Good news for Arizona teachers of physics, chemistry, physical science, & math

January 23, 2008

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Jane Jackson, Co-Director, Modeling Instruction Program, ASU] — For summer 2008, Arizona State University offers TEN courses for teacher professional development. These courses can count towards the Master of Natural Science degree (MNS) and graduate degrees in education. They are ideal courses to meet re-certification requirements or to progress toward becoming highly qualified (NCLB).

Visit and download an application for FREE tuition. The program is funded by the Arizona Board of Regents for the next two years. Two summer sessions: June 9 to 27 (or June 16 to July 3); July 7 to Aug. 5 (Some courses end on July 25.) All courses are 3 credits except PHS 598.

MODELING WORKSHOPS: (MTWTh 8am-3:30pm unless otherwise noted. 8-noon on Fridays)

  • PHS 530/PHY 480: Modeling Workshop in mechanics/Methods of Teaching Physics. Choose June 16 – July 3 or July 7 – 25 (Richard McNamara, peer leader)
  • CHM 594: Modeling Instruction in High School Chemistry I. June 16 – July 3 (Larry Dukerich and Russ Shaffer, peer leaders)
  • PHS 531/PHY 494: Microscopic Models of Electricity. June 16 – July 3 (Michael Crofton, peer leader)
  • PHS 534, PHS 594: Methods of Physical Science Teaching (Physical Science with Math Modeling Workshops). June 9 – 27 (1st semester content); July 7 – 25 (2nd semester content). At South Mountain High School, 8:30am-1pm MTWThF. Pat Burr and Lee Rodgers, peer leaders. PHS 534 is accepted by the AZ Department of Education as a content course for general science certification. We will request the ADE to accept the follow-up course, too.



  • PHS 505/CHM 594: Energy and the Environment. June 9 – 27 (8:30-1pm MTWThF. Bill & Lorna Glaunsinger, instructors)

2nd SUMMER SESSION (Monday, July 7 – Tuesday, Aug. 5)

  • PHS 540: Integrated Physics & Chemistry (12:30 – 3:30 MTWTh)
  • PHS 542: Integrated Mathematics and Physics (8th and 9th gr. July 7 – 25. 8:30-1pm MTWThF. Barry Walker, teacher at Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, AL, leader)
  • PHS 564/BIO594: Light and Electron Optics (8am – 11:15am MTTh. ASU Regents Prof. David Smith, instructor)
  • PHS 598: Leadership Workshop (1 credit) (Friday mornings: July 11, 18, 25, and Aug. 1 only)

For 17 years, the Modeling Instruction Program has helped teachers attain knowledge and skills needed to benefit their students. Modeling Instruction is the only high school science program recognized as Exemplary by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, visit and follow the link to “ASU Graduate Program for Teachers of the Physical Sciences.”