Center for Great Lakes Literacy

CGLL logoProgram Overview

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy (CGLL) fosters Great Lakes stewardship by providing hands-on experience, educational resources, and networking opportunities for an engaged community of educators, scientists, and citizens. This community collaborates to create place-based, inquiry driven curriculum for incorporation in Great Lakes area schools to increase Great Lakes literacy.

Specifically, CGLL offers annual shipboard science workshops designed to link educators with Great Lakes scientists, facilitates land-based watershed workshops resulting in community-school partnerships and action-oriented restoration activities, offers hands-on field activities and support from Sea Grant education staff, provides access to water quality monitoring equipment, and facilitates citizen science and volunteer activities.

Teachers on research ship, Lake Ontario

Opportunities for Educators

While CGLL focuses on building a network for ongoing collaboration, previously produced lesson plan packages are provided by CGLL for Great Lakes educators. Lesson plans center on principles of Great Lakes literacy with topics including biology, climate, earth science, ecology, economics, human culture, and water. The lesson plans are intended to guide Great Lakes educators and help them become more confident in incorporating Great Lakes ecosystem information into their curricula.

Samples of lesson plan units include:

  • Habitat Restoration
  • Fish Identification
  • Oxygen in the Water
  • Lake Effect Snow
  • Invasive Species Populations
  • Great Lakes Geology
  • Ojibway Culture

Opportunities for Scientists

CGLL facilitates partnerships between scientists and educators. Scientists are given the opportunity to incorporate their research into Great Lakes curriculum by providing technical assistance and advice to educators.