Educator Opportunity to Work with NNOCCI on Climate Change


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  or for more information and to apply.  

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


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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 for more information!


NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: Why Do We Explore? Professional Development for Educators of Grades 5-12

NOAA Office for Exploration invites educators of grades 5-12 to attend the introduction to Volume 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: Why Do We Explore?

Participants will learn how to use inquiry- and standards-based lessons and other online resources that guide classroom inquiries into several important reasons for ocean exploration including Climate Change, Energy, Ocean Health and Human Health. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore related JASON Project and Immersion Learning curriculum related to ocean exploration, experience the new Titanic exhibit and Ocean Exploration Center and participate in a Nautilus Live Theater show.

The workshop is a free event, and will be hosted in Mystic, Connecticut at Mystic Aquarium.

Registration is required and space is limited. Each participant will receive Volume 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, Why Do We Explore?, materials related to activities presented during the workshop, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, continental breakfast, and lunch.

Registration Deadline is April 27, 2012

To reserve your spot, contact Mystic Aquarium’s reservation department at 860-572-5955 x520 or

COSEE Ocean Systems and NEOSEC Workshop: Strategies for Engaging in Broader Impact Programs

On November 4th, 2011, the COSEE Ocean Systems and the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) will host a free workshop for New England area scientists, graduate students, and educational leaders on “Strategies for Engaging in Broader Impact Programs” which will take place at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The workshop will showcase a spectrum of broader impact programs for scientists to partner with formal and informal education programs as well as highlight best practices in partnering with these institutions based upon survey data and research. During the afternoon session, participants will engage in a professional development opportunity that focuses on collaboration and partnership strategies.

Dormitory-style lodging is available upon request at the reserve for a fee of $20. Lodgers must bring their own sheets, pillow, and towels. For dormitory reservations (required) please contact Sheri Proft at 508-457-0495 x100 or To register and/or for more information about the workshop on Strategies for Engaging in Broader Impact Programs please contact Kim Frashure via email at or by phone at 978-290-1857.

Agenda < Word Doc >

National Marine Educators Association Conference (NMEA) Wrap-up

New England was fortunate to host this year’s National Marine Educators Association Conference NMEA 2011!  The Massachusetts Chapter of NMEA, Massachusetts Marine Educators, organized and welcomed more than 350 educators and scientists from around the world to Northeastern University in Boston June 27 to July 3, 2011.

As is the case every year at an NMEA conference, three days of concurrent sessions provided a wealth of knowledge, resources and inspiration. These sessions and the committee meetings were part of the continued efforts of marine educators, both nationally and internationally, to create a more ocean literate society. All of the more than 130 workshops in 13 time slots shared different aspects of and ways to advance the Seven Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy among multiple audiences.

NEOSEC members volunteered to keep the conference running smoothly, and presented four sessions on Thursday and Friday, June 30 and July 1.  All were well-attended, with great questions and feedback from participants – especially those who took part in our “candy NaGISA” training as part of the Summer Science in New England presentation!  For presentation materials, check out these links:

Collaboration that Works:  Promoting Ocean Literacy in New England <pdf>

Get WET in New England:  Ocean Literacy through Watershed Education and Training <pdf>

Summer Science in New England:  Ocean Education through Informal Science Centers <prezi link for now>

Families by the Seaside: Building Community-based Outdoor Ocean Science Learning Experiences<link>

An exciting development came from a meeting of International Marine Educators on the Monday prior to the conference. The attendees devoted a great deal of time to identify logical and inexpensive means to spread the word across the Atlantic, within Europe. A small European chapter of NMEA is most likely in the works to facilitate the efforts already underway to promote ocean literacy in those countries.

Thanks to Bob Rocha for contributions to this post.

Professional Development: “The Seafloor Revealed: What Lies Beneath the Massachusetts Coastal Ocean?”


Federal and State Scientists to Hold Seafloor Mapping Demonstrations at the New Bedford Ocean Explorium

On Monday, July 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) are hosting The Seafloor Revealed: What Lies Beneath the Massachusetts Coastal Ocean? , a public meet & greet event at the Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, in New Bedford.

The exhibits and presentations at this event will illustrate the seafloor mapping work being conducted by USGS, CZM, and the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries (MarineFisheries). Scientists at the USGS Woods Hole campus are leaders in research in coastal and marine geology, seafloor mapping technology, geography, and the waters off the Massachusetts coast. CZM and MarineFisheries both played critical roles in the mapping work done to develop the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, the nation’s first comprehensive plan to protect critical marine resources and foster sustainable uses in the state’s ocean waters.

