The 2016 Modeling workshops are listed on the AMTA website (and attached to the email). I hope you will share this with your teachers and community.
Modeling Workshops thoroughly address most aspects of science teaching,
including integration of teaching methods with course content. Workshops incorporate up-to-date results of science education research, best curriculum materials, use of technology, and experience in collaborative learning and guidance. Workshops focus on all 8 science practices and cross-cutting concepts of the NRCFramework for K-12 Science Education, the basis of the NGSS.
Modeling Workshops are peer-led. Content is reorganized around basic models to increase its structural coherence. Participants are supplied with a complete set of course materials and work through activities alternately in roles of student or teacher, as they practice techniques of guided inquiry and cooperative learning.
Each MODELING WORKSHOP has these features:
- aligned with National Science Education Standards
- focuses on all 8 scientific practices of NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education.
- addresses multiple learning styles.
- addresses student naive conceptions.
- collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.
- systems, models, modeling.
- coherent curriculum framework, but not a curriculum; thus flexible.
- compatible with Socratic methods, project-based instruction, Cambridge curriculum, PBL, etc.
- science & math literacy.
- authentic assessments.
- high-tech and low-tech options for labs.
Models and theories are the purpose and the outcomes of scientific practices. They are tools for engineering design and problem solving. Thus, modeling guides all other practices.