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O’Neill Sea Odyssey 2011‐2012                                                                                                                   



                                         Table of Contents
About O’Neill Sea Odyssey......................................................................................................2 
Research Methodology ............................................................................................................3 
    Survey Design and Methodology ............................................................................................3 
    Demographic Data Collection .................................................................................................4 
    Data Analysis ..........................................................................................................................4 
Data Highlights .........................................................................................................................5 
Results.......................................................................................................................................6 
    Student Participation and Demographics ................................................................................6 
    Website and Teaching Materials ........................................................................................... 11 
    Program Ratings ................................................................................................................... 12 
    Student Environmental Awareness ....................................................................................... 14 
Conclusions ............................................................................................................................ 19 
Appendix I: Open-Ended Survey Responses ....................................................................... 21 
Appendix II: Survey Instruments ........................................................................................... 35 
    Teacher/Group Leader Survey.............................................................................................. 35 
    Student Survey ..................................................................................................................... 37 
About the Researcher ............................................................................................................ 38 



 

 




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                                                                                       About O’Neill S



About O’N
A   t       l   a   yssey
        Neill Sea Ody   y
O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OS was inc
O            O           SO)        corporated in 1996 by we
                                                n                        ator       fer
                                                             etsuit innova and surf Jack O’N  Neill as a
nonprofit org
n                                               y,          n,           e
            ganization to provide unique ecology navigation and marine science le             eriences
                                                                                   earning expe
             tudents in grades 4 thro
to regional st                                  e            more than 50
                                    ough 6. Since this time, m           0,000 students have
participated in the three-
p                                   s-on learning event aboa the
                         -hour, hands           g            ard
program’s 65
p                       maran in the Monterey Ba National Marine
             5-foot catam                       ay
Sanctuary an follow-up lessons in the Educatio Center at the
S            nd                      t          on
Santa Cruz Harbor. After participatin in the program,
S            H                      ng                                               
students are required to perform a community se
s                                               ervice
                                                                               “O’NNeill
project.
p
                                                                       Sea
                                                                       S Odyssey provides
                                                                                        s
T primary purpose of the program is to foster
The                       t         m                                     a hands-on educational
                                                                        experience to e
                                                                        e              encourage the
awareness of environme
a            o                       dship and pe
                         ental steward           ersonal
                                                                       protection and p
                                                                       p                             f
                                                                                       preservation of
responsibility among pro
r            y           ogram participants. This is done by                 our living sea and
delivering an interactive curriculum that emphas
d            n                       t          sizes the                      commu  unities.”
connections between lan and sea through a mu
c                        nd          t           ulti-
disciplinary approach inc
d            a                       ogy, biology, and
                         cluding ecolo
mathematics
m            s.

The
T OSO we                 //www.oneills
            ebsite (http:/           seaodyssey.org/) provid
                                                           des
extensive curriculum and learning materials that are designe to introdu students to the topic they
e                        d         m           t            ed         uce          s        cs
will
w be learning in the pro ogram. Teacchers and gr
                                               roup leaders are encour
                                                           s                       e         erials with
                                                                       raged to use these mate
their student before atte
            ts                      p          d           s
                         ending the program, and afterwards as follow-up activities.

Student grou are requ
S           ups         uired to comp
                                    plete a comm             ce
                                                 munity servic project to earn a trip on the OSO
                                                                        o                      O.
            y
A community service pro oject encomp passes a bro range of activities such as nativ plant resto
                                                 oad         f                       ve          oration,
beach or cre cleanup, homeless garden projects, commun environm
b          eek                      g                        nity        mental awar            ects,
                                                                                     reness proje
school recyc
s                       ms,
           cling program and lette               mpaigns for environmen causes. Teachers an group
                                    er-writing cam                      ntal                     nd
 eaders are required to submit proof of completio of a comm
le          r           s                        on          munity service project, w           e
                                                                                     which can be done
via
v the OSO website.

During the Ju 2011 - Ju 2012 pr
D            uly          une        rogram cycle two survey were adm
                                                 e,         ys                      o
                                                                        ministered to the groups
participating in the progr
p                                    ers                     ere        o
                         ram. Teache and group leaders we asked to fill out a su    urvey after
participating in the progr
p                                     heir
                         ram, to get th feedbac on the org
                                                 ck                      nd
                                                            ganization an effectiven             program,
                                                                                     ness of the p
program mat
p                         t
             terials, and the OSO we             cond survey was read aloud to the s
                                     ebsite. A sec                                               t
                                                                                    students that asked
                         ds)          eir        ge
them (by a show of hand about the knowledg of, and at                   ard,
                                                            ttitudes towa the environment. Th   his
survey was administered to the students before and after th e program, a thereby measured t
s            a            d                                              and        y            the
amount of ch
a            hange in their environme            ness.
                                      ental awaren

OSO has undertaken the analyses of these two 2011-12 su rveys and ot
O                     e            o                                           m            se
                                                                    ther program data for us in
evaluating th program, further planning, and de
e           he                                            nds      gram expans
                                              eveloping fun for prog                        cation.
                                                                               sion or replic




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Research Methodology
Survey Design and Methodology
In prior years, separate surveys were designed and distributed to different groups of program
participants: group leaders, teachers and parents, students, and the OSO crew. For the last five years,
two surveys have been utilized: one was distributed to the teachers/group leaders, and another was
administered to the students. Each survey is described below, and copies are provided in Appendix II:
Survey Instruments.

Teacher/Group Leader Survey
Teachers and group leaders were asked to complete a short survey after attending the O’Neill Sea
Odyssey (OSO) program. The current survey for teachers/group leaders has been used since the
spring of 2006.

In this survey, teachers/group leaders were asked to evaluate the program based on how much they
thought the students learned from each of the program areas, including three topics taught on the boat
                         portion of the program, four topics covered in the classroom portion, and one
                               question asking them to rate the students’ overall learning experience.
                                 Teachers/Group leaders rated these program areas using a scale
                                   ranging from learned a lot, learned somewhat, to did not learn at all.
                                   In a yes/no response question, they were then asked if the
                                   presentations were presented at an age-appropriate level.

                                  In a combination of yes/no and open-ended response questions,
                                 teachers/group leaders were then asked several questions about the
                                OSO website and program materials available from it. They answered
                            whether they had visited the OSO website before the trip, if they had used
the teaching materials provided before taking the trip, how they used the website Learning Center or
Teacher Packet materials in the classroom before the trip, which teaching materials were most helpful
in the classroom, and whether they intended to use any of the online Learning Center or Teacher
Packet materials in the classroom after the trip. Finally, they were asked if the teaching materials
enhanced the students’ learning of the topics, if they had any suggestions for improving these teaching
materials, and if they had any additional comments.

Student Survey
The current version of the Student Survey was first used in the 2006-07 program cycle, and was
modified only slightly so that most of the questions were in the present tense (“Do you...” vs. “Will
you...”). This survey was designed to be read aloud to the students and was administered to them
before and after attending the program. Students were asked to raise their hands if they agreed with
the questions (indicating a yes response), and the number of raised hands for each question were
tallied. Starting in 2009-10, students were asked to put their heads down on the desk before raising
their hand. This allowed the students to have anonymity when responding.



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The Student Survey included six yes/no response questions. Two questions asked about their general
knowledge:

        Do you know a lot about the plants and animals that live in the ocean?
        Do you know a lot about things that are bad for rivers, the ocean, and the environment?
Four questions asked about their behavior:

        Do you protect the rivers and the ocean by not pouring oil and chemicals down the storm drain or onto
         the ground?
        Do you protect the environment by not throwing garbage on the ground?
        Do you recycle?
        Will you share what you know with your friends and family so they can all learn to protect the
         environment?

Demographic Data Collection
In addition to filling out the survey, teachers/group leaders were asked to provide the name of their
school or group, the number of students in their group, and the grade level(s) of their students. To
determine the number of repeat participants, when students first arrived they were asked by a show of
hands if they had previously participated in the OSO program.

Data Analysis
In this report, most of the data in the analyses came from the OSO Teacher/Group Leader and Student
Surveys. However, student ethnicity, level of English fluency, and enrollment in free or reduced price
meal programs were estimated using percentages obtained from the DataQuest database of the
                         California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS). Using DataQuest, OSO
                              obtained the percentages of each of these demographics for each school
                               participating in this program. For each school group, these percentages
                                were applied to the total number of students in that group to estimate the
                                number of students with these demographics.

                            Some of the questions in the Teacher/Group Leader Survey were open-
                            ended. Participants were asked to provide comments, suggestions, and to
                          describe their experiences with the OSO website’s educational materials.
                     Although these open-ended questions are not evaluated in this report, all of the
responses are provided in Appendix I.

A census approach was used for both the Teacher/Group Leader and Student Surveys. In this type of
survey approach, every teacher and student who participated in the program also answered the
surveys (as opposed to giving the surveys to only a sample of the participants).

Note that demographic data were not available for every group, and not every group answered all
survey questions. For this reason, the number of groups or students reported in some analyses may
differ from the total number of groups and students that participated.



