The Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) was created to promote energy education in Wisconsin. KEEP is the product of an innovative public private partnership between educators and energy professionals. The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE) launched this effort in 1995.
To date, KEEP has successfully reached thousands of teachers throughout the state with its graduate-level in-service courses and high quality materials. These resources have helped increase the quality and quantity of energy education for thousands of K-12 students in Wisconsin.”
The KEEP program is valuable in the state of Wisconsin. It provides Wisconsin specific energy education training that teachers across this state would not otherwise receive. The KEEP program funding is potentially being cut in the very near future. This will be a devastating loss to environmental education in the state of Wisconsin. WAEE is in full support of the KEEP program and is doing whatever we can to help ensure that the funding for this program continues.
As WAEE members we wanted to keep you informed of what was going on with the KEEP program. We know many of you have been involved with the KEEP program, attended a KEEP training or possibly a presentation at a WAEE conference lead by KEEP instructors. There is no better way to fill you in on what is going on than by sharing with you a letter from the KEEP director, Jennie Lane:
“Dear Energy Education Supporters:
The Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) was designed by Wisconsin educators and energy resource managers forWisconsin educators and their students. Being a state-based program, KEEP has built an extensive energy education network among Wisconsin teachers, administrators, and others in the educational community. These connections help us gain insights into how to inspire learning so students and teachers take action and become accountable for our energy future. Thank you for being a part of this network and for all you have done to educate students about energy.
Key players in the state of Wisconsin will soon be making decisions about K-12 energy education in Wisconsin schools. The contract for funding KEEP through Focus on Energy officially ends May 31, 2012; beyond this date, KEEP as you know it will likely cease to exist. We want to ensure the future of KEEP so that you continue to receive the resources and support you need to continue energy education efforts. We encourage you to make your opinion be heard by expressing the importance of promoting state-based energy education to key decision makers in the state. In particular, if there are support services and materials your students benefited from through KEEP that will help the state save energy and money, please let them know.
We realize you are extremely busy, so we greatly appreciate the time you take to write and mail a letter to one of the following (or both) entities before the end of March.”
“People who will be making decisions about KEEP funding and who would benefit from hear from you are:
The Honorable Phil Montgomery, Chairperson
The Honorable Eric Callisto, Commissioner
Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
610 Whitney Way
P.O. Box 7854
Madison, WI 53707-7854
William S. Haas, LEED AP
Director, Energy Programs
Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure Group
444 N. Wells, Suite 602
Chicago, IL 60654”
“Thank you. It has been a truly rewarding pleasure providing teachers in Wisconsin energy education services for the past 16 years.”
Jennie Lane, PhD
Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program
For more information about the KEEP program visit their website at http://www4.uwsp.edu/cnr/wcee/keep/