Workshops 2016

Modeling Workshops for Summer 2016

News flash:

Distance learning/online version of our Physics: Electricity and Magnetism workshop is being offered spring 2016 (starting in February). Complete details here. Note: This workshop is full.


Below you will find a list of Modeling Workshops that are being planned for Summer 2016.  Whether they will actually occur depends upon enrollment and funding.  Most are three-week summer workshops that thoroughly treat the pedagogy using approximately one semester of the content for a high school physics, chemistry, physical science, biology or middle school 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 current list of workshops. This page is frequently updated as new 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 2/16/16]

  • Alabama

  • Arizona
    Arizona State University-Tempe
    Open to high school and middle school teachers nationwide.
    Dates: June 6-24
    Content: Mechanics (PHS 530 / PHY 480: Methods of Teaching Physics I (mechanics)
    Leader: Jeff Steinert (probably)
    Content: CASTLE (PHS 594 / PHY 494: Electricity for Middle/Secondary Teachers (Modeling Workshop in CASTLE Electricity)
    Leader: Bill Edelbrock
    Content: Chemistry (CHM 594 / CHM 480: Modeling Instruction in HS Chemistry I)
    Leader: Mitch Sweet
    Site: Tempe Preparatory Academy
    Dates: July 5-15
    Content: Thermodynamics (CHM 594/ PHS 594: Modeling Workshop in Thermodynamics)
    Leader: Levi Torrison
    Site: ASU, Tempe
    For further information visit the page on the MNS program at ASU
    Pima Community College, Tucson
    Dates: June 13-July 1

    Content: mechanics
    Leader: Kelli Gamez-Warble
    Contact Karie Meyers for details
    Location: Bourgade Catholic HS, Phoenix
    Dates: July 5 – 15

    Content: biology
    Leaders: Chantel Dooley and Matthew Kennedy
    Cost: $750
    Follow this link to register
    Contact Wendy Hehemann for details
  • Arkansas

  • California
    American River College, Sacramento
    Date: June 13-24

    Content: Chemistry 1
    Leaders: Larry Dukerich and Mina Bhagdev
    Host: Linda Zarzana
    Click here for registration information
    Contact Wendy Hehemann for details
    Milken Community Schools, Los Angeles
    Dates: June 14 – July 1

    Content: mechanics
    Leaders: Shannon McLaughlin & Megan Bartley
    Cost: $750
    Contact Megan Bartley for details
    Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
    Dates: June 20 – July 1 (tentatively)

    Content: physics I
    Leader: Jon Anderson
    Content: chemistry 2 (chemistry 1 is a prerequisite)
    Leader: Brenda Royce
    Registration fee: Early bird (by April 1) $300 – regular – $350
    Contact Kathleen Kravets for details
    Fresno, University HS
    Dates: June 20 – July 1

    Content: mechanics
    Leader: David Gettman
    Dates: July 11-22
    Content: chemistry I
    Leader: Brenda Royce
    Download a flyer CA Fresno 2016 for all Fresno workshops
  • Colorado
    University of Northern Colorado
    Dates: July 18-29

    Content: Chemistry I
    Leaders: Laura Slocum & Larry Dukerich
    Cost: TBA
    Housing available (off and on campus):
    Click to obtain registration form Registration open 3/16
    Contact Richard Schwenz for details
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
    NOVA University HS, Fort Lauderdale
    Dates: July 11 – 29

    Content: chemistry 1
    Leader: Carlos Montero
    Cost: TBD
    Contact Carlos Montero for details
  • Georgia
    Georgia State University
    Dates: June 29- July 16

    Content: mechanics
    Leader: Frank Lock
    Contact Frank Lock for details
  • Illinois
    Wheaton-Warrenville South High School, Wheaton
    Dates: June 13-24

    Content: mechanics
    Leader: Jim Stankevitz
    Content: E & M
    Leader: Matt Scheffler
    Content: chemistry I
    Leader: Phil Culcasi
    Content: biology
    Leader: Frank Novakowski
    Contact Jim Stankevitz for details
    DeVry University – Chicago
    July 25- Aug 5

