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Guest blog by Robert Rocha: A warm welcome

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Meg MarreroPlease join the NMEA President’s Chain and Nomination Committee in welcoming Linda Chilton, Laura Diederick, and Catherine Halversen back to the NMEA Board of Directors for a second term, and Steve Stewart to the Board for the first time. Our thanks to everyone who ran for a seat on the Board; we truly appreciate your dedication to NMEA. Congratulations to Meg Marrero as well, who will be our President-elect for 2017-18!

 

Thank you to both Lisa Ayers Lawrence for her behind-the-scenes work and to Lisa Tossey for posting the nominees’ information and photos to the ballot page. Finally, we extend our thanks to all of you who voted. This was truly a team effort.

 

Hope to see you in Charleston next week!

 

- Robert Rocha, NMEA Past-President

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Guest Blog by Tami Lunsford: Attending the Blue Vision Summit

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tami Lunsford at Blue SummitI was proud to represent National Marine Educators Association at the Blue Vision Summit in Washington D.C. on May 9-11. Thank you to all of the members who helped support the trip financially. It was a new foray for NMEA and we appreciate knowing that it was valued and considered a positive move by our members.

Blue Vision was an incredible event organized by Blue Frontier filled with informative sessions on the issues most pressing for our world ocean today, ideas on how to help improve those issues, and action on Capitol Hill. As I am from the small state of Delaware, I was able to join the delegation that met with individuals from all three of our legislators (two senators and one representative). It was empowering and inspirational to see the motivation of the individuals who traveled from across the US to participate in the event.

The highlight of the event for many of us was to see the youth engagement. Led primarily by our indomitable Sean Russell, the young people continue to show us all how they can use their energy, enthusiasm, insight, and passion to make a positive difference in the world.... many of them before they even graduate high school! Our work in convincing our national leaders about the value and importance of the ocean is clearly not over, but this was a strong positive step and I am honored to have been part of it through NMEA.

- Tami Lunsford, 2016-17 NMEA President

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From the Editor - Summer issue of Current is now available online for members

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer 2017 CurrentWe’re excited to bring you another general issue of Current featuring articles by NMEA members from all over the country and overseas to provide new ways to discover the “world of water.”

In this issue, you’ll find a variety of engaging articles and activities, including lessons on how research data in a classroom is supporting student’s learning of complex ecological concepts and improving STEM literacy, a look at a professional development program in Hawaii that explores misconceptions teachers have about ocean literacy, as well as many other exciting topics.

Please continue to send in your original manuscripts on research, lessons, resources, or strategies focused on marine education, including science, art, literature, and maritime history. The next deadline for submitting articles for consideration in the fall/winter 2017 general issue of Current is October 30, 2017. And don’t forget to stay connected to the NMEA by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Access the latest issue of Current—happy reading!

Interested in submitting an article to Current? Guidelines for submissions are available here >

Not a member yet? Join NMEA and receive access to Current, as well as all our other member benefits!

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Don't miss the Science Friday Cephaloparty at #NMEA17

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Science Friday logo

Did you hear? 

Public Radio International’s Science Friday will be joining us during our national conference at the end of this month! Their "Cephaloparty" will be held during the ticketed South Carolina Aquarium event on June 28 and will include cool giveaways!

The event will be exclusive to NMEA conference attendees - just be sure to add the ticket to your NMEA 2017 registration

Included in ticket cost of $85:
  o Transportation to and from the Aquarium
  o Food, drinks, dancing
  o Chance to make a Squid print
  o South Carolina Aquarium's octopus enrichment
  o Showings of cephalopod videos

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Guest Blog by Samantha Mackiewicz: World Oceans Day and youth engagement

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, May 8, 2017

World Oceans Day logoWorld Oceans Day is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Every June 8 thousands of people across the world take action for our oceans and celebrate their connection to the sea. Last year hundreds of organizations got involved by hosting World Oceans Day events. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to celebrate our oceans this year! The theme for World Oceans Day 2017 is “Our Oceans, Our Future,” with a conservation action focus on encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier future.

Youth engagement will also be a major focus this year. Youth make up nearly one-half of the world’s population. By supporting youth leaders, we are supporting the ocean leaders of the future. Through the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council and other collaborative youth leadership initiatives, youth are helping shape the development of World Oceans Day, providing new and unique perspectives, ideas, and recommendations that help us, individually and collectively, expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day.

