Apply for Support for Renewable Energy Education
About CE (formerly called Solar 4R Schools)
What is the Renewable Energy Leadership Lab?
Together with schools, educators and industry, CE strives to build a clean energy future to ensure that our communities and the environment are thriving and resilient. Each year CE selects 5 teachers from a pool of applicants to participate in its Renewable Energy Leadership Lab (RELL), which is designed to create engaging and relevant renewable energy lessons accessible to teachers across the country.
Participating teachers will be part of a small group of educators collaborating throughout the year designing, testing and implementing exciting new classroom units while diving deeper into the renewable energy sciences. "Units" are typically multi-day or multi-week investigations of larger concepts, broken into separate lesson plans.
Leadership Lab participants develop either brand new units and lessons anchored in engineering design principles, or adapt existing inquiry projects into their unique classroom setting in alignment with Next Generation Science Standards. By the end of the Leadership Lab year, teachers will develop strong foundations in renewable energy while creating peer-reviewed, classroom-tested curricula published in CE's online Educator Library.
Why should I apply?
In addition to collaborating with peers and content specialists both in person and remotely, participants receive the following benefits:
- In-person discussion of effective pedagogy and supportive content development strategies
- Remote check-ins as well as thoughtful peer-to-peer review and feedback
- A $5,000 stipend to develop and test lessons (milestone-based, two installments)
- Up to $500 in materials for summer testing phase
- Up to $1,000 in materials for implementing their lessons in the classroom
- Up to $2,000 in materials for testing and implementing up to two additional lessons (@$1,000 per additional lesson/unit)
- Opportunities to present at conferences and professional development events
Am I eligible?
This opportunity is open to all Pacific Northwest K‑12 teachers who are able to attend the mandatory meetings. Participants are responsible for coordinating travel and lodging (if necessary) for all in-person group meetings and may use a portion of their stipend to cover associated costs.
What else should I know?
The Renewable Energy Leadership Lab is a yearlong, collaborative professional development opportunity that runs from June 2018 through June 2019. Throughout the year, there will be a minimum of four mandatory in-person collaborative work sessions at the BEF office located in downtown Portland and four mandatory remote meetings taking place in a webinar format. These sessions function as an opportunity for the teacher group to meet, collaborate, discuss, test, and peer review each other’s proposed units. This type of collaboration among teachers is a critical part of what makes this program unique, valuable, and effective.
CE strongly encourages applicants to secure buy‑in and support from their local Districts/School Administrations to support all leadership development opportunities.
March 23, 2018: Application opens
May 28, 2018 @ 11:59 pm: Application closes
On or before June 8th, 2018: Participant selections announced
We have successfully hosted our first week-long Leadership Institute and will host more in the future, so STAY TUNED! Our first Renewable Educator Leadership Institute is an innovative teacher professional development opportunity for Pierce, Snohomish, and King County K-12 educators who seek to meaningfully engage students in preparation for STEM careers. The weeklong summer institute leverages the evolution of the energy economy and power grid as demonstrations of real-world systems that can facilitate impactful, interactive learning experiences for students. The Leadership Institute was provided by BEF's CE program, and was sponsored by Boeing Foundation, with additional support from M.J.Murdock Charitable Trust and the Bonneville Power Administration.
ALREADY HAVE A PV SYSTEM? The Renewable Classroom project is for schools that are interested in integrating renewable energy education into their school's STEM/CTE curriculum. A Renewable Classroom project includes a teacher training, science kit materials for the classroom ($3,500 value) and ongoing support and resources from the CE staff. If your school already has an installed PV system and you want to leverage the educational benefits of the system with data monitoring for classroom use, an additional applicant match would be required to cover the cost for a touch-screen kiosk to display live solar energy data at the school or facility.
The Renewable School project includes a teacher training, science kit materials and the installation of a demonstration photovoltaic (PV) system at your school with data monitoring. Typical photovoltaic systems installed have ranged from 4-12kW, depending on local cost variables. An applicant match of $15,000 is typically required for a Renewable School project.
CE does not provide cash grants. Rather, CE provides selected schools with full-service support for the project (supported with local match) for teacher professional development training and resources, ongoing content/technical support and, depending on the type of project, project procurement and management of the installation of a demonstration-scale PV system by our colleagues in the Renewable Energy Group at BEF.
Through contributions to its Green Power Program, Idaho Power awards up to two Renewable School projects per year to schools located within its service area. Thanks to Idaho Power Company’s Green Power Program participants for supporting the Solar 4R Schools program. The Renewable School offering and include teacher training, science kit materials and the installation of a small-scale demonstration photovoltaic (PV) system at your school with data monitoring. Typical photovoltaic systems installed have ranged from 1 to 4 KW, depending on local cost variables. Although applicant match is not required, it can be used to increase the system size beyond the awarded size.
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