    Content: mechanics
    Leader: Jim Stankevitz
    Follow this link to register for all the IL workshops
  • Kansas
    Site: Southwest Plains Regional Service Center, Sublette, KS
    Dates: June 20 – July 1 (pending funding)

    Content: mechanics
    Leaders: Earl Legleiter and Kara Luce
    Contact Earl Legleiter for details
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
    New Orleans CORE
    Site: Tulane University
    July 11-22

    Content: Middle School Science
    Leaders: Kelli Gamez-Warble
    Contact Andrea Walker for details
  • Maine

    Dates:July 25-29 and August 1-5

    Content: kinematics (week 1), dynamics (week 2)
    Leader: Shannon McLaughlin
    Content: intro to chemistry I (week 1), intro to chemistry II (week 2)
    Leader: Thomas Pfeiffer
    Download modelingworkshops16 flyer for further information
  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan
    Southeast Michigan (Oakland Schools Technical Campus)
    Dates: June 21 – July 8

    Content: Electricity & Magnetism
    Click here for application link
    Location: Novi HS
    Dates: July 25 – August 12

    Content: chemistry
    Click here for application link
    Southwest Michigan – Grandville High School
    Dates: July 18 – August 5

    Content: chemistry
    Click here for application link
    Muskegon Area
    Dates: June 27 – July 19

    Content: Middle School science
    Leaders: Cathy Tiedeman and George Nelson
    Click here for application link
    North Central Michigan – Grayling High School
    Dates: June 20 – July 8

    Content: biology
    Leader: Derek Nussbaum-Wagler
    Click here for application link
    Upper Peninsula
    Seaborg Math Science Center (Northern Michigan University)
    Dates: July 11 – July 29

    Content: biology
    Leader: Angela Gard
    Click here for application link
  • Nebraska
    Omaha – Westside HS
    Dates: July 5-15

    Content: mechanics
    Leaders: Earl Legleiter & Judith Stucky
    Costs: $700
    Contact: Earl Legleiter for details
  • New York
    SUNY-Buffalo State College
    Dates: July 25-August 12

    Content: mechanics
    Leaders: Meg Helmes, Craig Uhrich
    Contact: Dan MacIsaac for details
    Teachers College-Columbia University, NY City
    Organizer: STEMteachersNYC
    Dates: July 5-15

    Content area: Chemistry II
    Leader: Larry Dukerich
    Click here to register
    Dates: July 11-29
    Content: Middle school science
    Leaders: Erin Conrardy and Kate Bauer
    Click here to register
    Dates: July 18- August 5
    Content: Mechanics
    Leaders: Paul Bianchi and Zhanna Glazenburg
    Click here to register
    Content area: Chemistry I
    Leaders: Donghong Sun and Rachel Ward
    Click here to registerMiddle School Science (July 11-29), Mechanics (July 18-Aug 5), and Chemistry I (July 18-Aug 5) all run for 3 full weeks and cost $999. Chemistry II (July 5 -15, led by Larry Dukerich) is a 9-day workshop and costs $899. $400 scholarships are available for participants who are paying the fee themselves with no reimbursement.
    All workshops will be held at Columbia Teachers College, 525 West 120th St., NY, NY, except High School Chemistry II, which will be held at a public high school 3 blocks from Teachers College. There will be ample opportunities for interaction among teachers in these workshops.
    More details can be found at the PhysTEC website
  • N Carolina
    Asheville School
    Dates: June 20-July 1

    Content: Biology
    Leaders: Angela Gard, Julie Maimes
    Contact: Frank Krieglerfor details
    See 2016 Asheville NC biology ModelingFlyer-final for more information
    NCSU – Raleigh
    Dates: July 11-29 (pending funding)

    Content: Biology (2x)
    Leaders: Julie Maimes, Jennifer Griffin, LaToya Scott, Lynn Gaskin
    Content: Physical science
    Leaders: Thomas Brown and Mike Turner
    Open to N. Carolina teachers only
    Click here for details and to register
  • Ohio
    Cleveland – Baldwin-Wallace U
    Dates: June 13 – July 1