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Data Highlights
Demographics
        Between July 2011 and June 2012, 197 groups participated in the O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO) program,
         representing 5,661 students. Group sizes ranged from 6 to 35 students, with an average group size of
         28.
        The majority of groups came from Santa Cruz County (45%) and Santa Clara County (43%).
        Approximately 96% of groups were of students between 4th and 6th grade, the programs target
         population.
        One in ten students (10%) had attended the program previously.
        Based on population estimates, 51% of the students were Hispanic or Latino, 24% were White, 15%
         were Asian, Filipino, or Pacific Islander, 2% were African American, less than 1% were American Indian
         or Alaska Native, and 7% were of another race/ethnicity.
        It was estimated that 52% of the students attending the OSO program did not have English as their
         primary language, a slight increase since 2007-08 (41%).
        More than half (55%) of students were receiving free or reduced price meals.
        Approximately 44% of participating groups were lower income groups, 28% were middle income groups,
         and 27% were higher income groups.
Website Use
        Most teachers/group leaders (85%) had visited the OSO website before their trip.
        More than half (57%) of all teachers/group leaders reported that they had used the online teaching
         materials provided on the website before their trip, and most teachers (89%) intended to use the online
         teaching materials in the classroom after the trip.
        Almost all (96%) of teachers/group leaders felt that the teaching materials enhanced the students’
         learning of the topics.
Program Ratings
        In every topic area, the vast majority of teachers/group leaders (between 94% and 98%) indicated that
         their students had “learned a lot.”
        Of the three topics learned on the boat, 97% of teachers/group leaders thought students had “learned a
         lot” in the Marine Science station, the Sailing & Navigation station, and the Ecology station.
        Of the four topics learned in the classroom, most teachers/group leaders again said that students had
         “learned a lot” in the Follow-up and Discussion (98%), closely followed by the Marine Science station
         (97%), the Ecology station (97%), and the Sailing and Navigation station (94%).
        All teachers/group leaders (100%) reported that their students had “learned a lot” from the overall
         learning experience.
Student Environmental Awareness
        The Student Survey showed that the OSO program was effective in promoting substantial increases in
         students’ environmental awareness. Before participating in the OSO program, an average of 72% of
         students agreed with the survey questions overall. After attending the program, this percentage
         increased to 90%.
        When student surveys were divided by income level, results showed that all groups of students increased
         their environmental knowledge after attending the program. The students from lower income groups had
         lower levels of agreement before the program started than the other two income groups and showed the
         greatest increase.


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Resul
R   lts
Student Parti
S     t           ion and Demog
            icipati     d           cs
                              graphic
Between July 2011 and June 2012, 197 groups participated in the O’Ne Sea Odys
B           y                                          d           eill        ssey (OSO)
program, rep
p          presenting 5,661 students. Group siz ranged f
                                              zes                  5           with
                                                        from 6 to 35 students, w an averaage
group size of 28.
g           f

Counties of Origin
C        o

Some groups came from as far away as Stanisla County and San Be
S                    m          y           aus                                         ame from
                                                                 enito County but most ca
Santa Cruz County (45% Santa Cla County (43%), and M
S          C         %),        ara         (          Monterey Coounty (9%). Between 20007-08
a 2011-12 these three counties have continued to be the most freque origins o groups.
and       2,          e        h                      e           ent        of

Figure 1:
F                  Participatin Group’s County of Origin
                              ng

                                                                         44.7%                                                                2011‐12
                                                                                                                                              2
                                                                            48.4%
   Santa Cruz                                                          42.50%                                                                 2010‐11
                                                                                                                                              2
                                                                         44.7%
                                                                        44.0%                                                                 2009‐10
                                                                                                                                              2
                                                                       42.7%                                                                  2008‐09
                                                                                                                                              2
                                                               35.7%
   Santa Clara                                                          43.00%                                                                2007‐08
                                                                                                                                              2
                                                                      41.5%
                                                                      4
                                                              34.9%
                                 %
                              8.5%
                                 0.4%
                                10
    Monterey                     30%
                               9.3
                            5.9%
                                  12.6%
                       1.0%
                       1.1%
   San Mateo            2.10%
                         3.2%
                         2.9%
                       0.5%
                       1.1%
   San Benito          0.50%
                        2.1%
                        1.7%
                       0.5%
                       1.1%
      Alameda          0.50%
                       0.5%
                       1.1%
                        2.0%
                        2.2%
        Other*          2.10%
                        2.1%
                         2.9%

                  0
                  0%                    20%                     40%                    60%
                                                                                       6                       80%                   100%
                                                                                                                                                         
Source: O’Neill Sea Odyssey (2011-12 N=197 groups; 20
S                  a                    2                 010-11 N= 182 gro                  93;              8
                                                                            oups; 2009-10 N=19 2008-09 N=188 groups; 2007-08 N=175 groups).
                                        cludes the counties of Contra Costa, Sacramento, San F
* “Other” counties differ by year but inc                 s                  S                                aquin, Stanislaus, a Yolo,
                                                                                             Francisco, San Joa                  and



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Grade Leve
G        els

OSO’s target population is students in the 4th th
O                                                                                    the
                                                hrough 6th g rades, and iin 2011-12, t majority of
groups were in this grade range (96% In 2011-
g                                  %).                      hest percenta of group were from the 4th
                                                -12, the high             age        ps        m
grade (37%), followed by 5th grade groups (35% 6th grade groups (16% and com
g                       y          g            %),         e            %),        mbined 4-6th grade
groups (9%).
g

Most groups of students participated through schools, althou a few ca
M                                  d                       ugh                ommunity ce
                                                                    ame from co         enters
a children’s organizati
and                                s
                       ions such as the Boys and Girls Cluub.

Figure 2:
F                  Grade Leve of Groups
                            els

                                                                 4.7%                                                                      011‐12
                                                                                                                                          20
                                                                   39.6%
            4th G
                Grade                                                                                                                      010‐11
                                                                                                                                          20
                                                             31.60%
                                                          27.7%                                                                            009‐10
                                                                                                                                          20
                                                      23.9%
                                                                                                                                           008‐09
                                                                                                                                          20
                                                                 11..4%
                                                                                                                                           007‐08
                                                                                                                                          20
                                                               32.4%
                                                                   %
                Grade
            5th G                                                  37.30%
                                                                   3
                                                                         43.6%
                                                                     39.2%

                                              15.0%
                                                  %
                                       9.9%
                Grade
            6th G                                 %
                                             15.00%
                                            14.9%
                                                  %
                                              17.0%

                                       37.3%
                                            14.8%
              n 4th‐
    Combination
                                         11.40%
      6th Grades
                                        11.2%
                                                 0%
                                              17.0

                                311.6%
                                3.33%
     Special Classes*             4
                                  4.70%
                                  7%
                                2.7
                                  8%
                                2.8

                          0%                  20%                    0%
                                                                    40                    60%                  80%                  100%
                                                                                                                                                            
Source: O’Neill Sea Odyssey (2011-12 N=197 groups; 20
S                 a                   2                 010-11 N=182 grou  ups; 2009-10 N=19 groups; 2008-09 N=188 groups; 20
                                                                                              93           9                007-08 N=176 grou
                                                                                                                                            ups).
                                                                                              h
                                      omprised of students in grades other than 4th through 6th .
* “Special Classes” refers to groups co                                    t
 




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Race/Ethn
R       nicity

The
T race/eth               rticipants wa estimated using perce
            hnicity of par           as                       entages obta            he
                                                                          ained from th DataQuest
database of the California Basic Edu
d                                                ata
                                     ucational Da System (C    CBEDS), ba             year, school
                                                                          ased on the y
 ocations, an grade leve of the stu
lo          nd            els        udents. In 20011-12, it wa estimated that 51% o the studen were
                                                              as          d          of          nts
Hispanic or Latino, 24% were White, 15% were Asian, Filipi no, or Pacifiic Islander, 2 were Afr
H            L                                                                        2%         rican
American, le than 1% were Americ Indian or Alaska Na
A           ess                       can         o                       %
                                                              ative, and 7% were of an            ethnicity.
                                                                                      nother race/e
These perce
T                        e
            entages have stayed rela              ame since 2 006-07.
                                     atively the sa

Figure 3:
F                                       dents
                   Race/Ethnicity of Stud

                                                                                      0.7%
                                                                                     50                                                       11‐12
                                                                                                                                            201
                                                                                43.4%
                c / Latino
         Hispanic                                                                     %
                                                                                  46.3%                                                       10‐11
                                                                                                                                            201
                                                                                      0.5%
                                                                                     50
                                                                                    49 .7%                                                    09‐10
                                                                                                                                            200
                                                            24.3%                                                                             08‐09
                                                                                                                                            200
                                                                    0%
                                                                 31.0
                      White                                  25.9%                                                                            07‐08
                                                                                                                                            200
                                                               28.8%
                                                                   %
                                                               28.4%
                                                  15.1%
A              o / Pacific
Asian / Filipino                               12.3%%
                                                  15.
                                                    .4%
        Islandeer
                                                 14.1
                                                    1%
                                                13.2%%
                                     2.3%
                                     2.3%
        African A
                American             2.6%
                                     2.9%
                                     3.0%
                                    0
                                    0.4%
       American
              n Indian /            0
                                    0.4%
                                    0
                                    0.4%
        Alaska Native
                                    0
                                    0.5%
                                    0
                                    0.5%

                               0%                  20%                  4
                                                                        40%                  60%                  80%                 100%
                                                                                                                                                               
Source: Data provid by O’Neill Sea Odyssey, collected from State of Cali
S                 ded                                 d                 ifornia Department of Education, Calif                 ation Data System, DataQuest
                                                                                                              fornia Basic Educa
database (2011-12 N= 5,661 students; 2010-11 N=4,852 students; 2009-10 N=5,166 students 2008-09 N=4,731 students; 2007-08 N=4,210 student
d                                                    2                  0                   s;                1                                  ts).
Note: The “Other” and “Multiple or No Response” categories are not shown in this figure. Perc
N                 a                                                                                           otal
                                                                                            centages may not to 100% for this r                  ounding.
                                                                                                                               reason or due to ro



English as a Second Language
E                   L

Two categor
T                          sh
              ries of Englis proficienc were exam
                                       cy                                 es
                                                    mined using percentage obtained f from the DattaQuest
database. One category was English Learner (E which de
d                                       h          EL),                   udents whose primary language
                                                               escribed stu            e
w not English, and wh had been determined to lack the E
was                        ho                                             guage skills necessary to
                                                               English lang                        o
succeed in th school’s regular instr
s             he            r          ructional prog                      ory
                                                     grams. The other catego was Flue  ent-English-
Proficient (FE
P                           d
               EP), which described students whos primary la
                                                    se                    as          sh,
                                                               anguage wa not Englis but who h methad
              riteria for determining pr
the district cr                        roficiency in English.



