Co-Mo Electric Cooperative is helping educate educators about energy.
The cooperative will select two teachers from schools in its service territory to attend a two-day class in August at the University of Missouri that focuses on everything from energy basics to the economics of energy production. The class, called "Energy in Today's Classroom," is designed for middle school and high school teachers to give them factual information to bring back to their students.
In return for their two-day commitment Aug. 6-7, teachers receive one graduate credit. An additional credit will be given upon completion of an additional project assigned by the instructor. Co-Mo is picking up all costs associated with the class.
"There is so much information out there about energy, the economics behind its production and distribution, and also electricity in general that our teachers and students hear about from a variety of sources. Unfortunately, a lot of it isn't exactly balanced or thorough," said Co-Mo CEO/General Manager Ken Johnson, a driving force behind the creation of this course. "We're happy to have formed this alliance with the University of Missouri and developed a curriculum that gives a more balanced look at energy and electricity."
The course will be taught by University of Missouri Agriculture Systems Management Professor Dr. Leon Schumacher. It will feature guest instructors from area electric cooperatives, Ameren Missouri and the University of Missouri and will end with a tour of the university's power generation plant.
Each of Missouri's eight mid-state cooperatives will select two teachers to attend the inaugural class. Co-Mo has notified the middle and high school principals of each of the schools in its service territory of the opportunity and is asking them to nominate teachers who would benefit most from the class. Applications may also be found at the cooperative's website (co-mo.coop) and at either of its offices. Applications are due by June 27, and selections will be made the following week.
"We have such tremendous educators in our service territory who do amazing things with our children," Johnson said. "This course will give them a variety of new tools in their toolbox to do even more."
It will also leave them with a box of instructional materials to take back to their classrooms to help them put what they learned into practice, in addition to the continuing education credit required for most educators.
For more information, see co-mo.coop or contact Co-Mo Communications Manager John Agliata at (800) 781-0157.