    Contact: Ryan Tucek
  • Tennessee
    Middle Tennessee State University – Murfreesboro
    Dates: June 9-20

    Content: Chemistry I
    Leaders: Dennis Glass & Lee Ann Richardson
    Austin Peay State University – Clarksville
    Dates: June 23 – July 3

    Content: chemistry I
    Leaders: Lynda Meece & Patricia Zirkle
    Cumberland University – Lebanon
    Dates: June 23 – July 3

    Content: chemistry I
    Leaders: Lee Ann Richardson & John Vaden
    Martin Methodist College – Pulaski
    Dates: June 23 – July 3

    Content: chemistry I
    Leaders: Dennis Glass & Christopher Manor
    Cost:Free to Tennessee in-service teachers; $300 for out-of-state teachers (includes lunches)
    Contact: Tom Cheatham for details Follow this link to register

Workshops Overseas

  • Hong Kong
    Location: Hong Kong International School – pending sufficient enrollment
    Dates: TBA
    Content: mechanics
    Leaders: Bill Canham and Joel Klammer
    Costs: $850, includes WS, lunch, 2 snacks and transportation to campus
    Housing costs: $2000 for 13 nights, double occupancy $1200, breakfast included
    Contact Bill Canham for information

Introduction to Modeling Instruction Training by State

These 1-week professional development experiences afford participants the chance to explore aspects of modeling instruction.

  • Indiana

    University High School of Indiana, Carmel
    July 7-11: ICP, Chemistry I
    July 14-18: Chemistry II
    host teacher/instructor -Erica Posthuma-Adams
    Guerin Catholic High School, Noblesville
    July 14-18: ICP 1, Physics 1
    July 21-28: physics 2
    host teacher/instructor Hugh Ross.
    Cost: Free for Indiana teachers; $600 per week registration for non-Indiana teachers
    Follow this link for information about these workshops
    On-line registration
  • Kansas

    Fort Hays State U
    Dates: TBA
    Implementing NGSS guided by modeling principles
    Leaders: Paul Adams, Earl Legleiter
  • New York
    Siena College, Loudonville
    Dates: July 7-10

    Content: Intro to E & M
    Leader: Darren Broder
    Contact Darren Broder for information
  • South Dakota
    Dakota State U – Madison
    Dates: June 2-6

    Content: Dynamics (follow-up to last year’s workshop on kinematics)
    Leaders: Rose Emanual & Andy Johnson
    Modest stipends for all SD teachers, housing for those who are too far to commute. Most meals will be provided for lodgers, lunch for commuters.
    Get 2 hours of graduate credit for the low, low price of $80.
    Contact Andy Johnson for information
  • Virginia
    James Madison University
    Dates: June 23-27

    Content: intro to mechanics
    Leaders: John Makous & Tim Coulliard
    Content: intro to physical science
    Leaders: Jeff Hengesbach & Melissa Booker
    Content: intro to chemistry
    Leaders: Stephen Colbert & Beth Lineberger
    Content: intro to biology
    Leaders: LaToya Scott & Lynn Gaskins
    Content: intermediate mechanics
    Leaders: Joseph Mahler and Mike Turner
    Content: intermediate physical science
    Leaders: Jason Lonon and Tom Brown
    Content: intermediate chemistry
    Leaders: David Farabee and Leah Powers
    Content: intermediate biology
    Leaders: Deker Wagler and Julie Maimes
    Content: earth science
    Leader: Angela Gard
    Contact Joe Mahler for information

Additional information about Modeling Instruction workshops (including a map) may be found at the PTEC website

Other professional development opportunities that feature modeling:

  • California
    Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo
    Dates: June 16-27

    Content: biology
    Leader: Susan Johnson
    Contact Sara Hegg for details
  • Indiana

    Morton HS, Hammond
    June 16-20: Introductory modeling
    June 23-27: ICP
    July 7-11: Biology
    Host teacher/instructor Robert Pustek
    June 23-July 1 ICP 1, Physics 1
    host teacher/instructor – Michael Kelley
    Follow this link for information about these workshops
    On-line registration
  • New Jersey
    Montgomery HS, Skillman
    Dates: July 21-25

    Content: Science Program Review
    Leaders: Craig Buszka, Jason Sullivan, Chris Resch
    Contact Jason Sullivan for information
    Download a document describing the program
  • Singapore
    Location: National Institute of Education – pending approval
    Dates: July 8-11
    Content: E & M
    Leader: Michael Crofton
    Content: chemistry
    Leader: Larry Dukerich
    These introductory workshops are open only to Singapore teachers


2014 Workshop Participant New Member AMTA Registration At the beginning of your 2014 Modeling Workshop, your leader will give you a registration code. These free registration codes will be honored through the month of September 2014 but on October 1 the new member registration period will close. To activate your free membership you must contact Be sure to include your registration code in your email message.

