On 15 July 2011, IUCN Member National Geographic Education hosted 60 highly motivated high school teachers from around the United States for its annual National Teacher Leadership Academy (NTLA).
NTLA is a two-year professional development programme for teachers and training teachers to teach teachers in their own states on how to use the marine content and materials created by National Geographic Education.
National Geographic selected some of the best teachers from across the nation to become “ocean ambassadors” in their communities. Over the course of the training, they will have learned how to effectively use research-based pedagogical techniques for ocean science education in the classroom in order to motivate and educate both teachers and students about ocean issues around the world.
In addition to National Geographic, many IUCN Members attended the event to showcase the latest in science and education for marine issues. In attendance at the annual dinner and exhibition were the following IUCN Members and partners: Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), the Global Islands Partnership (GLISPA), the IUCN Gulf of Mexico Inter-Commission Working Group, the Sargasso Sea Alliance and TARA Oceans. It was truly an educational evening for all the teachers and for IUCN.