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Chemistry 1 Modeling Workshop in Cornwall-on-Hudson NY -- 7/10/17 to 7/21/1...

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The Storm King School

314 Mountain Road


New York, NY 12520

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Chemistry I Modeling Workshop

July 10 - July 21, 2017

Leader: Lisa Chedid

We are thrilled to announce that there will be a Chemistry 1 modeling workshop at the Storm King School, located about 60 miles north of NYC on the west banks of the Hudson River. The school is in a beautiful setting next to Storm King State Park and Black Rock Forest, both with numerous hiking trails, and near the small town of Cornwall-on-Hudson. Bear Mountain, West Point, and the Storm King Art Center are also within a 15-minute drive.

Come learn a fantastic approach known as Modeling InstructionTM and how it can help improve and deepen your students’ understanding of crucial chemistry concepts. This workshop will immerse you in Modeling InstructionTM so that you can develop the skills necessary to implement this student-centered, research-informed, standards-based curricular approach with your students. As a participant, you will spend time observing instruction from the point of view of a student (“student-mode”), as this is a key component in reinforcing the intertwined content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge. You will engage in thought-provoking, pertinent experiments that you can utilize in your own classroom. Periodically, we will switch to “teacher-mode”, to uncover and examine through readings and discussion the pedagogical rationale for all aspects of Modeling Instruction. We’ll also discuss strategies for accommodating various student populations, class schedules, testing requirements, and laboratory resources.

The workshop will develop and focus on fundamental chemistry models (particulate structure of matter, energy and kinetic molecular theory, stoichiometry, and energy and chemical change) while utilizing a process-oriented inquiry approach; data collection, pictorial representations, graphical representations, algebraic representations, and discussion that proves to be extremely effective in helping students of all ability levels develop independence and problem-solving skills.

A bit more about Modeling InstructionTM and why you’ll want to attend this workshop:

Modeling Instruction is an effective instructional approach to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses. Modeling Instruction completely aligns with the NGSS Science & Engineering Practices. <http://modelinginstruction.org/modeling-method-ngss-practices/> One of its key components is to avoid “teaching by telling;” instead the instructor guides the students to a deeper understanding of the underlying principles behind a particular concept by asking leading questions and encouraging academic discussion among their students. Educators nationwide have come to understand that students learn best when they are guided to construct their own understanding of essential ideas. Research supports this process by showing that students in classes where they are actively engaged consistently outperform those in traditional classes. Additionally, students come to appreciate being in a class where the instructor encourages them to express their own ideas while having their teacher scaffold them to a much greater and deeper understanding than they probably thought possible. So not only does it benefit the students’ long-term confidence and success in science and engineering, it builds a positive classroom environment for everyone to enjoy learning science in a fashion that fits the subject.

Hyperlinked picture to video about Modeling in Chemistry

(Click image or this URL https://youtu.be/NkB3vc_fvV4 to watch a brief video about chemistry and the modeling method)

After attending this workshop, whether you are an experienced teacher or new to the teaching profession, you will feel excited and motivated for your upcoming school year. Then you’ll have the opportunity to observe first-hand how this engaging approach promotes student-centered sense-making, confidence, and an appreciation for science.

Plus, you will receive a copy of the Chemistry I Manual, a FREE 1-year membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) <http://modelinginstruction.org/>, which will give you online access to all the units and activities presented in the workshop as well as a plethora of other science resources for you and your students to enjoy. You will also receive a FREE copy of Vernier's data analysis software Logger Pro! Prior to the workshop, we will send you an email message with the information needed to download and install Logger Pro. If possible, please bring a laptop with Logger Pro installed to the workshop.


$750 for schools and districts.

$550 for teachers paying individually ($450 early-bird discount if paid for by June 1st)


Dorm rooms are available at $50/night (be aware, there’s no AC).

Most of the dorm rooms have two single beds, and bathrooms are shared. There is free wifi throughout the campus and free laundtry in the dorms. There's also a gym with excercise equipment.

Local hotel/motel accommodations are also available.


An excellent, all-inclusive, cafeteria/buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner is available for $38/day.

Note: there are a couple of lodging / meal ticket options available for ease and convience. If you'd like some other variation than what is available on this registration site. You are certainly welcome to make your own arrangements. If you have questions please email Paul Feffer, paul.feffer@gmail.com

Getting there by car: From the GW or Tappan Zee Bridges, take the Palisades Parkway north to the Bear Mountain Circle (do not go over the bridge). Then take US-9W north past West Point, over Storm King Mountain, and arrive at the Storm King School, 314 Mountain Road, Cornwall on Hudson, NY.

