Renewable Energy Educator Lab

The Solar 4R Schools Renewable Energy Educator Lab is a year-long opportunity designed to create engaging and relevant renewable energy lessons accessible to teachers in the Pacific Northwest and nationwide. Participating teachers will be part of a small group of educators that collaborate throughout the year to design, test and implement exciting new units of lessons into their classrooms while diving deeper into the science of renewable energy. These “units” are typically multi-day or multi-week investigations of renewable energy concepts that are broken apart into separate lesson plans. One of the intentions of the Educator Lab is for teachers to develop lessons that are heavily anchored in engineering design principles, or supplement existing engineering and inquiry projects in their classroom. By the end of the program year, participating teachers will have strengthened their understanding of renewable energy and created exploratory, classroom-tested lessons that will become part of the Solar 4R Schools online Educator Library. The Solar 4R Schools Educator Library is accessible online to any teacher at no charge, allowing lesson plans developed in the Renewable Energy Educator Lab to reach students across the nation and even worldwide. This program is open to teachers at every competency level of renewable energy and electricity concepts. For examples of existing teacher-generated lessons, review our online educator library. Participants in the Educator Lab may also be invited to present their developed lesson plans at teacher professional development conferences as opportunities arise.

To support this development work, participating teachers will receive:

  • Access to renewable energy content specialists
  • Supportive peer review and feedback of developing lessons
  • $5,000 stipend to develop and test lessons
  • Up to $500 in materials for summer testing phase
  • Up to $1,000 in materials for implementing their lesson in the classroom
  • Up to $2,000 in materials for testing and implementing up to two additional lessons



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RFP Requirements

The Renewable Energy Educator Lab is a yearlong, collaborative professional development opportunity that runs from June 2016 through June 2017. Throughout the year, there will be a minimum of five (5) MANDATORY in-person collaborative work sessions at the BEF office located in downtown Portland. These sessions function as an opportunity for the teacher group to meet, collaborate, discuss, test, and peer review each other’s proposed units. This type of collaboration among teachers is a critical part of what makes this program unique, valuable, and effective


BEF is soliciting proposals from educators who operate in Kindergarten – 12th grade classroom setting. Any educator currently working with students in a public or private K-12 school who is interested in participating and able to fully participate in the program is encouraged to submit a proposal for consideration. Since the five group sessions all take place at the BEF office in Portland, Oregon, applicants should consider this in their decision to apply. Preference will be given to candidates who have not yet participated in the program.

If you have questions about your eligibility for this program, please contact Parker Mullins or call 503-553-3950.

Submittal Requirements

  • BEF Solar 4R Schools will only accept electronic proposals via email.
  • Proposals are due May 30th, 2016 by 11:59 pm.
  • Proposals should be emailed to Solar 4R Schools
  • Proposals should be submitted as an email with attachments as either .pdf or .doc files.