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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*

260959

WORKSHOP AND CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS

542

GRADUATES EMPLOYED IN DEGREE FIELD

13930

EDUCATORS TRAINED

897872

K-12 STUDENTS REACHED

*Metrics reported in June 2019 for work conducted February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019. 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


Kanesa Duncan Seraphin

Director, Center for Marine Science Education, Hawai'i Sea Grant - Kanesa is producer and host of the Voice of the Sea television series, communicating ocean science educator, and curriculum developer for Exploring Our Fluid Earth (Grades 6-12) and Sea-Earth-Atmosphere (Grades 3-4-5). 


"The ocean is our source of life, recreation, culture, and discovery. We help share the stories of experts throughout the Pacific region and beyond—connecting communities of residents, educators, learners, researchers, and visitors."

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."

Linda Chilton

Education Programs Manager, University of Southern California Sea Grant - Linda Chilton is the USC Sea Grant Education Programs Manager. She is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating a wide range of educational program and citizen science initiatives focusing on students, teachers and communities.  She is a co-instructor for the LA Coastal California Naturalist Program.


"We strengthen our education efforts by partnering to integrate traditional ecological knowledge and local knowledge in our work."

Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development Stories and News

Pathways to marine policy: Knauss Fellows build on past experiences with NOAA

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Pathways to marine policy: Knauss Fellows build on past experiences with NOAA

In February 2021, the 42nd class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship will begin fellowships across NOAA and other federal agencies to make their mark on national ocean and coastal policy and administration. While the experiences and backgrounds of each class are quite diverse, many selected fellows build on educational experiences offered by NOAA earlier in their careers.

12 weeks, thousands of kids: How NOAA Live! connected students to science at home

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12 weeks, thousands of kids: How NOAA Live! connected students to science at home

When Nicole Bartlett with NOAA’s Regional Collaboration network reached out to Grace Simpkins, an educator with Woods Hole Sea Grant, to ask about offering a webinar for students during the stay-at-home orders, Grace initially wanted to keep things simple. “Maybe [we can offer] one webinar,” she thought. “Okay, maybe three...” Twelve weeks and 35 webinars later, the NOAA Live! 4 Kids series had reached 4,900 live participants, providing opportunities for kids across the country and around the world to interact with scientists and learn about careers at NOAA.

Ten Weeks for a Formative Experience: Wisconsin Sea Grant offers adapted summer undergraduate internships

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Ten Weeks for a Formative Experience: Wisconsin Sea Grant offers adapted summer undergraduate internships

Ten weeks can be fleeting. Even though the days may pass quickly, they can be momentous ones. At Wisconsin Sea Grant this summer, the hope is that for eight undergraduates 70 days will be formative. The eight students are participating in an inaugural internship program targeted toward underserved and indigenous communities, rich in mentoring and, in three of the five opportunities, focused on tribal issues.  

Knauss Fellowship alum Catalina Martinez receives prestigious award for her work in diversity, equity and inclusion

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Knauss Fellowship alum Catalina Martinez receives prestigious award for her work in diversity, equity and inclusion

Catalina Martinez, a 2002 Knauss Fellow through Rhode Island Sea Grant, was one of six NOAA experts  recognized at the 2019 annual Women of Color in STEM conference. Martinez explains how the Knauss Fellowship paved the way for her 18-year career at NOAA.

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.

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