National Grid Foundation - Teaching Green Institute Grant Program (TGI)

Please note that due to the current meeting restrictions, the National Grid Foundation Teaching Green Summer Institutes will be conducted "live" online using Canvas and Zoom. You will be able to take the institutes using any type of device that has internet access: PC, Mac, tablet, even a smartphone. Details for taking the institutes online will be emailed to you after you register.

The National Grid Foundation Teaching Green Institute

Grant and Institute Background
Molloy College and the National Grid Foundation continue an innovative institute that was founded in 2011: The Molloy College: National Grid Foundation Teaching Green Institute (TGI). TGI is designed to train middle school and high school teachers in environmental issues and to provide suggestions on incorporating environmentally focused curricula into their classrooms.

Molloy College, already well-known for its expertise in teacher training, will tap its Sustainability Institute staff to act as guest lecturers to supplement education and science professors for TGI. The instructors will focus on such topics as global warming and its local challenges, clean energy solutions on Long Island and reducing toxins in your daily environment.

The TGI Grant has been aproved!
Two institutes will be offered for 2021, one for middle school teachers and one for high school teachers. The Institutes will be offered June 28 - July 1, 2021 Monday-Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day. However,  due to the current meeting restrictions, the institutes will be conducted as a "live" online course through Zoom. They will be held at the same dates and times as indicated in the schedule. Teachers will be able to take the seminar using any type of device that has internet access: PC, Mac, tablet, even a smartphone. The outline will remain pretty much the same as when it was designed as a classroom course. The only major change is that there will not be any group field trips.  The faculty member will conduct the course as they normally would. The class lectures will be in real time and: any PowerPoints, videos, handouts, etc. that are present on the instructors screen would also be seen by the participants. Participants can ask questions and participate in real time as they would in a classroom course. If the participants have a video camera they can see the instructor, as well as other students in the class. There is a "library" feature that all the participants will have access to where the faculty member can upload any handouts or reference material. There is also a  "Breakout" feature, where the faculty member can sort the teachers up into as many as six separate groups for interactive collaboration.

The Institutes may be taken as a 3 credit graduate course or on a non-credit basis. The institutes offered in 2021 will cover new topics not covered in the 2020 institutes.

Scholarships
We will offer up to 45 scholarships ranging from full scholarships to partial scholarships. Special consideration will be given to teachers from underserved communities, from schools/districts in need of improvement or from low-moderate income communities. The program will be open to public and private school teachers on Long Island, Brooklyn, Staten Island and parts of Queens as well as some upstate communities served by National Grid.

Teachers will need to complete a short one-page google form application. 

Teaching Green Institute Descriptions and Schedule
Two Teaching Green Institutes will be offered this summer on the following schedule:

June 28 -  July 1, 2021; 8 am - 4:00 pm

EDU 5900.18: Going Green Saves You Green! Teaching Sustainability in the Middle School Classroom, Paul Zaratin
(click here for syllabus)

EDU 5900.19: Teaching Sustainability in the High School Classroom, Eric Powers  (click here for syllabus)

Please note that the institutes offered this year will cover new topics not covered in the 2020 institutes.


Tuition and Fees, Application and Registration Procedures

The tuition and fees for a 3-credit course is normally $3,465. Molloy College will discount the tuition by $2,565 and the National Grid Foundation - Teaching Green Institute will provide grants ranging from $900 to $300 per teacher. The final cost to the teacher will be either be no cost, $300 or $600, depending upon the grant amount awarded, to take one of the 2021 TGI Summer Institutes for graduate credit.

The tuition and fees for 2 in-service credits is usually $695. The National Grid Foundation - Teaching Green Institute will provide grants ranging from $495 to $300 per teacher. The final cost to the teacher will be either be no cost, $200 or $300, depending upon the grant amount awarded, to take one of the 2019 TGI Summer Institutes for in-service credit.

Applications will be accepted starting on March 24, 2021 and will continue until June 1, 2021 (if seats are still available). Teachers will be notified of their acceptance in the program and their scholarship amount starting on May 21, 2021 by email.  Please note: special consideration will be given to teachers who come from schools with a 25% or higher free/reduced lunch percentage, schools/districts in need of improvement, districts/schools with a high minority population and/or schools/districts in low-moderate income communities.

Special consideration will also be given to teachers in one of the above categories who have not been given a TGI grant in the past.  To help insure that we have teachers from as many LI school districts as possible we are limiting, for the time being, the number of teachers from one district to (2) two teachers. However, teachers should still apply for the grant even if more than (2) two teachers have applied from their district.  If by June 1, 2021 we still have scholarships available, we will award those scholarships to teachers who are on the waiting list, regardless of the number of scholarships that have been awarded to a particular district.

Please click here to  complete the 2021 National Grid Foundation - Teaching Green Institute application form. 

Questions?
If you should have any questions concerning the Institutes or the grant, contact: Alina Haitz by e-mail at ahaitz@molloy.edu for more information.

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