Professional Development Opportunities

An essential component of NOAA Ocean Exploration’s mission is to enhance ocean science literacy and understanding of why it is important to explore our little-known ocean world. To help fulfill this mission, NOAA Ocean Exploration offers several professional learning opportunities for educators to dive deeper into ocean science and exploration topics.

Professional Development Workshops

Learn how to bring deep-sea topics alive in the classroom at one of our professional development workshops for educators (grades 6-12). Workshops introduce participants to ocean exploration tools and technologies, demonstrate a variety of hands-on lessons and student investigations designed to guide students’ sensemaking of deep-sea phenomena, and explore additional free, online ocean exploration education resources. Our professional development workshops are offered around the country in cooperation with our Education Alliance Partners. Learn more about our current workshops below:

Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA

Exploring the Deep Ocean with NOAA

Professional Development for Educators of Grades 6-12

Join our team and fellow educators at an Education Alliance Partner site nearest you for a full-day, in-person professional development workshop to learn about why and how we explore the deep sea. Together we will dive into hands-on lessons and activities, explore additional online resources to use in your classroom, and discuss implementation strategies to bring the excitement of ocean exploration into your classroom.

Deep Dives with Ocean Explorers

90-minute, Online Professional Learning Events
Deep Dives with Ocean Explorers

Deep Dives with Ocean Explorers are 90-minute, online professional learning events that are open to educators, students, and the general public to learn more about ocean exploration topics and careers throughout the year. These interactive events include an introduction to a featured topic, a live question and answer session with an expert in the field, and guided tour of free, online education materials.

The next Deep Dives with Ocean Explorers events will be offered in late May / early June 2024. Registration will open in April.


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