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            i
In 2011-12, it was estimaated that 40% of students attending the OSO pr            e
                                                                        rogram were English Learners
(EL), and 12% of studen participant were Fluent-English-P
(                       nt           ts                                 EP), both pe
                                                           Proficient (FE                     have
                                                                                   ercentages h
remained relatively cons
r                       sistent since 2007-08. When the two groups wer combined (EL + FEP) the
                                               W           o            re         d          ),
result showe that in 201
r          ed                                  ents attendin the OSO p
                         11-12, 52% of the stude           ng                                 English
                                                                        program did not speak E
a their primary language, a slight in
as                                             ce
                                    ncrease sinc 2007-08 (4 41%).

F
Figure 4:           Percentage of English Learner (E 1 Studen
                             e          h          EL)      nts
100%
1
  80%
  60%
                      40.2%                             9%
                                                     35.9                           38.4%                           37.0%
  40%                                                                                                                                                  %
                                                                                                                                                   30.9%
  20%
   0%
                     2011-12                           0-11
                                                    2010                           2009-10                        2008-09
                                                                                                                  2                                   -08
                                                                                                                                                  2007-
                                                                                                                                                                          
Source: Data provid by O’Neill Sea Odyssey, collected from State of Cali
S                  ded                                    d                 ifornia Department of Education, Califfornia Basic Educaation Data System, DataQuest
database (2011-12 N=4,863 students; 2010-11 N=4,852 students; 2009-10 N=4,817 students ; 2008-09 N=4,678 students; 2007-08 N=4,210 students
d                                                                                                                8                  8                   s).
1
                                      f                                     y                 han
  “English Learner” includes students for whom there is a report of a primary language other th English on the state-approved Ho    ome Language Sur    rvey and who,
on                  s                                    s
o the basis of the state approved oral language (grades K-12) assessment procedures and in                       grades 3-12 only), h
                                                                                              ncluding literacy (g                                      ned
                                                                                                                                    have been determin to lack
 he                E                                      mprehension, spea
th clearly defined English language skills of listening com                                  d
                                                                           aking, reading, and writing necessary to succeed in the s                    structional
                                                                                                                                     school’s regular ins
programs.
p


F
Figure 5:           Percentage of Fluent-
                             e                     oficient (FE 1 Student
                                        -English-Pro          EP)       ts
100%
1
  80%
  60%
  40%
  20%                 11.7%                         10.0
                                                       0%                          13.7%                          13.3%
                                                                                                                  1                              10.5%
                                                                                                                                                     %
   0%
                     2011-12                       2010-11                        2009-10                        2008-09
                                                                                                                 2                                   08
                                                                                                                                                2007-0
                                                                                                                                                                      
Source: Data provid by O’Neill Sea Odyssey, collected from State of Cali
S                   ded                                   d                                                         fornia Basic Educa
                                                                               ifornia Department of Education, Calif                ation Data System, DataQuest
database (2011-12 N=4,863 students; 2010-11 N=4,852 students; 2009-10 N=4,817 students ; 2008-09 N=4,678 students; 2007-08 N=4,210 students
d                                                                                                                  8                 8                   s).
1
  “Fluent-English-Pr                    s                 mary language is other than English a who have met the district criteria f determining pro
                    roficient” includes students whose prim                   o                  and                                  for                oficiency in
English (i.e., those students who were identified as FEP on initial identification and students re
E                    s                                                                           e-designated from Limited-English-Prroficient (LEP) or English learner
 EL)
(E to FEP).


Figure 6:
F                            e         nts     P         nguage is N English
                    Percentage of Studen Whose Primary Lan         Not
100%
1
  80%
  60%                 51.9%                             0%
                                                     46.0                           52.1%                          50.3%
                                                                                                                                                      %
                                                                                                                                                  41.3%
  40%
  20%
   0%
                     2011-12                           0-11
                                                    2010                           2009-10                        2008-09
                                                                                                                  2                                   08
                                                                                                                                                 2007-0
                                                                                                                                                                          
Source: Data provid by O’Neill Sea Odyssey, collected from State of Cali
S                  ded                                d                                                      fornia Basic Educa
                                                                        ifornia Department of Education, Calif                ation Data System, DataQuest
database (2011-12 N=4,863 students; 2010-11 N=4,852 students; 2009-10 N=4,817 students ; 2008-09 N=4,678 2007-08 N=4,210
d                                                                                                           8;                0).
Note: This analysis combines both Eng
N                                                                       h-Proficient (FEP) s
                                    glish Learner (EL) and Fluent-English                  students.




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Free and Reduced Pr
F        R        rice Meals

Enrollment in federal pro
E           n           ograms that offer free an reduced p
                                                nd                       to           was
                                                             price meals t students w used to     o
estimate the percentage of students whose fami
e                                                ilies meet th income eligibility guidelines for these
                                                             he
programs. Based on the percentage obtained from the Dat
p                                 es            f                        abase, in 20
                                                              taQuest data           011-12, 55% of the
students who attended th OSO pro
s           o            he       ogram were receiving fre or reduced price meals, an increa from
                                                r            ee                                   ase
previous yea
p          ars.

Figure 7:
F                        Percentage of Studen Receivin Free or R
                                  e         nts      ng        Reduced Price Meals
100%
1
  80%
                           54.5%                                                 50.4%                          50.8%
  60%                                                          46.8
                                                                  8%                                                                              %
                                                                                                                                              47.0%
  40%
  20%
   0%
                          2011-12                                 0-11
                                                               2010             2009-10                        2008-09
                                                                                                               2                                 -08
                                                                                                                                             2007-
                                                                                                                                                                     
Source: Data provid by O’Neill Sea Odyssey, collected from State of Cali
S                 ded                               d                                                       fornia Basic Educa
                                                                       ifornia Department of Education, Calif                ation Data System, DataQuest
database (2011-12 N=5,558 students; 2010-11 N= 4,727 students; 2009-10 N=4,866 students 2008-09 N=4776 2007-08 N=4,210 students).
d                                                   7                 0                 s;                 6;                0


The
T OSO pro    ogram aims to make its learning exp periences av             tudents from all econom
                                                             vailable to st          m          mic
backgrounds The econo
b            s.                      o
                         omic levels of the comm
                                               munities from which partic
                                                            m                         ups
                                                                          cipating grou came w  were
e
estimated us sing the perc
                         centage of st
                                     tudents rece
                                                eiving free o r reduced prrice meals.1 Groups with less
                                                                                                 h
             heir        s                      w
than 1/3 of th students receiving this benefit were conside                          d           h
                                                             ered higher iincome, and groups with more
than 2/3 of th students receiving this benefit were conside
             heir        s                      w            ered lower inncome. Grou that fell between
                                                                                      ups
these extrem were con
            mes          nsidered mid           e
                                     ddle income groups.

Using this method of ana
U                      alysis, appro
                                   oximately 44 of particip
                                              4%                     ps        ssified as low
                                                          pating group were clas            wer
income groups, 28% as middle incom groups, and 27% as higher inco
                                   me                    s                      in
                                                                     ome groups i 2011-12. T The
percentage of lower inco
p           o          ome groups increased frrom the prev
                                                         vious year w correspo
                                                                    with       onding decre eases in
           ages of middle and highe income gr
the percenta                       er         roups.

Figure 8:
F                        Percentage of Groups Participati
                                  e         s                      ome Level¹
                                                        ing, by Inco
1
100%                                                                                                                                           me
                                                                                                                                    Higher incom groups
    80%               7.3%
                     27                       3
                                              37.5%               3
                                                                  31.80%    31.8%                31.1%               32.6%          Middle incom groups
                                                                                                                                               me
                                                                                                                                               me
                                                                                                                                    Lower incom groups
    60%               8.4%
                     28
                                                                  37.50%
                                                                  3         37.5%                31.7%               29.6%
    40%                                       3
                                              32.4%

    20%               4.3%
                     44                                                                          37.2%               37.8%
                                              30.1%
                                              3                   3
                                                                  30.70%    30.7%
     0%
                   201
                     11-12                    010-11
                                             20                   2009-10
                                                                  2         2008-09            2007-08              2006-07
                                                                                                                                                                     
Source: Data provid by O’Neill Sea Odyssey, collected from State of Cali
S                   ded                                 d                                                       fornia Basic Educa
                                                                           ifornia Department of Education, Calif                ation Data System, DataQuest
database (2011-12 N=194 groups; 201
d                                                                          2
                                     10-11 N= 176 groups; 2009-10 N=192 groups; 2008-09 N=180 groups; 200       07-08 N=164 group ps).
Note: Only groups that had data regarding the percentag of students recei
N                                                       ge                                    ed               re                analysis.
                                                                           iving free or reduce price meals wer included in this a
1
                    he
  Income levels of th groups were estimated using the pe                                      or
                                                         ercentage of students receiving free o reduced price meeals in each group: In Higher Income groups, less
 han
th 33% of their students received this benefit; Middle In                                     2/3               s
                                                         ncome groups had between 1/3 and 2 of their students receiving this ben                     come groups
                                                                                                                                  nefit, and Lower Inc
had                 o
h more than 2/3 of their students recceiving this benefit.




