Teach For the Ocean Educators Summit

The Ocean Foundation invites educators from all backgrounds in the Washington, DC, MD, and VA area, as well as students pursuing a career in education, to learn about ocean conservation and policy, engage in dialogue, build a career network pipeline, and receive professional development training to improve ocean literacy and benefit the health of Chesapeake Bay.

All types of current and future educators are encouraged to attend, including informal educators, K-12 classroom teachers, interpretive guides, science communicators, professors, and others. Educators from all backgrounds, career stages, and disciplines are welcome. Current students who are pursuing postsecondary education in any field related to teaching are also welcome to attend, such as ocean or environmental education, childhood education, primary/secondary education, physical education, special education, educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, and other relevant subject areas.

DATE: Tuesday, June 4, 2024
(There is no school this day for Washington, DC Public Schools)

TIME: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

LOCATION: Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (1000 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560)

Summit participants will receive professional development training focused on:

  1. Watershed Dynamics & Pollution Prevention for Chesapeake Bay Communities
  2. Incorporating & Communicating the Ocean Literacy Principles to Diverse Audiences
  3. Ocean Conservation Behavior, Decision-Making, & Action

The event is free of charge but registration is required. Lunch & beverages will be provided.

Draft Agenda:

10:00-10:30Check-In & Informal Networking (Complimentary coffee & continental breakfast)
10:30-10:45Welcome Remarks
10:45-11:45Panel Presentation & Audience Q&A
12:00-12:40Professional Development Training (Module 1)
12:40-2:10Lunch & Self-Guided Museum Tour (Meal vouchers provided free of charge)
2:10-2:50Professional Development Training (Module 2)
2:50-3:20Group Activity (Reference materials provided)
3:30-4:10Professional Development Training (Module 3)
4:10-4:15Closing Remarks
4:15-5:00Networking Reception (Complimentary beer & wine for ages 21+)

Speakers to be announced soon!

About the Teach For the Ocean Initiative

The Ocean Foundation’s Teach For the Ocean Initiative bridges the knowledge-to-action gap by shifting the way we teach about the ocean into tools and techniques that encourage new patterns and habits for the ocean.  

By providing training modules, information and networking resources, and mentorship services, we support our community of marine educators as they work together to advance their approach to teaching and develop their intentional practice to deliver sustained behavior change.