190 Staying Relevant With The Education Community

Monday, 23 January 2017
4E (Washington State Convention Center )
Ron Gird, NOAA/NWS, Silver Spring, MD

The National Weather Service (NWS) education activities have become better aligned with the strategic vision of a Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Education Strategic Plan.  Becoming a WRN is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather, water and climate events; education is a fundamental building block toward achieving that strategic goal. Furthermore, the goal of the NOAA Education Strategic Plan is to create a Science-Informed Society.  Community resiliency depends upon a scientifically informed and engaged population.  Educational partnerships, nationally and locally, are playing a critical role in NWS Education.  The vision of NWS Education is to stay relevant to both teachers and students by providing the products and services they need leading to a “A Weather-Informed Society.”

This presentation will provide an update on the NOAA/NWS Education team’s vision, goals, activities and partnerships. Topics covered include current and potential partnership opportunities, community-based weather festival opportunities, online learning/gaming, social media activities, and volunteer opportunities within NWS and NOAA.  Details of two long standing NOAA/NWS education partnerships will be presented as well as developing new partnerships.

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