This free public event will feature a GeoWall, a 3D interactive display of bathymetric mapping data, as well as actual seafloor mapping instruments, posters, and handouts. In addition to the scientists that are available to take questions, short talks on mapping technology and applied uses of seafloor mapping data will be given at 11:00 a.m. and repeated at 1:00 p.m. Managers, scientists, fisherman, conservationists, educators, and the general public are invited to attend.

Although nearby street and parking lots are expected to be adequate, local residents are encouraged to walk or bicycle to the event. The Ocean Explorium is wheelchair accessible.

For more information, please visit

Professional Development: Curriculum Development Workshop

Calling all Science Educators! Educators of all grade levels are cordially invited to attend the (free!) COSEE-Ocean Systems Curriculum Development Workshop to be held at Colby College on July 19-21.   Please Note: Space is limited to 15 educators.  Don’t wait!  Apply now by completing a brief Survey Monkey application (click here). The deadline for completing the application is Friday, June 3rd.

Are you looking for new ideas for your existing programs or curriculum?  We have lined up an excellent group of scientists for you to work with on the first day of the workshop.  Please visit the following links to learn more about their research:
Damian Brady–Water quality impacts on organisms

William Ellis–Marine science, chemistry and aerosols

Jeffrey Runge–Zooplankton ecology and fisheries

Rebecca Van Beneden–Aquatic organism response to stress

Rhian Waller–Cold-water corals, deep-sea invertebrate reproduction

These scientists will work with you in small groups (3:1) to refine a cohesive story, based around a scientist-created concept map about one topic related to their work.  This is a chance to pool your collective expertise (as scientists and educators) and receive guidance and feedback about your ideas for building research-based content into your programs and curricula.  The scientists will also make recommendations for data sources that you could incorporate into your unit.  On subsequent days, graduate students will continue to work with you in refining your curriculum/program ideas.

Again: Apply now by completing a brief Survey Monkey application (click here).  The deadline for completing the application is Friday, June 3rd.  Your participation and insights will enrich this workshop and we look forward to working with you in July!

The COSEE-Ocean Systems Team

Professional Development Workshop at New Bedford Whaling Museum

“Schooling With Whales,” a Professional Development Workshop at the New Bedford Whaling Museum will be offered on the first weekend in April – Saturday, April 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday April 3 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This ten-hour professional development course, co-sponsored by the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS), will introduce teachers of grades 3-8 to whale/cetacean related topics which can be used to teach concepts prescribed by state science and mathematics frameworks.

For more information contact:

Robert C. Rocha, Jr.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Science Programs Manager

(508) 717-6849

How Do We Explore? An Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators

NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research Program Announces How Do We Explore? An Online Professional Development Workshop for Educators of All Grade Levels , January 24 – February 11, 2011 in partnership with the College of Exploration

Join NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) for the latest educator professional development opportunity based upon the voyages of NOAA’s new ship and America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration, the Okeanos Explorer. This offering introduces the second volume of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, How Do We Explore? Topics include searching for anomalies, selecting sites for exploration, communication tools, telepresence technology, mapping techniques, water column study and operating remotely-operated vehicles. This course contains inquiry-based lessons for all grade-levels, and facilitated online reflective conversations about how we approach the study of our largely unexplored ocean. The workshop is free for all participants and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Educators will have the option to receive one graduate extension credit ($100) or obtain a certificate of completion. Registration is open at

Professional Development Online from AMS Education

The American Meteorological Society is offering DataStreme-Ocean for grade 5-12 teachers. The course focuses on physical oceanography and looks at the movement of water and energy, properties of the oceans, human/marine life interactions, and climate change.  The use of online web sites is emphasized. Contact the representative from your state (all New England states are represented.) Information is available at:

Online PD: Seminars on Science at AMNH

Registration is open for two Spring sessions of Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History.  The courses are ONLINE and can be taken for up to 4 graduate credits each.  Courses run Jan – March OR March – April (whichever works best for you), and you can sign up now at . Courses include: Evolution; Earth: Inside and Out; The Ocean System; The Solar System, Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; The Diversity of Fishes, and Space, Time and Motion, as well as our newest course, Climate Change.  Since the courses are fully web-based, there is no need to come to the museum at any time and all courses are led by both an experienced classroom teacher and a PhD scientist in the field.   Registration for Session One closes January 10th.