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SI: Scientific modeling for inclusive inquiry and discourse

Starts Jun 8, 2021
10.0 credits

$150 Enroll

Full course description

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Course Introduction

Scientific modeling, a practice emphasized in Ohio’s Learning Standards, is a powerful way for students to represent, share, and refine their ideas. Modeling offers students a way to engage in inquiry by using a variety of representational forms (talk, text, drawings, embodied actions, physical structures, or computer programs and simulations). This practice can help all students deeply engage in scientific discourse, because each model offers new perspectives of the phenomenon under study, and thinking across multiple models can help students connect ideas across the broad scope of the middle school curriculum. In addition, focusing on modeling can be particularly helpful for creating inclusive science classrooms, because using many representational forms offers students with disabilities and students classified as English learners a wider range of resources for engaging with science concepts. In this mini-course, we will analyze unit plans and lesson plans centered on modeling, spanning the variety of disciplines and standards in covered in middle school science. Then, we will work together to adapt and co-plan modeling units that address Ohio’s Learning Standards. Within each session of the course, we will also focus on an aspect of inclusive inquiry and discourse that can be facilitated through modeling (for example, using modeling to support learning and participation for students classified as English learners).

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how scientific modeling can support inclusive science teaching and learning.
  • Identify opportunities for modeling in Ohio’s Learning Standards.
  • Design lessons and units that leverage scientific modeling to support equitable opportunities for science learning.


Course Dates

June 8 - July 6

Required Live Sessions:

For your schedule, please note we will meet synchronously in our online course from 12:00pm - 2:00pm on the following days:

Tuesdays: June 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 6


*Please log in to the course prior to our synchronous start time to review any course related information.

Course Instructor(s)

Dr. Ashlyn Pierson

Summer Institute Course Theme

Revitalizing Teaching, Transforming Learning



information iconCredits: Participants will receive documentation for the successful completion of this course. No university credit will be earned. Contact hours, listed as credits on this enrollment page, are defined as time spent under scheduled instruction, which can be synchronous or asynchronous. 1 Credit = 10 Contact Hours. For additional details on how contact hours were determined for this offering, please review our Contact Hours Guide.


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