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MODSPAR Frequently Asked Questions

Modspar offers professional development in mathematics, modeling with algebra and functions, geometric modeling, and spatial reasoning for teachers in Grades 9-12. The project is funded by a grant from the Improving Teacher Quality Program administered by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The Modspar project offers two programs during summer 2017, each with follow-up during the 2017-18 school year: Modeling with Algebra and Modeling with Geometry.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does it cost to attend a Modspar program?
The registration fee for each of the summer Modspar programs is $100.  Ask your school district administrators if they will pay your registration fee and reimburse your mileage.  The $100 registration fee is returned to Modspar scholars after the summer institute in the form of teacher stipends.  Each teacher receives a stipend of $40 per day or $280 for all 7 days (5 days in June or July plus 2 days in August) of the summer institute.  Meals and parking are provided.  Scholars who live more than 45 miles from Athens receive free accommodations on campus.

Can I attend both Modeling with Algebra and Modeling with Geometry in the same summer?
Absolutely!  You can attend the Modeling with Algebra institute in June and the Modeling with Geometry institute in July.  Both groups come together for the combined presentation days in August and the 1-day follow-up workshops in October and February.   There are no scheduling conflicts between the two programs.

Where are the accommodations for residential participants, and will I have to share a room?
Residential scholars stay on campus in the newly constructed Living Learning Center complex.  The dorm is within walking distance of the institute classroom in McCracken Hall.  Meals will be at Nelson Dining Hall, which is adjacent to the Living Learning Center.  You are not required to share a room, although this option is available for teachers who request it.  Most rooms are suites with a shared bathroom.  You will have access to common areas in the dorm to socialize and work with other scholars.  Laundry facilities are available and parking passes are provided for designated lots only.

Are the facilities handicap accessible and ADA compliant?
Yes, a limited number of ADA compliant residential rooms are available on campus, and handicapped parking spaces are available throughout campus.  Please contact program director Greg Foley at for further information and to make him aware of your specific needs.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
In many cases, yes.  Please contact program director Greg Foley at for further information.

Can I earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by attending a Modspar program?
Yes, all scholars receive a certificate of completion, which can be used for CEUs. The 1-week summer institute is 33 contact hours; summer webinars comprise an additional 4 hours; follow-up workshops are 6 contact hours each (4 days = 24 contact hours); and 16 bi-weekly online webinars druing the ensuing school year are an additional hour each.  Scholars who attend all meetings and online webinars for either Modeling with Algebra or Modeling with Geometry will complete a total of 77 contact hours by the end of the program.  Scholars who attend both institutes in the same year (with combined follow-up workshops and online webinars) will complete 114 contact hours.

What is the cost for graduate credit? How many credit hours are earned? When will the course show on my transcript?
Those who enroll in a Modspar summer program for graduate credit pay a reduced tuition fee of $600 in addition to the $100 registration fee.  Each program is 4 semester hours of graduate credit, comprised of 2 hours of mathematics credit (MATH 5900) and 2 hours of mathematics education workshop credit (PCOE 5900).  The course will be complete and grades will be posted at the end of the second summer session. They should show on your transcript by early fall.

Will the Modspar program pay for my substitute teacher on the days I attend the two follow-up workshops?
For 2017-18, the Modspar program will reimburse your school district up to $100 per day for the cost of your substitute teacher.

How do I apply? 
Applying is easy.  There are three steps.  First, preregister online.  Second, after you preregister, we will send you an application packet with forms you will complete and return.  Finally, to complete your registration, you must pay your $100 registration fee.   You can mail your forms to Modspar, McCracken Hall 321D, 1 Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979 or submit your forms as an email attachment to Liz Ayisi at  Checks made out to Ohio University can be mailed to the same address, or you can make an online payment by debit or credit card.

When should I make my $600 tuition payment for optional graduate credit? 
If you plan to enroll in the graduate courses, you can wait to make your $600 tuition payment until after your acceptance in the Modspar program has been confirmed.  Your $600 tuition fee must be paid by the first day of the summer institute.

For more information about Modspar, contact Greg Foley.

The total estimated costs for the 2017-2018 Modspar project are $329,872, which includes a $185,142 grant of federal funds from the Improving Teacher Quality Program administered by the Ohio Board of Regents, covering approximately 56% of the total costs.