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Introduction

The start of this school year represents an unprecedented time where our entire society is facing a new reality complete with a new set of challenges. Perhaps no one is experiencing this more so than children. Growing up was never an easy thing, but in our current climate, it is really tricky. Almost every aspect of a child’s day-to-day life has changed, including their education. With the need to transition to virtual education or augmented in-school education, it is critical that we seek to continue to provide opportunities for children to learn and grow in creative and unique ways. 

 

Saltwater Classroom has chosen to adapt our programming to be able to fit the needs of schools and to help ensure that students have the opportunity to thrive, rather than barely survive, in this new normal. Having educational opportunities that are exciting, different, and fun are critical for students to thrive, and this is where Saltwater Classroom comes in.

 

My Saltwater Classroom Online is a project of Saltwater Classroom®, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that aims to solve pressing ocean issues by instilling an ethic of ocean stewardship in today’s youth through the transformative power of education. My Saltwater Classroom Online is an opportunity for students to learn about our planet’s oceans through a web-based educational portal while connecting with Saltwater Classroom educators and a community of peers. Through engaging videos, interactive slideshows, and compelling lessons and activities, participants are introduced to a variety of marine science and conservation topics.

Structure

Virtual Saltwater Classroom Workshops are three week, open-enrollment programs centered around My Saltwater Classroom Online, a web-based educational portal. 

WEEKLY THEMES

Each week will have a weekly theme that will be the focus for lessons, activities, and discussions. These themes will cover a range of topics related to marine science and conservation. 

CURRICULUM

Through Saltwater Classroom's curriculum, students will gain an understanding of the ocean as a global system, a specific grasp on coastal ecosystems, including their local ecosystem, an introduction to many different species of fish, marine mammals, and seabirds, as well as an understanding of issues facing oceans today and how their individual actions can help the oceans. 

 

For more information on Saltwater Classroom’s curriculum, visit saltwaterclassroom.com/aboutourworkshops

ACCESSIBILITY 

Challenges around ensuring accessibility during this virtual transition are real and important to consider. Saltwater Classroom aims to provide access to all families in some capacity and has created the following options for families if needed.

 

Limited Printing:

Parents and/or teachers will be able to request packet of all printed materials by mail. 

 

Limited Internet Access:

Parents and/or teachers will be able to request Limited Internet Packets by mail, which include more materials, printed documents, and other resources.

 

Additionally, if a more tailored solution is necessary we will happily work to make it happen. 

To request accessibility packets or a scholarship for registration, click here.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or follow-ups, please do not hesitate to contact our Executive Director, Lexi Doudera, either by email at lexi@saltwaterclassroom.com or by phone at (207) 542-2766.

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Saltwater Classroom is an innovative approach to environmental education that harnesses the power of our technologically connected world to spur an ethic of global stewardship for the oceans in today's youth.

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