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Summer Teacher Institute, July 2017

Education for the Environment and Sustainability -- The Future of STEM Teaching

July 24-28, 2017, South Seattle College and various sites


The NSF Grant Summer Teacher Institute is a STEM-focused, 30-hour, professional development experience that is specifically designed to unite educators and industry professionals to do the following:

  • Explore the relationship between sustainability and building science technology.
  • Examine interactive management tools that track and assess resource use in buildings.
  • Participate in field trips to smart, high-performance buildings.
  • Discuss STEM workforce pipeline issues, and identify career opportunities and educational pathways.
  • Exchange ideas that promote career readiness and post-secondary access.
  • Attend 30 hours of teacher institute and share teaching unit curriculum and assessment with Institute organizers (Stipend - $500)
  • Apply learning at the STEM Summer Learning Opportunities for students at Cleveland High School – required for Cleveland High School instructors. This program is for rising 9th to 10th graders and focuses on providing students the opportunity to experience the application of STEM skills, (from project based learning, 21st Century skills, to math and science) through academic, hands-on, and service learning experiences.  (There is a stipend for the 2 week commitment, 40 hours/week - $2,800. Limited to 2 teachers. If more than 2 teachers are interested, a selection process will be applied at a later date.)
For More Information

Check out our Flyer.

Questions?  Call 206-934-5375. 

To Apply

Click the link to apply.  We have 25 slots available, so apply early!  First review of applications will occur March 1, 2017.  Accepted applicants will be notified by email. 

Travel Information

If you are in need of accommodations, we recommend the nearby Georgetown Inn.  

Click to see the 2016 Summer Teacher Institute Proceedings

National Science Foundation Grant Summary

Expanding Lifelong STEM Career Pathways in Sustainable Building Science Technology

Project Duration: August 2014 – July 2017
($862,080 awarded)

South Seattle Community College, Washington State University, Cascadia College, and the Pacific NW Center of Excellence for Clean Energy are working with industry partners to prepare technicians for the sustainable building science technology workforce. Due to the effects of the Baby Boom bubble, retirements in the energy efficiency industry are estimated to reach 23 percent of building energy managers in the next five years. As these skilled and experienced employees prepare for retirement, the market for an even more advanced workforce is expected to grow. More complex building codes and ever emerging technologies create increased demand for increasingly skilled labor. The institutions are addressing industry needs by implementing career and education pathways at all levels of the skill continuum. The potential societal benefits include producing a stable supply of highly skilled and diverse graduates to serve as managers of sustainable buildings into the future.

Further, outreach activities for area high school students are laying the groundwork for creating an ample supply of high school graduates into sustainable building management on a continual basis.

The specific goals of the project are to:

(1) design a Baccalaureate of Applied Science (BAS) curriculum that meets the needs of both employers and targeted populations (i.e. students from groups that are typically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines);

(2) incorporate curricular innovations such as industry-recognized certifications and building benchmarking skills into the curriculum;

(3) enhance recruiting and retention of students from targeted populations;

(4) create summer workshop programs for high school teachers resulting in curricular materials that they can use with their students.

This program is advancing knowledge in two ways. First, it is enabling the development of a curriculum that is one of the first of its kind in the country. Specifically, it is incorporating emerging scientific, policy, technical, and managerial skills required of operators of sustainable buildings in the coming years. This program also includes innovative components, for example, a course that teaches students how to benchmark building energy use and use that skill to inform building maintenance schedules and upgrades. Second, the program brings together several cutting-edge pedagogical and student services strategies to ensure that the diverse populations targeted for this program graduate. These strategies include the use of competency-based instruction as well as an early warning system to identify students at risk of attrition, coupled with intrusive advising to ensure they get the services they need.

Year 1 Annual Activities and Findings Report

Year 2 Annual Activities and Findings Report

Link to: Sustainable Building Science Technology Program


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