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CLEAN Teleconference Call September 17, 2019

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Working Across Scales: Coordinated and Comprehensive K-12 Water Literacy Education for a Changing Climate

Abstract: Ripple Effect is an alliance of educators, designers, scientists and storytellers who work to build water literacy through standards-aligned, in-school science instruction about real people and places impacted by climate change. Our interdisciplinary science curriculum centers student learning on communities where—due to sea-level rise, storm water runoff, subsidence, or extreme weather—people are forced to renegotiate their relationship to land and water. Claire Anderson, Executive Director, will discuss the context of Ripple Effect's creation, as well as our methods and impact in working with teachers and students in New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana. Claire will also discuss Ripple Effect's current, consortium-driven effort to define water literacy and align efforts of various environmental education and scientific research groups, using field stations as the nexus points for convergence between education, science and the lived experiences of real people and places.

Bio: Claire is executive director and co-founder of Ripple Effect. She ensures that Ripple Effect is constantly building toward our mission of educating and empowering the next generation of water-literate leaders. She determines the organization's priorities and measurable goals to help ensure Ripple Effect is meeting benchmarks and responding to the needs of teachers, students, and all other stakeholders.

Most recently, Claire taught elementary math and science at KIPP Central City Primary School for seven years and was a Curriculum Fellow for KIPP New Orleans. During that time, she co-founded Ripple Effect and helped grow the program to reach over 12,000 teachers, students, and families. As a KIPP National Master Teacher she developed 4th science curriculum for a system of over 40,000 kids. Her curriculum work includes yearlong curriculum for elementary mathematics and science (aligned to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards), as well as water literacy curriculum for Ripple Effect and Station 15, a documentary film about New Orleans water issues. Previously, she worked as a business development manager and content coordinator for museum exhibition and planning projects.

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