Green School Energy Challenge

Project-based learning in NGSS for teachers of grades 5–12
2017/18 session starts Tuesday, 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.

Teachers will be supported by VEEP staff through:

  • One in-person meeting day on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, in Randolph, VT. This day will offer opportunities for both new and returning teachers. Teachers are invited to bring their project ideas and will leave with concrete standards-aligned lesson ideas and steps for their project.
  • Additional after-school meetings of teachers and VEEP staff to share ideas and resources, which can be joined in person or virtually.
  • VEEP staff will be available to support curriculum, student learning, and classroom/school projects.
  • Teachers will receive free use of two VEEP curriculum support kits during the school year, with additional kits at half price.

Graduate credit & PD hours

Teachers can choose whether to take this program for:

  • Two graduate credits: $750 per Vermont teacher, $2,500 per teacher in other states*, or
  • 15–30 PD hours: free for Vermont teachers, $1,500 per teacher in other states*.

Teachers taking this course for graduate credits will produce a sequencing plan, lesson plan, or unit plan that can be shared with other teachers undertaking similar projects.

* Scholarships are available; contact info@veep.org if a scholarship is necessary for you to participate in this program. VEEP can bring this program to communities near the Vermont border. If you are interested in applying from outside Vermont, please get in touch to see if we have staff close enough to serve your school.

Application deadline: We are accepting rolling applications for the 2017/18 session, which begins with an all-day kickoff meeting in central Vermont 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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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