The World Oceans Day website serves as a central coordinating platform for World Oceans Day, with new free resources each year and inspiring ideas for everyone – no matter where you live – to celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8, and year-round. The World Oceans Day site also has a number of event ideas, merchandise and more. Submit your event to spread the word and let the world know how you’re celebrating! Sign up for the World Oceans Day newsletter to receive regular updates leading up to June 8. Together, let's continue to take action and inspire others to care for our oceans!

Follow @WorldOceansDay on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions - e-mail me here > 

- Samantha Mackiewicz, World Oceans Day Coordinator

Tags:  World Oceans Day; youth 

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Guest blog by Sean Russell: Join OCEARCH’s Chris Fischer for an NMEA Student Webinar

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, April 26, 2017

OCEARCH webinar

At NMEA, we’re working to inspire and support the next generation of marine science educators and conservationists. As part of this effort, we’re excited to announce our first NMEA Student Webinar will take place on Friday, May 5 at 2 p.m. EST and feature special guest, OCEARCH Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader, Chris Fischer. Through his presentation, Collaborative White Shark Science, Chris will share his experiences leading global shark research expeditions and OCEARCH’s work with scientists and students to drive shark conservation efforts. Individual students and classrooms are invited to join NMEA for this special, free presentation. To participate, please complete this sign-up form. Instructions for joining the webinar will be e-mailed to all registered participants in advance!

Chris is an ocean explorer who's led 25 global expeditions researching great white sharks, tiger sharks, and other apex predators to advance conservation, education, and public safety. Through socially innovative partnerships with Costa Sunglasses, YETI Coolers, Shell, Contender, Yamaha, SAFE Boats, and Landry’s Inc., OCEARCH travels the world enabling teams of regional and international scientists by providing them with 15 minutes of unprecedented hands-on access to mature sharks to conduct approximately 12 studies on each animal.

In 2013, Fischer launched the Global Shark Tracker website and mobile app, used by millions worldwide, as part of his vision for ultimate inclusion and open source sharing of data. In 2014 he announced a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum based on the Tracker, developed in partnership with Landry’s. Teachers have downloaded more than 3,900 lesson plans to date.

He’s appeared in 210 TV episodes on the National Geographic Channel, HISTORY, ESPN, and others. His work has generated 8 billion media impressions worldwide, furthering his mission of bringing the ocean into everyone’s lives.

Fischer is a recipient of The Explorers Club 2014 Lowell Thomas Medal for Imagination in Exploration, joining the ranks of the world’s greatest explorers. He is the Founding Chairman of OCEARCH, winner of the 2014 Nominet Trust 100 Award, recognizing the world’s 100 most inspiring examples of social innovation.

Working aboard the 126 ft. M/V OCEARCH vessel, 131 scientists from 70 institutions are generating unprecedented research data, filling critical knowledge gaps to save shark and human lives. More than 50 scientific papers are in process as a result.

Be sure to complete the registration form and join us for this special event!

- Sean Russell, NMEA Board of Directors

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Check your inbox for our spring newsletter

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Saturday, March 25, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Spring 2017 NewsletterOur spring newsletter is out!

It features an update on our participation in NSTA's 2018 and 2019 conferences and the latest on our annual NMEA17 conference, which will be held in Charleston, SC. It also provides updates on our winter ocean literacy webinar series and international ocean literacy efforts, as well as other news items and deadline reminders! 

Didn't see it in your inbox? No worries, you can access it here, and update your contact email or sign-up for future mailings here >

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NMEA at NSTA 2017 in Los Angeles and looking ahead to NSTA 2018

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, March 23, 2017
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Are you attending the annual National Science Teachers Association conference in Los Angeles next week? Don't miss our Share-a-thon and track of sessions on Thursday! 

You can find us at Petree Hall D in the Los Angeles Convention Center on March 30 and a quick view of our schedule is below. For more details, download our flyer

Also, are you thinking about attending or presenting at the 2018 NSTA Annual Conference in Atlanta next year? We will be hosting a "Track of Sessions" at the conference once again and we are hoping you will submit a proposal! Download this Word document for full details >

NMEA at NSTA 2017 - March 30 Schedule

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
A Whale of a Tale Share-A-Thon

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Aquaponics Toward Urban Sustainability, Linda Chilton

11:00 a.m. - Noon
Sharks4Kids, Leann Winn

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 
Teach Marine Biology instead of biology to NGSS & Common Core Standards, Mark Friedman

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Discovering the World of Aquaculture with K-5 students, Carla Scocchi, Laurie Bragg, Laura Wilson, and Sarah Sparks

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Tagging and Tracking Sharks – What’s your hypothesis?, Jessie Kastler

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. 
Students study the seas; in-classroom STEM oceanography projects inspire global awareness and science literacy, Dick Baldwin

 

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Guest Blog: International Ocean Literacy Survey update

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, March 20, 2017

We would like to provide everyone with an update on the progress we have made with the International Ocean Literacy Survey, and to once again thank everyone for their support and participation in this all-volunteer effort across 24 countries. 

