Project-based learning for VT and NH teachers
VEEP and NHEEP support grade 4-9 teachers and teacher/student teams through our Energy Action Project Institute as they plan authentic, standards-anchored, Project-Based Learning units and then work with their students on energy projects around conservation, efficiency, or renewable energy, aimed at reducing energy use or impacts. EAPI provides extensive Project-Based Learning planning support and partnership with a VEEP/NHEEP Energy Project Advisor, who is available to support teacher/student teams with energy project planning, resources (including introductions to energy specialists/consultants) and project execution. This program includes all the attributes to support successful PBL, including coherent learning opportunities with embedded transferable skill development, naturally authentic audiences, and room for students to personalize according to interests.
(Flexible rolling admissions options can be discussed, in coordination with Mariah Keagy, Energy Action Program Manager.)
Green boxes are events included in EAPI, blue boxes are other options from VEEP/NHEEP.
- What is included in EAPI
What teachers need to do:
Attend events (Kick-off, Launch Day, Celebration)
Work with your Energy Project Advisor to plan and execute an energy action project
Energy Project Advisors provide:
PD hours (approx. 7-40, depending on project)
Monthly/weekly meetings during project execution
Energy data collection and interpretation
Energy measurement equipment and training
Coordination with other teams working on similar projects
Project problem solving and systems navigation expertise
Coordination with energy specialists/consultants
Project consultation support (between school years)
Grant application support
- Other support options from VEEP/NHEEP
- Peer support (monthly Energy Action Basecamp)
- Energy and PBL professional learning
- Graduate credit for EAPI work
- Curriculum and planning support
- VEEP/NHEEP energy equipment kit rentals, resources, and training
- Virtual Student Energy Fair
- Student workshops
Fall kick-off meeting date (for teachers):
October 12th, 2022, Times TBD, Montpelier, VT.
If the time or the location does not work for you, please let us know via the "Additional Requests" box in the registration form below. We would be happy to work with you to ensure that you have a virtual or in-person alternative at a later date.
Deadline to register for the kick-off: October 5th, 2022
January Project Launch (for teachers and student teams) date: TBD
May Celebration date: TBD
Cost for the year: $200/person
Graduate credit cost: $800 (base price + $600 for credits)
If your school is unable to pay these funds let us know. We have scholarships available.
Read more about past Energy Action Project Institute projects in this article in the Green Schools National Network.
Celebrating our teachers in action! EAPI 21/22
Carrie Clancy and third graders from Shrewsbury Mountain School asked the question "How can we use data to encourage fewer gas powered cars at morning drop off?". Learn more about their action project on Carrie's website.
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