The Water-Literate Citizen: Help Develop a New Framework Document for Water Literacy

Monday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Hillary Hamann, University of Denver
Sarah Johnson, Wild Rose Education
Kim Kastens, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Anne Egger, Central Washington University

Be a part of the development of a Water Literacy Framework Document, similar to the Earth Science Literacy, Ocean Science Literacy documents comprised of "big ideas and supporting concepts." Such a framework can guide educators, curriculum developers, policy makers, and other stakeholders to work towards a populace where every American understands the basics of water, and is empowered, skilled, and motivated to take action to ensure a sustainable water future. In this workshop panelists will review water literacy research, discuss Project WET's water literacy curriculum and describe best practices in literacy framework development. Participants will contribute to group discussions to brainstorm key ideas that should be included in the Water Literacy Framework and will plan future steps to make this document a reality.

All mini-workshops will take place online, via Zoom (unless otherwise noted). Participants will be sent links to the Zoom room and connection info will be posted below prior to the session start.

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By the end of this workshop, we hope to compile a list of initial concepts and identify next steps to develop a new (fresh)water literacy framework document. Specifically, participants will

  • Become familiar the current state of water literacy research and water-related K-12 science standards.
  • Identify the elements of the Big Ideas-Supporting Concepts framework documents and gain perspective on best practices in developing these documents.
  • Contribute and synthesize ideas for a new water literacy framework document.
  • Develop next-steps and a plan to move forward


  • Please review the resources and links provided to familiarize yourself with the "Big Ideas & Supporting Concepts" (alternatively: "Essential Principles & Fundamental Concepts") framework for literacy documents, as well as review the 7 Essential Principles for Water Literacy developed by Project WET.
  • Please think about specific supporting concepts as well as what's missing from the existing documents that should be included in a water literacy framework document.


Participant Workspace
(limited access)

(Program starts at 12pm PT / 1pm MT / 2pm CT / 3pm ET; times below are represented as hour:minute to standardize among time zones)

0:00-0:10 Welcome, overview of workshop & online strategy

0:10-0:50 Panel presentations

0:50-1:05 Individual brainstorming and concept contributions in GroupMap

1:05-1:50 Break-out groups around GroupMaps

1:50-2:20 Full group discussion:

  • Share one provocative idea from your group
  • Group discussion and planning for next steps

2:20-2:30 Wrap-up and evaluation


Links mentioned in chat during the session:

Group Maps from workshop participants (click images to enlarge):