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ABE Clean Energy Ambassadors Curriculum Resource Guide

The Clean Energy Ambassadors Curriculum Resource Guide is a collection of materials, lessons and activities that adult educators can use to integrate clean energy concepts into their curricula.
Author(s): 
Sandy Goodman
Alex Risley Schroeder
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
World Education, Inc.
Finding Earth Works
Published: 
2013
Resource Type: 
Product
Number of Pages: 
148
Product Type: 
Abstract: 

The Clean Energy Ambassadors Curriculum Resource Guide is a collection of materials, lessons and activities that adult educators can use to integrate clean energy concepts into their curricula. The guide was initially developed for adult educators from eight Massachusetts ABE programs participating in the ABE Clean Energy Ambassadors Project, funded with a Workforce Capacity Grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and additional support from World Education, Inc.

The ABE Clean Energy Ambassadors project was designed to strengthen the on-ramp to clean energy occupations for Massachusetts ABE students. Increasing the expertise of ABE teachers and counselors who work with ABE learners so that clean energy industries can be presented and investigated in the context of ABE instruction and counseling gives learners essential information about job prospects and requirements, training, and career pathways. The value of this on-ramp can’t be underestimated: the shift that clean energy will create in our economy will require all citizens to know and understand these changes.

This guide gathers relevant resources, some of which were used by participating teachers and counselors to develop lesson sequences suitable in ABE/ESOL/GED classrooms. Following these annotated resources are examples of the ways the clean energy materials might be used to teach a variety of subjects: Career Exploration; Math, Science and Language Arts; and GED Preparation, and issues related to home and work. Next comes a collection of lessons, activities and approaches developed by participating ABE Clean Energy Ambassadors, teachers and counselors involved in this project.

What the Experts Say: 

This resource is lengthy. Anyone using it will do well to have a goal in mind since the annotated resources used in each plan are many! The lesson plans and suggested activities can give instructors quick access to instructional materials that integrate occupational concepts and vocabulary from the clean-energy industry in a variety of engaging ways and at different reading levels. As students reinforce academic skills, they can also become more environmentally aware and responsible. They are also taught to use clean energy to save money in their personal lives. Users will need to pick and choose, but the offerings provide quality resources from which to select. Note that some external links may be broken.

This is an outstanding resource guide for instructors working in setting of ABE/ASE/ESOL/Career Pathways. The subject of clean energy resources is timely, current, and applicable to jobs. The resources are annotated, the lesson sequence examples are specific and ready to use in instructional settings, and the overall guide provides a great model of ways in which current topics and career-related subjects can be the basis for development of skills of critical reading, writing, numeracy, listening, and speaking.

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