The professional development offerings provide opportunities for teachers and other educators to engage in learning more about ocean exploration. They are designed to introduce participants to premiere ocean scientists/explorers and their research and explorations, and at the same time, provide exemplary tools and resources to enhance the teaching and learning of ocean science and NOAA endeavors in ocean exploration.
Onsite Teacher PD
Onsite teacher professional development workshops are offered at NOAA's Ocean Exploration Program Alliance partners nationwide. Currently these workshops focus on the Ocean Exploration Web site and train teachers in the use of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, V1: Why Do We Explore?, and V2: How Do We Explore?. These one-day long professional development offerings help build regional cadres of ocean exploration teacher leaders.
Online Teacher PD
In 2009, NOAA's Ocean Exploration Program developed a new series of online teacher workshops in conjunction with the commissioning of the Okeanos Explorer, the nation’s first ship solely dedicated to ocean exploration. Through workshops on why we explore and how we explore, participants join NOAA as we begin a new era in ocean exploration and education.
Here you will find links to useful teaching resources, many of which are covered during our teacher professional development workshops and online courses.
NOAA's Ocean Exploration Program has developed alliances with aquariums and science centers across the country. Via a group of trained Ocean Exploration program facilitators, these locations provide two onsite professional development offeringsto teachers each year.