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DRI’s GreenPower hosts teacher training March 2

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Forty-five teachers will have the opportunity to participate in the 5th Annual GreenPower Teacher Training workshop this Saturday at the Desert Research Institute.

When: Saturday March 2nd, 2013

Time: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Where: DRI Reno Campus, 2215 Raggio Pkwy, Reno, NV

Interview Opportunities: GreenPower and Teachers

Potential Video: Hands-on workshops, training, and overall learning environment

Teachers from the Washoe County School District will have the chance to expand their current knowledge base through a hands-on workshop environment.

Some of the highlights will include community organization offerings, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focused workshops, teacher led workshops, and Community Partnership opportunities.

Recently Harry Reid, U.S. Senate Majority Leader, highlighted GreenPower and DRI’s efforts to the Nevada Legislature. He said this positive program is an example of how partnerships can create success for both students and teachers in the K-12 system.

“In Nevada, the Desert Research Institute offers free professional development and training for teachers who want to learn about environmental and climate science. DRI has trained 800 teachers from 134 schools in 10 Nevada counties. The Institute also sends teachers “green boxes” – hands-on, science projects they can use in the classroom, with all the supplies from cotton balls to glue,” Senator Reid said in his speech.

Amelia Gulling, GreenPower’s Administrator says this training is a great opportunity to have many partners involved to help administer this workshop. “It’s exciting to bring our amazing community partners together to showcase and share the opportunities out there for our educators.”

Additionally, NV Energy in collaboration with GreenPower will host an electric car demo as part of the overall training to show teachers how it works. The demonstration will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in DRI’s parking lot.

GreenPower specifically is a nonprofit that has established a partnership between DRI and NV Energy. They strive to help Nevada’s K-12 educators teach their students about renewable energy, conservation, and sustainability.

Gulling says one of the greatest aspects about the training this year is that more teachers than expected signed up and 80 percent of those teachers will be participating in this workshop for the very first time.

“To see so many of the teachers participating in this workshop is absolutely fantastic,” Gulling said. “We had a successful workshop in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, and I know the training in Reno will be another success.”

Through a community collaborative environment, GreenPower is able to offer this workshop for teachers for free. Overall, it will give teachers a day of in-service training to take knowledge back to their classrooms.

To find out more about the Annual Teacher Trainings go to: www.dri.edu/greenpower-teacher-resources/workshops-training