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Teaching About Energy & Our Carbon Footprint : Regional & Global Issues


Energy & Environmental Research Center
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND


November 9-10, 2012


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At the Teaching About Energy & Our Carbon Footprint Institute, master teachers model cross-curricular lessons using various technologies and instructional strategies that can stimulate students’ thinking and learning about global climate, energy and carbon dioxide. With a focus on regional and global issues, we will

  • Look at changing levels of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere over time.
  • Discover the major types of carbon storage.
  • Discuss human sources of CO2 emissions.
  • Review the relationship of emissions to our economy and quality of life.
  • Hear what it will take to change the current emissions situation.
  • Decide what this means in our region and for other regions of the world
  • Enhance literacy about global climate and Earth system change.


Funding provided by:

  • Members of Prairie Public (PPB)
  • North Central Council for School Television (NCCST)
  • Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory entitled the Plains CO2 Reduction (PCO2R) Partnership.


Professional Development Credit is available from University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University for teachers and school administrators who attend the two-day Institute. Minnesota Continuing Credit Hours are available from Prairie Public Education Services.  Participants may earn a $100 stipend for writing and submitting a media-rich lesson plan as part of the Institute.

Quotes from attendees of previous Prairie Public Institutes

* I would love to attend again and bring my co-workers!
* All sessions were fab!
* I really found it worthy, practical, educational and motivating.
* Super two days. One of the best workshops I’ve ever attended!
* Great workshop – lots of interesting ideas.
* I liked how different this institute was.
* Excellent! Really appreciate the reflective times after lesson.
* All materials seemed very useful!

Master Teacher Application Documents

* Criteria for Master Teacher Selection
* Master Teacher Application Cover Page
* Master Teacher Application
* Administrator Statement of Support

Energy & Carbon Teacher Training Institute 2011: Lesson Plan Collection

Attendees of the November 2011 Energy & Carbon Institute had the option of completing a lesson plan featuring carbon footprint, climate change, and greenhouse gases that are sprinkled throughout the media and in everyday conversations. The lessons also modeled the use of media or web-based technologies. Those lessons may be accessed from the above link.

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