Middle School Science Modeling Workshop, led by Colleen Megowan-Romanowicz and Kelli Gamez-Warble. SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE: $100 FLAT FEE!!
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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: The Modeling Workshop in Middle School Science is aligned with and uses the same approach as the highly effective Modeling Workshop series in physics, chemistry, biology and physical science for high school. Modeling Instruction is a flexible, powerful instructional strategy that puts the student at the center of classroom activity. Student sense-making drives the learning process. The workshop is designed to help teachers use the Next Generation Science Standards Science and Engineering Practices effectively with their students.
The Modeling Workshop in Middle School Science is suitable for middle school 6th to 8th grade teachers. The workshop will delve into content that is appropriate for middle school and will utilize curriculum resources designed to support the use of Modeling Instruction in the classroom, including units from physical, life, and earth & space science. This workshop will engage teachers in both deep content and thoughtful pedagogy, and they will gain competence and confidence in guiding student thinking and learning.
SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE - $100 FLAT FEE. This workshop includes a 1-year membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association. Workshop is limited to 24 participants. Certificates of completion will be awarded.
Lodging Reimbursement. Reimbursement of up to $50 per night for lodging in NYC is available to a limited number of Middle School Science workshop participants who live outside the NYC Metropolitan Region. Maximum reimbursement is $750 (15 days). More info and application at (lodgingsu15.eventbrite.com).
Graduate Credit. It is expected that Participants will be able to enroll for and earn three graduate credits at SUNY Empire State College (at additional cost).
Workshop Schedule & Location. This workshop will run for 3 full weeks (Mon., July 13, 2015 to Fri., July 31, 2015) in Manhattan, at Teachers College, Columbia University (Zankel Hall, 525 West 120 St., New York, NY). The workshop sessions are Mon. through Thurs., 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and Fri. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, followed by an optional social hour.
Are these workshops free?
No. An up-front payment of $100 is required. We encourage teachers to apply for financial support to their schools and districts, as well as to local community organizations and foundations.
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 3:30-4:30.
Is there a pre-requisite for taking this workshop?
The workshop will delve into the content and pedagogy of topics in the physical, life, and earth & space sciences. Ideally participants will have completed college courses in one or more of these areas and have some working familiarity with the areas that they have not studied formally. An inquiring attitude and the capacity to ask questions, plan and carry out simple experiments, observe carefully, and learn from experience are at least as important as formal study.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Is the reservation fee refundable?
No, the reservation fee is not refundable. Please be sure you are able to attend the workshop prior to registering for it. If you mistakenly register 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?
As stated above, the reservation fee is not refundable under any circumstances: neither if it is paid separately nor if it is paid as part of the full workshop fee. 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 and must be accompanied by an acceptable, documented explanation. Judgments about acceptability of explanations, documentation, and 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.
No, 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 registration 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 you provide additional details about the approach of these workshops?
The instructors teach by example, guiding participants through a series of well-defined scientific models using a detailed course manual including classroom-tested, teacher-developed labs, activities, discussions, worksheets, and assessments. An explicit modeling learning cycle is used. Teachers should expect to carry out experiments, interpret their results, and discuss their work with colleagues in "student mode." Teachers will also review the pedagogical implications and consider implementation in "teacher mode." References describing Modeling Instruction and documenting its effectiveness are available at <http://modeling.asu.edu/R&E/Research.html> and at <http://tinyurl.com/modelingarticle>.
This workshop will follow outlines and use the course manuals developed and tested by the American Modeling Teachers Association.
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is dedicated to interchange and interaction among teachers of various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines. Our general purpose is to cultivate excellence in STEM teaching and to promote learning, self-confidence, and success for our students.
dedicated to creating quality professional development opportunities in the New York City area for STEM teachers. We produce weekend day workshops during the school year and multi-day and multi-week workshop intensives in the summer led by master teachers. We welcome and encourage teacher attendees from across the globe, the US, and the local New York City area!
STEMteachersNYC was originated in summer of 2011 by a group of teachers as a teacher-led study group. STEMteachersNYC has grown to over 600 members and is an affiliate of AMTA (American Modeling Teachers Association).