NSF TEACH! SouthCoast Ocean Academy: A partnership between UMass Dartmouth / CUSP and the Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport

Upcoming Workshop

NSF TEACH! SouthCoast Ocean Academy

Technology/ Engineering MTEL Preparation  

 Four Tuesdays ; October 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2014 ~    from 4pm – 7pm

 Greater New Bedford Vocational/Technical High School : Room # G – 109

1121 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA

This program covers the Technology / Engineering Strands incorporating Learning Standards in Grade 6-8 and 9-10.  Participants will become familiar with the structure and content covered by the Tech/ Eng. MTEL tests and identify areas in which to focus their studies. The program evaluations will include; both pre and post tests, class lesson shares and a post evaluation curriculum survey and participants will earn 10 PDP’s upon completion of this program.


  • Joe Yarmac, Engineering and Technology Instructor at GNBVT, with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and with additional Tech. & Engineering experience in business, industry and teaching from grades 4 to 16+.
  • Stephen Vaitses, NSF Master Teaching Fellow; Physics Instructor at Diman Regional Voc-Tech with engineering experience in business and industry.


NSF requires that preference must be given to the participating schools in the districts of Fall River, New Bedford and Wareham. Teachers from other districts are still encouraged to apply.

Registration for this workshop series is closed. 10/7/14

Annette Brickley (abrickley at oceanexplorium.org) or by phone at 508-994-5400 x.11

 Coming soon:

“Math Fun, Part 2″– a 10 hour workshop series focused on MS and early HS math pedagogy and best practices.  Dates TBD.

Please contact Annette Brickley (abrickley at oceanexplorium.org ) if you would like to be notified about this opportunity.


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 edion@oceanexplorium.org