Energy Action Heroes

The challenge?

How will we, as Next Generation educators and learners, reduce greenhouse gas emissions through sustainable, just, and equitable solutions in our local communities?

The impetus?

Following last year's Summer Institute, we realized that more folks wanted to access the interactive and empowering program we had developed, but didn't have time to commit over the summer. This series is meant to be an accessible, but slightly abbreviated professional learning experience for those educators hoping to suit up and take action on energy or climate issues in 2022! You will receive equipment and materials by mail so that you can participate in the hands-on experiments and inquiry-based learning that are integral to these workshops. All of our work will be aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and integrate principles of equity and inclusion in teaching and learning. 

The Agenda?

5 Virtual Workshops, 100 minutes each. Each Hundred-Minute Workshop can be stand-alone, but each will incorporate concepts from the others to build a comprehensive progression and program. Attending all five in the series will yield the most robust Energy Action Hero training experience! PD hours are available; 1.5 PD hours per workshop or 8 PD hours for the whole series

Energy action hero workshops:

Session 1: February 17th, 2022: Reduce Emissions and Impact

Session 2: March 3rd, 2022: Navigating NGSS and External Expectations

Session 3: March 17th, 2022:  Build Local Community Connections 

Session 4: March 31st, 2022: Sustainable, Just and Equitable Solutions 

Session 5: April 14th, 2022: We have the Power to Make Change

Time: 4:00 PM-5:40 PM

our learning objectives are:

Develop Local Connections to Energy and Climate
  • Preliminary unit planning connecting to climate and energy, moving toward action
  • Finding local phenomena with global implications
  • Able to identify local climate issues and draw relevance to student lives
  • Deeper understanding of energy and climate science related to participant experiences and locations
  • Identify potential community partnerships
Experience Inquiry-Based and NGSS-aligned Instructional Best Practices
  • Student-driven teaching/learning and systems thinking has been modeled and practiced
  • Experience what NGSS-style pedagogy looks and feels like as a learner
Recognize Systems and Interdisciplinary Connections
  • Understanding an interdisciplinary approach as a critical piece to making connections and making sense of the world
  • Participants begin to automatically and habitually think about how multiple disciplines/subjects can engage with a topic/unit
  • Participants are able to map and recognize related systems and externalities
Empower Changemakers, Inspire and Support Sustainable, Just and Equitable Action
  • Participants equipped with tools/best practices to drive toward action and student agency
  • Climate and energy work is seen in the larger frame of sustainability (of people and planet) and a just and equitable transition
Access Ongoing Support and Resources
  • VEEP/NHEEP programs and resources are accessible and highlighted throughout instruction
  • Camaraderie, cooperation, and collaboration develops between participants


$25 per workshop session or $100 for all five. *Do not let cost be prohibitive. We ask that you pay what you can to support our work.

Registration Deadline:

February 10th, 2022

*If you register after 2/10/22, we will not be able to guarantee that you will receive the equipment kit needed for the 2/17/22 session in time (that is the only session with equipment). However, you are welcome to register and attend any remaining sessions.

  • School Address
    Which session(s) are you registering for?
    Reduce Emissions and Impact
    Navigating NGSS and External Expectations
    Build Local Community Connections
    Sustainable, Just and Equitable Solutions
    We have the Power to Make Change