“Jess did a great job! This was the first time someone was able to show me how the NGSS fit together and explained the standards in a more meaningful way.”
“The Teacher Learning Team helped me so much to understand things about climate change that I never knew before and it made my facilitation so much more intentional. “
“I learned how to make science inquiry-based, hands-on, and fun!”
“Thank you SO much. I found this workshop so helpful, and came away with many concrete ideas that I will actually start using tomorrow.”
“I got fabulous strategies for integrating energy literacy into the math classroom.”
“The teachers at VEEP are top notch and so helpful.”
“Just wanted to thank everyone for the wonderful workshop. I learned more from you folks than from any other workshop I have taken. The hands-on activities, methods tips, patience and answering of every question was priceless. I can’t wait for the next workshops and to get you in my classroom…Thanks a million.”
Teacher Training & Professional Development
VEEP provides training, materials kits and follow-up support to teachers who want to build their science teaching skills while bringing energy into their classroom. Our curricula have been developed by experienced science methods instructors to incorporate key principles of science education including Next Generation Science Standards and built-in assessment of student learning. VEEP holds multi-day professional development Summer Institutes and can schedule professional development trainings for teachers on request.
PD in Depth: Summer Institute 2017
Energy & Climate as Disciplinary Core Ideas | June 26–30, 2017
Developing the foundation for teaching energy and climate in the classroom
This five-day summer program will give teachers of grades K–12 the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Next Generation Science Standards, energy, and climate through hands-on exploration, discussions with experts, field trips, and collaboration time for unit creation. Using the three-dimensional learning of NGSS as the pedagogical foundation, you will explore the science content and method of topics such as renewable technologies, climate change, sustainability, and energy project-based learning. You will develop additional strategies and learning opportunities to engage your students in applying energy knowledge in meaningful ways that support the shift from “learning about” to “figuring out.”
Each day is filled with with a mixture of instruction, recreation, and excellent accommodations at the beautiful Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. This provides an environment that encourages not only learning but dialogue, reflection, and fun.
There will be separate tracks for teachers of grades K–5 and teachers of grades 6–12. Three graduate credits are available through Castleton University. Click here for the course syllabus.
To register online, fill out the form below and click “Send.” We will invoice you for all fees.
If you’d prefer to apply by mail, click here to download the Summer Institute info sheet and registration form (PDF).
PD in Practice: Regional Teacher Learning Teams
Energy and climate in NGSS for teachers of grades K–12 | Spring session starts Feb. 15
Three-Dimensional Learning on Energy and Climate in NGSS is a professional development program for teachers that integrates energy literacy, engineering design, and the three-dimensional learning of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The spring 2017 team will meet in the Bennington area starting Feb. 15.
VEEP recognizes the curricular and instructional shifts that need to happen with the adoption of NGSS and, in response to teachers’ needs, has developed this course to help teachers create three-dimensional learning opportunities using energy as the core disciplinary idea. The programming is dynamic and responsive to teachers’ classroom needs, and includes deep exploration of the three dimensions of NGSS, individualized classroom support, and follow-up training on planning and assessing energy lessons/units using the EQuIP Rubric.
This course uses a constructivist, NGSS-based approach of hands-on, minds-on learning activities followed by action inquiry and reflective discussions. It is customized to the needs of the teacher with VEEP educators working one-on-one or in small groups with participants. The goal is to provide each participant with experiences as learner/teacher using guided discovery, hands-on inquiry explorations, co-teaching, and deep dives into energy core ideas that enable them to build concepts about energy content and best teaching practices.
Teachers will be supported by VEEP staff through:
- One all-day meeting during the school week.
- Three additional meetings in person or virtually to share ideas and resources, 3:30–5 p.m.
- One final after-school session from 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Teachers will receive:
- Free use of two VEEP curriculum support kits during the school year, and additional kits at half price.
- Two free VEEP in-class workshops per class that they teach.
Graduate credit & PD hours:
- Teachers can choose whether to take this course for one graduate credit ($250 per VT teacher, $750 per NH teacher), or for 15 PD hours (free for VT teachers or $500 for NH teachers). Scholarships are available: contact email@example.com for more details.
Schedule & locations:
Spring 2017: Bennington area
- All-day, in-person meeting in Bennington, VT, on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
- Three follow-up, virtual meetings on Wednesdays: March 8, March 29, and April 12, 3:30–5 p.m.
- On-site final sharing meeting in Bennington on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 4:30–6:30 p.m.
To register online, fill out the form below and click “Send.” We will invoice you if requested.
If you’d prefer to register by mail, click here for the spring 2017 TLT info sheet and registration form.
PD in Action: Green School Energy Challenge
Project-based learning in NGSS for teachers of grades 4–12
2017/18 session kicks off on September 19, 2017
The Green School Energy Challenge (GSEC) has been redesigned as a professional development program in which VEEP provides curriculum resources, equipment, and technical and educational support to teachers who commit to undertaking projects designed to reduce energy use. This academics-to-action program bridges science and engineering with social aspects of addressing climate change, saves money for communities, and empowers youth. Teachers are strongly encouraged to apply for this program in teams from the same school.
Grades 6–12: STEM To take part in this program, teachers must commit to undertake at least one project that will use scientific analysis and data-based decision-making to save electric, thermal, or transportation energy at the school, in students’ homes, or in the community.
Grades 4–6: STEAM The STEAM engagement strand is specifically designed for teachers of younger grades, with less emphasis on data and analysis and additional arts and social studies integration. To take part in this program, a teacher must commit to undertake at least one grade-appropriate project that will raise awareness of energy use and save electric, thermal, or transportation energy at the school, in students’ homes, or in the community.
For complete information on the GSEC program, please visit the Green School Energy Challenge page.
Application deadline: We are accepting rolling applications for the 2017/18 session, which begins with an all-day kickoff meeting on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Teachers in New Hampshire schools are welcome to apply as well: contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re from NH and interested in applying for the program.
To apply online, fill out the form below and click “Send.” We will invoice you if requested.
Prefer to apply by mail? PDF sign-up form coming soon.
VEEP offers in-service sessions for your school or supervisory union around NGSS-related topics such as:
- Three-Dimensional Learning of NGSS
- Developing Anchoring Events & Storylines
- Science Formative Assessments
- Progressions of Core Ideas in NGSS
- Constructing Explanations in Science
- NGSS Science/Engineering Practices
- Science Proficiency Scales Development
We can also design a custom NGSS workshop to meet your needs.
VEEP curriculum trainings
If you’re interested in bringing any of VEEP’s curricula to your students, take a training, where teachers get to practice the hands-on units themselves. We offer custom trainings on any of our curricula or related topics, held onsite at your school with any number of teachers. We will find a mutually agreeable date and time to bring the training to your school, and will promote the training to other teachers in the region.
For more info, call 802-552-VNRG (8674) or e-mail email@example.com.