Teacher Training Workshops Bring Solar Energy into the Classroom

Teacher training for solar education is incorporated as a benefit at every k-12 school where Secure Futures has installed solar panels.

Teacher training for solar education is incorporated as a benefit at every k-12 school where Secure Futures has installed solar panels.

With summer winding down, teachers across the country are beginning to plan for the next school year. And, as the environment becomes a hotter topic for mainstream American culture and for our nation’s young people in particular, schools are working harder to bring sustainability into the classroom. Teachers now find themselves having to deal with issues about air, water and soil quality, as well as climate science and even how America gets and uses energy – and the pollution that our energy system creates. It’s much more than teaching the three R’s and making a field trip to the local recycling center.

Now, teachers are looking for help in tackling these complex concepts, and making environmental science topics accessible to their students. And teachers have to do that all while juggling the demands their jobs have always entailed, from prepping students for standardized tests to doing more in classrooms with tighter budgets for books and supplies.

The good news: for teachers in Virginia who want help making sustainability come alive for their students, help is on the way. And that help will offer a chance for teachers to give students hands-on experience with solar power, one of the most exciting sustainability topics for students today.

In partnership with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project, Secure Futures is hosting a half-day teacher training workshop to bring solar energy from a school’s rooftop into the classroom on August 9th at Lylburn Downing Middle School in Lexington, Virginia. Secure Futures believes sustainability education is a powerful tool for social change and will positively impact tomorrow’s leaders.

Secure Futures incorporates teacher training for solar education at every k-12 school where it has installed solar panels. The NEED Project solar teacher training workshop at Lexington City Schools is the second such program Secure Futures has offered to its educational customers. In 2016, Secure Futures and the NEED Project hosted a teacher training workshop for more than two dozen teachers from Albemarle County Public Schools.

The NEED Project designs and delivers teacher-tested educational materials, evaluation techniques and tools, recognition of student achievement, and professional development for educators. NEED materials and training programs provide comprehensive, objective information about the scientific concepts of energy and the major sources of energy today – their use and their impact on the environment, the economy and society.

What: In partnership with the NEED Project, Secure Futures is hosting a half-day solar teacher training workshop at Lylburn Downing Middle School in Lexington, Virginia. Secure Futures is extending an invitation to attend the workshop to any teacher (with or without solar on their school) who wants to learn how to integrate solar energy from the rooftop into the classroom. Participants will receive a SOL aligned solar curriculum, four hours of solar science professional development, and a morning of engaging fun!

When: Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 from 8am-12pm

Where: Lylburn Downing Middle School, 302 Diamond Street, Lexington, VA 24450

Who: Any teacher is encouraged to attend this event. However, space is limited, so teachers who are interested should sign up soon.

How: RSVP to Jesse Reist, at jesse@securefutures.solar today! Registration will close at 5pm on Thursday, August 3rd.


Jesse is the Communications and Policy Coordinator for Secure Futures.
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