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American Modeling Teachers Association

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services, Secondary & High Schools

Mission: AMTA is a professional organization of teachers, by teachers and for teachers who utilize Modeling Instruction in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching practice. Our mission is to provide professional development for teachers in the Modeling Method of Instruction, to provide resources that support the use of Modeling Instruction in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and middle school science classrooms, and to support and enable collaboration among Modelers. AMTA strives to foster brilliant teaching and deep learning.

Results: Continued expansion of workshop types, number, and locations. Successful implementation of online/distance learning workshops. Completion of a Middle School curricular package. Over 1,000 teachers attend AMTA workshops each year.

Target demographics: provide professional development to STEM teachers

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,000 teachers

Geographic areas served: the United States and some international areas

Programs: Over 2,000 members networked through membership website resources and seven email lists. A large library of curriculum resources the website. Distance learning modeling workshops. Professional development - workshops were attended by 1,100 high school and middle school science teachers in 80 different workshops nationwide. Modeling workshops are intensive 90 hour professional development experiences to help teachers learn a highly effective method of science teaching.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Joining AMTA and learning about the Modeling Instruction(TM) pedagogy was surely one of the wisest decisions I've made. It connected to me to an amazing group of highly dedicated educators from across the country, deepened my understanding of science content, reaffirmed my passion for teaching STEM, and even opened doors for me that I didn't know existed. Becoming trained in Modeling Instruction(TM) was a profound experience for me - it was incredibly insightful and motivating.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Modeling Instruction in 1995 as part of the initial set of national Modeling Instruction workshops for physics teaching. This methodology had such a significant impact on my teaching that I became a "modeling evangelist", leading modeling workshops and doing my best to spread the word of this superior methodology for teaching physics. Like most people who had the opportunity to experience this career changing workshop, I became worried that this would not be available for future physics teachers once National Science Foundation funding ran out for this project. Not wanting to see Modeling Instruction go the way of such excellent curriculum projects as PSSC and ChemStudy, I was eager to become a member of a grass roots organization dedicated to preserving Modeling Instruction and expanding it to disciplines beyond physics. I have been a member of AMTA since early in the existence, and was eager to serve in a leadership role within the organization. When I meet preservice and inservice science teachers, I always encourage them to consider taking a Modeling Instruction workshop and to become a member of AMTA. It is the best thing one can do to to become a better science teacher.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was earning my Masters degree in Natural Science in STEM for middle school teachers with Modeling Instruction, we all received a free AMTA membership. I choose the MNS program to learn how to better teach my students, to improve my science content knowledge and to learn a more effective pedagogy. While in at Arizona State, I was a student worker, partially for AMTA. After my action research presentation, I signed a contract and have been a part of the AMTA organization ever since.

In my role as workshop coordinator, I hear from workshop hosts, leaders and participants how much MI has changed their teaching and for many, their lives as well. Some were tired from teaching and the summer workshop renewed their energy to be a better and happier teacher! I see and hear testimonials when I present Modeling at different venues; people love it as much as I do.

We want to make sure more teachers learn the pedagogy!

Wendy H AMTA's workshop and outreach coordinator since 2012

Donor

Rating: 5

In my opinion, AMTA is one of the best organizations offering professional development for teachers. PD is not always readily available, nor is it always applicable to STEM practices, but AMTA Modeling Workshops are content-specific and help teachers improve their teaching practices. With the NGSS now in effect in many states, I think more school districts should use AMTA for PD because Modeling Instruction ties into all three dimensions of NGSS. This is a fantastic organization...thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

ATMA has helped my professional carrier by providing such an usuful and innovating methods to support students learning. Keep up on amazing work!

Tara S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

AMTA is a great organization. It has many useful resources.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of this organization since the day it was founded. This is a grassroots organization of teachers who are passionate about working together to become the best middle, high school and university science teachers they can be. When NSF funding to develop and disseminate Modeling Instruction expired in 2005, teachers stepped up. They did not want to see 16 years of great progress vanish. They took on the task of continuing to offer teacher workshops in physics, nurturing the teacher community (then numbering around 2000), and expanding curriculum resources available to Modeling teachers. Workshops have been added for teachers of chemistry, physical science, biology, middle school science, and this coming year astronomy and computational modeling in physics (for 9th grade) are coming on line. And we have done it all on a shoestring, thanks to committed members and peer leaders who have step up time and again to move the work forward. Currently there are around 12,000 Modelers (teachers who teach using the Modeling Method of Instruction). Around 2500 of them pay annual membership dues. AMTA reaches over 1000 teachers every summer with 2-3 week intensive professional development workshops, thanks to partnerships with almost 50 universities, schools, districts and local teacher alliances across the country. We conduct and participate in ongoing research on the effectiveness of Modeling Instruction, and are continually adapting and evolving to meet the needs of teachers, because that's who we are...and together we can help each other teach brilliantly.

Melissa G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

AMTA has been a constant source of encouragement, motivation and amazing professional development throughout my teaching career.

wthornbu

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AMTA helped to transform my teaching and it strengthened my content knowledge as well. It is a supportive organization and a great community for STEM teachers.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AMTA is focused like a laser on helping teachers improve learning outcomes. It is based on Educational Research by top professors across the country and has solid evidence of dramatic improvements to learning outcomes.

I spent two weeks learning how to implement better teaching methods at an AMTA workshop and I have been delighted with the improvements my students have made learning physics. This organization is very lean. Every dollar donated goes a long ways to improving science education.

eposthuma

Board Member

Rating: 5

AMTA and their Modeling Workshops have been instrumental in career. Taking my first workshop back in 2010 was the best professional decision I ever made. The skills I learned from working with the teachers in the Modeling community have helped me become a better teacher.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first attended a physics workshop in 1995. That workshop truly changed the course of my career as well as helping me to support student learning in my classrooms to this day. I highly recommend supporting the good work of this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I attended my first Modeling Instruction workshop in 2007. From that time on I was hooked. I'm now teaching my students to DO science, not just to learn it. Since then I have attended two other workshops, and each time I gather skills for my classroom.

I have co-lead one workshop, and was impressed by the quality of the teachers attending the workshop.

In 2012, I was elected as Treasurer of AMTA, and am thrilled to be able to serve the membership.