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NHEEP is Hiring: Energy Educator in NH

Energy Educator

for the New Hampshire Energy Education Project (NHEEP)

Position description

NHEEP is recruiting a part-time regional Energy Educator to deliver in-class student workshops to schools in central and southern New Hampshire. […]

By |November 13th, 2018|Employment|0 Comments

VEEP is Hiring: Admin & Kits Coordinator

Admin & Kits Coordinator

for the Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) and New Hampshire Energy Education Project (NHEEP)

Position description

Help keep us organized! The VEEP’s Admin & Kits Coordinator position is ideal for an organized, detail-oriented person looking for a flexible part-time job with a fun team of educators and admin staff.

This person will assist VEEP staff with a variety of administrative duties, including managing databases, as well as assisting the Kit Manager with VEEP’s kit rental program. This person will work closely with VEEP staff on ongoing tasks such as: […]

By |November 9th, 2018|Employment|0 Comments

VEEP Programs to Change in 2018-19

Dear teachers,

VEEP programming is changing and deepening in the coming year! Our 2018/19 programming has an increased emphasis on partnering with you to support delivering energy curriculum in your classroom. VEEP will be offering two levels of collaboration this year.

  1. Energy Teaching Partner: Expanding on the work we have done in the past in student workshops, VEEP educators will now support you and your students through collaborative co-teaching of energy content. VEEP educators will provide lesson plans, equipment and materials, and will work with teachers to embed workshop activities into your energy curriculum.
  2. Thought Partner/Coaching: Teachers who are looking to deepen their energy, STEM, or NGSS practice will find that support through our Thought Partner/ Coaching program. A VEEP educator will serve as a thought partner or coach to help you to continue developing your energy and climate teaching strategies, use NGSS best practices, creatively problem solve, and monitor progress towards improved student outcomes.

As we transition to a deeper way of working with our teacher partners, you will find […]

By |July 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Students Take Action in VEEP’s Youth Climate Leaders Academy

Solar panels on the school roof, fewer cars in the parking lot, more local food in the cafeteria, less waste headed to the landfill, and a statewide rally for the planet are just a few of the projects led by more than 60 Vermont and New Hampshire teens this year. These local high school students are part of VEEP’s first ever Youth Climate Leaders Academy, bringing together like-minded students to work on climate action.

“I am becoming increasingly inspired and passionate about what we’re doing through meeting people interested in the same thing,” said one YCLA attendee.

Student teams attended a two-day kick-off retreat in early December, featuring hands-on workshops to build skills — including  goal setting, leadership styles, media and messaging, running campaigns, and data analysis — as well as work time for teams to develop their projects. “This academy helped solidify the ideas of our […]

By |April 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Electricity, Renewables, and Climate Change trainings in VT

After a successful run of training days in New Hampshire this winter, we’ve scheduled more of our popular one-day trainings on Electricity, Renewables, and Climate Change for Vermont locations. Choose the most convenient date and location for you: March 30 in Hartford, May 7 in Burlington, or May 15 in Rutland.

Register at our One-Day Trainings page!

Who: Middle and high school teachers (training limited to 20 attendees)
Cost: $175/person for the day. Includes 6 hours of PD and a free kit rental.
Facilitators: Brian Betournay, Laura MacLachlan, Mariah Keagy, and other VEEP staff

Training dates & locations:

  • Friday, March 30, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Hartford Town Hall, Hartford, VT
  • Monday, May 7, 8:30 am–3:30 pm, Spark Space, Burlington Electric Department, Burlington, VT
  • Tuesday, May 15, 8:30 am-3:30 pm, Rutland Central Supervisory Office, Rutland, VT

In this six-hour workshop, teachers will get their hands on a variety of resources to help make learning about electricity, the environment, and climate change fun and engaging for students in grades 6–12.

This training will also support teachers’ understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and how to make students’ thinking […]

By |March 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Teacher PD workshops in NH: Electricity, Renewables, and Climate Change

We’ve just scheduled three one-day trainings for New Hampshire teachers on Electricity, Renewables, and Climate Change. Choose the most convenient date and location for you: Feb 16 in Gorham, NH; Mar 9 in Keene, NH; or Mar 30 in Hartford, VT!

