Physics & Chemistry
June 12-30, 2006
Ursuline Academy of Dallas
Offered through a partnership with University of Texas—Dallas, this course is designed to help teachers
of grades 9-12:
Improve instructional pedagogy by incorporating the modeling cycle, inquiry methods, critical and
creative thinking, cooperative learning, and effective use of classroom technology in instruction.
Master content in physics (mechanics) or chemistry (1st semester content).
Learn the most effective, research-based instructional strategies, including effective classroom
discourse management, use of standardized evaluation instruments, appropriate use of
technology, and improved content organization.
Workshop leaders: Kay Fincher & Brenda Royce
Brenda Royce began teaching in 1994 after fourteen years in environmental analytical chemistry in both
private industry and as the lab manager for the Engineering Research Institute at CSU Fresno. She
earned her degree in chemistry from CSU Fresno, and completed her teaching credential at Fresno
Pacific College. She was introduced to modeling instruction in physics in 1998 and was accepted to a
two-summer Modeling Workshop sponsored by ASU at UC Davis in 1998-99. She began teaching local
summer workshops in modeling physics and chemistry in summer of 2000. Last year she helped lead
the modeling chemistry pilot workshop at ASU with Larry Dukerich. Brenda has taught physics and
chemistry in both the traditional and physics-first sequences. She currently teaches chemistry to
sophomores at University High School, a charter college preparatory school on the CSU Fresno campus.
Kay Fincher received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from West Texas A &
M University and recently completed her Master’s degree in Natural Science (physics) at Arizona State
University. After teaching middle school science for 10 years, she made the huge leap to teaching
physics at Amarillo High School in Amarillo, Texas. She has taught Physics, Pre-AP Physics, and AP/IB
Physics for the past six years. In 2001, Kay was selected to participate in the National Science
Teacher’s Association WebWatchers Program, which reviewed web sites for the NSTA’s SciLinks web
site. She attended her first modeling workshop in 2002 and spent the following three summers pursuing
her master’s degree at ASU. Kay has used the modeling method for the past four years in all of her
physics classes and is a staunch believer in modeling instruction. She has led Introduction to Modeling
workshops at the Panhandle Regional Science Collaborative at West Texas A & M University for the past
three years and is presenting a workshop at the National Science Teacher’s Association National
Conference on Science Education in April of this year entitled ―Inquiry and Physics: A Recipe for
Cost of Workshop: $550 (includes manual, CD. This cost barely covers expenses.)
Space is limited so send in your deposit of $250 as soon possible. The balance will be due upon arrival.
Make checks payable to: Ursuline Academy of Dallas
Mail to: Ursuline Academy of Dallas
4900 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75229
Physics and chemistry workshops will be held in separate classrooms. Please designate which workshop
you want: physics or chemistry.
Make sure to ask your school or school district if Title II funds are available through the No Child Left
Housing: Area Hotels and Suites available
Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas - Love Field 214-357-4500
Embassy Suites Hotel Dallas - Near The Galleria 972-364-3640
Courtyard by Marriot – Addison 972-490-7390
Residence Inn Dallas Addison/Quorum Drive 972-866-9933
Courtyard Dallas Addison/Quorum Drive 972-404-1555
An inexpensive motel: Dallas Northwest Studio 6 at 2395 Stemmons Trail,
I-35E at Northwest Highway, Dallas, TX, 75220, near the NW corner of the Dallas Love Field
airport. Phone: 214-904-1400. <http://www.motel6.com/reservations/index.asp>
Standard rate $28.42 per night. Bud Nye, a workshop participant, reserved June 11 through
June 29, $540. It's a five mile drive to Ursuline along major roads, similar to the other motels.
Graduate Credit: University of Texas-Dallas
3 hours graduate credit is available for approximately $1000. Contact Dr. Cynthia Ledbetter at UTD for
complete information. 972-883-2496; email@example.com
Kudos for Brenda Royce's & Larry Dukerich's chemistry modeling workshop at ASU in summer 2005:
Great chem workshop. -- Nadine Cronkhite, Sacramento CA
The class was awesome!! -- Debbie Nipar, Chandler AZ
Thanks for everything!! It was terrific!!!! -- Kris Rademacher, TempeAZ
I have two sections of chem honors, and we've been in class 8 days. That means I've had fun in chemistry 16 times already. I
appreciate what you have done for the modeling program in chemistry. -- Frank Lock, Florida AAPT President
Information about Modeling Instruction is at <http://modeling.asu.edu>.
At "Modeling Instruction Workshops nationwide in summer 2006
<http://modeling.asu.edu/MW_nation.html> you can download a flyer about the Ursuline Modeling
Workshops, and a sample proposal to adapt and give to your school administration for funding.
Questions? Call Leigh McAtee, Assistant to the Principal of Ursuline Academy. 469-232-1802
(Like all of us, Leigh is very busy, so please contact her only if necessary.)
The Ursuline modeling workshops are organized in cooperation with the Modeling Instruction Program at
Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe. If you have questions about modeling workshop design or
content, please call Jane Jackson: 480-965-8438. firstname.lastname@example.org