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Educate. Empower. Act. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet — water.
When Project WET receives funding to create a new publication, it convenes a leadership team of teachers, academics, researchers and water experts. This team usually:
Through the Project WET activity Idea Pools, workshop participants (including teachers, academics, researchers and industry professionals) identify curriculum topics.
Participants break into teams, one for each topic identified. Each team is comprised of representatives from different disciplines. The team then creates an activity for their assigned topic using the Project WET activity template.
Typically, the writing workshop lasts three to five days. Each day, teams participate in writing sessions. At the end of the workshop, teams model their activity for the group.
After the workshop, the Project WET staff fine-tunes the activities and sends them to the leadership team for review. After incorporating their feedback, drafts are sent to teachers to field test in the classroom.
Teachers provide feedback after completing the activities, and the feedback is integrated. After a final review by the leadership team and reviewers (usually writing workshop participants), the activities are sent to production.
A unique element of this process is development of a community vested in the publication’s success. Upon publication, the community that helped create the curriculum promotes its use.
For shorter publications, such as KIDs booklets, the initial working session is usually a full-day meeting. Idea Pools is still used to identify participants’ priority topics.
The writing process is initiated at the meeting and completed by Project WET staff. Leadership team members review subsequent drafts and the outcome of the field test.