43 thoughts on “Workshops 2014”

  1. Hello, I am interested in participating in a biology modeling workshop. I currently teach in New York City. The only two biology programs that I have seen on your website will be held in Virginia and Illinois. Am I eligible to go to these trainings? I am from Illinois so this one would not be too difficult to attend.

    1. To David and all other Modelers,

      You can attend any Modeling workshop in any state, as long as the workshops are open for out-of-state teachers. You were looking for biology workshops. In Illinois, the workshops is open to everyone and you can contact Jim Stankevitz for more details.

      In Virginia, the one week introduction is open to everybody as well. Since the workshops is Virginia are only one week long, the experience you will get is different than what you would get from a 3 weeks Modeling workshop. Please contact Joe Mahler for more details.

      We continue to work to add more Modeling workshops to the list, please check the listing on the AMTA website on a regular bases for updates.


          1. At this moment, no biology Modeling workshops have been scheduled for July. The website’s list is updated constantly, so please check it regularly.

    2. Would it be possible that in addition to a state be state list of workshops you also have the workshops sorted by content area? Say for example you want to find only chemistry workshops and don’t care where they are it takes a while to dig through the state by state list.

      1. Hi Judy,
        At this moment, the sorting you would like to see is not an option, however, we are about the launch our new website where the search for workshops can be done by location or subject. For now, chemistry I workshops are offered in AL, AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, KS, ME, MI, NY, OH, TN and IN . Indiana offers one-week workshops and this year they will offer chem I and II

  2. I would like information on one week modeling workshops in Virginia for the summer of 2014. I tried to email Joe Mahler but the message permanently failed.

  3. Hello, everyone.

    I teach high school chemistry and algebra. I am a interested in attending a workshop this summer that is open to out of state teachers. Which workshops would be the best ones to go to?

    1. Hi Kelsie and others,

      Chemistry Modeling workshops will be offered in many states; AL, AZ, GA, IL, KS, ME, OH, TN, and VA.

      If you have never taken a Modeling workshop, it’s a good idea to take Mechanics or physical science first. Here, besides getting a grounding in core concepts of all the sciences, you will learn what Modeling Instruction is, where it originated, and the classroom practices, which are very different from the traditional classroom structure.

      Mechanics Modeling workshops are offered at almost all locations.

      We are constantly updating the list of workshops for the summer of 2014; please, visit the site regularly.

  4. It’s very good to see that the AMTA executive board president is co-leading a workshop on NGSS and modeling. Do you have any additional information on this workshop such as number of days or target audience? Thanks.

  5. I have recently retired and am working in an advisory/support capacity in my school district. We are a tiny district – have had a lot of turnover – and a bare-bones (sub-minimal in my view) science teacher – with a desire by our school board to build science. I want to be able to facilitate attracting teachers who have modeling experience or who are willing to become trained – so that we can use that as a commonality for collaboration among science teachers in our district. I was introduced to Modeling many years ago as a PTRA – but have struggled to bring it to our district in a sustainable way.

  6. I am interesting in modeling, but am not free in July and August, is there anything in the NYC area during the school year? Any resources, especially in biology, that might be useful on the internet?

    Thanks much.

  7. I am looking for an advanced modeling workshop to attend. Are there any other than the one in Ohio? Will more be posted to this site before summer?

    1. Jolyne,
      Yes, several other advanced Modeling Workshops will be held in summer 2014. All are in physics, and all have a prerequisite of a mechanics Modeling Workshop that is about 90 contact hours (i.e., that includes all 9 mechanics units). I list them, in order of start date.
      Wichita, KS: June 9-26. Waves & Fields. Earl Legleiter, leader.
      Arizona State University: June 9-27. e&m. Michael Crofton, leader.
      Arizona State University: June 9-27. Light. Bill Edelbrock, leader.
      Wheaton-Warrenville S HS (near Chicago): June 16-27: e&m. Jim Stankevitz, leader.
      Florida Intl. University: June 30-July 18. Waves/light. David Kirkpatrick, leader.
      New York City: July 21-Aug. 8. Light. Mark Schober, leader.
      Buffalo State College (NY): late July – early Aug. electricity.

      Descriptions and registration weblinks are at

  8. I am interested in attending a mechanics modeling workshop, but the ASU workshops are held before our semester ends. The later workshops are too far for me to travel. Do you know if there are any plans to offer mechanics workshops in Oregon or Washington in the future? Other teachers at my school are also interested in this possibility.

    1. Hi Laurel,

      The workshops at Cal Poly start later than the ASU workshops, so that may be an option. Traveling options to California do not have to be very expensive,using the Greyhound may be an option.

      In the past, workshops were offered in Oregon and Washington. In Washington, we have a person willing to lead but he would need an organizer. Would you school and/or district be interested in hosting Modeling workshops for the summer of 2015? AMTA will help you to organize it.
      Please contact me at to discuss this.

