Educational Programs

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Water issues are a recognized problem in Minnesota, the United States, and the world. Race 2 Reduce educational programs, developed and implemented by local non-profit H2O for Life, the White Bear Lake Area Schools, and Mahtomedi Public Schools, educate students about local water resources and introduce water conservation into the community through youth as leaders of change. The Race 2 Reduce K-12 educational curriculum provides units and lessons for helping students gain awareness for water in their community, realize their impact, and learn how to advocate for change.

Overview of Race 2 Reduce and Understanding by Design Model

Click on the image below to view an overview presentation of Race 2 Reduce Local Water Curriculum. This overview provides context for this initiative, and is suitable for sharing with school leaders, colleagues, and others, to provide background on the educational curriculum. If you are new to the idea of ‘Understanding by Design’ Click on the images below for a PDF overview of the model and a short video outlining the basic concepts of UbD. Overview and video were developed by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe and are listed as additional resources for your assistance. Copyrights belong to Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.


Race 2 Reduce Local Water Curriculum

Click on the appropriate grade level below to open the Understanding by Design curriculum plan for your respective grade level. Note: Understanding by Design unit plans are Google Documents that contain links to all lesson plans, additional materials, assessments, etc. needed to teach the particular unit. Find resources on becoming familiar with and using the UbD format in the section below the curriculum.



Middle School:     Coming in 2017

High School:

Water Awareness Week:

Additional Resources:

Program Overview

Collaboration of H2O for Life, White Bear Lake Area Schools, and Mahtomedi Public Schools

Interim Report for Grant Year One

Governor Dayton’s 25 by 25 Initiative

What do teachers say about the Race 2 Reduce curriculum?

“The Race 2 Reduce water resources curriculum is outstanding. It is it standard based, extremely well organized, and comes with google slides for teachers to teach vocabulary and lead the students through the lessons; in other words, user friendly.  It is equal to any locally written curriculum I have seen in my 30 years in the district.”   

“This was a very well-planned and thought out program.”  

“It really was an engaging experience for the students and helped them learn about an important issue/topic that may not otherwise have been addressed in as much detail.”

“It applies to all levels of learning and includes everyone in the conversations.”  

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