Plenary Speakers

Monday, July 14, 2014 • 9:00am

Shawn Rowe
Marine Education By Whom, For Whom, and in Whose Interests: Learning from Diversity

Strand: Diversity

We have learned from Oregon Sea Grant and the Free-Choice Learning Lab's, past work with bilingual families in our Las OLAS program, and tribal educators in our Guardians of the Forest project.  By reflecting on learner experiences and my own learning in doing these projects, I hope to provoke the audience to reflect on their own efforts to work with diverse audiences asking basic questions for developing critical environmental literacy. 

Shawn Rowe is serving as interim Sea Grant Education program leader and director of Sea Grant's Visitor Center at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center. As a Marine Education Learning Specialist, Dr. Rowe engages in research on free-choice learning - the kind of learning people do outside classrooms and other formal education settings. He uses the Visitor Center as a laboratory to study learning behavior. Dr. Rowe has a background in applied linguistics (studying how people learn language) and developmental psychology in education, and holds a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 • 1:15 pm

Port Orford Community Panel
A Community Working Together-Education/Outreach efforts, fishing community perspectives, and science

Strand: Stewardship

Learn how this community has come together to agree upon the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and work as a community to keep their community members up on relevant research and involved in the decision making process.


Tyson Rasor, Project Coordinator at Redfish Rocks Community Team. He has a B.S. in Park and Natural Resource Management from Cal State in Chico. Tyson’s work with Oregon Sea Grant focused on coastal tourism.
Terry Mock, owner of Ocean Mountain Ranch, and partner in the Archangel Ancient Trees Archive project, representative for the terrestrial side of things within the Port Orford Community Stewardship Area.
Leesa Cobb, Executive Director of the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team, and wife of a commercial fisherman.
Aaron Longton, CEO of Port Orford Sustainable and commercial fisherman.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 • 10:00 AM

Mark Lewis
STEM, STEAM, STEMM, STREAM … What does this all mean? 

Strand: STEAM

Across the nation there is growing awareness that literacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is critical; not just for economic prosperity, but also for youth to be full participants in an increasing complex, and technologically-rich world. As Director of STEM for Oregon, Mark will dispel some common myths about STEM and will challenge STEM practitioners in the field to play an essential role in transforming the broader educational ecosystem. Our conversation will push our thinking beyond the acronyms of STEM, STEAM, STREAM, STEMM, etc. to outcomes that matter most, and illuminate some of the systemic barriers and effective strategies to achieve those outcomes.

A lifelong educator and advocate for youth, Mark is driven by a passion for the critical role that education has in shaping the lives and prosperity of individuals and communities. With an undergraduate degree from Caltech and a Master’s Degree in Education, he brings over 25 years of experience in STEM — from his first career as a satellite engineer, to teaching high school science and mathematics, to working with hundreds of teachers and administrators to transform educational experiences and outcomes for our most vulnerable students and rural communities. Prior to joining the Office of the Chief Education Officer and the OEIB, Mark served as Washington STEM’s Senior Program Officer, stewarding its investment strategy and supporting a network of regional STEM leaders across Washington State.  Additional professional experiences include university administration as Director of Institutional Research and Development, and more than ten years leading community development initiatives in the South Pacific and the Middle East.