Interested in joining like-minded educators in protecting the Long Island Sound watershed and inspiring the next generation of stewards?
Funded by EPA Long Island Sound Study and facilitated by Connecticut Sea Grant and Mercy University, the Long Island Sound (LIS) School network compels schools to make a commitment to the protection and conservation of local watersheds, Long Island Sound, and our one global ocean. A school makes this commitment by proposing and implementing a school or community-based project and creating a plan to increase ocean literacy in their school community by engaging students, families, and community members.
The LIS Schools network is modeled on the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA) Ocean Guardian Schools and the international Blue Schools network.
HOW TO BECOME A LONG ISLAND SOUND SCHOOL:
- Designate two lead teachers
- Letter of acknowledgement: school principal/ science supervisor
- Submit and implement project by deadlines
BENEFITS OF BEING A LONG ISLAND SOUND SCHOOL:
- $2,000 stipend/ lead teacher
- Up to $5,000/ school in mini-grants to implement schoolwide and community projects
- Support from a network of like-minded educators
- Connections with scientists, community organizations, and stewardship sites
- Possibility of travel funds to present at conferences
Nov. 30, 2023: Applications Due
Dec. 15, 2023: Selected Schools Notified
Dec. 22, 2023: Selected Schools Return Contracts
Jan. 4, 2024: Kick off/Orientation meeting
Jan. 15-Aug. 15, 2024: Schools Implement Project
June 2024 – TBD: Student Symposium (Virtual)
September 2024 – TBD: Teacher Retreat