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Water Literacy: A Shared Vision for K-12 Environmental Education

In January 2020, Ripple Effect convened a consortium of goal-aligned experts in Southeast Louisiana to begin advancing a new shared vision: water literacy. Through a series of workshops, teacher focus groups, and interviews with researchers, practitioners, and community experts, the group developed shared goals and identified opportunities for deepening connections between environmental research, community needs, and K–12 formal and informal education.

Thank you to the more than 70 teachers, scientists, practitioners, community experts, and consortium representatives who so generously shared their time, and whose voices shaped this project.

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  • 1. K–12 Teachers

    Teacher perspectives on the joys and challenges of environmental science education today

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  • 2. Pathways & Progressions

    Reflections on the life experiences that moved interviewees from curiosity to action

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  • 3. Challenges & Transitions

    Questions that connect Southeast Louisiana to the nation and the world

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  • 4. Community Voice

    Water literacy, democracy, and the public space

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  • 5. Working Together

    Building better dialogues for identifying and addressing systems-level problems

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  • 6. Shifting the Paradigm

    Learning from the past and changing our perspective

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Our Current Bibliography



Anti-Racism Reading List and Question Guide from our Board of Directors



Anderson, C., & Koo Nicholas, L. (2019). Water Literacy: Transdisciplinary Methods for Strengthening K–12 Science Education. SUS-RURI: Proceedings of a Workshop on Developing a Convergence Sustainable Urban Systems Agenda for Redesigning the Urban-Rural Interface along the Mississippi River Watershed Held in Ames, Iowa, August 12–13, 2019.



Anderson, C., (2019). The Changing Geographies of New Orleans, Held at The Cabildo New Orleans: Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 22, 2019.

Anderson, C., (2019). Urban Transformations, Infrastructure & Resilient Communities, The Collider: Climate City Expo Held in Asheville, North Carolina, March 30, 2019.



Anderson, C., Kelsch, K. & Carpenter. (2019). Ripple Effect Water Literacy Project, Planetary Health Alliance – Annual Meeting Held at Stanford University in Stanford, California, September 4-6, 2019.

Anderson, C. & Gautreaux, B. (2019). Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program: Outcomes and Next Steps, Louisiana Science Teachers Association (LSTA)/Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics (LATM) Joint Conference Held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, November 4-5, 2019.

Anderson, C. (2019). Working Across Scales: Coordinate and Comprehensive K-12 Water Literacy Education for a Changing Climate, CLEAN Network Teleconferences, September 17, 2019.

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