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NEED is adding new energy workshops all the time. Want to attend? Check out our calendar to find a workshop near you!


Professional Development

Teachers continue to report that they do not receive adequate energy instruction in their college and university courses, yet state and national standards have significant sections devoted to the science of energy and to the energy resources used to provide electricity, transportation, and products. Working with education and energy advisors, NEED designs and delivers professional development opportunities for teachers that not only educate, but also energize and remind teachers of the fun that is possible in the classroom.

Whether attending a one-day workshop or the five-day National Energy Conference for Educators, teachers interact and share ideas with their peers. Speakers from local and national energy organizations share information about careers in the energy industry and the exciting energy technologies in development today. In addition, as school districts continue to seek ways to reduce budgets – many turn to energy conservation as a way to reduce overall costs. NEED hosts High Performance Schools Conferences and Energy Management for Schools Conferences for school district facilities personnel.

As consumers and community members, educators are a vital link in the process needed to make energy a priority at home, in the classroom, and in daily conversation. NEED believes in treating educators as the professionals they are, and in making their time with NEED instructors valuable, entertaining and educational. Teachers often evaluate NEED training as “the best professional development I’ve ever attended.”

Training Programs

Local Workshops

The NEED Project works with local and national sponsors to provide local professional development opportunities across the country. One-day workshop are provided throughout the school year along with multi-day events during the summer.  NEED hosts sessions at many state, regional, and national science teachers conventions and conferences.  Visit the NEED calendar to learn about and register for upcoming events.  

National Energy Conference for Educators

Every 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 information online.

Hosting a NEED Workshop

Interested in hosting a NEED workshop for your district?  Learn about partnering with NEED to create a custom workshop for your teachers.