Our mission is to help educators prepare youth to address the challenges of the rapidly changing environment by facilitating incorporation of ocean acidification as subject matter for their K-12 classrooms.
We are a diverse group of researchers, resource managers and students who share the belief that education is the key to addressing ocean acidification (OA). OA is a fundamental shift in ocean chemistry with impacts that are only just now emerging. Addressing it will require shifts in personal behaviors, increased civic engagement, and broad public support for enlightened governmental policies. A shift of that scale requires citizens who comprehend the consequences of their actions. Schools are ideal institutions to take on that task.
The principal team members have science and resource management backgrounds. That is reflected in our overall approach: the collection is analogous to a literature review. We turned it into an online searchable database to enable the broad community of education experts to review the materials, make recommendations to improve them, add additional materials and identify gaps.
The funding for this work has come from small outreach and education portions of two grants (Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) designed to address ocean acidification. The primary goal for each grant was research monitoring, but each also had an outreach and education component. Outreach and education were initially targeted at Suquamish youth and their community. However, it quickly became clear that they already knew the message and that the focus of education and outreach should be the wider society. This funding has allowed us to compensate educators for attending workshops to develop the OA literacy framework and gather materials for the creation of the website (Caitlin, Alexis and Karen). Paul is employed by the Suquamish Tribe and Meg by Washington Sea Grant. This site would not be possible without the support of these entities allowing their staff to devote a considerable amount of time to it.
Paul Williams, Shellfish Policy Advisor, Suquamish Tribe
Caitlin Roberts, Project Manager, OACC
Meg Chadsey, Ocean Acidification Specialist, Washington Sea Grant
David Ketter, Science Education Consultant
Alexis Valauri-Orton, Curriculum Expert and Former Project Manager/Web Designer, OACC
Karen Morrill-McClure, Guest Lecturer, Information School, University of Washington
Karen Lippy, 8th Grade STEM Educator, West Hills STEM Academy, Bremerton, WA
Caroline Dombrowski, Cheryl Gerardi, Heidi Kirk, Jessica Levine, Laurie Matthews, Amy Sprenger, Amanda McNeil, Paul Barbara Bromley, Stu Schopf, Laura Rarig, Cathy Nitchman, Gilda Wheeler, Maia Murphy-Williams, and Paul Amieux.