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2018 Summer Regional Workshops

Learn about POGIL's philosophy and methodology at one of our Summer Regional Workshops.  Find out how POGIL can help restructure your classroom environment and enhance student learning.

Manhattan College
4513 Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale, NY
July 10-12
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA
July 10-12
North Central
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL
July 16-18
South Central
University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, TX  
July 17-19
The workshop fee is $425 which includes registration, materials, three lunches, and two dinners.  On-campus housing for two nights is available for an additional $175 and includes two breakfasts. Two quarter graduate credits (equivalent to 1.34 semester credits) will also be available through Seattle Pacific University for an additonal fee of approximately $110.  For additional information, contact Julie Boldizar (NE and NC) at julie.boldizar@pogil.org or Ellen Harpel (NW and SC) at ellen.harpel@pogil.org.

Focus on one of three tracks

Summer workshops are designed for both those who are new to POGIL and those who have previously attended a POGIL workshop.

On the first day of the workshop, those who are new to POGIL will attend a Fundamentals of POGIL session while those participants who have previously attended a POGIL workshop will attend two sessions of universal application. The start of the second day will expose all participants to POGIL activity structure and facilitation in a POGIL classroom. For the remainder of the workshop, participants will follow a series of sessions focused on their chosen area of interest - Activity Writing, Classroom Facilitation or Implementing POGIL in the Lab.  Visit this page for more information on each of the tracks.  If you're still not sure which track is right for you, contact Marcy Dubroff at marcy.dubroff@pogil.org.

Activity Writing

Are you an experienced POGIL practitioner who wants to have a go at writing your own activities? This series of sessions will expand on the key elements of writing at POGIL activity — writing questions that follow the learning cycle; developing robust models; incorporating process skills into questions; use of POGIL Project rubrics to review and refine your activity. Writing coaches will be on hand to give feedback as you develop your ideas and begin to write/refine your own activity.

Classroom Facilitation

Would you like to see better collaboration in student working groups? Do you hope to improve students' process skills through the year by using POGIL activities? This series of sessions will provide you with many strategies to improve your classroom facilitation skills — gather creative reporting out ideas; increase student engagement; help students fulfill their roles. Included in these sessions are several opportunities to participate in and observe the recreation of a POGIL classroom. Participants will debrief each classroom simulation, gaining new insights and new strategies to try in their own classroom. 


Are you a laboratory instructor interested in implementing guided inquiry into your laboratory courses? Participants will conduct a POGIL experiment from the student's perspective, learn about facilitating and implementing POGIL experiments in their courses, and write their own laboratory activity following a proven method for successful experiment development. Participants will identify the benefits and challenges of using  guided inquiry for teaching lab classes. Choose this track if you want to increase the collaborative nature of your lab course; build an effective strategy for facilitating and implementing guided inquiry experiments; develop experiments that require studens to engage in scientific discourse with the data they collect. Experienced POGIL laboratory instructors guide participants as they begin to write/refine their own lab activities. Attending with colleagues or finding collaborators at the workshop is encouraged!

Scholarship Opportunity

A limited number of scholarships are available to rural high school STEM teachers from the States of Washington and Idaho. Selections will be based on meeting eligibility criteria, demonstrating a commitment to student-centered learning and collaborating with other teachers. For details on this scholarship opportunity and how to apply, please click on the following link: Scholarship Application