In this six-hour workshop, teachers will get their hands on a variety of resources to help make learning about electricity, the environment, and climate change fun and engaging for students in grades 6–12.

This training will also support teachers’ understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and how to make students’ thinking visible. We will discuss formative assessment strategies, phenomena, and storylines, and, most importantly, provide training on how to use all the VEEP gear that teachers can borrow to support energy and climate education.

Teachers will leave with an example storyline that supports the Electricity, Renewables, and Climate Change equipment kit, and each teacher will receive a free kit rental.

Who: Middle and high school teachers
Cost: $175/person for the day. Includes 6 hours of PD and a free kit rental.
Facilitators: Brian […]

By |January 9th, 2018|Training|0 Comments

TEACHER STORY: Aria Brissette: Customizing kits & curricula for hands-on learning

Aria Brissette, who taught seventh and eighth grade science at Rutland Middle School last year and is now at Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden, VT, says that VEEP’s curriculum support kits have been “a great resource” for her teaching.

Brissette started her first year of teaching by participating in VEEP’s Teacher Learning Team (a two-month professional development program for teachers) last year. “We got to just be students ourselves,” she says. “It gave me that push to go off and redo our energy unit to my liking, and make it more aligned to the current science standards.”

Working with VEEP also gave Brissette the skills to pick and choose from the many pieces of equipment that come in a VEEP kit. She used parts of a Wind FUNdamentals kit (designed for grades K-3) with her middle-school students, for example, as well as tackling VEEP’s middle-school classic: building solar collectors with the Solar Challenge kit.

“Hands-on learning experiences go a lot further,” she says, in reaching students whose […]

By |December 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

TEACHER STORY: Krista Battles: Taking action with VEEP staff support

Krista Battles, who teaches seventh grade life science at Barre Town Middle Elementary School in Barre, VT, was able to guide her students in making real change in the school’s energy use last year as part of VEEP’s Green School Energy Challenge program.

Battles’ students chose to focus on lighting. Erin Malloy, long-time VEEP educator, and Andy Shapiro, VEEP’s director of engineering, offered support to Battles and her students at several points in their project to replace fluorescent fixtures in the school hallways with LEDs.

Seventh-grade students at Barre Town Middle Elementary School with one of the new LED lights that will replace energy-hogging fluorescents in the school.

Malloy laid the groundwork with an in-class Electricity & the Environment workshop. Then students borrowed VEEP’s light meter kit to help collect data on existing light bulbs. Shapiro helped students brainstorm solutions and work through technical questions.

“Erin and Andy both had a super broad base of knowledge,” […]

By |December 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Year-end VEEP donation drawing: Win a night for 2 at Lake Morey!

For every $25 you donate to VEEP between now and December 31, 2017, you’ll be entered to win a room for two at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT! Check out Lake Morey Resort’s website for details on accomodations and amenities. VEEP often holds trainings and conferences at this venue, and the waterfront location can’t be beat — we love lunch on the deck overlooking the lake, or going for a quick paddle before dinner.

The more you give, the better the odds: A $75 donation gets you three chances to win, $100 gets you four chances, etc.

Donate Now!

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By |November 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Teacher PD Workshop: Electricity, Renewables & Climate in NGSS, Nov 27, Portsmouth, NH

We’ve just scheduled a one-day training for teachers in the New Hampshire seacoast region for November 27. In this six-hour workshop, teachers will get their hands on a variety of resources to help make learning about electricity, the environment, and climate change fun and engaging for students in grades 6–12.

This training will also support teachers’ understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and how to make students’ thinking visible. We will discuss formative assessment strategies, phenomena, and storylines, and, most importantly, provide training on how to use all the VEEP gear that teachers can borrow to support energy and climate education.

Teachers will leave with an example storyline that supports the Electricity, Renewables, and Climate Change equipment kit, and each teacher will receive a free kit rental.

When: Monday, Nov 27, 8 am to 3 pm (with a 1-hour break for lunch)

Where: Robert J. Lister Academy, Room 10, 35 Sherburne Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

Who: Middle and high school teachers

Cost: $175/person. Includes 6 hours of PD and a free […]

By |October 31st, 2017|Training|0 Comments