South Carolina Science Education Leadership Association
Annual Professional Leadership Day
Friday, March 13, 2015
Heyward Conference Center
3560 Lynhaven Drive, Columbia, SC 29204
Join science leaders and administrators for a professional development experience designed to
support the teaching and learning of the
SC Science Standards and Performance Indicators
Using Models and Modeling to Teach Science
Presented by The Science House of NC State
For Teachers, Principals, Coordinators, Supervisors, and Coaches
This session will be facilitated by Patricia Blanton and Jason Lonon. Patricia has over 40 years of experience teaching
science for Watauga County Schools in Boone, NC. She was one of the first people in the country trained in Modeling
Instruction in the 1990's. She has personally led modeling workshops, has been Assistant Editor and Columnist for The
Physics Teacher magazine, and has assisted and inspired numerous teachers throughout the state and country through
mentoring programs, summer workshops and presentations. Since 2008 she has served as a Modeling Instructional
Coach for two different U. S. Department of Education Math and Science Partnership (MSP) projects with funds
awarded by the NC Department of Public Instruction
Jason currently teaches science at Spartanburg Day School, in Spartanburg, SC. He received a B.S. in Engineering Physics
from the University of Oklahoma, and an M.A. in Science Education from East Carolina University. Jason received his
training in Modeling Instruction from 2000-2002 and has been teaching science with this methodology for well over a
decade. An active member of the American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA), Jason has served as a Modeling
instructor in 14 workshops across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Registration and Refreshments 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
The Workshop 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
This Modeling Workshop is a professional development opportunity using a structured inquiry approach to
science teaching to equip teachers with the content knowledge and pedagogical tools needed to transform
their instruction and their students. Emphasis will be placed on the use of basic models and modeling to
teach content. Participants will develop skills in fostering scientific discourse and presentation and in
assessment of student learning in keeping with the principles outlined in a Framework for K-12 Science
Buffet Lunch 12:00-12:45
The Workshop (continuing) 12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Join us as we examine how to construct and use basic scientific models to better understand the world
around us. Instruction is organized into modeling cycles that move students through the phases of model
development, evaluation and application in concrete situations -- thus promoting an integrated
understanding of modeling processes and acquisition of coordinated modeling skills.
State Department of Education Updates 2:30-3:30
The State Department of Education will provide updates on science education in South Carolina.
Registration Form
South Carolina Science Education Leadership Association
Annual Professional Leadership Day
Friday, March 13, 2015
□ $100.00 current SCSELA member
□ $125.00 nonmember of SCSELA
School District
No Purchase Orders; No refunds
Space is limited to 100 participants.
Registration will be accepted in the order of paid receipt.
When received, if workshop is full, your registration will be returned.
Onsite registration is limited to space availability.
Contact [email protected] for availability.
Email confirmations will serve as your ticket and will be sent by
March 9, 2015
 Please complete a separate form for each person
 Include cash or check made payable to SCSELA
 Send to SCSELA, 1009 Woodleaf Court, Columbia, SC 29212
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