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Curriculum Development Camp -- 7/18/16 to 7/22/16


Monday, July 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM - Friday, July 22, 2016 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

Curriculum Development Camp -- 7/18/16 to 7/22/16

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
RESERVATION FEE--Curriculum Development Camp
To hold your spot until your school or district can submit the remaining $199 balance which is due as soon as possible. See event description to find link for a downloadable invoice and a ready-to-use letter for requesting support. You will receive a bill via email for the remaining balance after your reservation has been processed.
Ended $100.00 $2.99
FULL PAYMENT--Curriculum Development Camp
Price for teachers who receive financial support to attend this workshop. This price includes the $100 "Reservation Fee." Please do NOT pay both. See event description for additional payment details (downloadable invoice, emailing and mailing of POs)
Ended $299.00 $6.97
For teachers who are paying for the workshop themselves and are not receiving financial support from their districts or other funding organizations.
Ended $199.00 $4.97

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Event Details

Curriculum Development Camp Workshop

July 18 - 22, 2015

Leader: Mark Schober


Come build your Modeling or other Active Engagement teaching skills in a workshop designed to utilize your knowledge and experience. The principal goal of the workshop is to support you in editing or developing Modeling/active engagement-based curricula tailored to your teaching environment and needs. With the support of peers and Modeling experts, you will work in small teams on projects of your choice for the week of the workshop.

Under the guidance of Mark Schober (master-teacher, modeling guru, and experienced developer of curriculum with strong “storylines”) while working in a team of like-minded people you will identify directions for improving your curriculum materials, write materials, and/or develop activities to meet the needs you have identified. You will receive and give feedback to colleagues.

Schedule and Location: The workshop will run for 1 full week (Mon., July 18, 2016 to Fri., July 22, 2016) in Manhattan, at Teachers College, Columbia University (Zankel Hall, 525 West 120 St., New York, NY 10027). The workshop sessions will be from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Monday through Thursday, and Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, followed by an optional social hour from 3:30 to 4:30.


Cost $299 for teachers who receive financial support to attend this workshop.  Just choose this ticket option when you are ready to purchase your ticket.  If you wish to reserve a seat now while you request support, you can choose to pay the $100 reservation fee (with balance of $199 due as soon as possible), and then click the link below to download an invoice and a ready-to-use letter for requesting support:


Your school or district can email a purchase order for $299 to the STEMteachersNYC Treasurer ( or send it via US mail to STEMteachersNYC, 245 West 107 Street, Suite 10B, New York, NY 10025.


$199 for teachers who are paying for he workshop themselves and are not receiving financial support from their districts or other funding organizations.   Simply choose the "scholarship discount ticket" option to purchase your ticket and indicate in the order form that you are paying for the workshop for yourself and wont be getting reimbursed from your school, district or other funding organization.



  • We have negotiated group rates (mention "STEMteachersNYC") at the Marrakech Hotel (2688 Broadway, at West 103 St., NY, NY 10025; 212.222.2954, 866.546.8353; $139 (one double bed) and $149 (two double beds). The Marrakech is located 17 blocks (less than 1 mile) south of Teachers College, at the W 103 St stop of the #1 subway. There is a flight of stairs from the street to the lobby, stairs to the rooms (no elevator) however there is a porter always on the spot to carry luggage.

  • Morningside Inn (small rooms, basic condition, 235 West 107th St., NY, NY 10025; 212.316.0055; blocks from Teachers College).

  • You can also stay quite economically at the Youth Hostel (dorm style with bunk beds; 891 Amsterdam Ave., NY, NY 10025; 212.932.2300; 1 block east of the Marrakech)  The Youth Hostel IS clean, well maintained, and well run, and it offers group rates for 4 or more individuals occupying an entire room, which may be of interest to you. We have set up a ">Google Form (We'll share names and contact info among everyone who fills out the form to help you find others who wish to be part of a group for lodging) and a Facebook Group so those interested can provide their contact information, get in touch with other similarly interested teachers planning to attend a Modeling Workshop in NY City and make a reservation together at the Youth Hostel for a shared room at group rates.

Photographs and Video Recordings: 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. 

Note: Workshop leaders subject to change. 

Please read the FAQs section below carefully before registering. 


Is this workshop free?

No, the Cost is $299.  We have a limited number of $100 scholarships available to the teachers who are paying for the workshop themselves and are not receiving financial support from their districts or other funding organizations. You will be given an opportunity to select the scholarship option when you register.

If you wish to reserve a seat now while you request support, pay the $100 reservation fee (with balance of $199 due soon after), and then click the link below to download an invoice and a ready-to-use letter for requesting support:


Your school or district can email a purchase order for $299 to the STEMteachersNYC Treasurer ( or send it via US mail to STEMteachersNYC, 245 West 107 Street, Suite 10B, New York, NY 10025.


What is the workshop schedule?

Monday to Thursday: 9:00AM to 4:30PM with one hour lunch
Fridays: 9:00AM to 3:00PM with one hour lunch, with optional informal social hour nearby from 3:30-4:30.


