07/06/2020 11:30 am - 07/24/2020

2020 Introduction to Modeling Instruction in Middle School - July

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2020 Introduction to Modeling Instruction in Middle School with David Bates and Aaron Mueller.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, most face-to-face Modeling Workshops have been canceled and/or replaced by virtual offerings.

Workshop description:
This course will prepare Middle School teachers to deliver high quality, NGSS aligned and research based Modeling Instruction across the Middle School curriculum.  Participants will explore the role of models and modeling in learning as it relates to teaching science content in both formal and informal contexts.  Fundamental theories of thinking and learning will be reviewed as they relate to classroom instructional practices for science as well as the alignment between modeling instruction and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Dates: July 6-24, we will meet M-Th
Meeting times: 8:30 am PDT to 1 pm PDT which is 11:30 am EDT to 4 pm EDT
Leaders: David Bates (MI) and Aaron Mueller (IL)
Costs: $750.  .
Graduate level credits: $79 per credit through the University of Pacific 
Location: Zoom

Meet the leaders:
David Bates
- Dearborn Public Schools, Michigan
David is currently having a great time facilitating science learning for a lively group of 6th and 8th grade students at Unis Middle School where he also has the privilege of serving as the science department chair and co-chair for the district secondary science committee. He has taught in a variety of educational settings over his 32 year career, including adult Special Education CI classes, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, and elementary foreign exchange. David earned his BS in Special Education and MA in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. His perspective has been informed by time as an elementary summer school principal as well as two terms on the Board of Education for the Ypsilanti Public Schools from 2006 to 2014, where he served as President of the Board for seven years. Modeling courses include Modeling for Middle School and Advanced Modeling: Cognition and Instruction. David has also trained in the Reading Apprenticeship program, Next Gen Science Exemplar System, and he is a Professional Learning Facilitator for MiSTAR, the Michigan Science, Teaching and Assessment Reform. His belief is that every child should have the opportunity to know the joy of learning something new.
Contact: drbates@me.com

Aaron Mueller is currently a 7th grade Science Teacher at Scullen Middle School in Indian Prairie School District 204, Naperville, Illinois.  He as been teaching for 20 years and began Modeling in 2012-13. Within that time, he taught 8th grade for 14 years and a brief experience teaching high school Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Botany after graduating from his undergrad at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with a BS in Secondary Education - Broad Field Sciences.  Aaron earned is MS Ed in Administration and Educational Leadership in 2006 from Northern Illinois University.

Aaron's experience in Modeling Workshops have been through Biology, Mechanics, and Middle School.  In 2017, Aaron became a certified Modeling Facilitator and has worked with the staff at Wheaton-Warrenville South HS Modeling Institute with Middle School Modeling.  He is also a Peer Review Panelist with Achieve, a NSTA 3D Professional Development Cadre member, and a Lifetime Member of AMTA.  In 2017, Aaron was selected as an Illinois finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Lastly, Aaron has two amazing children.  One is in 7th grade (Lilli) and the other in 3rd grade (Kaylee).  His wife (Julie) is a Middle School Counselor and also taught middle school science prior to becoming a counselor.  Aaron is passionate about Modeling with his students, colleagues, and those new to Modeling Instruction.


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