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9/11 Words and Images

Terror attacks and other large-scale tragedies, such as 9/11, evoke a wide array of passionate and conflicting responses across politics, the media, and the arts. Designed for K-12 teachers, this course addresses many of the challenges associated with teaching difficult content to students, many of whom have no living memory of 9/11. Through readings and photography, this workshop examines the creative responses to the attacks, underscoring the profound effect 9/11 has had on our world. You will emerge better prepared to frame classroom discussions about difficult ethical and political conflicts and help students think critically about important issues. (A reading list will be provided prior to this workshop.)

While primarily geared toward Language Arts, Social Studies, and Visual Arts, the curriculum is well suited for all educators. The interdisciplinary assignments are writing focused and include some exploration of the visual arts (no art experience necessary). 

Instructor: John Giordano, Visual and Performing Arts Department, Merrimack College
Dates: Monday, June 25 - Friday, June 29, 2018
Times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fees: 67.5 or 3 non-degree graduate credits - $945
          45 PDPs - $630
          30 PDPs - $595

Completion of the coursework for the week-long workshop carries 30 PDPs. 45 and 67.5 PDP options require additional self-paced work over the summer that includes a plan for classroom implementation.

  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily.

Campus apartment housing available: $350/week per person
*based upon 2017 summer housing rates - subject to change

Housing Details:

  • One-Two Bedroom style apartments with kitchen
  • Air conditioning 
  • Price is per person
  • There are more two bedroom apartments than one bedrooms, requests will be first come first served.

Register Now!

Modeling in Physics Workshops

Designed to introduce the Modeling Instruction method in the context of high school physics, these intensive, two-week workshops will equip you to help your students deepen their computational and symbolic understanding of physics. In the course, you’ll collaboratively participate in the method by practicing inquiry-based instructional skills, through which you’ll gain the strategies you need to increase student engagement using white-board discussions.

Session I: Mechanical Waves
Monday, July 16 – Thursday, July 26 (No Friday classes)
An intensive two-week course designed to introduce teachers to Modeling Instruction, a model-centered, guided inquiry method of pedagogy, within the specific context of teaching high school physics. The course will focus on models for Mechanical Waves.  Participants will actively engage in the roles of both student and instructor as they practice the questioning and inquiry-based instructional skills essential to Modeling Instruction.  Particular attention will be given to various methods of enhancing student engagement through white-boarding discussions. Participants will work collaboratively as they learn to teach physics through models.  Instruction will also emphasize content knowledge within the specific structure and sequence of models that allow students to describe, explain, predict, design, and control observable phenomena to create a historical progression of physical concepts. These models may take numerous forms, including physical objects, pictures or drawings, written descriptions, mathematical expressions, graphs or diagrams, or computer models. Modeling Instruction helps students develop the conceptual knowledge that enriches the computational and symbolic understanding of physics. The content focuses on the core units of introductory high school physics: Oscillating Particle, Mechanical Waves in One Dimension, Longitudinal Waves and Sound, Mechanical Waves in Two Dimensions.

Session II: Mechanics
Monday, July 30 – August 9 (No Friday classes)
An intensive two-week course designed to introduce teachers to Modeling Instruction, a model-centered, guided inquiry method of pedagogy, within the specific context of teaching high school physics. The course will focus on models for Mechanics.  Participants will actively engage in the roles of both student and instructor as they practice the questioning and inquiry-based instructional skills essential to Modeling Instruction.  Particular attention will be given to various methods of enhancing student engagement through white-boarding discussions. Participants will work collaboratively as they learn to teach physics through models.  Instruction will also emphasize content knowledge within the specific structure and sequence of models that allow students to describe, explain, predict, design, and control observable phenomena to create a historical progression of physical concepts. These models may take numerous forms, including physical objects, pictures or drawings, written descriptions, mathematical expressions, graphs or diagrams, or computer models. Modeling Instruction helps students develop the conceptual knowledge that enriches the computational and symbolic understanding of physics. The content focuses on the core units of introductory high school physics: Scientific Thinking in Experimental Settings, Constant Velocity, Constant Acceleration, Free Particle, Constant Force, 2-D Particle, Energy, Central Force, Impulsive Force.

67.5 PDPs awarded upon successful completion or 3 non-degree graduate credits.  Each workshop is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-service basis.

Instructor: Darren Broder, Science Professor, Siena College, and member, American modeling Teachers Association
Times for both sessions: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost for each session: $1, 195

  • Breakfast and lunch provided daily
  • Academic materials and supplies provided 


Campus apartment housing available: $350/week per person
*based upon 2017 summer housing rates - subject to change

Housing Details:

  • One-Two Bedroom style apartments with kitchen
  • Air conditioning 
  • Price is per person
  • There are more two bedroom apartments than one bedrooms, requests will be first come first served.

Register Now!

World Languages Program

Earn 67.5 PDPs or 3 non-degree graduate credits this summer with an online World Language course. Designed for teachers K-12, these courses also help you create lesson plans to use in your own classroom. To register, see course descriptions, and tuition click here.

Courses offered this summer:

  • GIE536C Puerto Rico and Mexico through Literature
  • GIE575C La Francophonie for French Teachers
  • GIE517C Momentos historicos a traves de la musica (History of Music)
  • GIE 540 Advanced Spanish Grammar
  • GIE550C L’italiano al Cinema: Teaching Italian through Film
  • GIE560C Immigration and Identity

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