Energy Institute for Educators

Lisa Andresen, a teacher in the North Crawford School District (Soldiers Grove, WI), attended the Wisconsin Energy Institute's (WEI) summer professional development program and came away with some inspired ideas on how to bring renewable energy curriculum into her science classroom.

Program Dates
Three days

The Wisconsin Energy Institute's (WEI) Energy Institute for Educators provides the opportunity for educators to engage with cutting-edge energy research at UW–Madison, and gain practical tools and materials for teaching students fundamentals of energy and sustainable energy systems. The theme for the institute is "Energy, sustainability and climate change: Bridging contemporary science and engineering with classroom learning."

Institute Learning Goals:

  • Explain and apply the crosscutting concept of "Energy and matter: Flows, cycles and conservation" both in energy systems and classroom instruction
  • Engage with contemporary energy-related research and researchers at UW–Madison and WEI, and learn about related key challenges in science and engineering
  • Describe and explain the interplay between energy systems and sustainability issues such as climate change
  • Incorporate education materials related to clean energy systems in your teaching

What to expect:

  • Hands-on experience with high-quality instructional materials for teaching energy concepts
  • Time for reflection on effective teaching approaches with fellow educators
  • Support for the incorporation of education materials and instructional tools in your teaching
  • Tours of numerous energy laboratories and field sites, and discussions with researchers
  • Sharing and reflection on teaching activities in following school year through online forum
  • For more on what to expect, see 2016 program schedule and these photo highlights


  • Participants receive a $300 stipend and take home classroom materials upon successful completion of program
  • Participants are expected to cover food, lodging, and travel costs. Affordable housing options available on campus for $20/night
  • Optional 1 credit available through UW–Madison for $458

How to apply:

  • Teams of two to four educators (teachers, curriculum coordinators, etc) are encouraged, but not required
  • Complete the online application form here.

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