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139 W 91st St

New York, NY 10027

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Physics/Mechanics Modeling Workshop

Led by​: J.T. Schemm & Bryan Roessel

Come learn and engage in the teaching method known as Modeling Instruction™ and how it will improve and deepen your students’ understanding of crucial concepts in physics. This workshop will immerse you in Modeling Instruction™ so that you are able to effectively implement this student-centered, research-informed, Standards-based, and NGSS themed curricular approach. Developing scientific models is a practice in both science and engineering to use and construct tools for representing ideas and explanations to make sense of the physical world around us.

As a participant, you will spend time observing instruction from the point of view of a student (“student-mode”); 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 practice socratic questioning techniques, analyze readings, and discuss the pedagogical rationale for all aspects of Modeling Instruction. We’ll also discuss strategies for accommodating district specific curricular requirements, various student populations, class schedules, and laboratory resources.

The workshop focuses on the nine fundamental physics model sequences published by AMTA and participants learn the approach by engaging in the learning. (Scientific Methods, Constant Velocity; Uniform Acceleration; Free Particle (balanced force); Constant, Unbalanced (net) force; Projectile Motion; Central Net Force (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.

Whether you are an experienced teacher, or new to the teaching profession you will feel excited and motivated for your upcoming school year after participating in this highly immersive and collaborative workshop. You will observe how this engaging approach promotes student- centered sense making, confidence, and appreciation for the nature of science. As with all of the STEMteacherNYC workshops, this workshop is led by teachers, for teachers, about teaching!

Participants will receive a copy of the Mechanics Manual both print and digital form. A free one year membership in the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) 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.

Prerequisite: One or more algebra and trigonometry-based courses in physics.

Schedule and Location:

The workshop will run for 3 weeks July 9 - July 27, 2018 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.


Trinity School

Trinity is at W 91st & Columbus; entrance is on W 91st St. just west of Columbus. Nearest subways are #1 at W 86 & Broadway, #2 & #3 at W 96 and Broadway, and the B & C at W 86 and Central Park West and W 96 and CPW.

*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.


Full Ticket Price $1050

Full Ticket prices are for participants who receive financial support (from their school, district or other organization) to attend this workshop. See links below to download an invoice template which can be found on the following registration page. Email questions to


Districts/Schools, to request an invoice for a STEMteachersNYC 2018 Summer Workshop, please fill out a quick survey at: This is a required step in order to process your request. Any questions please contact

Please send Purchase Orders (POs) to our Billing Office

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OR Via US Mail: STEMteachersNYC - Billing Office 245 West 107th Street, Suite 10B New York, NY 10025

Teachers! Ask your school to pay for your ticket! All the school needs to do is send us a Purchase Order (PO). Please fill out a quick survey at: Or just copy and paste the information above and let them know the workshop you want to attend. 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 $750

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

Early Bird Ticket Price $600

Early Bird Ticket Prices are 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 CTLE Vendor?

Yes. STEMteachersNYC is a Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) vendor for the New York City Department of Education (#STE-068881). New York State Teachers will receive a CTLE certificate at the end of the workshop. (CTLE ID # 23385)

Are there pre-requisites for taking this workshop?

Yes - Mechanics Modeling Instruction workshop, and have previously taken at least one course in physics with algebra and trig..

Is there nearby lodging?

Yes, Please visit our website at: to view many possible options.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

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

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 full workshop fee or the balance of the workshop 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?

TBD - Email questions to

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