For Immediate Release: March 21, 2014
SMUD Honors High School Teachers
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More than two dozen teachers were honored by SMUD for participating in the pilot program Energy, Science and Engineering Academy (ESEA). The teachers from Rosemont High School and the School of Engineering and Sciences, tie energy-related learning into their English, social sciences and math classes. Nearly 600 students in the two schools are participating.
Effort designed to help students develop career choices by learning energy technology in core courses
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) honored 29 teachers from two local high schools who are teaching students about energy using linked learning curriculum. SMUD believes the curriculum will help increase students' interest in energy and related careers in engineering and technology. The teachers were honored by SMUD General Manager and CEO John Di Stasio at a SMUD Board of Directors' meeting.
The new pilot program is called Energy, Science and Engineering Academy (ESEA). The teachers from Rosemont High School and the School of Engineering and Sciences, both in the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD), tie energy-related learning into their English, social sciences and math classes. Nearly 600 students in the two schools are participating.
SMUD partnered with Sacramento State University and SCUSD in the effort. The curriculum was implemented this current school year. Last summer, 29 teachers participated in Sacramento State University's “summer institute,” a workshop designed to help teachers develop knowledge in energy-related issues. They are now able to build energy-related projects into the core courses they teach their students. The summer institute was very successful with teachers learning from SMUD and other industry subject matter experts. The SMUD experts also provided contacts in the energy industry for teachers to continue ongoing networking.
The School of Engineering and Sciences is now an ESEA. Twenty-one teachers and 525 students, grades 7-12, are involved in the new learning. Eight teachers and 34 ninth graders at Rosemont are participating. Both schools are also offering the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) Energy Industry Fundamentals course.
As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 65 years to Sacramento County (and a small portion of Placer County). SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD is the first large California utility to receive more than 20 percent of its energy from renewable resources.