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Letter to members from NMEA President Tami Lunsford

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Dear NMEA,

This year, more than ever, we need to make our voices heard. “Making known the world of water” is a passion that we all share and strive to help others better understand as well. Why is that so important? Why does that matter? Knowing about the ocean is critical to an understanding of our climate, our economy, our food, our security, and even the air we breathe, yet curriculum and science standards in our education systems rarely include the ocean. Learning about oceans, lakes, and rivers, can encourage our youth and the general public to gain a love for nature and for science itself. So what can we do? We can each share how our love for the ocean has inspired us to love science. We can share how learning about the ocean has supported us to have the critical thinking skills that are so important in understanding the major environmental challenges that we face today.

I would go further to say that we MUST each use our knowledge and passion to help people to see the beauty of the scientific process of taking in evidence,analyzing it, asking questions, taking in new evidence, making claims based on that evidence, and sharing that evidence broadly with others to check the validity of your claims. I work on this everyday with my students, as I am sure each of you do with your audience, and I am often blown away by what they create and are inspired to do. I currently have one group weaving sleeping mats for the homeless out of plastic bags they gathered to recycle; one group made a mural out of plastic bottle caps that will travel to local schools and business; one group gathered samples of environmentally-friendly sunblock to donate to local summer camps, and the list goes on and on. There is hope and we are part of that hope, but there is so much more to do.

This is why the NMEA Fundraising and Development committee recently asked the membership to consider donating funds to help support me, as a high school science teacher and the current NMEA President, to attend the Blue Vision Summit in DC in May. NMEA has never been represented at that event, and we believe it is time to broaden NMEA's participation in such national events, both to further our mission and to gather critical information to inform our membership of the trends in policy. We also want to encourage each of you to consider attending the event to represent your region as well, especially if you are in one of the priority states of Alabama, Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. Thank you for your continuing passion and support for NMEA!


Tami Lunsford

NMEA President

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Letter to members from NMEA Fundraising & Development Committee

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Blue Vision Summit logoDear Members,

This May, Blue Frontiers will host the sixth Blue Vision Summit in Washington, DC. 

"The Blue Vision Summit is an ocean conference bringing ocean conservation leaders together every two years to network, build the blue movement, and meet with the Administration and Congress to restore the blue in our red, white, and blue."

NMEA has been invited to participate in the Summit, where we intend to bring our collective voice, the voice of the premier marine education organization, to this important gathering.

However, the registration and associated costs incurred to send our President to this summit extend beyond the 2017 NMEA budget. This is why we reach out to you, our members, to provide the financial support to ensure we are represented at the Blue Visions Summit.

NMEA members led the way in creating the Seven Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy. NMEA led the effort to add aquatic examples to the National Science Standards, and have continued this effort with the Next Generation Science Standards. It makes sense that NMEA should lead the effort to have marine education included in the Blue Visions Summit as well. We should be part of the voice talking to politicians about the value of the ocean.

Your support will help our President to represent NMEA by providing an in person presence on a national and international stage. Through your donation you are supporting the capacity of NMEA to be relevant and representative of our shared mission and values at this and future engagements.

We hope to raise $650.00 before April 1. Thank you for any contributions you can make! Donations may be made securely through our website here >

NMEA Fundraising & Development Committee

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Check your inbox for our winter newsletter

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, December 22, 2016

 Winter 2016 newsletter

Our winter newsletter is out!

It features an update on our annual NMEA17 conference which will be held in Charleston, SC., the latest issue of our journal, Current, registration information for a new webinar series by our Ocean Literacy committee, and some fun updates on what a few of our members have been up to! 

Didn't see it in your inbox? No worries, you can access it here, and update your contact email or sign-up for future mailings here >

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From the Editor - Fall/Winter issue of Current is now available online for members

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Friday, December 16, 2016

Fall Winter Current 2016We’re excited to bring you another general issue of Current featuring articles by NMEA members from all over the country and overseas to provide new ways to discover the “world of water.” In this issue, you’ll find a variety of engaging articles and activities, including lessons on sources, impacts, and solutions to microplastics, a look at the PolarTREC program from a NMEA member who shares her experiences in the Arctic Circle, as well as many other exciting topics.

Please continue to send in your original manuscripts on research, lessons, resources, or strategies focused on marine education, including science, art, literature, and maritime history!

The next deadline for submitting articles for consideration in the spring/summer 2017 general issue of Current is April 10, 2017. And don’t forget to stay connected to the NMEA by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Members can now access the latest issue of Current here —happy reading!

