Middle School STEM Modeling - 7/31/ to 8/11/ or (7/31 to 8/18)

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Teachers College Zankel Hall Rm 404

Columbia University

525 West 120 Street

New York, NY 10027

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Leader: Jeff Hengesbach

Calling All Middle School Teachers!

Here is your chance to strengthen your science teaching skills with a national leader who was part of the very first Modeling Instruction course in 1992! Jeff Hengesbach has used this incredibly effective teaching approach for years in middle school classrooms, has helped developed curricula, led Modeling Instruction workshops across the country and is now coming to New York to share his many years of classroom-tested expertise with YOU. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from the person who is currently head of the American Modeling Teachers Association.

The Middle School Science Modeling workshop will highlight and embed a notably successful method of STEM instruction known as Modeling Instruction(TM); which is characterized by inquiry-based labs, and classroom discussions based around whiteboarding. Come learn how to implement this fantastic teaching method, and how it can help improve and deepen your students’ understanding of crucial crosscutting concepts in science. 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 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 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. The first two weeks will focus on physical, earth, & space sciences followed by an optional 3rd week on life sciences. Participants will learn some great activities to invigorate their teaching practices as well as learn some notable strategies to improve student engagement, content retention, and student discourse.

Schedule and Location:

The workshop will run for 2 weeks July 31, 2017 - Aug 11, 2017 (physical, earth & space sciences, with optional 3rd week, Aug 14-18 on life sciences) 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.

*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.


$100 Reservation Fee

To hold your place while you ask for your school to pay the full price ticket fee. (Be sure are willing to attend at the teacher discounted price in case your school is unable to pay prior to purchasing this ticket) You will receive a bill via email for the remaining balance.

Full Ticket Price $700 for 2 weeks July 31, 2017 - Aug 11, 2017 (physical, earth & space sciences)

Full Ticket Price $350 for 3rd week July 14, 2017 - Aug 18, 2017 (life sciences) This is an optional 3rd week ticket - participants must attend the first two weeks in order to attend this 3rd week.

Full Ticket prices are 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.

  • 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.

Teacher Discounted Ticket $500 July 31, 2017 - Aug 11, 2017 (physical, earth & space sciences)

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

Teacher Discounted Ticket $750 for 3rd week July 14, 2017 - Aug 18, 2017 (life sciences) This is an optional 3rd week ticket - participants must attend the first two weeks in order to attend this 3rd week.

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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?

No - Just come with the desire to engage and learn with a motivated group of educators.

Is there nearby lodging?

Yes, please visit our website to view many options. Please click on the more icons to get more details about each particular lodging option.


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 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?

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?

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Columbia University

525 West 120 Street

New York, NY 10027

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