Department of Physics

UNI workshop for Iowa high school science teachers


Lawrence Escalada, professor, Department of Physics, 319-273-2431

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host an Iowa Regents Modeling and Physics Resources and Instructional Strategies for Motivating Students (PRISMS) workshop this summer. Twenty-three Iowa high school physics and physical science teachers are participating in the program.

The workshop will be held from Monday, June 10, through Friday, June 28. It will be the third summer workshop in Modeling Instruction for Iowa high school physics and physical science teachers. The first two workshops were offered in 2011 at Iowa State University and in 2012 at the University of Iowa. Modeling Instruction is a research-based high school science program developed at Arizona State University. The 2013 workshop will be integrated with (PRISMS) PLUS, a research-based high school physics program developed at UNI.

The workshop will be facilitated by master high school physics teachers and university physics education faculty. The workshop's goal is to provide Iowa science teachers with local access to exemplary professional development programs of Modeling and PRISMS, along with support for their implementation of the curricula in their classrooms. This support will help them improve their instructional practices and increase teacher and student understanding of physics concepts.

Along with the three-week workshop, teachers will participate in professional development activities and receive support throughout the 2013-14 academic year.

Participants will receive a $2,250 stipend, 6 hours of UNI physics graduate credit, instructional resources and support, housing, meals, and possible access to classroom physics resources available on loan during the academic year. Participants must pay their own tuition, which will be offered at a discounted rate.

The workshop is funded by a grant to the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust.

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