$100 – $700

Mechanics Modeling (NYS Regents aligned) -- 7/17/17 to 7/28/17

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Teachers College Zankel Hall Rm

Columbia University

525 West 120 Street

New York, NY 10027

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Mechanics Modeling (NYS Regents aligned)

July 17 - 28, 2017

Leader: Zhanna Glazenburg and Steven Lance

Come learn a fantastic teaching method known as Modeling Instruction(TM) and how it can help improve and deepen your students’ understanding of crucial concepts in physics. This workshop will immerse you in Modeling Instruction so that you can develop the skills necessary to implement this student-centered, research-informed, standards-based, NYS regents aligned curricular approach. 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, participants 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 Regents testing requirements, various student populations, class schedules, and laboratory resources.

The workshop will develop and focus on fundamental physics models (Constant velocity; Uniform acceleration; Free particle (balanced force); Constant, unbalanced (net) force; Constant vertical and zero horizontal acceleration particle (projectile) motion; Circular motion; Momentum transfer; and Energy transfer) 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.

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 appreciation for science.

Plus you will receive a copy of the Mechanics Manual both print and digital form. 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 in the manual and presented in the workshop plus a plethora of other science resources for you and your students to enjoy.

For more information about Modeling Instruction visit http://modelinginstruction.org

Schedule and Location:

The workshop will run for 2 weeks (July 17, 2017 - July 28, 2017) in Manhattan, at Teachers College, Columbia University (Zankel Hall Rm 404, 525 West 120 St., New York, NY 10027). The workshop sessions will be from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Monday - Thursday and Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, followed by an optional social hour from 3:30 to 4:30.


Full Ticket Price $700

Price for participants who receive financial support (from their school, district or other organization) to attend this workshop. This price includes the $100 "Reservation Fee." Please do NOT pay both. See links below to download an invoice template which can be found on the following registration page. Email questions to Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org.

Your school or district can email a purchase order for $700 to the STEMteachersNYC Treasurer (Treasurer@stemteachersnyc.org) or send it via US mail to STEMteachersNYC, 245 West 107 Street, Suite 10B, New York, NY 10025.

$100 Reservation Fee

To hold your early bird ticket price. (For teachers paying out of their own pocket) You will receive a bill via email for the remaining balance prior to the start of the workshop.

Or to hold your spot while you request funds from your school or district to purchase the full ticket price. We will reimburse you the reservation fee if your school pays the full ticket price.

Early Bird Ticket Price $400

For teachers who register early (before May 15th), and are paying for the workshop themselves - meaning they are not receiving financial support from their districts or other funding organizations.

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.

Also note: Workshop leaders are subject to change.

Please read the FAQs section below carefully before registering.


Is STEMteachersNYC an approved NYC DOE Vendor?

Yes. Here is the Vendor #STE-068881

Are there pre-requisites for taking this workshop?

The Mechanics workshop is designed as an introductory workshop and therefore does not require a previous workshop in Modeling Instruction. However, the Mechanics workshop requires at least one previous college-level algebra and trigonometry-based course in physics.

Is there nearby lodging?

Yes, Please visit our website at: http://stemteachersnyc.org/lodgingandgeography/ to view many possible options.

Is there nearby lodging?

Yes, here are some nearby lodging options.

  • 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; http://www.marrakechhotelnyc.com): $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; http://www.morningsideinn-ny.com/; 13 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) http://hinewyork.org/ 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.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

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

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 (registration@STEMteachersNYC.org).

Is the reservation 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 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 for some reason you can no longer attend and let the Registrar know (Registration@STEMteachersNYC.org) one week or more before the workshop, you can get a free credit for a future workshop. 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.

If you mistakenly register for 2 workshops that take place at the same time, we will not be able to refund the fee.

If it was purchased to hold your spot while you requested funds from your school or district to purchase the full ticket price. We will reimburse you the reservation fee as long as your school pays the full ticket price. If you are unsure if your school will pay do not purchase the reservation fee, unless you are willing to pay the remainining balance; instead contact the registrar (registration@stemteachersnyc) to check on ticket availability.

Is the full workshop fee or the balance of the workshop fee (full fee minus the reservation 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.

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 (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.

Can I receive college level credits?

Yes, Graduate Credit is available through Aurora University for $100 per credit. More details will be available later this spring. Email questions to registration@stemteachersnyc.org.

Where can I find more information about STEMteachersNYC?

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

How can I join STEMteachersNYC?

Click here it's free! http://tinyurl.com/modelingsurvey

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