NEED Educators Professional Development

NEED designs and delivers professional development opportunities for teachers that not only educate, but also energize their classrooms!

General Energy Education · Science of Energy · Electricity · Petroleum & Natural Gas · Schools Going Solar · H2 Educate · Energy Management ·
Efficiency & Conservation · Climate Science · Wind · Nuclear · Transportation · & more!


Energy Education Workshops

The NEED Project works with local and national sponsors to provide professional development opportunities across the country. Now offering live online virtual energy education workshops! Our virtual workshops are inspired by the same mission and goals as our in-person trainings.  These interactive workshops are designed to improve one’s own energy knowledge as a consumer, to provide hands-on lessons and activities, and to learn new strategies to engage students in a distance learning environment by sharing hints, tips and tools for teaching in today’s classroom. One-day workshops are provided throughout the school year along with multi-day events during the summer. Join us! View upcoming workshops here.


Conference Sessions

NEED hosts sessions at many state, regional, and national science teacher conventions and conferences. View upcoming conferences.


National Energy Conference for Educators

Each summer, NEED conducts a five-day conference for educators — teaching about energy and how to implement NEED programs in the classroom. Scholarships are available for classroom teachers. Graduate credit is also available for teachers participating in the program (additional cost). Registration fee includes lodging (double occupancy), most meals, and materials. For more information, contact NEED at 1-800-875-5029 or view conference information online.


Hosting a NEED Workshop

NEED provides workshops for specific areas of interest for schools, STEM organizations, professional societies, and utility providers.  If you are interested in partnering on workshops in your area or at your school district, be it in-person or in a virtual setting, contact NEED at  NEED works with each partner to customize training to fit the program needs. Learn more about partnering with NEED to create a custom workshop for your teachers.

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Educator Testimonials

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Having attended your workshop before, I was concerned because it was so hands-on.  Just like all of us (teachers), you adapted the content well and made it as interactive as possible.  I liked the breakout groups–everyone was very engaged and worked hard! The speaker was knowledgeable and I learned a lot.  Thank you!

May 2020 Virtual Attendee

I’ve attended five online workshops this summer and this was the best. Very relevant to the curriculum and lots of activities that can be used online and in class. THANK YOU!!!

July 2020 Virtual Attendee

Thank you for putting on one of the most incredible PDs I’ve ever attended! I am putting a lot of what I learned right into my classroom lessons.

Daniel Leija, San Antonio, TX

This learning opportunity gave me the chance to connect with science educators across the country, and enhance my own energy understanding. I feel far more prepared to better teach my students this fall, especially in the distance learning environment we are likely to be in! THANK YOU!!

May 2020 Virtual Attendee

The program has been such an amazing resource for teaching energy to our students. It is all very much appreciated!

Jayme Miller, Braidwood, IL