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Solar Renewable Energy

  1. Interstate Renewable Energy Council: Solar Energy Education and Training Best Practices
  2. Four Energy: Energy Resources for Educators, Green Academy Curriculum
  3. US DOE Solar Multi-media:

Energy Efficiency

  1. PGE: PEAK Energy Curriculum - teaches students to become Smart Energy Managers
  2. PGE: Energenius (k-8) Educational Resources 
  3. Alliance to Save Energy, Curriculum:
  4. California Education and the Environment Initiative:
  5. Green Schools Initiative: Downloadable Energy Audit Worksheets
  6. Strategic Energy Innovation: Curriculum (Not Free)

​​Free Online Benchmarking Tool, Calculators, and Reference Materials:

1. Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager – Benchmarking Tool

2. CoolCalcs – Manual J Calculator (heating and cooling calculations)

3. Energy Information Administration Kids - Energy Calculators

4. National Renewable Energy Labs: PV Watts – Solar production calculator

5. US Environmental Protection Agency – Describes calculations used to convert Greenhouse Gas Emission numbers into different types of equivalent units.

6. Energy Design Resource – the encyclopedia for energy efficiency design resources


Math Assessment Project

MARS Tasks

These formative performance assessment tasks are from the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS), a project of UC Berkeley, Michigan State, and the Shell Centre in Nottingham England. The MARS assessment tasks target grades 2-8 and each task comes with a rubric. High school courses have also been added.

The tasks provide a platform for professional development in schools and districts as they transition to the Common Core State Standards. The tasks can be used to promote discussion about student work and real performance data.

MARS Tasks by Grade Level
Fifth Grade (pdf)
Sixth Grade (pdf)
Seventh Grade (pdf)
Eighth Grade (pdf)
High School Course 1 (pdf)
High School Course 2 (pdf)

Resource Links

Achieve the Core | Link
This site provides free, high-quality resources for educators implementing the Common Core State Standards.

Illustrative Mathematics | Link
Illustrative Mathematics illustrates the range and types of mathematical work that students experience via the Common Core State Standards and provides access to tools that support standards implementation.

Inside Mathematics | Link
This site features classroom examples of innovative teaching methods and insights into student learning, tools for mathematics instruction that teachers can use immediately, and video tours of the ideas and materials on the site.

Math Reasoning Inventory (MRI) | Link
MRI is an online formative assessment tool designed to make teachers’ classroom instruction more effective. The MRI questions focus on numbers and operations, based on the Common Core State Standards prior to sixth grade.

Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP) | Link
The Mathematics Assessment Project is working to design and develop well-engineered assessment tools to support schools in implementing the Common Core State Standards.

Progression Documents for the Common Core Math Standards | Link
The University of Arizona’s Institute for Mathematics and Education have developed these narrative documents describing the progression of a topic across a number of grade levels, informed both by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics.

Sense-Making in Mathematics | Link
This website from Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) is a synthesis of conversations with teachers, videos of teaching mathematics, and curriculum recommendations for a more thinking-oriented rigorous approach to middle school mathematics.