About Clean Energy Fellows
CE is committed to transforming education for the next ten years through fostering sustained educator leadership. To successfully transition to an equitable and clean energy economy, we must set up all students for success, as they will be the future energy leaders and solutions architects. CE’s Clean Energy Fellows cohorts are designed to harness the genius of both educators and students to support this next generation of leaders. Clean Energy Fellows facilitate the delivery of justice-centered, career-connected programming that eliminates barriers for students that are unrelated to their actual potential for success.
2022-2023 launched three Clean Energy Fellows cohorts: The Pacific Northwest Regional cohort, Electric Vehicle cohort, and Water power cohort. While these cohorts differ in their intended impact and focus, each of them aligns the needs of students, industry partners, local communities, and the education system to deliver the highest impact with the highest likelihood for longevity.
All Clean Energy Fellows operate as part of a growing national collaborative of energy education leaders. However, there are three separate cohorts that teachers are currently working within, each with their own unique objectives and outcomes.
Clean Energy Fellows: PNW Regional Focus
This cohort, consisting of leaders from across the Pacific Northwest, finds ways to reimagine how educators can build student access to and influence on the local energy landscape through building a customized Action Plan to strengthen the clean energy talent ecosystem. Each Clean Energy Fellow has developed unique programming that leverages the community relationships, regional energy resources, place-based energy and justice challenges, and industry expertise. Through this process they will create robust, locally meaningful engagements that they will bring to their schools and other education organizations. Participating teachers receive a $5,000 stipend and a $2,000 materials budget.
Clean Energy Fellows: Water Power Focus
This cohort consisting leaders from across the Pacific Northwest (BPA territory) is tasked with building innovative and equitable tools for engaging students in the rapidly innovating water power sector. Working as part of a region Clean Energy Talent Development Hub, a project facilitated in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Lab, this cohort operates as national K-12 leaders in building the water power talent ecosystem. These Clean Energy Fellows are focusing on aggregating and updating curriculum, increasing avenues for engagement in activities, and collaborating with industry voices to jumpstart access to this particular career sector. An emphasis on blending history, future grid challenges, and the inclusion of voices from all impacted populations in the region will shape this project. Participating teachers receive a $5,000 stipend and a $2,000 materials budget.
Clean Energy Fellows: Electric Vehicle Focus
This PNW-based cohort is focused on connecting students and building public understanding around the rapidly innovating electric vehicle sector. In partnership with national industry leaders and energy education experts, these Clean Energy Fellows are working toward constructing an implementation toolkit for teachers across the country interested in bringing EV concepts into the classroom. Fellows will explore concepts of power grid resiliency, microgrids, vehicle-to-grid potential, load balancing, battery science, vehicle physics, and other area with a focus on identifying issues of justice and equity. Participating teachers receive a $5,000 stipend and a $2,000 materials budget.
Eligibility for Future Cohorts
Clean Energy Fellows must be an employed educator (classroom or out-of school time) or district support staff (TOSA, Coach, Instructional Facilitator, etc.) that serves students within customer-owned utility territory (Bonneville Power Administration service area) in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana. Am I in within a customer owned utility territory (link to interactive map)? Note educators in areas served exclusively by the following utilities are not eligible for this program: Portland General Electric, Puget Sound Energy, Idaho Power, Pacific Power, Rocky Mountain Power, Avista Energy, Northwestern Energy.
Clean Energy Fellows can apply individually or in pairs.
The ideal Fellow will have:
a role serving students from minoritized identities in STEM (BIPOC, LatinX, LGBTQ+, women), or rural populations
experience in curriculum design and educational leadership
demonstrated knowledge of career-connected learning strategies
strong knowledge of and some experience in teaching three-dimensional STEM as modeled by the Next Generation Science Standards
experience and training in pedagogical approaches that support equitable learning, and a personal commitment to equity and justice that includes an honest examination of their own identity and role in current systems
awareness of successful approaches to PD in their district