This application will take approximately 1 hour to complete. We recommend you have reviewed the application pdf and pre-written answers to the long-form questions in order to more easily complete the application.
Clean Energy Fellows
The primary objective of the Water Power Clean Energy Fellows program is for Fellows to develop a K-12 storyline and full units from grades K-12 on water power technology, to be utilized by a national audience of educators.
This cohort consisting leaders from across the Pacific Northwest (BPA service area) is tasked with building innovative and equitable tools for engaging students in the rapidly innovating water power sector. Primarily taking the form of curriculum development, this process will leverage the expertise of regional industry leaders as well as the localized educational knowledge of Fellows to broaden public understanding of the critical role that water power technologies have played in the Northwest in shaping the economy both past and present.
Curriculum Development: Fellows will work in a small cohort to collaboratively plan classroom activities and school programming that builds connections between students, the water power workforce, and the advanced grid. Fellows will utilize a K-12 storyline developed in an initial Institute, with essential questions and learning goals, to serve as a foundation for replicable activities to be shared broadly to educators with a variety of needs. Educators will align with CE’s Pedagogical Foundations, incorporating place-based issues of justice in their final product. See CE's Statement on Justice for details on how CE appraches equity and justice issues in its work with educators.
Amplifying Impact: Fellows will complete this experience equipped with the capacity to share findings and products they developed with national educator and industry audiences. Starting with professional development in their home districts, Fellows will continue to expand the reach of the program and tools through additional trainings and conversations in educational conferences, industry circles, CE trainings, and Fellow mentorship opportunities.
For more details on the program, timeline, eligibility, and activities, see our Program Details document.
Relevance of the Topic (300 words)
As part of the program, the Fellows cohort will be asked to create a K-12 storyline on water power, incorporating multiple standards frameworks.
Based on your existing understanding of standards/curricular requirements for your grade band, as well as the developmental stage of your students, how is this topic relevant to your students?
How could this relevance play across a K-12 storyline, specifically:
Curricular Ideas (300 words)
The other key objective of this program is to develop curricular units across the K-12 spectrum and multiple discplines that incorporate water power issues and technology.
Do you have any ideas for curriculum that you would be excited to develop? Please consider including the following:
Note: While the target is in-class instruction, "curriculum" can refer to any education program that is replicable and adaptable across a national audience. Beyond in-class instruction, this could include engineering challenges, enrichments, etc
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.
Timing for Full Cohort Check Ins
Estimated 90 minutes long, with about 3 sessions during cohort year
Timing for Long Sessions
Estimamted 3 hours long, with 3-4 sessions 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 notify you of receipt of your application. We will notify you of our decision on your applicaitonby June 1.
In case you are selected, please save Aug 9-10, 16-17 for the four-day Leadership Institute to kick off the Fellows cohort year.