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Center for Engineering, Science and Mathematics Education

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Cal Poly Modeling Series

Workshops will be offered July 10 - 21, 2023. 

Cal Poly University’s Center for Engineering, Science, and Mathematics Education (CESAME) and the NOYCE Western Regional are pleased to offer 2-week professional development courses this summer in:

  • Physics Modeling I
  • Chemistry Modeling I
  • Biology Modeling I

These workshops are structured inquiry approaches to high school chemistry, physics and biology teaching that incorporate computer technology and insights from current content & education research. Teachers will develop skills in fostering scientific discourse and presentation and in assessment of student learning. By designing and carrying out a series of investigations that use the Modeling Method teachers will practice Socratic questioning techniques that will enable them to teach physics, biology and/or chemistry using the Modeling Method.


Chemistry I Modeling Course - Summer 2023

The Modeling Chemistry I workshop is structured inquiry approach to high school chemistry teaching that incorporates computer technology and insights from the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standard & current education research.
Instructor: Brenda Royce

Biology I Modeling Course - Summer 2023

The Biology I Modeling Instruction is designed to outfit secondary biology teachers with the tools, experiences, and background needed to improve their biology instruction through the use of a proven and award-winning methodology known as modeling.
Instructor: Frank Novakowski

Physics I Modeling Course - Summer 2023

The Physics I Modeling Instruction is a workshop that introduces participants to a structured inquiry approach to high school physics teaching that incorporates computer technology and insights from physics education research.    
Instructor: Jon Anderson


Workshop Costs & Continuing Education Units (CEU) Information


Cost: Early Bird (before May 15) $650. Regular $700 (Free for Noyce and Cal Poly affiliated teachers, see information below*).

CEUs available through Cal Poly and graduate-level credits available at an additional fee. For more information regarding CEUs, you can contact Andrew Bresnan (abresnan@calpoly.edu). 

Housing: On-campus housing is free for Noyce Scholars. Paying participants can stay on-campus for $1,359. This price includes housing on campus from July 10 - 21, for a single room in a shared apartment. You will be assigned to a single private bedroom in a shared, gender-specific apartment, sharing the common living room, kitchen space, and bathrooms.

*The workshop is free for Cal Poly affiliated teachers and Western Regional Noyce participants and alumni. Noyce participants are also eligible for a $250 stipend and travel support. 

For more information visit: Workshop Description


Additional Information 

Selected Noyce Scholars/Alumni receive

· Paid Registration

· $250 stipend

* PRIORITY REGISTRATION FOR affiliated teachers ends April 5th

Cal Poly affiliated teachers (San Luis Obispo County and surrounding local areas) receive

· Paid Registration

If you have questions, please contact: cesame@calpoly.edu or 805-756-2859

AMTA Modeling

The American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) is a professional organization of teachers, by teachers, and for teachers who use Modeling Instruction(TM) in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching. Their mission is to provide professional development for teachers in the Modeling Method of Instruction, to provide resources that support the use of Modeling Instruction(TM) in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and middle school science classrooms, and to support and enable collaboration among Modelers. AMTA strives to foster brilliant teaching and deep

learning that incorporates computer technology and insights from the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standard & current education research. For more information: Modeling Instruction

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