Training Opportunities

Training Opportunities

Step 1 – Attend a Smart Grid for Schools Training Session

Training is encouraged for formal and informal educators who would like to use Smart Grid materials. There is a $100 stipend for Illinois teachers attending either training: training on digital materials or training on physical materials. (Any educator is welcome to be trained, but we can only pay stipends to Illinois teachers.) Teachers are welcome to attend multiple trainings, but a teacher can only earn one training stipend each academic year.

Advance registration is required. To register for training, please follow the link provided below to submit name, contact, and school information.

Training on Digital Materials

We generally schedule one virtual training each month.
The next digital materials training will be scheduled for mid-July.

Training on Hands-On Materials

Monday, August 2 from 9:00-11:30am in Manteno, IL.
Additional fall trainings are anticipated near Rockford and Carbondale.

All Smart Grid for Schools workshops are interactive. Active participation and engaged conversation is required of all participants.

Attendees at hands-on workshops are required to follow the local and university health recommendations in place at the time of the training.

 

Step 2 – Schedule Hands-on Exhibits to Visit Your Illinois School (optional)

Completing the Booking Form online will allow you to choose materials and preferred dates. Once you complete the form, our staff will contact you by e-mail to confirm dates and details.

 

Step 3 – Implement in Your Classroom

Curriculum is available at multiple grade levels for each learning tool. In addition to the easy-to-access curriculum linked below, educators who already have experience with Smart Grid for Schools might be interested in using our online curriculum builders.

 

Step 4 – Complete Follow-Up Forms & Surveys

We understand that planning for, packing, and unpacking materials requires an extra effort from teachers. Illinois educators who use one or more tools in their classrooms and who complete the appropriate follow-up forms can earn up to an additional $150 stipend in Spring 2021.