Longwood High School ESL Students Immersed
Themselves in Ocean Science Literacy
On May 29 th , 2009 they shared the results of their
explorations at Eastern Suffolk BOCES’
9 th Annual Celebration of Technology in Education.
The Peconic Estuary - Exploring a Local Jewel
Sharing marine dependent life from student’s homeland.
Student produced presentations.
Combining Science, Art and Literature to Inspire Ocean Conservation
Longwood High School ESL Student’s Ocean Poetry
Blue Ocean Institute’s Youth Education Program
For further information contact:
Patricia Paladines, Program Manager
With gratitude to our partners in education.
The Susan A. and Donald P. Babson
For Immediate Release
June 1, 2009
Contact: Patricia Paladines, Program Manager
Blue Ocean Institute’s Next Wave Youth Education Program
A MULTI-NATIONAL GROUP OF LONG ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IMMERSE THEMSELVES IN
OCEAN SCIENCE LITERACY WHILE LEARNING ENGLISH
Students from Brookhaven Town’s Longwood High School shared the results of their ocean exploration
at Eastern Suffolk BOCES’ 9 th Annual Celebration of Technology in Education on May 29 th at Stony
Brook University. The students, English language learners (ELL) in Ms. Bonita Grandal’s and Ms. Stacy
Salti’s English as a Second Language classes, explored the ocean through Blue Ocean Institute’s Ocean
Science Literacy workshop. Their Powerpoint presentations include science based information on
animals that depend on ocean resources, ocean inspired poetry, and photography taken along the
Peconic Estuary, one of 28 estuaries recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an
“Estuary of National Significance”. The workshop introduced the students to this Long Island jewel from
aboard Atlantis Marine World Aquarium’s Explorer tour boat. Aylin, a student from Turkey, expressed
her enjoyment of the excursion by saying, “This is wonderful, it’s like a dream to be here.”
Eastern Suffolk BOCES’ Celebration of Technology showcases local students’ work produced using the
latest advances in technology for education. This year’s theme for the event is “How do you use
instructional technology to think globally and act locally?” The Longwood ELL students applied two
important new tools for ocean exploration: Google Earth 5.0 and the “Ocean Literacy Principles”
developed by a national team of science educators and scientists to incorporate more ocean science
into the National Science Standards. A Blue Ocean Institute instructor delivered 5 weekly presentations
on the ocean –Earth’s most dominant feature, and ocean conservation. The workshops, funded in part
by the National Grid Foundation and the Susan A. and Donald P. Babson Foundation, guide the
students to a better understanding of how the ocean significantly influences our life every day – and
that human influence on the ocean is also significant. The goal of the workshops is for students to gain
confidence in their understanding of ocean science and be able to communicate their knowledge, to
become Ocean Science Literate. ELL students also benefit from the opportunity to exercise their new
language skills while learning about their environment.
The Longwood teachers integrated the workshop into their normal curricula, producing an exciting
multi-disciplinary approach to understanding concepts. For instance, Ms. Grandal’s math students
created trigonometry problems using ocean literacy principles. Class reading assignments included local
ocean related topics, including newspaper articles on horseshoe crabs and bay scallops, two important
residents of Long Island bays. Smartboards and computers in the classroom contributed to a truly 21 st
Century learning experience. Ms. Grandal said, "The opportunity to work with Blue Ocean educators to
provide a unique hands-on experience to my ELLs has been a rare and beautiful experience. These
students now have a genuine appreciation of their new land and even a sort of ownership and pride of a
resource they never before even considered. It has been an invaluable experience. We are all grateful. "
“We are pleased to be working with the Blue Ocean Institute in its efforts to encourage the students of
Long Island to understand their connection to, and responsibility for, Long Island’s fragile marine
ecosystem," “said National Grid Foundation Executive Director, Robert G. Keller.
The Longwood students represent a wide range of nations including Central and South American
countries, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Burundi, France, Poland, Turkey and China. For their final
assignment, the students were asked to feature an ocean dependant animal found around their native
countries. The presentations include Fur seals off the coast of Namibia, Jellies in the Mediterranean and
Sardines off of Ecuador. Blue Ocean Institute’s president, Dr. Carl Safina said, “Besides being an
introduction to the local natural environment, these workshops are a great opportunity for the students
to think about and share a natural aspect of their homeland with their classmates, and others who view
their presentations. These exchanges are the roots to communication that can truly pave the way for
change in the world.”
“English Language Learners are an undervalued talent in conservation initiatives” said Patricia Paladines,
Program Manager for Blue Ocean’s Next Wave Youth Education Program and creator of the workshop.
“Their newly acquired multi-lingual skills hold the potential for expanding conservation ideas to areas
where conservation is seriously lacking. Many English Language Learners maintain strong relationships
with friends and family from their native lands. These are the ties that can bridge conservation efforts. ”
Eastern Suffolk BOCES Celebration of Technology event is open to the public. The event took place on
Friday, May 29 th , 2009 from 9am to 2:30pm at the Stony Brook University’s Sports Complex Arena.
Blue Ocean Institute is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in East Norwich, NY, with offices
at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. We work to inspire a closer
relationship with the sea through science, art, and literature. We develop conservation solutions that
are compassionate to people as well as to ocean wildlife, and we share reliable information that
enlightens personal choices, instills hope, and helps to restore living abundance in the ocean.
Blue Ocean Institute’s NEXT WAVE youth education program unites a diverse body of young people who
are curious about our ocean planet. Our mission is to provide opportunities that build on their curiosity,
and encourage confidence toward their development as creative and effective ocean conservation
These workshops would not have been possible without generous support from our partners in
education. In these economic times partnerships that work together towards inspiring hope for future
generations and the world they will experience are crucial. We are extremely grateful to the National
Grid Foundation, the Babson Foundation, Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Stony
Brook University and the New York Institute of Technology for helping us inspire young people through
our NEXT WAVE education program.
The Susan A. and Donald P. Babson