Getting there by train: From New York City, take Metro North to Garrison Station. Arrangements can be made to pick you up with a school vehicle. Taxis are also available (20-minute drive).

*Note, this workshop requires a minimum number of participants. In the event there are not enough participants, the workshop may be cancelled, and all tuition would be refunded.

Schedule and Location:

The workshop will run for 2 weeks (July 10, 2017 - July 21, 2017) Storm King School, located about 60 miles north of NYC on the west banks of the Hudson River near the small town of Cornwall-on-Hudson. The workshop sessions will be from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Monday - Friday.

Ticket Options:

$450 Early Bird Ticket Price

For teachers who register and pay early (before June 1st), and are paying for the workshop themselves - meaning they are not receiving financial support from their districts or other funding organizations.

$550 Teacher Price (after Early Bird special ends)

For teachers who paying for the workshop themselves - meaning they are not receiving financial support from their districts or other funding organizations.

$750 Full Ticket Price

Price for participants who receive financial support (from their school, district or other organization) to attend this workshop.

Districts/Schools please send Purchase Orders (POs) to and/or request invoices (bills) from our Billing Office
Via Email: billing@stemteachersnyc.orgORVia US Mail: STEMteachersNYC - Billing Office245 West 107th Street, Suite 10BNew York, NY 10025

If requesting an invoice, please be sure to include the attending teacher's name, email, workshop, and price (full ticket price), plus the email or US mail address where the invoice should be sent.

Teachers! Ask your school to pay for your ticket! All the school needs to do is send us a Purchase Order (PO). If you'd like, click here to download and print information that they will need to send us a PO. Or just copy and paste the information above and let them know the workshop you want to attend.

Does your school need to be convinced to pay for your ticket? We have a template letter for requesting financial support to explain the value of our workshops in detail and to help you convince your school that paying for your ticket is a good investment. Don't be afraid to ask. There's always a chance the money will be available and they'll say yes, but if you don't ask, there's no chance at all.

10 Day Dorm Room plus Meals $880 (Sun -Thurs night each week) For those who don't want to stay the weekend between the two workshop weeks.

12 Day Dorm Room plus Meals $1056 Sun (July 9th) -Thurs (July 20th) For those who want to stay for the middle weekend.

If you have questions about lodging or the meals please email Paul Feffer, paul.feffer@gmail.com

Please note: We take photographs and record video of our workshops in order to publicize a positive image of science teaching, and of STEMteachersNYC - a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you register, you are agreeing to be photographed and to have your voice and image video-recorded. You are also agreeing to relinquish all your rights to the photographs and video recordings.

If you do not wish to be photographed or video-recorded - you must inform us at check-in. We will take one photograph of your face so that we can erase your image if we happen to catch it by chance during the workshop, and we will do our best to avoid you. We would also appreciate your cooperation in positioning yourself at the edge of the group so as to help us avoid you.

Please read the FAQs section below carefully before registering.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Questions about the workshop, the location, and lodging options should be addressed to Paul Feffer (paul.feffer@gmail.com)

Questions about registration and tickets for this event should be addressed to STEMteachersNYC Registrar (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org).

Is the ticket fee refundable?

It depends, please be sure you are able to attend the workshop prior to registering for it. If you have questions email the registrar (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org) before purchasing your ticket.

If less than one week notification is given no refund is given, but if you want to take it as a donation, you must email and directly request an official acknowledgment of your donation.

Refunds for the balance of the full workshop fee (that is, the full fee minus any Eventbrite and PayPal fees) must be requested within one (1) week of payment and at least four (4) weeks before the start of the workshop. All such requests must be accompanied by an acceptable, documented explanation. Judgments about acceptability of explanations and documentation, and about whether or not a refund will be issued are at the sole discretion of STEMteachersNYC and are final. Refunds will not include fees charged on the initial payment by Eventbrite, Paypal, credit cards, and/or banks.

Is my reservation/ticket transferrable?

Not without authorization, please contact the STEMteachersNYC Registrar (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org) if you need to transfer your reservation to a different person/name, or if you wish to transfer your reservation to a different workshop.

Can I update my reservation information?

Yes, you can update your reservation information.

The name on the reservation/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No, please contact the STEMteachersNYC Registrar (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org) to address this.

Where can I find more information about STEMteachersNYC?

Visit our website: http://STEMTeachersNYC.org or email info@stemteachersnyc.org

How can I join STEMteachersNYC?

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