Workshop Leader: Lavonne Hunter Curious about the science behind drug addiction? Wanting to learn how to model this fascinating and convoluted topic to your students in a way that will provide a clearer and deeper understanding?  This workshop is designed to provide new insights into the exponentially growing field of neuroscience. Interested and brave educators

Modeling Instruction™ in High School Chemistry I

Workshop Leaders: Donghong Sun and Rachel Ward. Come learn a fantastic approach known as Modeling Instruction™ and how it can help improve and deepen your students’ understanding of crucial chemistry concepts. This workshop will immerse you in Modeling Instruction™ so that you can develop the skills necessary to implement this student-centered, research-informed, standards-based curricular approach with your students.

Energy is Energy: A two-part Workshop on a Consistent Approach in Bio, Chem, and Physics

Students often struggle with understanding energy and comprehending its crucial role in all science disciplines. This workshop will show you how to build a consistent model for energy across bio, chem, and physics. You will explore key methods to help students understand how energy, a key cross-cutting concept in the Next Generation Science Standards, can

Modeling Instruction™ in High School Chemistry II

Workshop Leaders: Donghong Sun and Larry Dukerich. This workshop is intended for chemistry teachers who have begun to teach chemistry usingModeling Instruction™, a research-based, reformed pedagogy that is completely aligned with the eight Science & Engineering Practices in the Next Generation Science Standards: <> After a debrief of their experiences teaching the core curriculum (units

Making Sense of the Gas Laws – Come Learn a Direct Route to Mastery

Leaders: Donghong Sun (Dept. of Chemistry, Columbia University) and Rachel Ward (Staten Island Academy) Do your students mix-up and struggle with the Gas Laws?

Chemistry—A Modeling Approach to Periodicity & Bonding

Leaders: Donghong Sun, Tammy Gwara The periodicity of elements and chemical bonding are essential topics in introductory chemistry. However, when we teach these topics, we frequently rely on anthropomorphizing the particles in order to help students remember: “Sodium wants to lose this extra electron because it’s happier with a full valence.” Students memorize the conventions