Since 2012, Ripple Effect has worked with over 30 teachers in the Greater New Orleans area and has engaged over 1,000 students in multi-day science classes. In total, we have provided over 10,000 hours of science instructional time to students across New Orleans, and piloted new forms of parent and community engagement.
All units and student assessments are designed to meet the three-dimensional nature of Next Generation Science Standards. In order to reach our goal of every classroom meeting or exceeding 80% or higher in student mastery, Ripple Effect works with teachers before and during the unit to to analyze student work samples, create exemplars, and anticipate and respond to student misconceptions.
- Measured through end-of-unit assessments, mid-unit assessments and classroom observations.
- 75% of Ripple Effect students exhibited mastery on NGSS-aligned end-of-unit assessments.
Family and community engagement
Ripple Effect approaches family engagement in two ways:
- By inviting family members to classrooms to share their own stories about water, flooding, severe weather, and climate change.
- By publicly celebrating student learning and asking students to become the teachers.
Our strategy is to provide platforms that bring forward student and parent experiences. In doing so, we forge stronger connections with the communities we serve and help students understand that what they are learning in class is critically connected to protecting the lives and wellbeing of their own families.
- Each year, Family Bayou Day brings over 100 community members out to Bayou St. John for a day of canoeing, scientific exploration, boat-building, and artwork.
- Ripple Effect initiated the KIPP Central City Primary schoolyard redesign project. The team raised over $160,000. The result is an inspiring and fun landscape that captures the first half inch of rain that falls on the school courtyard.
- Ripple Effect contributed to the development of New Orleans’s first resilience strategy, which includes environmental education among three categories of resilience-building actions for the city and its partners.