Educators have been instrumental in the development and review of the Ocean Literacy Framework, and continue to be key players in the Ocean Literacy Network. These educators include those who teach in K-12 classrooms, in informal science education institutions, and in colleges and universities.

Many educators offered their expert knowledge in developing and reviewing the Ocean Literacy Framework. Go to the Honor Roll to find out who was part of the process. Learn more about their involvement in the Development of the Framework.

The Ocean Literacy Network is valuable and relevant to the formal and informal education communities. Educators can:

K-12 Teachers | Informal Educators | College and University Faculty

K-12 Teachers

  • Check out textbooks and curricula that use the Ocean Literacy Principles.
  • See how the Principles align with the National Science Education Standards.
  • Find out how other teachers are using the Ocean Literacy Framework in their classrooms in Ideas from Teachers.



Vignette: Mellie Lewis, Elementary teacher, Howard Public Schools, Maryland

“I will use the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence in two ways. First, as a fifth grade science resource teacher developing an enrichment program for accelerated students, I will use the Scope and Sequence to extend the regular instruction of the Fifth Grade Elementary Science Curriculum. For example, one of the curriculum objectives is for students to identify components of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Using the Scope & Sequence, and referring to Principle 5: The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems, I have a resource that will aid in developing grade level appropriate and sequential lessons to extend the regular fifth grade science curriculum. Second, I will use the Scope and Sequence to develop curriculum and an instructional program for our before-school enrichment class for students in grades 3-5. Since I have not taught many of these students in the past, I am unaware of their science experience and background. I plan to use the Scope and Sequence to design a pre-assessment knowledge indicator, which will provide me with an understanding of my students’ background knowledge so that I can build upon this to develop appropriate and sequential lessons.”


Informal Educators

  • Check out how the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California and the Smithsonian’s Sant Ocean Hall in Washington, D.C. use the Ocean Literacy Principles as a guide for their exhibits and programs.
  • See how the Principles align with the National Science Education Standards.

College and University Faculty

  • Check out how other science faculty use the Ocean Literacy Principles to inform their redesign of university courses here.