NW Natural Program Context
In 2020, NW Natural and CE partnered on a three-year grant to identify educators who would become leaders in energy education, focusing on a portfolio of clean energy solutions that included renewable gases as part of NW Natural's ambitious goal of decarbonizing the sector by 2050. The resulting program began with a renewbale gas virtual course with 17 educators across NW Natural territory in the Fall of 2020.
Now marks the beginning of the second year, in which a small cohort of educators will become NW Natural Fellows and develop renewable gas curricula or programs that can be adopted by educators nationwide.
Year 2: Fellows Program Summary
In the 2021 calendar year, up to eight NW Natural Fellows, representing educators from grades 3-12 across NW Natural territory, will each work individually and collaboratively to create a curriculum/program that focuses on, or deeply incorporates, the topics of renewable natural gas and/or renewable hydrogen/power to gas topics.
Once they have completed the design, they will test/pilot this curriculum in their schools, and create final curricular products (lesson plans, supporting documentation and materials) to be included in CE's Curriculum Library and distributed/promoted nationally.
Program Outcomes and Objectives
In the 11 month course, individual Fellows will be asked to put in approximately 80 hours worth of additional work (outside of the classroom and normal duties) to develop and refine the curriculum/program, as well as engage with the cohort. Fellows in partnerships will be asked to put in approximatley 50 hours of work each.
Budget & Stipends
Applying in a Partnership
Lesson Concept (300 words)
Describe your concept for the curriculum you wish to create. Consider addressing these key elements:
Note: "Curriculum" may include education or enrichment programs that include this content and are transferrable/scalable to other locations.
Career-Connected Learning (200 words)
A key goal of this program is to build career exposure and access for all students at all educational pathways (K-12, apprenticeship, 2 and 4 yr college, etc.) Which of these (or other) strategies are you excited about incorporating in your unit to connect students to possible careers? What local opportunities are you aware of to work these strategies into your unit? Strategic options:
Personal Statement (up to 500 words)
We'd like to learn more about you, your career journey, and your motivations for becoming a Fellow. Please include:
Personal Equity Statement (up to 250 words)
Fellows will be asked to create curriculum that reflects best practices in culturally-sustaining education, especially for those students with minoritized identities (girls, Black, Indigenous, LatinX, LGBTQ+, rural youth, etc.).
The curriculum will be an example to other educators as to how to build equity in the classroom by meaningfully elevating student expertise and assets, especially those that are derived from their identities.
To that end, please craft a personal equity statement that:
Note: CE is not in a position to assess your credibility when it comes to equity-rather we seek an authentic expression of where you are in your journey and how you see this playing out in your classroom context.
Expect that this statement may be anonymously shared with other Fellows as part of the cohort process to facilitate discussion and learning across Fellows. CE staff will also share their equity statements.
So we can begin to cocreate the cohort year with you, we'd love to get your preferences for when you are generally able to meet, and what you'd like to accomplish during synchronous sessions.
Pleae select any of the following options that appeal to you.
Timing for Full Cohort Check Ins
approx 90 minutes, 3 total during cohort year
Timing for Long Sessions
approx 4-6 hours, 4 total during cohort year
Long Sessions Content
Please rank the following in terms of what you would like to do during the long sessions.
CE Staff support
How could CE staff best support you as you develop your unit?
THANK YOU FOR APPLYING!!!
We will be reviewing applicaitons between January 15 and February 1 and will most likely notify you by February 1 about your application.
Please save Feb 9 from 4-5:30p in your calendar for the Fellows kickoff meeting in case you are selected to be a Fellow.