Oceans are essential to life on Earth. They cover nearly three-quarters of the earth’s surface, hold almost all of the planet’s water, and produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere. Yet school science curricula often do not cover ocean science. Lisa Lawrence and Carol Hopper Brill hope to change this with a one-week field course for secondary science teachers conducted at the VIMS Eastern Shore Laboratory in Wachapreague, VA. The course is designed to create ocean literate teachers that use research-based examples to incorporate ocean and coastal sciences in their instruction. Instructors will include GK12 Graduate Fellows who can benefit from the opportunity to gain broader experience in communicating science to non-scientific audiences.
Project details: Lisa Lawrence, Carol Hopper Brill (VIMS). Collaborative Professional Development: Scientists and Educators Learning from One Another.