    1. Biology workshops are available at the following locations:
      Illinois: June 16-27
      North Carolina: July 7-24, depending on funding
      Ohio (Bowling Green): July 14-25

      Professional development using modeling and/or introduction to Modeling:
      New York (Millbrook) no date set yet
      Virginia: June 23-27
      Indiana: July 7-11
      California: June 16-27

      For more information, go to the individual listing of the workshops.

      1. Maura Lockett was inquiring about biology Modeling workshops. The dates for the NY Millbrooks workshops has been set and it will be from July 28 to August 8. Angela Gard, experienced biology Modeling workshop leader, will lead the workshop with Millbrook’s one Christine Dilley.
        Costs for the workshop are $650 for commuters, and $1100 with room included.

  9. Hi Connie,
    The majority of the curriculum of the Modeling Workshops is geared toward high school, however, the pedagogy can be applied to all grade levels. I completed my MNS degree in STEM for Middle School at Arizona State University, and all courses used Modeling Instruction. My understanding is now so much deeper than before and the methods of using Modeling is no different fro teachers as it is for any level of students, in my opinion.

  10. do you have any workshops in Texas, or know of any. I am a new teacher of only 4 months and i would love to take apart of workshops in my area Dallas.

  11. I will be teaching physical science for the first time in the fall. I’m interested in doing the modeling curriculum with my students, but we do not have a physical science workshop here in Michigan. I was wondering if I would be better prepared attending a one week workshop for physical science out of state, or attending one of the 3 week physics or chemistry workshops in Michigan? I can’t do 3 weeks out of state. (I am a biology person, so not strong in physics or chemistry.) Help??

    1. I would suggest you attend one of the 3 physics Modeling workshops offered in Michigan. You may be able to use some of the units and will have a much better understanding of Modeling Instruction.
      When you attend a Modeling workshop and become an AMTA member you will have access to the complete Modeling Curriculum on the website and on the wristband which you will receive as a member, and you will be part of the very active Modeling community.

    1. The contact information of Mike Gallagher is on the website and here is a link to the Michigan Modeling workshops:

  12. Is college credit (grad or undergrad) available through a local university for completing any of the workshops?

  13. Hi,
    I’m interested in learning more about Modeling Instruction. Can you please send me information on chemistry sessions that will be held this fall in the NYC area.
    Bernadette Black

    1. I apologize for the late response; the Modeling™ workshops in New York City started this week. All the information on all Modeling™ workshops is available on this webpage.

  14. I am wondering about this class, which is listed above:

    Fort Hays State U
    Dates: TBA
    Implementing NGSS guided by modeling principles
    Leaders: Paul Adams, Earl Legleiter

    Is it going to run in the yet with int the end of July or first part of August?

  15. I stumbled across modeling instruction and am interested in attending a workshop. When do you expect to have a schedule for upcoming workshops? Also, I noticed that the workshops are held in the summer. Do you offer any during the school year? Thank you for your time.

    1. Most Modeling Workshops are offered at the same location each summer. Thus feel free to peruse the list on this webpage, and email a workshop organizer and ask him/her what Modeling Workshops will be offered at their site next summer. Of course, it sometimes depends on funding; sites apply for grants, and they won’t know if they get funded until winter or spring.

      Also, visit the PhysTEC website occasionally, to see what locations are added for next summer. Specifically, visit this URL
      Already posted for 2015 are detailed descriptions & dates of 4 Modeling Workshops at Arizona State University, one in Hong Kong, and two at Milbrook School in New York.

      During the year: This fall, a mechanics Modeling Workshop will be offered in Chicago, at the University of Illinois. In spring semester, Arizona State University always holds a Modeling Workshop. These are “methods” courses, primarily for pre-service teachers but open also to in-service teachers.

      Would you like your school to host a Modeling Workshop? If so, ask your principal or district science coordinator to contact Wendy Heheman: . Or ask a supportive faculty member at a nearby college to host a Modeling Workshop, and have them contact Wendy. Wendy gives support for all Modeling Workshops.

  16. I attended a one week Chemistry workshop in VA and have developed a pilot for my school to convert over the chemistry department. I am interested in more advanced training and I wonder if there are any grant or scholarship opportunities to help with the financial commitment for travel and registrations to workshops that are not local to me.

    1. The ACS Hach Professional Development Grant was started last year, and I was able to get one to attend Modeling Chemistry training. Might be worth a try.

  17. I attended a 3 week course in Modeling Chemistry in Aug 2014. I have been teaching using the modeling framework this year. Is there a second course that goes into the more advanced topics like equilibrium?

  18. Hi,
    I am interested in a AP Physics Modeling workshop. Please could you let me know whether there will be one in Hongkong or nearby areas in 2015. I teach AP Physics at International Christian school HK.
    Ravi Lall

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