Interested in submitting an article to Current? Guidelines for submissions are available here >

Not a member yet? Join NMEA and receive access to Current, as well as all our other member benefits, here >

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Our Annual Fund - A letter to members

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, November 28, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Dear World of Water Lovers,

As a member of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA), you are an important part of the transformational and inspirational endeavors that our organization is working on, from championing Ocean Literacy across the nation and the world, to advancing educational practice in and out of the classroom, to mentoring the next generation of aquatic stewards.

NMEA provides to you, our members, with valuable resources and opportunities to connect, such as:

A vibrant, engaging website

Quarterly e-newsletters and event recaps

A peer-reviewed journal, Current: The Journal of Marine Education

A dedicated National Office with eager and expert staff

A comprehensive strategic plan

An inspirational national conference

NMEA values members such as you, and we hope that you will further support the organization by joining us as we embark upon our third NMEA Annual Appeal!

Financial support from our members helps us maintain our staffing in the National Office and provide the services necessary to run the organization with the consistency and efficiency you expect from a professional association. Your help is key as we implement our strategic plan and continue to strengthen NMEA to better “promote the world of water both fresh and salt.”

You can make an unrestricted gift that will help underwrite daily operations, or you can direct your gift to Current or to support a conference scholarship, including the Johnette Bosarge Memorial Fund. Each and every gift provides a measure of the support needed to sustain NMEA as the global standard for aquatic and marine education.

Thank you for being a member of NMEA!

Here's more information on how to make your donation today > 


Your NMEA Board of Directors & Committees

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Guest Blog by the Ocean Literacy Committee: Join our winter ocean literacy webinar series!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, November 21, 2016
Updated: Monday, November 28, 2016

The NMEA Ocean Literacy Committee is hosting a three-part webinar series. Each webinar will cover a different topic and topics will build on the one prior.

Current Special Report coverWebinar 1:
Tuesday, January 17

Exploring and Applying the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K–12

11:30 a.m. HST/1:30 p.m. PST/4:30 p.m. EST

This interactive webinar will engage participants in opportunities to explore the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K–12. We will discuss how to apply these grade-level appropriate conceptual progressions, designed to increase Ocean Literacy, to the development of learning experiences and instructional materials for use in K–12 classrooms, informal environments, and professional learning opportunities for educators.

Presented by:

  • Catherine Halversen, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Craig Strang, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Lynn Tran, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Lynn Whitley, Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Southern California

Duration: 90 minutes

NOTE: During this webinar, we suggest participants have ready access to the conceptual flow diagram we will investigate, a copy of which can be found here >

UPDATE (1/25): View a recording of this webinar here > 

Ocean Literacy alignmentWebinar 2:
Thursday, February 9

Alignment of the Ocean Literacy Framework with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

10:30 a.m. HST/12:30 p.m. PST/3:30 p.m. EST

This webinar will build your familiarity and understanding of the Ocean Literacy - NGSS alignment tool. We will first describe why alignment of the Ocean Literacy Framework with NGSS is needed, and explain the rating scale used to describe the different relationships between the Ocean Literacy Principles and the Disciplinary Core Ideas that comprise the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will explore the alignment tool through the examination of particular grade bands, Ocean Literacy Principles and DCIs, along with the ratings explanations provided by a panel of experts. We will discuss your observations, questions and ideas for how to use the alignment document.

Presented by:

  • Sarah Pedamonte, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Craig Strang, Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley
  • Lynn Whitley, Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Southern California

NOTE: During this webinar, we suggest participants have ready access to the alignment documents, as well as a copy of the NGSS and the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence.

Prior to this webinar, we recommend you watch this video introduction to the NGSS in NSTA’s Learning Center if you are not familiar with the Next Generation Science Standards.

Duration: 60 minutes

UPDATE (2/19): View a recording of this webinar here > 

Instructions for Viewers: 
Please note that at several points during this webinar you will want to pause the recording to explore the alignment documents yourself. The recorded webinar has been edited to eliminate the time periods when we gave participants an opportunity to review these documents before moving on to the next part of the presentation.


Ocean Literacy guideWebinar 3:
Thursday, February 23

Organizing for Ocean Literacy - Implementation at Different Scales

8:00 a.m. HST/10:00 a.m. PST/1:00 p.m. EST

Join us for examples of how educators, scientists, and policy makers have deployed the Ocean Literacy Framework and the Ocean Literacy/NGSS Alignment document. We will focus on moving from ideas to impact by looking at examples of Ocean Literacy-inspired curricula, non-formal programs with a focus on Ocean Literacy, and how the alignment of NGSS with Ocean Literacy can be leveraged to support funding efforts, strategic planning activity, and teacher professional learning. Our format includes ample time for collegial conversation and questions, so please plan to join us!

