The Ocean Awareness and Literacy ACT works to improve regional coordination
and awareness of key ocean literacy issues such as promoting ocean science content in K-12 education and improving ocean awareness for the general public and policy-makers. Reflecting a broad spectrum of marine science, education and policy, members of our ACT represent state and federal agencies, tribal interests, informal and formal science education organizations, academia, and state departments of education. Our mission is to guide informal and formal educators, the public and decision-makers in understanding the challenges of maintaining a healthy ocean, and work towards offering resources to help motivate them to take individual action for ocean stewardship. By providing guidance on state, federal and tribal environmental education efforts, and showcasing examples of best practices in ocean literacy, we hope to nurture and support existing programs and introduce new resources where needed.
The Ocean Literacy and Awareness ACT members represent many of the stakeholder groups and continue to provide valuable information and insight toward this effort. The members represent state, federal, tribal, formal and informal education agencies and, in turn, are collectively well connected to a variety of relevant groups and people. Members of the ACT have experience with curriculum development, teacher professional development, exhibit development, education programming, cultural sensitivities, learning research, and much more.