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A year-long Professional Development Program for 8 – 12 grade science & technology teachers in NC’s Duke Energy service territories.

Eligible teachers must teach in schools located in either the Duke Energy Progress or Duke Energy Carolinas service territory. To see if your school is eligible go to the Duke Energy Website and select the state of North Carolina.

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This year-long professional development opportunity for 8th – 12th grade STEM teachers showcases current energy science, technologies, and careers to enhance Energy Literacy Fellows’ ability to deliver energy-related content, conduct STEM-based activities and promote STEM career opportunities to students.  Fellows interact with diverse scientists and industry representatives to receive up-to-date content knowledge and engage in hands-on, inquiry-based activities designed to support student learning about energy.  Any 8th – 12th grade STEM teacher who addresses energy in their teaching is eligible to apply; 8th grade and environmental science teachers are especially encouraged.  This program benefits new and experienced teachers.

Fellows will:

  • Connect and engage with a variety of scientists, industry professionals, and other science teachers.
  • Gain knowledge and collect resources that align with the NC Essential Standards for Science and integrate science and engineering practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards.

Fellows will receive:

  • Access to current science content related to emerging energy issues and technologies.
  • Resources to support classroom integration of content, including over $250 worth of instructional materials to support hands-on STEM investigations.
  • Access to a peer learning network (2017-2020 Fellows) from across the state.
  • Credit towards CEUs and the NC EE Certification Program.
  • Support for sharing energy-related STEM instructional strategies and successes with other teaching professionals at the district, regional, state, and national levels.

Fellows will be expected to:

  • Be an 8th – 12th grade STEM teacher at a North Carolina school located in a Duke Energy service territory.
  • Have access to a working Internet connection with audio capabilities for virtual share sessions.
  • Be available to participate in the following:

Virtual Professional Development Institute | July 13-15, 2021 (10 AM-4:30 PM daily with asynchronous “missions”)
Participants are required to attend all three days in full; a 90-minute lunch break will occur from 11:30 AM-1 PM each day; during this institute we will dive into learning about the electric grid and we will explore NC’s energy landscape through online mapping tools, guest presentations and other interactive activities.

PoWer Wednesdays: Monthly webinar series | October – March, third Wednesday of the month from 4:15-5:45 PM
Participants are asked to attend at least four webinars, representing an opportunity to customize this professional development experience. During these virtual sessions, we will explore a topic and discuss classroom integration strategies to support classroom application of program resources and materials and offer peer support in incorporating program experiences into instruction.

Regional Science Immersion Experience (In-person*)
Participants are required to attend at least one experience and are welcome to attend more than one as long as space is available. Meals, lodging substitute teacher reimbursement, and transportation stipend provided when applicable. These sessions will include place-based explorations of electricity generation facilities, energy research facilities, and discussions of local energy issues and relevant careers; alumni will be invited to attend select events.

  • Western Region, Charlotte |Thursday, Nov 11, 2021
  • Eastern Region, Manteo | March 2022 (tentatively scheduled for a Fri/Sat either March 19/20 or 26/27, 2022)
  • Central Region, Chapel Hill | Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, 2022

*Please note that in-person programs are subject to change, rescheduling or cancellation depending on COVID-19 restrictions.

Health and Safety Precautions:

All in-person program components will follow current University, state, and federal health guidelines and apply a range of safety measures to mitigate health risks, including:

  • Physical distancing
  • Requiring properly worn face coverings when social distancing is not possible
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Leading activities outdoors as much as possible
  • Increasing sanitation efforts
  • If indoors, leaving doors and windows open to increase air exchange

To Apply:

Click here to access the online application

All applications are due by 11:59 PM Sunday, April 25th. Please note: There are a limited number of seats available for this program. All applicants will receive email notification of their acceptance status on or before May 3rd, 2021. Upon notification of acceptance, teachers will be asked to submit a $100 deposit check to reserve their spot in the program. Your spot will be forfeited if your deposit is not received in a timely manner. The deposit check will NOT be deposited unless the teacher cancels and the spot cannot be filled; it would then be considered a tax-deductible gift to the Institute for the Environment. The deposit check will be returned after a teacher completes their first regional science immersion event.

Program Contacts:

Dana Haine
K-12 Science Education Manager
dhaine@unc.edu
919-843-5735

Victoria Triana
Environmental Research Assistant
vtriana@unc.edu
919-966-1339


This program is sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment with funding provided by the Duke Energy Foundation.