Professional Development

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) professional development offerings provide opportunities for teachers and other educators to engage in learning more about ocean exploration. The offerings are designed to introduce participants to premiere ocean scientists/explorers and their research and explorations. At the same time, we provide exemplary tools and resources for the classroom to enhance the teaching and learning of ocean science and NOAA endeavors in ocean exploration. Onsite professional development workshops are offered around the country in cooperation with our Ocean Explorer Education Alliance Partners Online professional development is periodically offered in cooperation with the College of Exploration .

Onsite Teacher Professional Development

An essential component of the OER mission is to enhance ocean science literacy and enhance understanding why it is important to explore our little-known ocean world. To help fulfill this mission, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and their students to become engaged with expeditions and discoveries made by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer РAmerica’s first Federal ship dedicated to ocean exploration.

Educators are invited to join NOAA OER facilitators for Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA, a seven-hour professional development workshop at partner sites across the country. Participants will learn about the importance of ocean exploration and the advanced technological capabilities used to explore the deep ocean. The workshop will introduce standards-based, hands-on activities and online resources that guide classroom teaching and learning. Participation in this workshop is free for educators, but registration is required and space is limited.

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Online Teacher Professional Development

OER offers periodic online teacher workshops to provide educators with more in-depth studies into specific ocean science content through the context of ocean exploration.

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Webinars for Educators

Ocean Explorer Webinars for Educators are one-hour introductions to the science behind upcoming expeditions and associated Education Expedition Modules, lessons, and resources to enable teachers to bring Ocean Explorer expeditions alive in their classrooms.

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Education Email Updates

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research education listserv provides announcements on educator professional development workshops offered nationwide, ocean exploration expeditions and associated education materials, expedition webinars for educators, and more. Sign up here.

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OER Education Facebook Page 

The OER Facebook page helps formal and informal educators incorporate the excitement and wonder of ocean exploration and amazing new discoveries into their classrooms by keeping educators in the know about the latest OER education content and products, upcoming professional development workshops and other opportunities, and expeditions and ocean exploration highlights. It is also a place where educators can collaborate and talk to each other and ask questions.

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Additional Resources

Here you will find links to useful teaching resources, many of which are covered during our teacher professional development workshops and online courses.

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Education Alliances

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research 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 offerings to teachers each year.

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