Clean Energy Fellows
This cohort, consisting of leaders from across the Pacific Northwest will find ways to reimagine how educators can build student access to and influence on the local energy landscape. Through a regional action plan, each Fellow will develop unique programming that leverages the community relationships, regional energy resources, place-based energy and justice challenges, and industry expertise. Through this process they will create robust, locally meaningful engagements that they will bring to their schools and other education organizations.
Regional Collaboration and Partnership Development
PNW Clean Energy Fellows will meet consistently with the Fellows cohort to provide peer-to-peer feedback, build content knowledge, and identify equitable pedagogy to guide the development of their new programming. Beginning with the August Leadership Institute, this collaborative approach continues throughout the rest of the cohort’s first year and beyond, through follow-up consultation and participation in a Fellows Leadership Network.
Throughout this process, CE will recruit regional industry and community partners to provide expertise on specific topic areas and support Fellows in their delivery. This partnership development will also take place at a community level, with supports in place to build relationships between Fellows and their local utilities, energy-adjacent industries, educational networks, and other community partners.
The primary objective of the Pacific Northwest Clean Energy Fellows program is for Fellows to develop robust action plans that facilitate student engagement in the clean energy economy.
Each Fellow or pair will apply with an action plan concept, whose implementation begins the same school year. Plans can take different forms, such as:
- Curriculum development
- Engineering challenges
- Event planning (annual career fairs or energy days)
- Career-connected programming (CTE pathways, scholarships, or internships)
- Combinations of these and other approaches.
The action plan is refined over the course of the program, through peer/partner collaboration and adjustment during implementation. While a core intention of these plans is to develop replicable tools and concrete outputs within the year, CE acknowledges that such initiatives often take multiple years to achieve their goals, so CE provides structures to continue consultation and support of Fellows as they move beyond their initial year.
Action plans 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.
For an example action plan from the 2021-2022 Cohort, see this link. Note that the action plan template will change for 2022-23, so this action plan does not represent the full scope of work Fellows will put into their action plans.
Please read CE's Statement on Justice before continuing.