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Teachers to gain knowledge in sustainability to bring awareness back to the classroom
Forty-five teachers will have the opportunity to participate in the 5th Annual GreenPower Teacher Training workshop this Saturday at the Desert Research Institute.
Saturday March 2, 2013
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
DRI Reno Campus, 2215 Raggio Pkwy, Reno, NV 89512
GreenPower & Teachers
Hands-on workshops, training, and overall learning environment
Teachers from the Washoe County School District will have the chance to expand their current knowledge base through a hands-on workshop environment.
Some of the highlights will include community organization offerings, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focused workshops, teacher led workshops, and Community Partnership opportunities.
Recently Harry Reid, U.S. Senate Majority Leader, highlighted GreenPower and DRI’s efforts to the Nevada Legislature. He said this positive program is an example of how partnerships can create success for both students and teachers in the K-12 system.
“In Nevada, the Desert Research Institute offers free professional development and training for teachers who want to learn about environmental and climate science. DRI has trained 800 teachers from 134 schools in 10 Nevada counties. The Institute also sends teachers "green boxes" – hands-on, science projects they can use in the classroom, with all the supplies from cotton balls to glue,” Senator Reid said.
Amelia Gulling, GreenPower’s Administrator says this training is a great opportunity to have many partners involved to help administer this workshop. “It’s exciting to bring our amazing community partners together to showcase and share the opportunities out there for our educators.”
Additionally, NV Energy in collaboration with GreenPower will host an electric car demo as part of the overall training to show teachers how it works. The demonstration will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in DRI’s parking lot.
GreenPower specifically is a nonprofit that has established a partnership between DRI and NV Energy. They strive to help Nevada’s K-12 educators teach their students about renewable energy, conservation, and sustainability.
“To see so many of the teachers participating in this workshop is absolutely fantastic,” Gulling said. “We had a successful workshop in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, and I know the training in Reno will be another success.”
Through a community collaborative environment, GreenPower is able to offer this workshop for teachers for free. Overall, it will give teachers a day of in-service training to take knowledge back to their classrooms.
– The Desert Research Institute’s GreenPower program will be participating in the first-ever Nevada Chapter U.S. Green Building Council panel discussion at the Springs Preserve on Tuesday, Feb. 12th.
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Teacher Trainings and Workshops
As part of our mission, we recognize the importance of preparing Nevada’s educators with real world science information and expertise so they can transmit that information to their students.
DRI’s Science Alive program hosts professional development teacher trainings throughout the year in both Northern and Southern Nevada, and in our rural communities. We pride ourselves on offering a diverse set of topics and experiences at each training. All of DRI’s trainings are free and educators who attend our trainings are eligible for in-service education credits offered through the Nevada State Department of Education. Our trainings include hands-on activities, exciting keynote presentations, unique field trip experiences, and amazing resources.
Past topics for our trainings include: Astrobiology, gardening, engineering and innovation, recycling, water conservation, energy and energy efficiency, exploring NGSS, and our annual STEAM focused trainings.
Should you have any questions about our trainings please contact our Community Relations and Professional Development Administrator Craig.Rosen@dri.edu