                                                            
1
                  at             rding the percent
    Only groups tha had data regar                                                r                unches were incl
                                                 tage of students receiving free or reduced price lu              luded in this analysis.


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Repeat Stu
R        udents

            1
In 2011-12, 10% of studeents had pre
                                   eviously part
                                               ticipated in t OSO pro
                                                            the        ogram. The p            of
                                                                                    percentage o
students repeating the program has stayed relat
s                                                                      -08, with slig decrease in
                                               tively stable since 2007-            ght       e
2009-10.
2

Figure 9:
F                         e         nts      ng
                 Percentage of Studen Repeatin the Prog ram
100%
1
 80%
 60%
 40%
 20%               10.1%                     10.1%                     5.1%                       9.0%                         %
                                                                                                                           10.3%
   0%
                 2011-12                    2010-11                   2009-10                    008-09
                                                                                                20                              8
                                                                                                                          2007-08
                                                                                                                                                 
Source: O’Neill Sea Odyssey (2011-12 N=2,533 students 2010-11 N= 4,85 students; 2009-1 N=4,767 studen 2008-09 N=3,777 students; 2007- N=4,210
S                 a                2                s;              52               10             nts;                            -08
students).
s



Website and Teachin Mate
W     e     T     ng   erials
             O                         e
In 2002, OSO launched an extensive website to inform pote                    s           program, cul
                                                               ential visitors about the p           ltivate
volunteers, and encourage sponsors
v           a                                                  nned, teache can log in to the web
                                      ships. Once a trip is plan              ers                    bsite to
get
g pre-trip innformation and documents such as a program o
                          a                                    overview, dis              learning goa and
                                                                              scussion of l          als,
a teacher paacket. The 52              her
                          2-page teach packet in  ncludes info rmation and activities to help prepare
                                                                             d           o
students for the trip, inclu
s                                     s           b
                           uding topics on marine biology, eco logy, and na              he           ta
                                                                             avigation. Th “View Dat from
Past Trips” fu
P            unction on th website allows teachers and stud
                           he         a                                      e
                                                               dents to see and learn w              lasses
                                                                                         what other cl
have done fo their comm
h           or                         ce
                          munity servic project.

             ram material, OSO state that:
In their progr                     es

                udents who have been given an ove
          “...stu           h         g                       eir
                                                  erview of the subjects b             cipating in the
                                                                           before partic
          progr             f                     ducational ex
                ram benefit from a more in-depth ed            xperience.”

OSO, therefo encoura
O           ore,        ages teachers and group leaders to use the mat
                                                p                                 ded
                                                                     terials provid through the
website with their studen before pa
w                       nts                      n          am.
                                   articipating in the progra

In the Teach
           her/Group Le               ys,
                          eader Survey 85% of te   eachers/gro up leaders in 2011-12 re           t
                                                                                       eported that they
had         he
h visited th Sea Odys      ssey website before their trip. Data f
                                      e                         from previou years’ surveys showe that
                                                                           us                     ed
that website use has rem              ively stable with 79% to8
                          mained relati            w                      cher/group le
                                                                88% of teac                       g
                                                                                      eaders using the
website prior to their trip.
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Figure 10: Did you visit the Sea Odyssey website before this trip? (Teachers/Group Leaders
           Who Answered “Yes”)
 100%              85.1%                            85.0%                                                                         87.8%
                                                                              79.2%                    83.4%
  80%
  60%
  40%
  20%
    0%
                   2011-12                      2010-11                       2009-10                 2008-09                   2007-08             
Source: Teacher/Group Leader Surveys (2011-12 N=181; 2010-11 N=160; 2009-10 N=178; 2008-09 N=163; 2007-08 N=156).

Teachers/group leaders were asked additional questions about the teaching materials available on the
website.

         In 2011-12, 57% of all teachers/group leaders reported that they had used the online teaching materials
          provided on the website before their trip, a decrease from the previous year.
         Almost all teachers/group leaders (96%) felt that the teaching materials enhanced the students’ learning
          of the topics, similar to the previous years.
         A majority (89%) reported that they intended to use the online teaching materials in the classroom after
          the trip. This result has stayed relatively stable over the past five years.

Figure 11: Use of Website Teaching Materials (Teachers/Group Leaders Who Answered “Yes”)

Did you use the teaching materials                   Did the teaching materials enhance the           Do you intend to use the Online
provided on the website before the                   children’s learning of topics?                   Learning Center or Teacher Packet
trip?                                                                                                 Materials in the classroom after
                                                                                                      the trip?

                                                              95.5%           97.1%           98.4%
                                                                                                                89.1%           91.4%           94.1%
 100%                                                 100%                                             100%
  80%                                   69.9%          80%            96.8%           98.4%
                        58.8%                                                                           80%                             91.7%
          57.4%                                                                                                         90.3%
  60%                                                  60%                                              60%
                66.7%           61.0%
  40%                                                  40%                                              40%
  20%                                                  20%                                              20%
   0%                                                   0%                                               0%
         2011- 2010- 2009- 2008- 2007-                        2011- 2010- 2009- 2008- 2007-                     2011- 2010- 2009- 2008- 2007-
          12    11    10    09    08                           12    11    10    09    08                        12    11    10    09    08
                                                 
Source: Teacher/Group Leader Surveys (2011-12        Source: Teacher/Group Leader Surveys (2011-12    Source: Teacher/Group Leader Surveys (2011-12
N=176; 2010-11 N= 159; 2009-10 N=177; 2008-09        N=133; 2010-11 N= 124; 2009-10 N=140; 2008-09    N=174; 2010-11 N= 145; 2009-10 N=162; 2008-09
N=159; 2007-08 N=153).                               N=122; 2007-08 N=127).                           N=157; 2007-08 N=153).



Program Ratings
Teachers/Group leaders were asked to give their feedback on the quality and effectiveness of several
topics that were covered in the program. Teachers/Group leaders were asked, “thinking about the
children in the group and what was presented to them today, how much do you think the children
learned from the following?” Respondents could answer learned a lot, learned somewhat, or did not
learn at all.

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                         v           y           s/group lead ers indicated that the students had “learned
In every topic area, the vast majority of teachers                        d
             ercentage of teachers/group leaders who respo nded this wa ranged fr
a lot.” The pe           f                       s                        ay          rom 94% to 998%
across all top
a            pics.

                 e           s             he
           Of the three topics learned on th boat, 97% of teachers/g
                                                      %                          s
                                                                    group leaders thought stud            earned a
                                                                                              dents had “le
                              S            on,         g            n            d           y
           lot” in the Marine Science statio the Sailing & Navigation station, and the Ecology station.
               e                          e
           Of the four topics learned in the classroom, most teachers
                                                        m                        ers       d            ts
                                                                    s/group leade again said that student had
                ned          he             a           on                                 nce
           “learn a lot” in th Follow-up and Discussio (98%), folllowed by the Marine Scien station (9 97%), the
                ogy
           Ecolo station (97                           N            ation (94%).
                              7%), and the Sailing and Navigation sta
All
A teachers/            ers
            /group leade (100%) reeported that their studen had “lear
                                                          nts       rned a lot” fr
                                                                                 rom the overrall
 earning experience, and agreed tha the presen
le                     d          at                      e
                                             ntations were presented at an age-a              evel.
                                                                                 appropriate le

During the past five year (2007-08 to 2011-12), the percen tage of teac
D                       rs                       ,                                   leaders who
                                                                         chers/group l            o
reported that the student had “learn a lot” ha been cons
r             t          ts         ned        as                         h.                       d
                                                            sistently high The topic that showed the
greatest incr
g                       he
             rease was th Sailing an Navigation station (ne increase o 4.9%). It is important t note
                                   nd                       et            of         s             to
             he         h           o                                     as         y
that due to th already high ratings of these topic areas eve ry year, it wa extremely difficult to
demonstrate any further improvement across ye
d           e                                   ears.

Figure 12: How much do you think the child
F                   h                               d          following [T
                                         dren learned from the f                    s]?
                                                                          Topic Areas
                    ge                   L          ho         ese
           (Percentag of Teachers/Group Leaders Wh Gave The Respon        nses), 2011-12
100%
1
                       2.7%                         2.7%                               2%
                                                                                     3.2
                                                                                                                         e
                                                                                                                    In the
                                                                                                                 classrooom

                     97.3%                        9
                                                  97.3%                                 8%
                                                                                     96.8
                                                                                                                         omewhat
                                                                                                                Learned so
                                                                                                                Learned a lot
    80%
                                  ation
           Sailing & Navigation sta                ogy
                                               Ecolo Station                        ence station
                                                                          Marine Scie
                     (N=185)                       N=185)
                                                  (N                                185)
                                                                                 (N=1
                                                                                                                                                      
    100%
                                          3.2%                     2.7%                       2.2%
                    5.9%                                                                                                               On
                                                                                                                                       O the
                                                                                                                                        boat
                                                                                                                                        b

                                                                                                                         0%
                                                                                                                     100.0
                                          96.8%                    7.3%
                                                                  97                         97.8%
                   94.1%                                                                                                                 ned
                                                                                                                                     Learn somewhat
                                                                                                                                         ned
                                                                                                                                     Learn a lot
    80%
                  ng
             Sailin & Navigation                   on
                                      Ecology statio       Marine Sccience station         Follow-up and                   earning
                                                                                                                  Overall le
                    station              (N=185)                  (N==185)                                ng
                                                                                       diiscussion regardin         experieence
                   (N=185)                                                              assroom experienc
                                                                                      cla                  ce        (N=18 84)
                                                                                              (N=181)
                                                                                                                                                          
Source: Teacher/Gr
S                                 ys,
                 roup Leader Survey 2011-12.
 




