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Carpool and Room share at the 2014 Ocean Literacy Summit

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Attending the Ocean Literacy Summit?  

Help us have a green event: carpool or find a roommate!

This year’s Summit is at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA.  Rooms are available right at MBL for a great rate of $48 for double-occupancy. Correspond with other attendees by commenting on this post – and find a ride or share a room!

To comment, click on the headline above and a comment box will open below the post. See you at the Summit!

Environmental Literacy Plan Survey

Massachusetts is currently working on drafting an Environmental Literacy Plan which will present a unified and collaborative framework across sectors to support an environmentally literate citizenry.  While some states have ELPs that are designed just for K-12, Massachusetts has committed to developing a plan that is ‘Pre-K to gray’.

Please help create a shared vision across sectors.  The hope is that this survey will reach not only environmental educators and classroom teachers but all organization or community groups that have a stake in our natural resources.  This could be business, government, non-profits but also clubs or recreation groups.

Feel free to share this information with your networks in the state.

There is also a second survey for teens.

http://sageee.wordpress.com/ma-elp/

Educator Opportunity to Work with NNOCCI on Climate Change

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A Professional Development Opportunity: Application now open for Study Circles Fall 2014

For educators with an interest in climate change focused on ocean or coastal issues.

 

Visit www.neaq.org/NNOCCI  or www.nnocci.org for more information and to apply.  

Please encourage colleagues to apply and share with your own networks.

 

Contact  jevanswilent@neaq.org for more information

 

 

About the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI)

NNOCCI is a collaborative effort led by the New England Aquarium with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the FrameWorks Institute, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the New Knowledge Organization in partnership with Pennsylvania State University and the Ohio’s Center for Science and Industry.  With support from the NSF Climate Change Education Partnership program, NNOCCI’s goal is to establish a national network of professionals who are skilled in communicating climate science to the American public.

 

What is a Study Circle?
A NNOCCI Study Circle is a cross-disciplinary learning group made up of peers with expertise from fields of professional interpretation, climate and ocean sciences and communications and cultural sciences. Through a series of facilitated in-person meetings, webinars, conference calls and practical activities, participants build knowledge of ocean and climate science and communications and cultural sciences. They apply lessons learned to communications or educational opportunities in the context of their work environment through several cycles of development, practice, sharing and reflection. Visit www.nnocci.org for more information!

 

Aquariums and Climate Coalition Launch Climate Interpreter Website

The Aquariums and Climate Coalition has established a new web site (www.climateinterpreter.org) for building capacity among informal science educators/interpreters for communicating about climate change to public audiences. Although this work was initially focused only on personnel working at aquariums, the high level of interest and participation from individuals working at other types of organizations (non-profit, government, etc.) has resulted in re-inventing their original web portal for this broader audience.

The web site features past webinars as well as links to salient resources related to communicating about climate change with audiences in informal/non-formal settings.

Coming up on November 2nd, there will be a webinar entitled, “Addressing Climate Change with Children and Youth”. There is no cost to attend this webinar, but you will want to visit their web site to ensure your computer is set up to access it.

Here’s more information on that upcoming webinar:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
10:00 am – 11:15 am PDT

Join David Sobel, author of Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education, Tamara Schwarz of the Chabot Space and Science Center, and Nancy Hotchkiss of the National Aquarium in Baltimore for a lively conversation about communicating climate messages to children and families. We will discuss a range of issues and techniques that are developmentally appropriate for children of different ages, and learn from two coalition members who are putting theory into practice through exhibits, informal education programs, and youth training activities.

Visit the Events page on Climate Interpreter for more details.

You will need to ensure that our webinar and online event software program is installed on your computer before you can join the event. Please follow the link below to a page on Climate Interpreter with instructions on how to login and run the required software. To avoid missing any of the event, please follow these steps in advance.
Click here for instructions on how to participate in this online event

Aquariums and Climate Coalition Launch Climate Interpreter Website

The Aquariums and Climate Coalition has established a new web site (www.climateinterpreter.org) for building capacity among informal science educators/interpreters for communicating about climate change to public audiences. Although this work was initially focused only on personnel working at aquariums, the high level of interest and participation from individuals working at other types of organizations (non-profit, government, etc.) has resulted in re-inventing their original web portal for this broader audience.

