NSF TEACH! SouthCoast Ocean Academy:
A partnership between UMass Dartmouth / CUSP and the Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport
The Ocean Explorium’s National Science Foundation Ocean Academy
The Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport serves to educate as we entertain to foster scientific research and awareness of our ocean and to generate employment opportunities and economic development for Southeastern Massachusetts with a focus on underserved schools and teachers of culturally diverse classrooms. The work of its National Science Foundation (NSF) TEACH! SouthCoast Ocean Academy is centered on creating learning experiences that promote inquiry, critical thinking and understanding of the ways the natural systems, especially the ocean, shape and influence social systems. The Ocean Academy promotes a sense of pride of place and stewardship while seeking connections using interdisciplinary integrated curricula. Programs are assessment based, grounded in research and aligned with curriculum and education standards. By connecting resources and creating a community among partners, the Ocean Explorium and its Ocean Academy can offer educators professional development along the career continuum, including professional development PDP programs as well as credit bearing options that model best practices. Ocean Academy programs and research support teachers in their efforts to provide all of their students with opportunities to achieve at high levels. The Ocean Explorium’s NSF TEACH! SouthCoast Ocean Academy exemplifies the best of networking through partnerships with UMass Dartmouth, Center for University and School Partnerships on successful efforts to bring relevant, content rich, teacher professional development to the SouthCoast.
The Ocean Academy programs are open to teachers in New Bedford, Fall River and Wareham. For more information contact Ellen Dion at firstname.lastname@example.org