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Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development


Sea Grant works to create a diverse workforce trained in marine science, technology, engineering, mathematics, law and policy. Training programs and education materials help build an environmentally literate workforce that understands and utilizes best available science to make informed decisions.

 

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Delaware Sea Grant provides professional development workshops for teachers to improve ocean literacy in the classroom. (Photo credit: Christopher Katalinas, National Sea Grant Office)

 

 

SEA GRANT WORK IN ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY AND
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT RESULTED IN*

320500

WORKSHOP AND CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS

622

GRADUATES EMPLOYED IN DEGREE FIELD

500

NEW TOOLS DEVELOPED

798500

K-12 STUDENTS REACHED

*Metrics reported in July 2018 for work conducted February 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. Graduates employed = Sea Grant-supported graduates who become employed in a career related to their degree within two years of graduation. New tools = Sea Grant developed tools to improve Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development. K-12 students reached through Sea Grant education efforts.

Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development Featured Impacts

Meet Sea Grant Experts Enhancing 

Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development


Christopher Petrone

Marine Education Specialist, Delaware Sea Grant - Christopher works with students and teachers at all levels. His education programs span the topics of marine science, environmental science, renewable energy and climate change. 


"Teachers are getting different experiences and perspectives on the science we are doing in the state that they can then take back into the classroom."

Mark Wiley

Assistant Director for Marine Education, New Hampshire Sea Grant - Mark coordinates N.H. Sea Grant's marine education efforts and is also the director of the University of New Hampshire's marine docent program.


"I do the training of the new docents and really start them on that path...it's then other docents that provide them with the kind of experiences, wisdom and tips that make them really effective educators."

Paul Focazio

Director of Communications, New York Sea Grant - Paul oversees the development and production of New York Sea Grant publications and products, writes and edits NYSG's e-newsletters, sends press releases to media, and supervises Web development activities.


"Making science accessible and people aware of what we do and the importance of project findings and subsequent impacts is vital for the longevity and relevance of the program."

Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development Stories and News

Teaching Teachers

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Teaching Teachers

Ohio Sea Grant teacher education expands Lake Erie knowledge into classrooms across the region

By Christina Dierkes.

Ohio Sea Grant educators provide a wide range of professional learning experiences for teachers, from developing curriculum and teaching Stone Lab workshops to accompanying teachers from across the Great Lakes region in shipboard science workshops aboard the U.S. EPA’s Lake Guardian research vessel. Educators Lyndsey Manzo and Angela Greene have found new ways to help educators take what they learn back to the classroom, and that’s really the end goal of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab’s professional learning efforts. Every time just a few people pick up those lessons and run with them, those efforts reach so many more students than concentrated work by just Sea Grant staff ever could.

Pennsylvania Sea Grant Educates and Inspires Students and Adults through the Connect with Your Environment Newspaper Page

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Pennsylvania Sea Grant Educates and Inspires Students and Adults through the Connect with Your Environment Newspaper Page

Pennsylvania Sea Grant, in partnership with the Erie Times News, produces a weekly environmental newspaper page, as part of the national program Newspapers in Education. Stories about local, regional, and global environmental issues, research and educational programs reach students in classrooms throughout the Erie, PA school district each Tuesday during the school year.

New Jersey Sea Grant to Host Workshop on Fisheries Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

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New Jersey Sea Grant to Host Workshop on Fisheries Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

New Jersey Sea Grant and NOAA programs partner to offer professional development opportunities for undergraduate students.

NOAA recently awarded New Jersey Sea Grant funding to plan and host an event focused on workforce development for the field of fisheries population and ecosystem dynamics. The program is a partnership effort supported by Sea Grant, NOAA’s Office of Education and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) aimed at engaging undergraduate students in the specialized field of population and ecosystem dynamics, which combines science with mathematics for science-based management of U.S. fisheries.

Kids are educating parents on climate change...and parents are listening

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Kids are educating parents on climate change...and parents are listening

A new study from North Carolina State University shows that educating children about climate change affects parents as well. A pre- and post-survey showed that parents of children who had climate change curriculum were more concerned about climate . 

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