Teacher Development

Coastal Marine Sciences Workshop (CMARS)

Teachers from Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester counties (OR local teachers with daily transportation to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore) are invited to participate in a paid, two-week on-campus Coastal Marine Sciences Workshop (CMARS) that will give them the tools to create lesson plans and educational and/or lab activities in environmental science. The workshop is guided by the Center’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, Patricia Goslee, Ed.D. The workshop, which can accommodate six teachers, also offers teachers a stipend and meals. Participating teachers will have the opportunity to learn from and work with faculty in the CREST-CISCEP and NOAA LMRCSC at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Teachers will be required to participate in monthly follow-up sessions throughout the school year to evaluate the classroom activities, assess the utility of the workshop, and provide intellectual and professional exchange.

CMARS Program Flyer

Share the CMARS program flyer with eligible teachers on the Eastern Shore.

On-campus Workshop

The 2022 Program will run July 11-22, 2022.

All program activities developed during the workshop will also be aligned with State and National Standards and will meet the Middle and High School Assessment (MSA and HSA) requirements.

The Center faculty as well as the Education and Outreach Coordinator will assist educators with planning lessons and activities for their classes.

Production of Lesson Plans

The workshops will help teachers develop classroom lessons, laboratory and field activities in environmental science and coastal ecosystems for students in grades 6-12. 

The workshops will introduce activities, lessons, or data from the Center for Ocean Science Excellence in Education (COSEE), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and more. The lessons will range from hands-on laboratory to web-based activities and incorporate scientific writing, experimental design, data analyses, and other related topics. Teachers will develop lesson plans that can be infused into existing middle and high school science curricula.

*All dates and program information are tentative and subject to change based on University policy. Our top priority is keeping our participants and campus safe and healthy. We will make changes and add details about safety protocols for Summer 2022 as they become available. We thank you for your patience and flexibility in this ever changing situation.


A stipend and lunch will be provided. Program staff can sign-off on continuing education or professional development credits if needed.


The application can be found here: CMARS Application and is due by May 20, 2022 at 11:59PM. For questions regarding the application and for questions about the program contact: Dr. Sexton at masexton@umes.edu or call (410) 621-1049.

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