“The VEEP presenter 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.”
participant in a one-day teacher training
“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. “
fifth-grade classroom teacher
“I learned how to make science inquiry-based, hands-on, and fun!”
participant in a regional Teacher Learning Team
“Thank you SO much. I found this workshop so helpful, and came away with many concrete ideas that I will actually start using tomorrow.”
participant in a one-day teacher training
“I got fabulous strategies for integrating energy literacy into the math classroom.”
participant in VEEP's Summer Institute
“The teachers at VEEP are top notch and so helpful.”
participant in a regional Teacher Learning Team
“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.”
elementary school teacher

 

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 Practice: Regional Teacher Learning Teams 

Energy and climate in NGSS for teachers of grades K–12 | Spring session starts March 15

Three-Dimensional Learning on Energy and Climate in NGSS is a professional development program for teachers that integrates energy literacy and the three-dimensional learning of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with a deep dive into the practice of developing models and modeling. The spring 2018 teams will meet in the Upper Valley area (starts March 20) and the Concord, NH, area (starts March 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 developing storylines and mini units.

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.
  • Two additional half-day meetings to share ideas and resources.

Teachers will receive:

  • Free use of one VEEP curriculum kit during the school year.
  • Individualized support to develop your mini instructional unit.

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). Contact info@veep.org for more details.

Schedule & locations:

Spring 2018: Upper Valley of VT & NH

  • All-day, in-person meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (snow date March 22)
  • Tuesday, April 10, 12:30–3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 8, 12:30–3:30 p.m.

Spring 2018: Concord, NH

  • All-day, in-person meeting on Thursday, March 15, 2018,  9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (snow date March 22)
  • Thursday, April 5, 12:30–3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday,  May 3, 12:30–3:30 p.m.

Register now!

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 2018 TLT info sheet and registration form.

Your school (required)

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Which team would you like to be part of? (required) Spring 2018: Upper Valley, VT & NHSpring 2018: Concord, NH

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Team member 1 would like to take the program for: One graduate credit in VT: $250One graduate credit in NH: $75015 PD hours in VT: free15 PD hours in NH: $500


Name of team member 2

Team member 2 role/job title. Please include the grade level(s) you teach.

Team member 2 email

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Team member 2 would like to take the program for: One graduate credit in VT: $250One graduate credit in NH: $75015 PD hours in VT: free15 PD hours in NH: $500


Name of team member 3

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Team member 3 would like to take the program for: One graduate credit in VT: $250One graduate credit in NH: $75015 PD hours in VT: free15 PD hours in NH: $500


Name of team member 4

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Team member 4 email

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Team member 4 would like to take the program for: One graduate credit in VT: $250One graduate credit in NH: $75015 PD hours in VT: free15 PD hours in NH: $500

We require: An invoice in order to pay VEEP for graduate creditsA receipt for payment


PD in Action: Green School Energy Challenge 

Project-based learning in NGSS for teachers of grades 5–12
2017/18 session kicks off on September 19, 2017

The Green School Energy Challenge (GSEC) is 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 carbon emissions. 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 612: 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 56: 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 info@veep.org if you’re from NH and interested in applying for the program.

Questions are welcome at info@veep.org.

Apply now!

To apply online, fill out the form below and click “Send.” We will invoice you if requested.

Prefer to apply by mail? Click here to download the PDF sign-up form. Completed applications should be sent to info@veep.org or PO Box 1364, Montpelier, VT 05601.

Your school (required)

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How/where did you learn about the Green School Energy Challenge program?


Name of team member 1 (required)

Team member 1 role/job title. Please include the grade level(s) you teach. (required)

Team member 1 email (required)

Team member 1 phone (required)

Team member 1 would like to take the program for: Two graduate credits in VT: $75015–30 PD hours in VT: free!Two graduate credits in NH: $2,50015–30 PD hours in NH: $1,500


Name of team member 2

Team member 2 role/job title. Please include the grade level(s) you teach.

Team member 2 email

Team member 2 phone

Team member 2 would like to take the program for: Two graduate credits in VT: $75015–30 PD hours in VT: free!Two graduate credits in NH: $2,50015–30 PD hours in NH: $1,500


Name of team member 3

Team member 3 role/job title. Please include the grade level(s) you teach.

Team member 3 email

Team member 3 phone

Team member 3 would like to take the program for: Two graduate credits in VT: $75015–30 PD hours in VT: free!Two graduate credits in NH: $2,50015–30 PD hours in NH: $1,500


Name of team member 4

Team member 4 role/job title. Please include the grade level(s) you teach.

Team member 4 email

Team member 4 phone

Team member 4 would like to take the program for: Two graduate credits in VT: $75015–30 PD hours in VT: free!Two graduate credits in NH: $2,50015–30 PD hours in NH: $1,500

We require: An invoice in order to pay VEEP for graduate creditsA receipt for payment


PD in Depth: Summer Institute 

In 2017: Energy & Climate as Disciplinary Core Ideas
Developing the foundation for teaching energy and climate in the classroom

This five-day summer program gives 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.”

In 2017, each day was filled with with a mixture of instruction, recreation, and excellent accommodations at the beautiful Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. This provided an environment that encouraged not only learning but dialogue, reflection, and fun.

Separate tracks were offered for teachers of grades K–5,grades 6–8, and grades 9–12. Three graduate credits were available through Castleton University. Click here for the course syllabus.

Stay tuned for more information about Summer Institute 2018.


 

 

Climate Change training

Custom Trainings

NGSS trainings

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 info@veep.org.