Join VEEP this summer for two four-day Summer Institutes for teachers on wind energy or climate change. These institutes will use a constructivist, see NGSS-based approach consisting of hands-on, minds-on learning activities followed by reflective discussions and journaling about science content and methods. Participants will have experiences as both learner and teacher, using guided discovery, hands-on inquiry explorations, and readings that enable the participant to build concepts about science content and best teaching practices.
When: June 29–July 2, 2015 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Burlington, Vermont (exact location TBD: please check back later)
Cost: $300 without graduate credits or $1,100 including 3 graduate credits (pending) | scholarships available; meals and accommodation not included
Credit: 3 graduate credits, or 30 hours of professional development credit
Kits: Kits of materials may be borrowed for free by teachers teaching in Vermont and rented by teachers in nearby states. Schools can purchase a full kit of materials for $1,200 (for 3 stations), $1,500 (4 stations) or $1,800 (5 stations) plus shipping.
Wind Works is a curriculum unit with a teacher’s guide and kit of supplies developed by VEEP for grade 5–12 science classes. Teachers will explore wind energy science content and NGSS science methods during the summer institute. During the fall semester, they will work with VEEP science educators to implement an NGSS-aligned Wind Works unit in their classes.
When: August 3–6, 2015 | 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Montpelier, Vermont (exact location TBD: please check back later)
Cost: $300 | scholarships available; meals and accommodation not included
Credit: 30 hours of professional development credit
Kits: Kits of materials may be borrowed for free by teachers teaching in Vermont and rented by teachers in nearby states.
Explore NGSS standards and practices and how they can be used to deliver climate change curriculum in your middle school (grades 5–8) science classroom. Teachers who participate in this workshop will explore climate change science content and learn how to implement NGSS-aligned curriculum in their classes. They will leave with lessons ready to take into their classrooms. VEEP science educators will be available to help with implementation during the 2015–16 school year. Summer Institute participants will also be eligible to work with VEEP educators to pilot new activities and learning units during the 2015–16 school year as additional resources are developed.