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Figure 13: Comparison of Topic Areas (Teachers/Group Leaders Who Said the Children
           “Learned A Lot”)
                                                  2011-12             2010-11              2009-10                  2008-09        2007-08
 On the boat
 Sailing and Navigation                             97.3%               96.9%                 94.1%                  93.4%              92.4%
 station
 Ecology station                                    97.3%               95.7%                 96.8%                  96.4%              97.5%
 Marine science station                             96.8%               97.5%                 95.7%                  97.0%              99.4%
 In the classroom
 Sailing and Navigation                             94.1%               93.8%                 94.6%                  93.5%              91.8%
 station
 Ecology station                                    96.8%               96.9%                 96.2%                  97.6%              97.5%
 Marine science station                             97.3%               98.1%                 99.5%                  97.6%              95.6%
 Follow-up and discussion                           97.8%               98.1%                 97.8%                  95.7%              98.7%
 Overall
 Overall learning experience                       100.0%               98.1%                 98.9%                  99.4%              100%
Source: Teacher/Group Leader Surveys, 2007-12.


Figure 14: Were the presentations presented at an age-appropriate level?
           (Teachers/Group Leaders Who Answered “Yes”)
100%
  80%              100.0%                        98.8%                    100%                       100.0%                   100.0%

  60%
  40%
  20%
   0%
                   2011-12                       2010-11                 2009-10                    2008-09                   2007-08
                                                                                                                                                    
Source: Teacher/Group Leader Surveys (2011-12 N=181; 2010-11 N=160; 2009-10 N=160; 2008-09 N=163; 2007-08 N=156).



Student Environmental Awareness
The Student Survey was read aloud to the students and was administered both before and after the
program. The Student Survey included six yes/no response questions regarding their general
knowledge about the ocean, and their future behavior regarding protection of the environment,
recycling, and intention to share their knowledge about how to protect the environment with others.
Students were asked to raise their hands if they agreed with the questions, and the number of raised
hands for each question was tallied.

The results showed that there were considerable changes in students’ attitudes toward the environment
after participating in the OSO program. Before participating in the OSO program, an average of 72% of
students agreed with the survey questions overall. After attending the program, this percentage
increased to 90%. Similar improvements have been demonstrated over the previous five years.




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For          t         idual survey questions, there were s
F each of the six indivi                       t                       ncreases in the percenta of
                                                          substantial in                        age
students who agreed wit them after participatin in the prog
s            o         th          r          ng           gram. The la            ases occurre with
                                                                       argest increa            ed
Question 1, Do you know a lot about the plants and animals that live in the ocean?, a net increa of
Q            D         w           t           a          s                                    ase
48% and Question 6, Wi you share what you kn
4                      ill                                 ur          nd                      an
                                               now with you friends an family so that they ca all
 earn to prote the envir
le           ect                               e
                       ronment?, a net increase of 26%.

Figure 15: Percentage of All Stud
F                    e          dents Who Agreed wit Survey Q
                                                   th       Questions,
                                m,
           Pre- and Post-Program 2011-12
                                                                                                                                        e-program
                                                                                                                                      Pre
    1. Do you kn a lot about the plants and animals
               now                                                                       41.0%
                                e
                 that live in the ocean?                                                                            88.7%               st-program
                                                                                                                                      Pos


     2. Do you know a lot about things that are bad for
               k               t              e                                                                79.0%
                              d
         rivers, the ocean, and the environme ent?                                                                      2.0%
                                                                                                                       92

                p              s             n
    3. Do you protect the rivers and the ocean by not                                                          80.5%
                a              d
    pouring oil and chemicals down the storm drain or
                     onto the gr
                               round?                                                                                1.5%
                                                                                                                    91

               rotect the enviro
    4. Do you pr                             t
                               onment by not throwing                                                           80.6%
                 garbage on the ground?                                                                               2.0%
                                                                                                                     92

                                                                                                                     87.9%
                                                  r
                                        5. Do you recycle?
                                                                                                                      92.5%

                 s
     6. Will you share what you know with your friends
                                                                                                    59.7%
                 s             n                otect the
     and family so that they can all learn to pro
                       environmment?                                                                                   %
                                                                                                                   85.7%


                                  Overall Survey Average
                                  O              A                                                        71.5%
                                                                                                                      0.4%
                                                                                                                     90

                                                              0%         20%         0%
                                                                                    40          60%        80%         00%
                                                                                                                      10
                                                                                                                                                           
Source: Student Surveys, 2011-12 (N=
S                                  =5,531 students).


Figure 16: Students’ Overall Sur
F                    O                   ges, Pre- an d Post-Prog
                               rvey Averag                      gram

                      97.9%                       %
                                              96.5%                 97.0%
                                                                    9                                                                  rogram
                                                                                                                                  Pre-pr
1
100%                                                                                        92.7%                     4%
                                                                                                                   90.4
                 8%
              79.8                    76.1%                 75.6%                   75
                                                                                     5.7%                                              program
                                                                                                                                  Post-p
 80%                                                                                                       71.5%

 60%

 40%

 20%

   0%
                 2
                 2007-08                 2008-09               2009-10                 2010-11                2011-12
                                                                                                                                                     
Source: Student Surveys (2011-12 N=
S                                                   010-11 N= 4,727 students; 2009-10 N
                                  =5,531 students; 20                                                   2008-09 N=4,756 students; 2007-08 N
                                                                                      N=5,001 students; 2                                 N=4,435
students).
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Effects of Economic Background

The Student Survey results were also analyzed to determine whether the economic background of
students had any effect on their environmental awareness, both before and after participating in the
program.

The first step was to determine how to identify students’ economic backgrounds. As only limited
information was collected about the groups attending the program, it was decided to use the
percentage of students receiving free or reduced price meals as an estimate of the group’s economic
level. This percentage was then used to divide the groups into three income categories. Groups with
less than 1/3 of their students receiving free or reduced price meals were considered higher income
groups, and groups with more than 2/3 of their students receiving this benefit were considered lower
income groups. Groups that fell between these extremes were considered middle income groups.

The following figures present the survey results for the students in lower, middle, and higher income
groups. When these income categories were analyzed separately, all groups showed considerable
increases in the percentages of students who agreed with the survey questions after participating in the
program, similar to the previous analysis. However, there were interesting differences between the
groups.

The most interesting findings were the amount of change and effectiveness of the OSO program in
teaching and encouraging environmentally-conscious behavior, relative to the groups’ economic
background. Before the program began, a smaller percentage of students from lower income groups
agreed with the survey questions overall (68%), compared to students from middle income groups
(71%) and students from higher income groups (77%). After participating in the program, the students
from lower income groups increased agreement, yet continued to be at lower rates than other income
groups. After participating in the program, 88% of students from lower income groups agreed with the
survey questions, while 90% of students from middle income groups and 94% of students from higher
income groups agreed.

When specific survey questions were examined, the question that showed the largest difference related
to economic background was Question 1, Do you know a lot about the plants and animals that live in
the ocean? For this question, students from lower income groups demonstrated a greater amount of
change between pre- and post-program surveys (net change of 51%) compared to students from
middle income groups (net change of 45%) and students from higher income groups (net change of
46%). However, question 1 also had the lowest agreement rate prior to participating in the program
regardless of students’ economic background and therefore left the most territory to gain.

The 2011-12 results showed students from lower income groups had lower levels of agreement than
the other two income groups and showing the greatest amount of change. These results differ from the
previous year in which students from lower income groups had higher levels of agreement than the
other two income groups. These data, however, consistently show greater program impacts reported by
students in lower income groups than students in higher and middle income groups.




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Overall, mos students, regardless of economic status, were more confident in their knowledge of the
O          st          r           o                     e                        r
ocean enviro
o          onment; repo             ey       ehave in way to protect the environment; and th they
                       orted that the would be           ys                                 hat
would share this knowled with the friends an family me
w                      dge         eir       nd          embers after participating in OSO.
                                                                                   g

Figure 17: Percentage of Studen Who Agr
F                   e         nts                             stions, Pre- and Post-
                                         reed with S urvey Ques
                    b         L          -12
           Program, by Income Level, 2011-

              w                               mals
 1. Do you know a lot about the plants and anim that live in th  he                                35.6%                                       Pre-program
                                                                                                                                               P
                             oc
                              cean?                                                                                           86.3%
                                                                                                                                               Post-program
                                                                                                                                               P
                                                                 he
     2. Do you know a lot about things that are bad for rivers, th                                                           %
                                                                                                                         75.9%
                    ocean, and the environmen
                              d                nt?                                                                               89.7%
               ect             d               n
 3. Do you prote the rivers and the ocean by not pouring oil an  nd                                                          7%
                                                                                                                          78.7
       chemicalls down the storm drain or onto the ground?
                                               t                                                                               89.0%           udents from 
                                                                                                                                             Stu
4.             ct             ent              ng
4 Do you protec the environme by not throwin garbage on th       he                                                     75.3%
                                                                                                                            %                  wer
                                                                                                                                            Low Income 
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                                                      5
                                                      5. Do you recycle
                                                                      e?                                                      85.2%
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                  are
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                                                                                                                           79.
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                                                                                                                                              St
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                                               ng                he                                                         82.8%
                                                                                                                            8                    Income 
                            ground?                                                                                              92.6%           Groups

