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

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

Registration opens March 2024. Check back 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.