On June 14-16, 2005, the Lignite Energy Council will conduct an education seminar
for 130 elementary and secondary teachers from Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota and North
The seminar, which will be held at Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND, will
provide teachers with the information and educational materials they need to teach their
students about how lignite is mined and used to produce electricity for homes, farms and
businesses in the Upper Midwest. In addition, the seminar covers lignite's economic impact
on the region, as well as important environmental issues affecting the lignite industry.
Since 1986, more than 1,900 teachers have attended the Lignite Energy
Councils teacher education seminar.
The teacher education seminar is sponsored by the Lignite Energy Council and The
American Coal Foundation, in cooperation with Bismarck State College and The Center for
Economic Education at the University of North Dakota.
Speakers & Tours:
seminar, teachers hear presentations
by educators, researchers and lignite industry representatives. One day is devoted to
touring mining operations, reclamation sites and coal conversion facilities. Question and
answer sessions in the classroom and on the tour give teachers the opportunity to find out
what they need to know for their individual classroom needs.
One graduate credit (economics) is available through the Center for Economic Education at the
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND.
To receive the credit, teachers must attend
all portions of the seminar and prepare lesson plans demonstrating how they will use the
seminar information and materials in their classrooms.
Teachers attending the seminar will receive lecture outlines on each presentation,
examples of lesson plans, classroom exercises, coal and ash samples, audiovisual
materials, and information on the facilities they tour. In addition, they also receive
resource guides listing publications and audiovisual materials available for energy
Lodging, Meals & Transportation:
Free lodging is provided in a Bismarck State College
dormitory (two people per room). Meals will be provided. Also, transportation will be
provided by the Lignite Energy Council for the tour of a mine, power plant and the Great
Plains Synfuels Plant.