The web site features past webinars as well as links to salient resources related to communicating about climate change with audiences in informal/non-formal settings.

Coming up on November 2nd, there will be a webinar entitled, “Addressing Climate Change with Children and Youth”. There is no cost to attend this webinar, but you will want to visit their web site to ensure your computer is set up to access it.

Here’s more information on that upcoming webinar:

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
10:00 am – 11:15 am PDT

Join David Sobel, author of Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education, Tamara Schwarz of the Chabot Space and Science Center, and Nancy Hotchkiss of the National Aquarium in Baltimore for a lively conversation about communicating climate messages to children and families. We will discuss a range of issues and techniques that are developmentally appropriate for children of different ages, and learn from two coalition members who are putting theory into practice through exhibits, informal education programs, and youth training activities.

Visit the Events page on Climate Interpreter for more details.

You will need to ensure that our webinar and online event software program is installed on your computer before you can join the event. Please follow the link below to a page on Climate Interpreter with instructions on how to login and run the required software. To avoid missing any of the event, please follow these steps in advance.
Click here for instructions on how to participate in this online event

COSEE-TEK Announces Professional Development Institute for Educators

The Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence – Technology and Engineering for Knowledge (COSEE-TEK) announces a Professional Development Institute for Educators.

COSEE-TEK’s Teacher Ocean Technology Institute will be held at the University of Connecticut – Avery Point Campus, in Groton, CT on November 11-12, 2011. Lodging and meals will be provided as part of the institute.

COSEE-TEK is seeking teachers and informal educators to engage with their peers, scientists, graduate students and technicians to learn about ocean science technologies.

Interested educators should return the attached application or visit www.coseetek.net for more information.

COSEE-TEK – Flyer [PDF]
TOTI Application Form [PDF]

Educator Appreciation Night at NE Aquarium

This free event allows you to discover the educational programs the Aquarium and Simons IMAX Theatre have to offer. Education staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Light appetizers and beverages will be served. Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Early birds can arrive from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. for Duck Tours or a harbor cruise)

EVENTS
· Enjoy a harbor cruise
· Embark on a complimentary Duck Tour

· Catch a screening of Sea Rex 3D in our IMAX Theatre
· Experience a Giant Ocean Tank Talk in the Aquarium
· Plus much more!
All events are first-come, first-served.
RSVP is required.
Visit www.neaq.org/educators.

Once on the protected website, please complete the registration form. You will receive a confirmation email once you register.

Username: EAN
Password: 1234

Please RSVP no later than Monday, September 27, 2010. Registration is limited.

Questions? Call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206.

This event is for educators only. Please share this invitation with a colleague or bring a colleague as your guest. Discounted parking will be available at the Boston Harbor Garage.

Job Opportunities – Summer Science Teachers, MA

The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve seeks two summer educators:  one to co-direct a 6-week Summer Science School for children entering 2nd through 8th grade from July 5 through August 13; another to work with middle school-age campers conducting biomonitoring on local beaches and assisting with a variety of research and stewardship projects throughout the Reserve, part part of a regional project involving institutions throughout New England.  For more information and to apply, go to this link.

Educator Resource – Humboldt Squids

Squids4Kids supplies frozen specimens of Humboldt squid for use in educational activities at any level. The package includes illustrated background material and dissection guides. There is no charge, but an application and commitment to a follow-up survey are required, as is responsibility for shipping costs.The program is a collaboration between researchers at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University and NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service in Santa Cruz, CA; all squid are collected in conjunction with ongoing research or by sport fishermen who donate their excess catch.  Visit the website for more information, including more information about this species.  And if you’d like to sample before you order, consider attending BOAT CAMP’s workshop on 2/27/10.

Internships – Summer in North Carolina

The Bald Head Island Conservancy of southeastern North Carolina is offering four internship opportunities for Summer 2010,as Environmental Educators, Sea Turtle Conservationists, Kayak Guides, and Wildlife Naturalist.  The Intern Program is open to rising juniors, seniors or recent graduates from any accredited college or university, with majors in biology, marine biology, environmental science, education, or a related course of study.  Deadline for applications is 2/12/10.