                                                      5. Do you recycle
                                                      5               e?                                                        87.7%
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                  are
   6. Will you sha what you know with your frie                   s
                                                  ends and family so                                           56.5%
                  ey              t
           that the can all learn to protect the environment?                                                               84.5%
                                                                                                                            8
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  1. Do you kno a lot about the plants and animals that live in the                                        8.1%
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                                o
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                                                                                                                                               Post-program
               u                                e
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                                                                                                                             83
                       ocean, an the environme
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  3. Do you pro                   nd           y                 a
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                                                                                                                             84
         chemica down the sto drain or onto the ground?
                als             orm            o                                                                                 95.5%
               ect              ment           wing
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                                                                                                                              86.6%
                                                                                                                                               tudents from 
                                                                                                                                              St
                               grround?                                                                                           95.7%           Higher
                                                                                                                                                 Income 
                                                       5. Do you recyc
                                                                     cle?                                                        92.5%           Groups
                                                                                                                                  95.7%
                  hare
    6. Will you sh what you know with your fr                    y
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            that th can all learn to protect the environment?
                  hey                                                                                                          90.2%
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                                                                                                                        76.6%
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                                                                             0%          %
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                                    ower income studen N=2,394 stude                       e               36,
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Figure 18: Students’ Overall Sur
F                    O                   ges, Pre- an d Post-Prog
                               rvey Averag                      gram, by Income Level

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                 2011-12                  2010-11                     9-10
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                                                                   2009                     2008-09                        8
                                                                                                                     2007-08
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                                    ower income studen N=2,394 studen Middle income students N= 1,636 Higher income st
                                                                        nts,               e               6,                                   tudents;
                                                                                                                               tudents N=1,501 st
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2                  ome students N=1,                   dle              ts                  r
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students N=1,521 students, Middle inc
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                                    come students N=1947 students, High income student N=1,533 student 2008-09: Lower income students N        N=1,442
students, Middle inc
s                  come students N= 1,803 students, Higgher income studen N=1,373 studen 2007-08: Lowe income students N=1,616 student, Middle
                                                                        nts                 nts;           er
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in                 =                H                                   ents).
                                                       ents N=1,364 stude
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N                                                     ge                                   ed              re                 analysis.
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Conclusions
Student Participation and Demographics

During the 2011-2012 program cycle 197 groups participated in the O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO)
program, representing 5,661 students. The average group size was 28.

The demographics of the groups and students who participated in the OSO program were similar to
previous years. The majority of groups came from Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and Monterey Counties
(96%), and the majority of groups (96%) were comprised of students in the 4th through 6th grades.
Some students were repeat visitors, with 10% of the students having been on                     the trip
at least once before.

It was estimated that half (51%)of the students were Hispanic or
Latino, 24% were White, and 25% were of other races/ethnicities.
The percentage of English Learners (EL) was 40%, and 12% of
students were Fluent-English-Proficient (FEP). When these two
groups were combined, the results show that 52% of the participating
students did not have English as their primary language.

More than half of the students (55%) were receiving free or reduced
price meals. By using the percentage of students receiving free or reduced
price meals in each group as an estimate of the group’s economic level, it was determined that
approximately 44% of participating groups came from lower income communities. Please refer to page
10 for more information.

Website and Teaching Materials

Most teachers and group leaders indicated that they used the website materials with their students
before participating in the program, and intended to continue using them back in the classroom.
Approximately 85% of teachers/group leaders had visited the Sea Odyssey website before the trip, and
57% of all teachers/group leaders reported that they had used the online teaching materials provided
on the website before their trip. The vast majority of the teachers/group leaders (96%) felt that the
teaching materials enhanced the students’ learning of the topics, and the majority of teachers/group
leaders (89%) reported that they intended to use the online teaching materials in the classroom after
the trip.

Open-ended response questions in the survey asked how teachers/group leaders used these online
materials before the trip, which materials were most helpful in the classroom, if they had any
suggestions for improving the teaching materials, and if they had any additional comments. The
responses to these questions are available in Appendix I.




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Program Ratings

Based on the Teacher/Group Leader Survey results, the OSO program was evaluated extremely
positively. In every topic area, the majority of teachers/group leaders (94% to 98%) indicated that the
students had “learned a lot,” and all teachers/group leaders (100%) felt the presentations were
presented at an age-appropriate level. All teachers/group leaders (100%) reported that their students
had “learned a lot” from the overall learning experience.

Student Environmental Awareness

The Student Survey showed that there were substantial changes in students’ environmental knowledge
and behavior after participating in the program. Before participating in the OSO program, an average of
72% of students agreed with the survey questions (indicating that they knew a lot about ocean plants
and animals and behaved in environmentally responsible ways), which increased to 90% after
attending the program.

                                  The Student Survey results were also analyzed to see whether economic
                                   background had any effect on students’ survey responses. Student
                                    groups were divided into three income levels (lower, middle, and
                                    higher) and all three income groups’ survey responses were analyzed.

                                 There was a considerable difference between these three income
                                 groups in the amount of change that occurred between pre- and post-
                               program surveys. Before the program began, a smaller percentage of
                             students from lower income groups agreed with the survey questions
                         overall (68%), compared to students from higher income groups (77%) and
students from middle income groups (71%). However, after participating in the program, students from
lower income groups demonstrated a slightly greater amount of change between pre- and post-program
surveys (net change of 20%) than students from middle income groups (net change of 19%) and
students from higher income groups (net change of 18%).

Summary

Overall, the program was very well attended by the target population of students; the program materials
were frequently used; and the program was very highly regarded by teachers/group leaders. In
addition, Student Survey results suggest that the OSO program succeeded in bringing all students to a
higher level of environmentally-conscious behavior and knowledge despite some factors (such as
economic background) that may have limited how much environmental awareness a student had before
attending the program.

 




 




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Appendix I: Open-Ended Survey
Responses
12.      How did you use the web site Learning Center or teacher packet materials in
         the classroom before the trip?

             Introduction of vocabulary (22)
             I did not use them prior to the trip (15)
             Plankton (5)
             Food chain activities (3)
             Created student packets (2)
             I talked to the students about what they would be learning (2)
             As classroom packets to prepare for the trip
             Boat vocabulary photosynthesis food chains stewardship
             Checked the web and handouts
             Created packet for pre teaching vocabulary
             Created packet of activities, reviewed vocabulary- wish I would have planned more time
              with that. We watched a YouTube video of O'Neill Sea Odyssey
             Development and ecology information
             Development, boat awareness/what to expect
             Discussed food web, pollution, boat terminology, activity to identify
              phytoplankton/zooplankton
             Discussed the kelp bed habitat, marine life
             Downloaded puzzles and other materials presented on computer screen
             Focus vocabulary, some ecology, some food chain information
             Food webs
             For overview, class discussions, vocabulary
             Frontloaded ecology vocabulary & boat/catamaran vocabulary
             Frontloaded vocabulary
             Gathered information to present to the kids- "you'll learn about…"
             Helped me to create and develop lesson plans
             I chose pages which taught vocabulary, background information & activities for marine
              biology, ecology, navigation, debris, and ways we can protect our ecosystems
             I did lessons on navigation, ecology, and marine biology
             I didn't receive the packet
             I didn't, but science teacher at school did
             I frontloaded what we would be doing/learning on the boat, the 3 stations and vocabulary

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              for English Language Learners
             I imported my teacher packet onto the interactive whiteboard- we studied
              longitude/latitude game and plankton games
             The students completed a crossword, word search, and food chain sort
             I looked over the 3 stations' topics and briefly went over them throughout the course of
              the year
             I made a study guide of 14 pages of your LC materials. Students used independently
             I only used the website to communicate regarding program logistics
             I plan to use the materials afterwards, when we get to our life-science units
             I read materials and previewed videos
             I spent the week pre-teaching each section. I also made their spelling list this week
              based on your terms
             I used materials I helped develop at the Monterey Bay Aquarium teachers institute
             I used materials from our science book and language arts curriculum, not your materials
             I used the fill in the blank worksheets, food pyramid handout. I showed them the website
             I used the materials to help students prepare for what they were going to see
             I used the teacher packet materials and web resources
             I visited it and made sure some of the science lessons were based on information they
              needed to know (diatom etc.)
             I was able to preview the stations, some vocabulary, and the terms for the catamaran.
              Some kids watched videos to calm fears about sailing
             In my classroom I used the materials. Particularly the food chain activity.
             Information about boat
             Information regarding the trip
             Information used to supplement our science curriculum
             Informational class discussion, background information
             Introduction to marine biology and food chain. Did not get to chart/navigation because
              just didn't have time prior to trip. Will do so after trip
             Introduction materials and viewing of website by all students
             Introduced marine organisms and how they're related in food chains
             Introduced marine biology vocabulary. One of the best teacher-packet resources
             Introducing the topic of ecosystems, food webs/chains, etc.
             Let parents learn about the trip to ease anxiety
             Looked at pictures & discussed concepts to be covered
             Map of boat & terminology, would have liked to do more, but there's no time
             Naming the groups- talking about the 3 learning stations
             Navigation packet, longitude/latitude live


