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Date: Dec 14 1999 12:19:23 EST
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The Reef Ball Development Group, The Reef Ball Foundation, The Reef Ball Coalition, Reef Innovations, The Living Classrooms Foundation and the Institute for Connecting Science Research to the K-12 Classroom will work in concert to fulfill the following vision for global education impact.


-To increase awareness and appreciation of the complex interplay of air, land, sea and human interactions in ocean coastal environments through education.

-To restore and construct marine reefs in national and international environments through cooperation with government, business, education and scientific institutions.

-To design, develop, implement and evaluate firsthand education experiences in the construction, deployment and study of reef ball reefs in both classrooms and in natural settings.

-To identify, implement and maintain a basic telecommunications structure to support all collaborative work in the Reef Ball Reef Restoration Education Programs.

-To create USA National and international organizational structures capable of uniting public and private funding to accomplish the above goals. These structures will include a Reef Ball Restoration education headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland and an international site yet to be determined.


-To identify regions for the systematic and timely dissemination of Reef Ball Reef Restoration Education Programs, both USA National and International.

-To plan, implement and evaluate Reef Ball Reef Restoration 'learning by doing' Education Programs in the following seven strands:

- K-12 Curriculum Documents and Kits
- USA National and International Specialized Student Programs
- Professional Development Programs for teachers through University Coursework.
- Reef Ball Reef Restoration Research and Publication
- Eco-tourism Programs Emphasizing Complex Environmental Awareness
- Youth Entrepreneurial Programs
- Service and Volunteer Programs

- To issue quarterly reports to all partners on challenges, successes and opportunities in the seven strands identified in objectives.

- To create a long term budget based on specific expectations that outlines the anticipated costs tied to each strand identified in objective. To name the physical pathway, network protocols and the type of organizational telecommunications model that will be used in Reef Ball Reef Restoration USA National and International communications.

Definitions of 'learning by doing' Education Program Strands

STRAND ONE: K-12 Curriculum Documents and Kits
Matching the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Project 2061 Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy and addressing the research found in the TIMSS international testing project, the Living Classrooms Foundation will produce four curriculum documents. All documents will be written, field-tested, evaluated, revised and submitted for accreditation in preparation for publication. Each curriculum document will feature an associated reef building materials kit for the classroom.

- Grades K – 2 Fish Habitat
- Grades 3 – 5 Aquarium Reef Ball Reef Observations
- Grades 6 – 8 Reef Ball Reef Investigations
- Grades 9 – 12 Marine Science High School Course
- University Levels by Partnerships with various Colleges and Universities

STRAND TWO: Student Specialized Programs

National Application
- Grades 9 – 12 Reef Ball Production and Deployment Program, including a materials module for reef ball production and deployment at a regional Reef Ball Restoration site.
- In USA Regional Reef Ball Reef Restoration competitions each year an identified site will sponsor a regional competition for schools that have participated in Reef Ball Production and Deployment Program.
- Summer Programs will be offered at to-be-identified Reef Ball Reef Restoration sites. National marketing will identify students ages 14 – 18 who will participate in fee-for-service programs at Reef Ball Reef Restoration project sites.

International Application
- The Reef Ball Reef Restoration will develop partnerships to integrate global renewal education goals.
- An “On the Road” program template addressing cultural sensitivities and environmental impacts will be designed. Adaptations to the “On the Road” program will create distinct applications for each identified site internationally.

STRAND THREE: Professional Development for Teachers
Through Virginia Tech University and Johns Hopkins University three specific approaches to developing coursework for teaching professionals will be employed.

1) On-line Course development for inter-university credit
2) Independent Study Course for university credit or audit
3) A University six-week module for insertion into existing environmental education coursework.
STRAND FOUR: Reef Ball Reef Restoration Research and Publication
Reef Ball Reef Restoration Projects will include research components involving private and public research scientists, and their associated schools or institutions. Reef Ball Reef Restoration USA National and International will facilitate these efforts on a case by case basis, including promotion of publication of scientific findings.

STRAND FIVE: Eco-Tourism
Under the direction of the Reef Ball Coalition, the Living Classrooms Education Team will design field experiences for tourists and family science programs to be used at sites identified by the Coalition. The Living Classrooms Foundation’s award winning interaction recreation models will be the fundamental design for program development.

STRAND SIX: Youth Entrepreneurial Programs
Reef Ball Reef Restoration depends on reef ball production. As demand grows with new projects and through the development of education programs, the Living Classrooms Foundation will work in cooperation with Reef Ball organizations to apply its youth serve education models at regional sites. Job-training and youth employment locally will underscore these programs.

STRAND SEVEN: Service and Volunteer Programs
The establishment of the education programs will open opportunities for public participation through locally designed service and volunteer programs. These programs will be for promotional and facilitate public awareness of relevant environmental issues.

Strategic Alliances and Partnerships

Teaming with Reef Ball Restoration professionals, the Living Classrooms Foundation will actively pursue strategic alliances and long term partnerships. Each partnership will be tied to specific strands and involve a multi-year commitment.

National – Initial Contacts to Build Sustainable Alliances
Virginia Tech University
Johns Hopkins University
National Science Teachers Association’s Build a Presence for Science Program
Toyota Foundation
Hitachi Foundation
Sea Grant -USA
Columbus Center in Baltimore, Maryland
Department of Natural Resources
Fish and Wildlife Service
Discovery Channel
Environmental Protection Agency

International – Initial Contacts to Build Sustainable Alliances
American Field Service
Dominica Conservation Association
Sea Grant - Caribbean
Virginia Tech University’s Research Centers, Institutes and Laboratories
Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab
Johns Hopkins University’s Maryland Earth/Space Grant Consortium
The Darwin Initiative for the Survival of Species
The United States Information Agency

Financial Strategies

Four approaches will be used to generate appropriate funding. Funding efforts will coincide with the expectations set in objective above.

- Fee for service
- Research project funding
- Grants for identified strands
- Strategic long term alliances

Key Personnel
Professionals from The Reef Ball Development Group, the Reef Ball Foundation, The Reef Ball Coalition, and Reef Innovations will be identified.

Living Classrooms Foundation Personnel
Scott Raymond, National and International Education Program Officer
Christine Truett, Program Administrator
Bob Keddell, Educational program design, implementation, and evaluation
Sheryl Barr, Curriculum development
John Dillow, Youth Entrepreneur Programs
Dr. Bill Jones, Senior Scientist, Center for Marine Biotechnology

Appropriate Information Technologies professionals will be brought on board by LCF as of July 2000.

Institute for Connecting Science Research to the Classroom Dr. Joy Colbert University coursework development and research connections Dr. John Wenrich Distance learning program development and applications

A formal MOA is being prepared between the involved companies. If you are interested in participating in this effort as a corporate, foundation or governmental long term partner contact us.


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