Are there pre-requisites for taking this workshop?

No, simply a desire to share and improve Modeling and/or Active Engagement curricula. 


 How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Questions about registration for this event should be addressed to the STEMteachersNYC Registrar (

Questions about the workshop itself should be addressed to (

Questions about billing and payment should be addressed to the Treasurer (


I am interested in taking more than one workshop. Can I register for multiple workshops?

It depends: Many workshops overlap so look closely at the start and end dates.  Be sure to choose workshops that do not overlap, as reservations are not refundable.  If you need help deciding which workshop fits your needs best, please email the STEMteachersNYC Registrar (


Is the reservation fee refundable?

If you choose not to attend the workshop, the reservation fee is not refundable. Please be sure you are able to attend the workshop prior to reserving a seat. If you mistakenly reserve seats for 2 workshops that take place at the same time, we will not be able to refund the reservation fees.


Is the full workshop fee or the balance of the workshop fee (full fee minus the reservation fee) refundable? 

Refunds for the balance of the full workshop fee (that is, the full fee minus the reservation fee) 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 ( 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 ( to address this.


Can I receive college level credits?

Yes - 1 graduate level credit. See information below.



TOPIC OF STUDY: Curriculum Development –1 credit, graduate level, not liberal arts and science.


Students will be expected to be either in-service science teachers or involved in a teacher preparation program. Students will attend 5 full-day sessions of Curriculum Development Camp (over 31 contact hours, plus additional time for assignments and preparation). The workshop is organized by STEMteachersNYC, affiliated with the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA).


The instructors teach by example, guiding participants through the process. Through readings and discussion, the workshop will delve into cognitive research, pedagogical content knowledge, and curriculum development.


Attendance: You are expected to attend all days of this course. If you miss 1 class (6.5 contact hours), your maximum grade will be a B; if 2, you can earn no higher than a C. Please be on time and ready to go! Report any expected absences to the instructor as soon as possible. 

Elements of evaluation:

1. (25%) Keep a course notebook. Teachers have found this notebook to be a valuable resource as they use the curricular materials in their own classes. Consequently, you are expected to record notes pertaining to everything that we do.  You are expected to write down notes that will help you when you developing or refining your curriculum. 

2. (25%) Participate actively and thoughtfully in lab whiteboarding sessions, discussion of readings, activities, and problem-solving. 


3. (25%) Write and submit short (1-2 pp.) “curriculum development reflections” after each day. These reflections are expected to articulate an evolving understanding of curriculum development.


4. (25%) Write and submit a final paper (at least 5 pages, double-spaced, 12 point font) demonstrating further evolution in your capacity to implement and develop an effective Modeling or Active Engagement curricula. You should focus on specific, content-related practices that have direct applicability in the classroom, and avoid empty generalities. The use and inclusion of “multiple representations” (as explained, demonstrated and promoted in the workshop) is encouraged wherever appropriate. You may wish to focus on one or more of the following questions:

a.     How can Modeling Instruction or Active Engagement Methods be better implemented in your classroom? In particular, how could one or more of your units be improved? 

b.     Contrast the conventional curriculum presented to teachers with your more refined ModelingIntruction/Active Engagement curriculum approach.

The workshop leaders will use the following criteria to evaluate the final paper: 

1. Depth and extent of understanding of curriculum development. 

2. Level to which issues regarding implementation are thoughtfully addressed.

3. Adherence to graduate-level scholarly writing standards, including APA format, and general clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness of exposition.


Students pursuing college credit are expected to enroll in Empire State College and pay tuition before the beginning of the workshop. Possible letter grades are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D and no credit, with the understanding that B- is the accepted standard for maintaining satisfactory academic progress at the graduate level. 

For more information about STEMteachersNYC (formerly PhysicsTeachersNYC), please visit our website:

To join STEMteachersNYC fill out our survey:

Members find out about workshops first and can sign up before others.






Have questions about Curriculum Development Camp -- 7/18/16 to 7/22/16? Contact STEMteachersNYC

When & Where

Teachers College
Columbia University
525 West 120 Street
New York, NY 10027

Monday, July 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM - Friday, July 22, 2016 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

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STEMteachersNYC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that cultivates excellence in STEM teaching and promotes deep understanding and success for students through innovative, teacher-led professional development. Our weekend workshops for teachers are offered during the school year and multi-week workshop intensives occur in the summer. We welcome and encourage teachers from across the globe, the US, and the local New York City area!

STEMteachersNYC is registered as a Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) provider with the New York State Education Department.


STEMteachersNYC is an approved vendor for the New York City Department of Education (#STE-23385).


STEMteachersNYC was founded in the summer of 2011 by a group of educators as a teacher-led study, support, and professional development group.  STEMteachersNYC membership has grown at over 30% per year and now stands at over 1,000 members. STEMteachersNYC is an affiliate of the American Modeling Teachers Association.

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