Marine Debris Teacher Education Workshop

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The marine debris education program

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, high residential waste production, lack of large-scale recycling, waste collection at only a handful of disposal sites, and few convenient areas for bulk waste disposal, lead to illegal dumping and habitual littering of surrounding hillsides. In addition, inefficient transport and disposal to local landfills, results in land-based debris on territory beaches and in coastal regions by way of “guts” and through storm water runoff in developed areas, especially on the high-relief island of St. Thomas.  Now, due to massive amounts of debris generated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, there is a greater need to curb the introduction of debris into the marine environment.

Pride in Our Seas, Pride in Ourselves: Preventing Land-Based Sources of Marine Debris in the US Virgin Islands through Educational Transformation and Community Engagement intends to reduce land-based sources of marine debris in the USVI through a targeted, ridge-to-reef/watershed educational and outreach program that engages territorial educators, school children, UVI Masters students, and partners from the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) and the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria generated massive amounts of debris, much of which has the potential to become marine debris in the territory’s nearshore waters. The 2018 Marine Debris Teaching Training Workshop provides teachers the resources to address this problem with their students and to increase environmental literacy territory-wide.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria generated massive amounts of debris, much of which has the potential to become marine debris in the territory’s nearshore waters. The 2018 Marine Debris Teaching Training Workshop provides teachers the resources to address this problem with their students and to increase environmental literacy territory-wide.

the 2018 Marine Debris Teacher Training Workshop

With the goal to induce behavioral changes that will result in territory-wide, marine debris prevention, we invite teachers to participate in our second Marine Debris Teacher Training Workshop on March 9, 2018 at the University of the Virgin Islands. Teachers who participated in the 2016 workshop will be exposed to new materials and curricula; we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. 

Workshop Goals
· Co-author marine debris curricula to be distributed territory- and nation-wide
· Gain increased familiarity with USVI marine debris curricula
· Learn about other marine debris community projects
· 2016 workshop participants are encouraged to apply!

Benefits
• $100 stipend for full participation in the workshop
• Airfare and transportation for St. Croix and St. John participants to UVI St. Thomas Campus
• Eight professional development hours
• Lunch & refreshments

previous learning results

In the first workshop hosted in October, 2016, we introduced 56 individuals to Oregon Sea Grant’s “Marine Debris STEAMSS” curricula with the assistance of Oregon Sea Grant personnel. Seven Community Transfer Projects engaged 10 UVI MMES graduate students, 15 territorial educators, and 1,986 students from 8 public and private schools on St. Thomas and St. Croix, in marine debris outreach projects implemented across the Territory during Spring 2017.

To dissiminate this learning, UVI MMES graduate students, VIMAS and VIWMA, partnered with participating classrooms to explore creative ways to transfer information learned in the classroom, to the broader community. These transfer projects focused on creative messaging to reduce land-based sources of marine debris by incorporating locally-important themes that identify with the culture and history of the Virgin Islands.

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Apply today for your chance to participate in the 2018 Teacher Training Program. Space is limited.

If you would like to learn more about the workshop contact Dr. Michele Guannel at 340-693-1284 or Dr. Kristin Wilson Grimes at 207-907-0366

St. Croix Teachers, submit your applications no later than February 16 so we can arrange travel in a timely manner. All other applications due February 20.


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Fill out the application below to participate in the Teacher Training Workshop. Personal information will be kept private and used for payment and travel reimbursement only.

First and last name as it appears on government issued ID *
First and last name as it appears on government issued ID
Your primary phone number *
Your primary phone number
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
Are you a US Citizen or Permanent Resident? *
Provide a passport number, drivers license number or permanent resident number
Are you committed to completing and submitting approximately one hr of "homework" before the workshop and participating fully in the day-long workshop on March 9, 2018? *
Are you willing to participate in any follow-up activities that follow the workshop that may extend as far as December 2018? *
School where you teach or indicate that you home-school.
Are you fully certified to teach in the USVI public school system? *
Did you attend the 2016 Marine Debris Educator's Workshop? *
Submit a brief (2-5 sentence) statement to describe your interest in science/marine sciences and how this workshop aligns with our professional self-development goals.
Have you attended other STEM Institute trainings or workshops? *