Ocean Caraibes - Coastal & Environmental Consulting, Engineering & Oceanography


Coastal, Environmental & Water Resources Engineers

   Cell:  767.235.5962

Office:  767.448.5960
Skype:  ocean.caraibes

E-Mail: ocean@cwdom.dm 

        or: cljconsultant@gmail.com

   Educators for Connecting Research to the K-16 Classroom


        Home  |  Site Map 

   Learn More ...about Ocean Caraibes' Environmental Education Programs





ECRC believes in the the classic philosophy...
Act locally, think globally.



Also See: ECRC website





With the assistance of John Hopkins University, Virginia Tech University and Educators for Connecting Research to the K-16 Classroom (ECRC), Ocean Caraibes has implemented a series of Marine Science & Environmental Educational Programs and Teach Tanning Programs in the Caribbean over the past five years.




Educators for Connecting Research to the K-16 Classroom is an organization that matches professional K-12 teachers with local experts in the field to design and implement standards based and motivating instruction for educators and their program participants during and after school hours.  We serve as a catalyst for creating cost-effective, practical and collaborative means for K-16 education to connect to professionals in the local community, resources at the university level or professional researchers.   Four types of services have grown out of that purpose:

  1. Creating connections between elementary, middle and high school teachers who have specific subject interests and university researchers or community educators engaged in that area.

  2. Translating aspects of university research or community professional expertise into learning applications suitable for pre-college and undergraduate students.

  3. Training teachers and administrators to use and/or provide the infrastructure to support the learning applications developed by the collaborative teams.

  4. Supporting community educators schools directly who are researching student achievement and school based best practices.


ECRC, during its first two years of development, has been fortunate to have started projects with a number of outstanding organizations including Artificial Reefs Inc., the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute of Panama and the Earth Treks Climbing Centers.   Each client organization offers ECRC an opportunity to bring their expertise to classrooms through its model lesson planning entitled Motivator Maps for Educators.


What is Motivator Maps for Educators?

Motivator Maps for Educators translate the work of local
research and field experts into doable, highly active
and motivational activities for youth.


These activities are designed for all creative educators working to engage young people with real world learning opportunities whether the location is scouts, summer camps, family programs, after school programs or more formal classrooms.


The foundations of all Motivational Maps are national standards of learning, research and fieldwork conducted past and present by experts in their field.


Teachers for Connecting Research to the K-16 Classroom, then design AAAS Strand Maps to translate that expertise into important youth learning.

Please consider the foundations behind MOTIVATOR MAPS.


Motivator Map Action Pack ~ Samples



ECRC has created an action pack in full cooperation with the Earth Treks Climbing Centers, Inc. based in Columbia, Maryland. The Earth Treks professionals support both learning to climb programs and expeditions to major mountain peaks around the world. Their work and belief in youth has led to the creation and continued expansion of the Shared Summits MOTIVATOR MAPS. In the words of Earth Treks President and world mountaineer Chris Warner, “Shared Summits goal is to encourage kids to slay dragons, cure diseases, fight poverty, or reach for the stars. Everest, although a cold and brutal place, graciously serves as a fitting metaphor for making any dream comes true.”


For ECRC educators, Shared Summits provides program leaders with the simulations to take participants to a place they have never gone – to the top of Mount Everest. They will help participants explore the George Mallory mystery, consider the magnificent Sherpa people, experience ataxia, and hypothermia and undergo challenges to find out if they are fit to climb 8,000-meter peaks.



...a proposal

ECRC has proposed to work with local educators to design a unique environmental set of MOTIVATOR MAPS based on local environmental issues and the environment.  The ECRC education and technology team would create an environmental set of MAPS for school, day camp and family programs and a teacher training exchange program between the island educators and ECRC’s work in the USA. 


Ocean Caraibes envisions capitalizing this program based on  their coral reef emphasis as developed by Biorock Artificial Reefs, rainforest programming in association with Tropical Research Institute of Panama and the World Wildlife Fund, and the salt pond work in connection with the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Emphasis would be placed on local interests such as salt ponds, the reintroduction of flamingos, the local wildlife and specific issues as identified by local educators in Tortola. 


Ocean Caraibes' efforts will aim to bolster the local education system in the BVI and producing a range of educational products that support the needs and aspirations of teachers and students.