American Modeling Teachers Association
Annual Report – 2021
What is AMTA?
The American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) enhances student learning in STEM through teacher professional development by providing classroom-tested instructional materials that are optimized for Modeling InstructionTM classrooms; encouraging collaboration within the ModelingTM community; and conducting research in the Modeling InstructionTM pedagogy.
- AMTA is dedicated to putting the teacher voice in the forefront, as exhibited by our motto ‘‘by teachers, for teachers, about teaching”
- AMTA promotes reflective teaching practices
- AMTA values providing the highest quality, research-based science practices for students
- AMTA supports teachers to enable reflective learning in their students
- AMTA continuously evolves Modeling InstructionTM resources based on learning from actual classroom use
- AMTA is committed to promoting equity, inclusion, and social justice in for all student in every science classroom
Summary of 2021 Accomplishments
The pandemic continued to affect businesses and people throughout 2021.
In normal years, AMTA and local hosts would offer between 45-60 face-to-face workshops for teachers across the globe. Although we were able to offer some face-to-face professional development, which was an improvement from 2020, health and safety concerns resulted in very few of these options.
Thankfully, AMTA and a few local hosts were able to offer virtual professional development to many teachers over the summer:
Chemistry I – 192 participants
Chemistry II – 41 participants
Physics – 292 participants
Biology – 62 participants
Middle School – 32 participants
Earth Science – 24 participants
Computational Modeling Physics First – 23 participants
Introduction to Modeling – 90 participants
Advanced Topics in Modeling – 34 participants
The virtual courses were a success again! Participant feedback was very positive in regards to our leaders, the content, the pedagogy, and the ability to learn without having to travel.
In addition to some face-to-face workshops and virtual courses, AMTA offered a number of webinars and a virtual conference to the science education community. These learning opportunities were open to members and non-members. AMTA was happy to remain at the forefront of virtual professional development and allowing ANY and ALL science teachers who needed support to get it from our experienced, dedicated, and passionate teacher community!
2021 AMTA Staff and Board Members
Past-President – Teresa Marx
President – Melissa Girmscheid
President-Elect – Lynn Jorgensen
Vice President – Earl Legleiter
Secretary – Holly McTernan
Treasurer – Patrick Daisley
Members At Large – Tanea Hibler, Marta Stoeckel, and Mark Lattery
Total income – $487,314.47
Total program expenses – $342,846.96
Total fundraising expenses – $41,679.12
Total administration expenses – $32,749.14
Total net operating income – $70,039.25