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             Navigation, ecology, latitude/longitude, and food chain materials
             Navigation through website via smart board
             On smart board, created marine biology books
             Packets- worked together in small groups
             Photocopied word search; took notes; labeled boat
             Photos and group talking
             Posters, group discussions, individual learning
             Pre-loaded the kids with food webs and photosynthesis
             Prepared students for what each group would be learning
             Prepared them for what they were going to see
             Presented some information leading up to the trip
             Puzzles and other material, short summaries
             Read them to prepare
             Safety awareness
             Sent students to survey site and printed overview information to send home
             Showed pictures, discussed vocabulary and concepts prior to our arrival
             Showed plankton video and used handout to identify
             Showed students website to see catamaran (virtual)
             Small group, expert groups
             Students did the packets and I made a large interactive drawing of the catamaran with all
              the parts labeled, etc.
             Students explored the website individually. Each student did about 20 worksheets from
              packet
             Students studied parts of a boat
             Students viewed to get acclimated to area, etc.
             Students were given "ecology" unit packets based on your curriculum; these were
              integrated with ours
             Talked about the MBNMS, wildlife, environmental impacts
             Talked about what to expect, frontloaded information
             Teaching and preview
             The students got excited about the trip by seeing it
             They were looking at everything we will learn here
             This is a field trip to frontload the students before we start our unit of study
             This is the launch experience for our water unit
             Tied it to plants and photosynthesis and watershed
             To engage the students


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             To help students gain an understanding of the vocabulary and what their experience
              could offer to their learning
             To prepare students on rules, clothing, and groupings
             To prepare students on what to expect on the trip
             To preview learning stations
             Unfortunately, the first 10 weeks of school were rather hectic, but in the future I will
              definitely avail myself of these resources
             Used the PDF file and watched the videos on our class smart board
             Usually I do but this year I ran out of time. We will use them next week
             Vocabulary quiz, value of maintaining and respecting ecosystem
             Watershed stuff, marine biology
             We had a short discussion of what this trip would offer plus a bit of marine life, compass
              and technology applications (we have been studying exploration)
             We did lectures/note taking
             We did mini-lessons covering the 3 main sections presented on the trip
             We didn’t have a lot of time, but we introduced the basic concepts
             We didn't discuss materials but did do a lesson on water conservation and why not to
              pollute
             Went to the sailboat diagram
             We had 3 instruction days, 1 for each topic; group discussions and partner work
             We included lessons on the food pyramid, debris in seaweed, algae and photosynthesis.
              Latitude and longitude were studied in our explorers unit of social studies
             We made a packet of materials and students worked mostly on their own as our class
              time was limited
             We read the background information, and the students used the glossary and crossword
              puzzles and word searches.
             We studied kelp and navigation
             We talked about and did internet searches on oceans and ocean conservation
             We talked about what we would do. Also I introduced food chains, and photosynthesis
             We used the handouts for about 3 weeks prior to the trip
             We usually do this after the trip depending on time of year we go
             We went through the packets and activities as a class
             We went through the packet page by page over last week and watched videos on the
              subject
             Went over as a whole group, had class discussions and did activities
             Will use them after for writing
             Word searches, password puzzles were done in class and as homework



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13.      Please describe which materials were the most helpful in the classroom.

              Vocabulary (12)                                  I like the packet with the variety of
                                                                 choice
              All (11)
                                                                I made 3 packets- vocabulary with
              Crosswords (4)
                                                                 crosswords, reading
              Puzzles! (4)
                                                                I printed out and read just about
              Worksheets (3)                                    everything out loud
              The navigation (2)                               I use the teacher packet to orient my
                                                                 students before we take the Sea
              Picture of boat (2)                               Odyssey Excursion
              Boat diagram (2)                                 I will use them as a follow up- thanks!
              3 packets- mostly marine biology and             Information about 3 different activities
               ecology                                           on the boat and onshore
              Activities                                       Information about food chains/webs
              All 3 classrooms were very informative           Interest kids and prepare them for trip
              All of the materials described above             I've used the packet and some of the
               were helpful. I also showed the                   web resources.
               YouTube video about the O'Neill Sea
               Odyssey                                          Kelp/seaweed worksheet and
                                                                 vocabulary lists
              All were used; the vocabulary sheets
               and definitions were most helpful                Latitude/longitude game
              Animal flashcards with descriptions and          Marine biology and marine ecology
               descriptions of 3 learning stations               packets
              Crossword and word searches                      Marine Biology packet food chain
                                                                 pyramid
              Compass and conservation
                                                                Microscope, parallel ruler, watershed
              Concepts, illustrations (visuals); detailed       model
               information; fun activities
                                                                My knowledge of ten years with you!
              Cut/paste pyramid, latitude/longitude
               chart                                            My teaching partner, Michelle Balistreri,
                                                                 teaches our science curriculum, so she
              Definitions with following fill-in blank          would know best
               pages
                                                                Online learning center
              Environment, ecology
                                                                Pages that describe how we can help
              Glossary                                          debris in the sea
              Habitat information                              Photos, slide shows, PowerPoint
              Hands-on activities that frontload                presentations, smart board lessons
               information/concepts                             Pictures to help language learners
              I actually was taking a Monterey Bay             Plankton sort, food pyramid
               class and the gist of teaching material
               came from these                                  Plankton, marine biology, ecology
              I have used these materials in the past,         Plankton, seaweed, ecology vocabulary
               but didn't have opportunity this time             handouts


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              Short summary and descriptions                  Videos
              Spiral book                                     Visual aids and readings, and research
                                                                using internet
              Students were really drawn to the kid
               friendly activities; crosswords, word           Visuals
               finds, matching, etc. they learned along
                                                               We focus on sanctuary information and
               the way
                                                                otter and seaweed activities (I still have
              Summary of each station                          a lot of handouts that I use from early
                                                                OSO days)
              Teacher packet
                                                               We had a lesson every day for 2 weeks
              Terms for trip (vocabulary) food
                                                                or more
               pyramid
                                                               We used a variety to develop some
              The amount of materials provided
                                                                familiarity with vocabulary
               would have been nice to use if time was
               allowed in class schedules                      We will complete the rest after trip
              The communication to get the trip set           Word search to introduce vocabulary
               up                                               and vocabulary pages
              The ecology word search and tips                Word searches, vocabulary definitions
               about recycling and conservation were
               favorites, but all useful
              The interactive games were perfect
              The packet itself and the discussion that
               followed
              The packet which told us how to
               prepare
              The worksheets
              The teacher packet and online images
              The teacher packet for classroom
               preview and follow up
              The various packets
              The video explaining what would
               happen really helped
              The vocabulary availability- use and
               study of; the kids were prepared to see
               and use and understand what they
               were experiencing as a result
              The vocabulary activities and puzzles
              There is a lot of material I plan on using
               with our ecology unit
              They all look great! I just didn't open it
               early enough
              Used most with ocean terms that
               students are not exposed to



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16.      Do you have any suggestions for improving the teaching materials?

              No everything was great (52)
              Add games that frontload main vocabulary terms
              After 6 years, I feel the program has only gotten better
              Bilingual (Spanish) would be great
              Can perhaps give feedback after I use the materials
              Could you please post a few photos of the boat and activities so the students know what
               to expect (and parents too!)?
              Excellent materials- lots of materials to choose from
              From my standpoint, more time for students to access information during schools
              I think that the activities went well, age appropriate, and engaging
              I think your materials are very appropriate!
              I wasn't aware of them- perhaps make them more obvious (but I am just starting this so I
               probably blew it)
              I'll have to look at it all again
              In the perfect world, pictures would go with vocabulary in a slide show
              Information in context (story or reading) versus only vocabulary and definition
              It was nice to have a wide variety of choice
              Look at message in the saves
              Maybe a couple more same type things
              Maybe a list of suggested websites for follow up (not sure, you may already have that)
              Maybe an interactive game to play outside? (food chain or pollution tag game)
              Maybe suggest marine mammal rescue or national animal rescue if kids find injured
               critters
              More visuals (there are plenty)
              No they looked great and I wish I could have used them more
              No! everything was really age-appropriate and interesting
              No, I don't teach science to the kids so I don't have much time to teach these topics!
              None- all appropriate; I liked the variety and was able to choose what fit my class's
               needs
              Not sure if there is a reference list of additional reading sources, but that could be
               helpful.
              Online interactive programs would enhance the site
              Only a bit more wait time
              Since we come so early in our school year we haven't talked much about angles and
               degrees in math and we've only gotten to basic one cell organisms. I think it's important
               to establish the vocabulary/knowledge - one suggestion would be seeing the words
               written out with a picture of what the students saw on the boat. ESL students need

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               visuals as well as students that need something to anchor the listening that is occurring
               during the presentation
              Some additional materials for 6th grade (older kids) would be nice
              Some terms were over their heads
              Thank you for providing them!
              These lessons really mesh with our standards - we made sure we were studying water
               and conservation at the same time as our trip this year
              They are fine. I'd like to do an extension of copepods and plankton
              They are wonderful, I just need more time to use them all
              This is my second experience and I still keep learning so much
              This year I use recycled materials, I did not log into the website this year.
              Triangulation can be tied directly to geometry standard measuring angles and
               microscopic organisms can be tied to our unit on single cell organisms
              Vocabulary- paraphrasing a bit more
              We have something similar we used with our Monterey Bay Aquarium Field trip we used
              Well researched and thought out program
              Will check them out
              You all do a fine job of giving pertinent information in interactive ways




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17.      Do you have any additional comments?

