Provided by Oregon Coast Aquarium
Aquarium to Co-Host First Lincoln County K-12
Ocean Literacy Symposium August 30
Newport, Oregon– In a collaborative effort with Lincoln County School District, Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center and Oregon Sea Grant, the Oregon Coast Aquarium will co-host Lincoln County’s first K-12 Ocean Literacy Symposium Tuesday, August 30, in Newport. The Partnership is working to improve Lincoln County students’ ocean literacy by providing better access to the vast knowledge of local marine and coastal agencies to teachers and students.
The Symposium is a district-wide in-service day for all licensed teachers and administrators. Participants will learn new strategies and resources for teaching marine science in the classroom to help students meet state standards. Teachers will explore the mud flats and learn new ways to engage students in math and science. They will also learn how to use songs to increase students’ understanding of complex topics and a variety of other teaching techniques.
“It’s really exciting to have a day where teachers, administrators, scientists and informal educators can get together to develop strategies for connecting our local students to the ocean. We are lucky to live in a county where our district is committed to taking advantage of the unique learning opportunities available in our rural coastal communities,” said Rachael Bashor, Aquarium School Liaison / Partnership Coordinator.
Craig Strang, Associate Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, will provide a keynote address at Newport High School. Immediately following, nearly fifty presentations from local teachers and agencies will be offered in break-out sessions at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center.
To learn more about the Symposium, contact Rachael Bashor, Aquarium School Liaison / Partnership Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.