We administered Version 2 of the survey last fall in order to test the survey items themselves to see if they functioned well individually and together as a survey. The survey was taken by almost 7,000 students ages 16-18 years old in 17 languages in 24 countries! We are impressed and optimistic at how well the survey performed.

The results in the infographic below are only for the Ocean Literacy knowledge portion of the survey. We are still analyzing the results for the attitude portion of the survey, and we will send those findings later this spring. (You can also download this infographic in PDF format here > )

OL Survey Infographic 1

OL Survey Infographic 2

OL Survey Infographic 3

Our next steps are:

  • If you helped us collect data by administering the survey in your country and would like to have access to your raw data, please contact us. We are currently working on developing a system to prep the data for you.
  • We will be convening an expert, international advisory panel to review and guide our efforts to ensure both the content validity and the statistical integrity of the work we are doing.
  • We will be revising and updating the survey based on the findings and the contributions from the advisory panel. Version 3 of the survey will be ready for the next round of testing by the beginning of the next academic year.

Again, we deeply appreciate everyone's help and are confident that together we will develop a valid, reliable, and valuable tool that can be used around the world to measure and inform our progress toward building an ocean literate society!

Craig Strang
Géraldine Fauville
Mac Cannady

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NMEA Ocean Literacy Committee hosts three-part winter webinar series on Ocean Literacy

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ocean Literacy guide

The NMEA Ocean Literacy Committee hosted a three-part webinar series this winter, with each webinar covering a different topic and the topics building on the one prior. Details for each webinar and links to recordings of them can be found below. 

Webinar 1: Exploring and Applying the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K–12

View a recording of this webinar here > 

This interactive webinar engaged participants in opportunities to explore the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K–12. It discussed how to apply these grade-level appropriate conceptual progressions, designed to increase Ocean Literacy, to the development of learning experiences and instructional materials for use in K–12 classrooms, informal environments, and professional learning opportunities for educators.

Presented by:

  • Catherine Halversen, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Craig Strang, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Lynn Tran, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Lynn Whitley, Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Southern California

Duration: 90 minutes

NOTE: During this webinar, it was suggested participants have ready access to a conceptual flow diagram that was investigated, a copy of which can be found here >

Webinar 2: Alignment of the Ocean Literacy Framework with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

View a recording of this webinar here > 

This webinar built participant's familiarity and understanding of the Ocean Literacy - NGSS alignment tool. It described why alignment of the Ocean Literacy Framework with NGSS is needed, and explained the rating scale used to describe the different relationships between the Ocean Literacy Principles and the Disciplinary Core Ideas that comprise the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants explored the alignment tool through the examination of particular grade bands, Ocean Literacy Principles and DCIs, along with the ratings explanations provided by a panel of experts.

Presented by: 

  • Sarah Pedamonte, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Craig Strang, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Lynn Whitley, Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Southern California

NOTE: During this webinar, we suggested participants have ready access to the alignment documents, as well as a copy of the NGSS and the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence.

Prior to this webinar, we recommended watching this video introduction to the NGSS in NSTA’s Learning Center if you are not familiar with the Next Generation Science Standards.

Duration: 60 minutes

Instructions for Viewers: 
Please note that at several points during this webinar you will want to pause the recording to explore the alignment documents yourself. The recorded webinar has been edited to eliminate the time periods when we gave participants an opportunity to review these documents before moving on to the next part of the presentation.

Webinar 3: Organizing for Ocean Literacy - Implementation at Different Scales

View a recording of this webinar here > 

This webinar provided examples of how educators, scientists, and policy makers have deployed the Ocean Literacy Framework and the Ocean Literacy/NGSS Alignment document. It focused on moving from ideas to impact by looking at examples of Ocean Literacy-inspired curricula, non-formal programs with a focus on Ocean Literacy, and how the alignment of NGSS with Ocean Literacy can be leveraged to support funding efforts, strategic planning activity, and teacher professional learning.

Presented by:

  • Kurt Holland, Lead Science Communicator, Broader Impacts West
  • Diana Payne, Connecticut Sea Grant
  • Sarah Schoedinger, NOAA Office of Education

Duration: 60 minutes 

Webinar organizers are interested in feedback on this webinar. After viewing it, please take a couple minutes to answer four brief questions.

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