               A great learning experience for students and teachers
               All are wonderful with the students, the material covered is relevant, and the whole
                experience is engaging. Many of the students have never been on a boat before, which
                makes this trip extra special. Thanks!
               Always a privilege! Always excellent! Thank you!
               Always love coming here!
               Always such an amazing experience for kids and adults - really sends message
               Amazing as always
               Amazing experience!
               As always, this is the best field trip ever!
               As always, today was awesome. Thank you!
               As usual, great experience and knowledgeable staff. Thank you for your dedication to
                this experience for our children.
               Awesome program! Thank you!
               Awesome trip! Thanks so much!
               Best trip in academic life- ever! Leads to great writing- informative reports
               Continue doing your great work!
               Everyone did a great job presenting
               Everyone did a great job. The kids loved it. Thanks Capt. Mike and crew!
               Everything was wonderful! Thank you so much!
               Excellent job! Thank you so much!
               Excellent jobs
               Excellent learning experience. Thanks!
               Excellent program. We will be able to build a lot of our science curriculum around what
                students have learned today
               Excellent trip and teachers! Thanks
               Excellent trip!
               Fabulous as always! Thanks!
               Fabulous! Thank you so much!
               Fantastic field trip- presenters are so knowledgeable
               Fantastic information and ties directly with our science state standards
               Fantastic trip, like always! Thanks again
               Fantastic! Thank you for providing our students with such a wonderful experience.
               Good adaptations for rainy weather and clogged harbor
               Great experience for all. Students were able to see first-hand what they learned about,

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                small group rotations are excellent.
               Great experience! Thanks! (2)
               Great field trip and learning experience
               Great field trip! (2)
               Great hands on learning experience for the students. Neat to see the whales. We can't
                wait to come back next year!
               Great job handling getting caught on the cable. Professional, safe, well done with
                handling problem. My kids loved the harbor police and the scuba diver! Unique
                experience!
               Great job! (2)
               Great program
               Great program! Kids learned a lot; thoroughly enjoyed it
               Great program. I will recommend the regular coordinator use the follow up materials.
                Many of these students have been here before and you can tell how much they have
                learned and are having it reinforced.
               Great trip! Even my students who usually aren't engaged were excited.
               Great trip! (4)
               Great trip; we'll come again, thanks!
               Great! (2)
               I appreciate as well! Thank you! Always a treat and an amazing, memorable learning
                experience
               I cannot express how grateful we all are for all that you do here at Sea Odyssey
               I look forward to the trip every year. Your instructors make it easy on teachers
               Instructors were very patient and informative. Thank you!
               It is such a wonderful learning and life experience for children. Many students have
                never been on a boat before even though they have lived in Santa Cruz their whole
                lives. I think this trip makes a real impression on students on how important it is to
                conserve it.
               It was fantastic! Thank you for the wonderful trip! The kids will remember it for a long
                time!
               It was interesting to find out more about the oceans, and to learn more about my
                students learning. Thanks!
               It was nice to connect with Mr. Haifley, we will write a thank you letter to our sponsor
               It was wonderful! Thank you!
               I've come on this trip a few previous years and today’s weather was windy and cold
                (May 25!) and the crew, captain, Mike, were always concerned about the students'
                safety while on the boat. It really relieved the parents and allowed them to enjoy the trip
                as well. Thanks!
               Just a big thank you to all - the trip was great, the classrooms and curriculum were
                outstanding. We feel so fortunate to have this opportunity


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               Just a thought: hunger has always been an issue. It would be nice to get some local
                stores to donate granola bars or something so the kids could have a very quick snack
                while they're taking off their life vests. It might help them focus in the classroom stations.
               Keep it up! Very refreshing, great staff.
               Love this so much!
               Loved it; love you; this is a treasured learning experience for my 4th graders.
                Unforgettable, exquisite, and epic. Thank you!
               Mahalo for providing our students with this most rich learning opportunity. This is a
                quality program and it is such a pleasure to bring students here to experience this most
                valuable program. Thank you for your passion!
               My students were very engaged and excited. They learned a lot of specific information
                and gained new perspectives and appreciation for the oceans, ecosystems, marine bio,
                and more. Thank you! What a great experience!
               No (4)
               No- this is an awesome experience
               None
               Nope
               Our presenters were amazing!
               Pace was very good- limited English students were able to access all materials
               Some translation during the 3 hour program would be great too. Thank you! A thrilling
                and highly educational experience for my students. We loved it!
               Students had a wonderful time. They learned many 6th grade standards. Very hands on.
                Thank you.
               Students were engaged. Thank you!
               Super great! We loved everything
               Thank you for a fabulous field trip. It is an awesome experience for these particular
                students whose world view needs to be expanded. Learning how to become ocean
                stewards will serve all our community in a positive way. I appreciate the flexibility of
                adjusting the time so we could get the bus back to school in a timely manner. Kudos to
                all for an excellent teaching/learning experience
               Thank you, we had a great time!
               Thank you (2)
               Thank you all for such a wonderful experience
               Thank you and the instructors were very good with our group. Although our students
                have some background knowledge of marine ecology and biology, this trip and materials
                were very educational and helpful
               Thank you- bummer we didn't get to go out!
               Thank you for a great trip! This is an amazing opportunity for many of our students who
                would not experience this trip otherwise
               Thank you for another wonderful learning experience



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               Thank you for offering this hands on learning experience!
               Thank you for providing this meaningful experience for students
               Thank you for taking us out, even in the rain! :)
               Thank you for your amazing work!
               Thank you so much for making this trip available to students. This is the trip they
                compare all other field trips to, and we go on a lot of field trips!
               Thank you so much for providing such an amazing experience for our students.
               Thank you so much for this opportunity!
               Thank you so much!
               Thank you so much! I can tell my kids loved the trip. They come from an area where
                they may never get the chance in their whole life to do something like this. They may
                never get to ride on a boat either. This opportunity was amazing, thank you!
               Thank you so much! Students were fully engaged
               Thank you so much! Wonderful!
               Thank you so much! Your staff handled our student positively, and your activities were
                amazing!
               Thank you so much
               Thank you! (10)
               Thank you! It was great!
               Thank you! OSO rocks!
               Thank you! The entire skills experience was great. The staff was excellent! Great
                management and extensive knowledge base about the subject! Excellent!
               Thank you! This is a fabulous opportunity and learning experience for my students!
               Thank you, it's always a pleasure
               Thank you, keep doing this please!
               Thank you; lots learned in an exciting adventure
               Thanks again for a great trip!
               Thanks again for another great experience!
               Thanks again for this amazing learning experience. The information was presented in
                such a fun and kid-friendly manner. I'm so thrilled my students had this opportunity!
               Thanks for a wonderful presentation despite the bad weather
               Thanks for all you do!
               Thanks for enriching the lives of these young Santa Cruzans!
               Thanks for the great trip. The instructors always knew their information!
               Thanks so much! This is always an awesome field trip!
               Thanks so very much!
               Thanks! It was awesome!


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               The leaders are wonderful
               The program is brilliant year in and year out.
               This is a great field trip and I hope to bring my class next year!
               This is a great program. What a gift to the community! Thanks!
               This is a wonderful experience for students and chaperones! Thank you so much. I
                appreciate how much information you pack into the time we have. Everyone handles the
                students effectively and compassionately.
               This was a fabulous learning experience
               This was a great experience for the students and myself
               This was a great learning opportunity for my students
               This was a great trip in which I thought the kids could relate to the material
               This was a phenomenal hands-on trip. I can see how this can lead children to be
                interested in becoming marine biologists/researchers/ocean lovers, etc. wow!
               This was great!
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               Very engaging teachers, invaluable experience! Thank you!
               Very good program - we were not able to leave the harbor but still learned a lot. Thank
                you!
               We are in program improvement at our school, and we focus mostly on math and
                literacy. Science and ecology tend to get marginalized somewhat, which makes the Sea
                Odyssey program more important than ever!
               We are so grateful for this opportunity for real life learning. It has a much greater impact
                on the internalization of the concept that they are part of and responsible for maintaining
                our marine sanctuary. Thank you so much!
               We love this trip! Thank you so much!
               We love you guys! Thanks so much!
               We loved it all!
               Website and materials are excellent background for teachers, they meet our science &
                social studies standards and the students are interested. OSO staff is amazing, both on
                the scene and behind the scenes. Everyone is extremely knowledgeable in related
                content areas and adept at importing the same to the students. All of the concepts are
                taught through hands-on experiences making this all the more accessible and
                meaningful to the students. Staff's friendliness, receptiveness, and fun make our
                experience so memorable! Thank you!
               What a fantastic trip! Thank you for everything!!
               What a tremendous experience of a lifetime for the students! Thank you so much!
               Wonderful program, as always! Consistently high quality. Thank you!
               Wonderful trip, staff was engaging
               Wow! What a great field trip! Thank you! Very well lead, very organized
               Wow. This was my first experience here and it was amazing. You kept 32 kids engaged

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                and learning the entire time
               You are doing an excellent job!
               You are excellent! Thank you! We appreciate all your hard work!
               You rock!
               Your teachers put complex information into 4th grade terms and experiences to make
                comprehension easy for all my kids. They are enthusiastic, well-prepared, patient, and
                well-informed. Best field trip in the world!
               You're all wonderful!




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Appendix II: Survey Instruments
Teacher/Group Leader Survey
Teachers and group leaders were asked to fill out a short survey after attending the Sea Odyssey
program. Earlier versions of the Teacher/Group Leader Survey were administered in previous years
and were refined to reflect the significant topics of interest. The current version has been used since the
spring of 2006.




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Student Survey
The current version of the Student Survey was first used in the 2006-07 program cycle, and was
modified only slightly so that most of the questions were in the present tense (“Do you...” vs. “Will
you...”). This survey was designed to be read aloud to the students, and was administered to them
before and after attending the program. Students were asked to raise their hands if they agreed with
the questions (indicating a “yes” response), and the number of raised hands for each question were
tallied.




 

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