“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
“The teachers at VEEP are top notch and so helpful.”
participant in a regional Teacher Learning Team


Regional Teacher Learning Teams

VEEP’s course on Three-Dimensional Learning on Energy and Climate in NGSS is a professional learning program for teachers held in regional learning teams. The program 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.

Spring 2019 Teacher Learning Team: CANCELLED

The spring TLT in Franklin County has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for future TLT opportunities. See below for more info on the TLT program in general.

Energy and climate in NGSS for teachers of grades K–12

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 and climate as the core disciplinary idea. This professional learning opportunity 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), or for 15 PD hours ($25). Contact info@veep.org for scholarship information.

Schedule & location: 

  • All-day, in-person kick-off meeting
  • Two follow-up afternoon meetings


For more info on any of our professional learning opportunities, call 802-552-8674 or e-mail info@veep.org.