    Content: mechanics
    Leaders: Mr Jess Dykes and Ms Holly McTernan
    Cost: $800/person, including 6 grad credits (This is the cost with no funding. Funding is being sought to reduce/offset costs)
    There is space for 24 participants – residence available if needed
    The minimum number to conduct the workshop is 15
    Download this flyer for more information Modeling Mechanics Workshop Housing & Course Info
    Follow this link to register
    Contact: Jackie Yavornitsky for details
    Ohio State University
    Location: New Albany HS
    Dates: June 13- July 1
    Content: Chemistry I
    Leaders: Liz Emmer and Tom Wisard
    Content: Mechanics
    Leaders: Brian Carpenter, Chas Deremer
    Advanced/Curriculum Development
    Leaders: Heidi Kresge and Rick Jacox
    Download the 2016 ModelingFlyer
    Date: June 20-24
    Content: Engineering (1 week) for experienced Modelers only
    Leader: Dr. Kathy Harper
    Contact: Kathy Harper for details
    Bowling Green State U
    Dates: July 11-22

    Content: Physics/chemistry
    Leaders: Nate Ash and Kim Layden
    Dates: July 11-29
    Content: biology
    Leader: Kristina Newman
    Follow this link for further information
    Contact: John Laird for details
    Cincinnati – Indian Hills HS
    Dates: June 13 – July 1

    Content: mechanics
    Leaders: Aaron Debbink & Ben Buehler
    Download the 2016 Information Flyer
    Follow this link to register
  • Pennsylvania

  • Texas
    Southern Methodist University, Dallas
    Dates: June 8-28

    Content: E & M
    Leaders: Michael Crofton and Dan Garrison
    Contact: Dr. Dalley for details


Workshops Overseas

  • Bangkok, Thailand
    Site: NIST International School – workshop canceled due to low enrollment-planning for 2017
    Dates: June 20-July 8
    Content: mechanics
    Leader: Bill Canham
    Click here to register
    Contact Bill Canham for details

Introduction to Modeling Instruction

and other modeling-inspired professional development

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

  • California
    Fresno – University HS
    Dates: July 11-15

    Content: modeling middle school concepts – intro workshop-and connection to NGSS
    Leader: Monica Bravo
    Note: a 3-week version of this workshop is also available
    Dates: June 20 – July 1
    Leaders: Monica Bravo and Patrick Moyle
  • Minnesota
    Minneapolis area – Shakopee HS
    Dates: July 11-15

    Content: Intro to Modeling Instruction™
    Jim Reichling and Eric Gettust
    Cost: $500
    Follow this link for further information
    Contact Ryan Krominga for details
  • New York
    Siena College
    Dates: 7/5-8

    The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Siena College is offering a four-day introductory workshop on the Modeling approach to teaching high school physics. The workshop will focus on utilizing whiteboards to facilitate student-to-student discourse in the physics classroom. Teachers will work in “student mode”, as they attempt to piece together the salient features of the models presented. This summer, we will once again focus on the 9 Mechanics models. Registration is limited to 24 people, and participants will receive 24 hours of professional development that may be applied toward re-certification Please feel free to invite any other individuals who might also benefit from this workshop. The workshop will take place on Tuesday July 5 – Friday July 8 2016 in Roger Bacon Hall, Room 250 from 8 – 3. The workshop, including lunch on the first day will be provided at no cost to the participants. $30.00 from each participant will cover lunch for the remaining 3 days of the workshop. Breakfast items will also be provided each day.
    Contact Darren Broder for details
  • S Carolina
    Location: Wando High School, Mt. Pleasant
    Dates: June 13-16

    Leaders: Jason Lonon and Tom Brown
    Cost: $375, which includes registration and all course materials
    Follow this link to download a flier 2016 SC Introduction to Modeling Workshop – Summer 2016
    Click here to register

2016 Workshop Participant New Member AMTA Registration At the beginning of your 2016 Modeling Workshop, your leader will give you a registration code. These free registration codes will be honored through August 15, 2016 when 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.


All Modeling Workshop organizers post additional details at the physTEC website.