COSEE advisors meet at GLERL

November 22, 2006

On October 26-7, seven COSEE Great Lakes staff met with eleven members of the program’s Advisory Board. The Advisors represent formal and informal education in the region, Great Lakes research science, and the national COSEE Council. The objectives of this first face-to-face meeting were for staff to demonstrate activities, products and evaluation of the first year, and for Advisors to suggest areas in which they could serve the project.

Typically Advisory Boards are selected for attributes they can bring: Wisdom, Wealth, Work, and sometimes Window-Dressing! None of the latter are on the COSEE Great Lakes Advisory Board, but the other attributes are well represented.

Members clearly demonstrated Wisdom, as individuals shared ideas on how to reach out more effectively to underserved audiences, how to engage more scientists in education, and what we need to know about Native Americans to serve that group better. The members brought their Wealth of experience to the project. We will build on the information about marine protected areas, potential partnerships, and development of action plans for outreach. The Advisors’ networks are a substantial form of wealth, offered freely because of their belief in what COSEE can do.

An exciting outcome of the meeting was the intention of Advisors to Work for and with COSEE Great Lakes over the coming years. We will call on them for advice regularly and expect to involve them in future planning and events. We also plan to build upon their Work. For example, the Mid-Atlantic COSEE has completed a national study on how teachers use real time data. Results will help structure COSEE Great Lakes use of the Great Lakes Observing System in education.

The sharing of information from the Advisory Board meeting will enhance COSEE Great Lakes strategies for involving educators with scientists, extend the reach of our curriculum materials and programs, and strengthen our program evaluation.

Finally, COSEE Great Lakes is very grateful for the opportunity to hold this important meeting at NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, an outstanding institution representative of the quality and excitement of Great Lakes research that COSEE attempts to foster. We sincerely thank the Advisory Board and GLERL for their support of our program in 2006 and look forward to further collaboration in the coming years of COSEE Great Lakes.