Presented by:

  • Kurt Holland, Lead Science Communicator, Broader Impacts West
  • Diana Payne, Connecticut Sea Grant
  • Sarah Schoedinger, NOAA Office of Education

Duration: 60 minutes

Join using this link >

Instructions to Participants:
Please join the webinar a few minutes early to ensure you are able to see and hear the presenters. You will NOT need login credentials to join. The meeting host will accept your entry into the meeting room at the start of the webinar.

UPDATE (3/7): View a recording of this webinar here > 

- Sarah Schoedinger, Diana Payne, and Craig Strang, NMEA Ocean Literacy Committee

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Guest Blog by Elaine Brewer: Ocean Literacy Summit

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ocean Literacy SummitEvery two years, the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative hosts an Ocean Literacy Summit; a day in which individuals gather together to learn new ways to spread knowledge about the ocean to their local communities. This November, the Ocean Literacy Summit was held at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. The theme this year was Ocean Literacy Principle 3: the ocean is a major influence on weather and the climate.

Dr. Andy Pershing opened the event with a relevant keynote addressing what the warming of the Gulf of Maine means for everyone, especially those of us who live around its waters. The two sessions of lightning talks—timed five-minute talks with 10 slides automatically advancing every 30 seconds—were as invigorating as they were informative. The panel on climate change education, moderated by Ari Daniel, was encouraging to everyone in the audience.

This year’s Summit had two additional new events. Interspersed throughout the day, participants could speak with educators at the Marine Education Fair. To close the Summit, participants were encouraged to sit and speak with presenters about the topics that intrigued them the most at the Concluding Café.

Ocean Literacy Summit For those who could join earlier, additional activities were held the day before the Summit. The National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation held an insightful workshop on how to empower people with information on climate change. Dr. Bob Chen from the University of Massachusetts, Boston held a Broader Impacts workshop showing individuals different ways to reach their audiences. During the evening, the Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association hosted the welcome reception at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, introducing Summit participants to Peterson Toscano, a comedian with an ability to shed some humorous light on the heavy topic of climate change.

Throughout the Summit, marine scientists shared their latest findings while educators shared how they teach about climate change. Participants were encouraged to share their own insights during the Summit on social media with the event hashtag #OLSummit16. All posts can be viewed on Storify here >

- Elaine Brewer, NMEA Communications Pod and Social Media Chair

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Guest Blog by Sean Russell: 2016 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit registration open

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, November 3, 2016

YOCS logoRegistration for the 2016 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, which will take place on Saturday, December 10 at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., is open through November 18! Attendees at this year’s event will be inspired by dynamic speakers, including a keynote address by OCEARCH Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader, Chris Fischer as well as presenters from the National Park Service, CNN, Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, the Bow Seat, Mote Marine Laboratory, University of South Florida, City of Sarasota, EarthEcho International and more!

Participants will learn from students leading ocean conservation programs in their communities, have the opportunity to develop plans for their own ocean conservation projects, and take part in workshops and trainings designed to give them the skills needed to ensure the success of these projects. Participants will also get the chance to network with conservation organizations, and other young people who are passionate about ocean conservation!Youth Summit

To register for the Summit visit and complete the online registration form. The registration fee for the event is $13 per participant, and includes lunch, snacks, and program materials. For an additional $5.25, participants can purchase a limited edition Youth Ocean Conservation Summit t-shirt designed by world-renowned marine artist, Wyland. On the site you can also view the complete Summit program where you can learn more about the sessions and speakers featured at the event, and find out about additional activities for Summit participants including our kick off Film Festival on December 9 and Sarasota Bay Exploration on December 11.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to let me know!

- Sean Russell, NMEA Board Member and Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Director

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Check your inbox for our fall newsletter

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Fall newsletter


Our fall newsletter is out!

It features a recap of our annual NMEA 2016 conference in Orlando, Fla., the kick-off of the EMSEA 2016 conference in Belfast, and some fun updates on what a few of our members have been up to! 

Didn't see it in your inbox? No worries, you can access it here, and update your contact email or sign-up for future mailings here >

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EMSEA 2016 kicks off in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, October 3, 2016

EMSEA16 logoOur friends with the European Marine Science Educators Association are kicking off their fourth annual conference this week!

It is being held at the Titanic Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from October 4-7.

Check out the official website for more details or download the official program here > 

 Follow along from afar with the #EMSEA16 hashtag and on our Storify, where we will compile tweets and photos from the conference daily! 

Titanic Belfast

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