Organizing and Running Professional Development Workshops
Below are links to help you organize and run a workshop for professional development
in your school district or in partnership with a local university.
Documents for peer leaders of inservices or workshops that are:
- 1 day or less
- Sample handout for participants:
what Modeling Instruction is, where to take a Modeling Workshop.
- Larry Dukerich's 2.5 hour workshop on density.(2008)
- Patty Blanton's outline for a workshop on Graphical
Analysis for Windows.
- Advice for 2-hour presentations
on Modeling Instruction.
- Earl Legleiter's
outline for a 2-hour presentation to science educators (2003).
- Don Yost's constructivist workshops on area, volume, density, and buoyancy
for all K-16 teachers (2003, 2008).
- Jamie Vesenka's 1.5 hour workshop on electric circuits (2008). description
Nicholas Park's half day workshop for K-12 science teachers, on density
Schober's half-day energy workshop: a model based
approach to energy instruction. Includes presentation slides (.pdf), handout,
sequence of energy labs, instructional sequence, example problems.
Larry Dukerich's 4-hour workshop on bonds
& the periodic table (2008)
- 1 day to 1 week
- Hal Eastin's description of in-service
for physics teachers at Glendale Union High School District. (2008)
- Kelli Gamez Warble's
1-week modeling workshop for all science and math
teachers in her rural high school.
- Kathy Malone's 1-week Workshop
on Scientific Thinking in Experimental Settings for
all science and math teachers in grades 8-12 (2006).
Mark Davids' 3-day "Physics
of Cellphones" modeling-friendly workshop (2009).
- Longer than 1 week
- Bob Baker's 8-day modeling
workshops for elementary school teachers in his district.
- Jim Stankevitz's series of 10-day workshops
for all high school science teachers in his district (2008)
- List of funding sources
(updated in 2010). Most are suitable to fund school inservices.
Documents for persons who want to seek funding and organize
a Modeling Workshop.
- 3 week Modeling Workshop in mechanics:
Sample proposal for "Improving
Teacher Quality" grant, daily calendar.
Sample proposal from a school district
to a foundation (budget of $30,000) (2010)
Budget for a low-cost Modeling Workshop ($15,500)
- 3 week Physical Science with Math Modeling Workshop (8th and 9th grade)
- Sample proposal for
ITQ grant (2004)
Design principles for physical science/math
workshop (by David Hestenes, 2008)
- Multiple concurrent Modeling Workshops
Sample proposal for ITQ grant (2006)
Sample proposal for
State Math-Science Partnership grant (by Matt Greenwolfe and Patty Blanton:
2008), 3-year budget,
- Documents to use when organizing workshops.
- Recruitment advice
- Survey on teachers'
use of technology.
- Survey on desired professional development
- Reading list (2010) (from Kathy Harper,
Ph.D. in physics education research, Ohio State University)
- Advanced Modeling Workshop on
curriculum development: (OSU syllabus 2010)
- Documents to use in workshops
- Daily calendar: mechanics, chemistry
(See also the syllabi at http://modeling.asu.edu/MNS/MNS.html)
- A sample course expectations document for mechanics
- Experiences surveys: mechanics,
- Workshop evaluation forms: mechanics,
- Contact hour letter
- Implementation surveys: physics,
- Documents for follow-up meetings
- Chemistry: 2nd Saturday
- Chemistry: 3rd Saturday
- Physical science:
4 follow-up agendas and detailed description
Formative assessment form
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