Educator Resources

Looking for tools to make educating and motivating students a bit easier? We’ve got you covered. From complete lesson plans, graphic organizers and webinars you can watch right now, to grant opportunities designed to help you obtain what you need both academically and professionally. We have also provided a quick glance at all of the course materials we offer for free.

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In partnership with Discovery Education we are taking you on a deep dive into the sea to explore the world's coral reefs. Explore the biodiversity of the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific Oceans in this virtual field trip complete with lesson plans.

Marine Science in the Classroom

Marine Science in the Classroom

No matter where you live, your life impacts the ocean every day. Discover the importance of the ocean to life on this planet and how our courses can enhance student motivation and learning.

Graphic Organizers

Graphic Organizers

Science is all about organizing and classifying information so it can be shared with others. Use these easy to print graphic organizers to help your students organize their thoughts as they learn new terms and concepts.



Peruse our collection of webinars for a deeper look into the life and times of marine scientists. From shark conservation to mesophotic reefs, the ocean offers endless opportunities for intrepid explorers. Check back for new webinars each month!

Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunities

We get it, money is tight. To help you out, we’ve put together a diverse collection of grant opportunities available for professional development and curriculum purchases. If you know of one that’s not on our list, please let us know!

Free Things!

Free Things!

Yes, free stuff! Introduce your students to the underwater world in a variety of ways. We have a little something for everyone from kindergarten through high school. Check it out.


Education is key. In partnership with Discovery Education, we are taking you on a deep dive into the sea to explore the world's coral reefs. Join us to explore the biodiversity of the coral reefs of the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific Oceans.

Students will learn how shifting land masses impacted the number and types of organisms in these regions and how to identify the distinguishing creatures of each. Appropriate for grades K-12, the expedition features interviews with Ocean First Education founder Graham Casden, director of science and research Caine Delacy, and director of curriculum development Catherine E. Christopher, who discuss marine ecology and biology, the effects of mankind and evolution on our oceans, and the role students can play in protecting the health of our ocean for future generations.

World Coral Reef Exploration Lesson Plans

• K-2     • 3-5     • 6-8     • 9-12

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Underwater ROVs, a webinar with robotics specialist
Andrew Thaler, Ph.D. aired: 5/17/2016

Mesophotic Reefs, a webinar with reef researcher
Sonia Rowley, Ph.D. aired: 4/18/2016

Why Sharks Matter, a webinar with shark researcher
Austin Gallagher, Ph.D. aired: 3/25/2016

Careers in Marine Science, a webinar with Marine Biologist
Caine Delacy, Ph.D. aired: 9/22/2016

Great White Sharks, a webinar with Marine Biologist
Mikki McComb-Kobza, Ph.D. aired: 10/24/2016

Red-Legged Kittiwakes on St. George Island, a webinar with scientist Rachael Orben, Ph.D. aired: 11/17/2016

  Grant Opportunities

  Toshiba America Foundation

  • How Much: $5,000
  • For: Professional Development
  • Due Date: Requests for less than $5,000, always open
  • Link:
  • About: Toshiba America Foundation's mission is to provide teachers with additional funds to support classroom projects. After school, summer projects, and independent study projects are not eligible. The Foundation strongly encourages projects planned and led by individual teachers or teams of teachers for their own classrooms. Many successful grantees have designed projects that tap into the natural curiosity of their students, enable students to frame their own scientific questions, and incorporate the expertise of community partners.

  The NEA Foundation

  • How Much: $2,000 or $5,000 exactly
  • For: Professional Development
  • Due Date: February 1st, June 1st, and October 15th
  • Link:
  • About: The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education awards grants that support the professional development of public school teachers and faculty in public institutions of higher education. Grants may fund professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research, mentoring experiences or lesson study. Professional development must improve practice, curriculum and student achievement, and recipients must put professional leadership into practice by sharing what they learn with their colleagues. Grants cannot be used to fund a degree.

  Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program

  • How Much: $6,000 monthly stipend, $1,000 monthly living expenses
  • For: Professional Development
  • Due Date: November
  • Link:
  • About: Fund for Teachers is unique in that it awards grants for professional development based on the principle that the teacher is the one who knows what they need to grow as an educator. These grants are self designed and allow teachers to create their own professional development opportunity based on what is most beneficial to their teaching in their own opinions. The application encourages educators to think about their objectives, motivations and the impact their particular plan of action will have on students.

  McCarthey Dressman Teacher Development Grants

  • How Much: up to $10000/year for 3 years
  • For: Professional Development
  • Due Date: January thru April every year
  • Link:
  • About: The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation provides Teacher Development Grants for individual teachers or small teams working in K-12 education. To foster insightful and innovative professional training and growth, the grants allow you to implement new teaching methods and strategies in the classroom. Projects can take a variety of forms, but each of them must be geared towards having a significant and lasting impact in the classroom. Winners work closely with the foundation to implement their ideas and are awarded up to $10,000 for the first three years of the project.

  Donors Choose

  • How Much: varies by need
  • For: Curricula
  • Due Date: Always Open
  • Link:
  • About: While not a traditional grant, is an excellent way of raising funds for your classroom. Public school teachers essentially propose classroom projects and post their proposals on the website. In these proposals, you will include very specific items that you need, ranging from standard tool supplies to microscopes, laboratory equipment and computer software. Donors browse the site and have the opportunity to donate money to your cause.


  • How Much: $700
  • For: Field Trips
  • Due Date: August 1st thru September 30th annually
  • Link:
  • About: Target funds programs that allow students and teachers to learn in all kinds of settings. We fund field trips that connect students' classroom curricula to out-of-school experiences. Field trips must take place between February and December 2016.

  ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant

  • How Much: $1,500
  • For: Curricula, Materials, Professional Development
  • Due Date: February 1st thru April 1st annually
  • Link:
  • About: The American Chemical Society gives innovative chemistry teachers the opportunity to put their ideas into action. The ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant was established to promote dynamic and engaging scientific exploration in students. It is awarded to high school teachers who wish to enhance classroom learning and raise students’ interest in chemistry. Funds can be used to purchase laboratory equipment, supplies and instructional materials, but also the cost of professional development opportunities, field studies and science outreach events.

  Delta Education/Frey-Neo/CPO Science Education Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-Based Science Teaching

  • How Much: $1500 and paid trip to NSTA national conference
  • For: materials to create lessons
  • Due Date: November 30th annually
  • Link:
  • About: This is a grant offered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to recognize the outstanding efforts of teachers to implement an inquiry-based approach to science education that stimulates interest and exploration in students. The grant covers up to $1,500 in travel expenses to attend the NSTA national conference, as well as $1,500 for use in the classroom.

  The Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund

  • How Much: Varies based on cost of Professional Development or conference
  • For: CO teacher only for science/math PD or conference attendance
  • Due Date: annually in January
  • Link:
  • About: The purpose of The Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund is to encourage and support excellence in the teaching of mathematics and science. We believe that an extremely important element for improving the level of science and mathematics competence is to generate, in students, the desire to learn and understand how things work. Increased interest in mathematics and science can be encouraged by knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers who can make the subject matter relevant and understandable.

  Technology Teacher Grant sponsored by

  • How Much: $1000
  • For: School Teachers
  • Due Date: annualy in May
  • Link:
  • About:Help your students engage with educational content through the interactive learning experiences of VR headsets. Studies suggest that education through VR can improve knowledge retention, concentration and understanding. Take your students on virtual field trips or build a new skill in a safe environment – the options for immersive learning with VR equipment are limitless. Share your unique plan to use VR technology for education and you could win $1,000 toward VR equipment for your classroom!

  Free Things!