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  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | Filed under

    Jeanne McCartyI’m so excited to announce that REAL School Gardens is expanding into the Carolinas by merging with a Charlotte-based nonprofit, the Green Teacher Network.  The organization works to advance academics, health, and sustainability through school gardens and outdoor learning.  For years, CEO Edna Chirico has led a small staff and a team of dedicated volunteers to bring learning garden resources and enhancement opportunities to more than 2,000 educators at 185 schools around Charlotte, North Carolina. 

    I met Edna several years ago when she was looking for partners to bring more instructional coaching to the teachers in the network.  She’d read ...

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  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016 | Filed under

    In 2012 I started Green Teacher Network in an effort to support schools in challengedEdna Chirico

    communities with basic school gardening skills.  

    Since then, more than 200 schools and 1500 teachers have joined the network to learn more about creating successful school gardens, to share best practices, and to discuss how to get students more engaged outdoors.  I’m not an educator by training, I’ll leave that to the experts.  I always saw my role as a connector, connecting teachers with gardening information, connecting them with nutrition experts, and connecting them with funding partners interested in the cause. 

    So when the teachers ...

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  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 | Filed under

    Position Title:                       Instructional Coach

    Location:                               Two positions are currently available, please indicate your preferred region(s) in the subject line of your email.

    Mid-Atlantic Region – D.C. Office

    Carolinas Region – Charlotte Office

    Reports to Title:                   Regional Executive Director

    FLSA Status:                         Exempt/Non-Exempt

    Job Type:                               Full Time, Regular Staff Position

    About REAL School Gardens

    REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens that grow successful students.  To achieve this, we do two things -- build learning gardens in low-income schools, and train teachers everywhere to use gardens for academic instruction.  We have recently created an aggressive, 5-year growth strategy and are looking to ...

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  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 | Filed under


    Manager, Corporate Partnerships 

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    Location: This is a National position, available in either the Washington, DC or Fort Worth, TX offices. 
    Reports to Title: Director, Corporate Partnerships FLSA Status: Exempt/Non-Exempt
    Job Type: Full Time, Regular Staff Position 

    About REAL School Gardens REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens that grow successful students. To achieve this, we do two things -- build learning gardens in low-income schools, and train teachers everywhere to use gardens for academic instruction. We have recently launched an aggressive, 5-year growth strategy and are looking to expand our impact in Texas, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Carolinas Region.

    Position Overview
    The Manager, ...

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  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | Filed under

    This past November, REAL School Gardens partnered with Sprouts Farmers Market to build our 100th learning garden in the Dallas Ft. Worth area at Jerry Junkins Elementary School. 

    Thanks to their generosity and the hard work of 289 volunteers, we moved 23 tons of soil, mulch and sand; planted 73 plants and trees; paved 750 sq. feet of walkway; and built 50 feet of fencing, several raised veggie beds. Oh, and check out the train and the vegetable market from the Big Dig photos

    It’s custom features like these that bring the kids and the whole community joy when ...

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  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | Filed under

    REAL School Gardens is excited to announce that we will be partnering with Acumen Solutions Concert4aCausefor their first annual Concert for a Cause, with proceeds benefiting REAL School Gardens. Please join us on Sunday, July 17, 2016 for this family-friendly concert featuring four talented acts, providing an afternoon and evening of incredible music, along with delicious local food, beverages, and entertainment. This inaugural event will unite music lovers of all kinds to raise much-needed funds and awareness for REAL School Gardens and 12 additional local area nonprofits. For every ticket purchased, 100% of the proceeds will go directly towards ...

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  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016 | Filed under

    About REAL School Gardens

    REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens that grow successful students. To achieve this, we do two things -- build learning gardens in low-income schools, and train teachers everywhere to use gardens for academic instruction. We have recently created an aggressive, 5-year growth strategy that will expand our impact well beyond our current locations in Texas and the Mid-Atlantic and are working to grow our team and offerings accordingly.

    Position Overview
    (PDF Available here)

    REAL School Gardens is seeking a new Instructional Coach for the Texas Region. For this position, you’ll regularly travel around the region to ...

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  • Friday, January 29, 2016 | Filed under

    About REAL School Gardens

    REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens that grow successful students.  To achieve this, we do two things -- build learning gardens in low-income schools, and train teachers everywhere to use gardens for academic instruction.  We have recently created an aggressive, 5-year growth strategy that will expand our impact well beyond our current locations in Texas and the Mid-Atlantic and are working to grow our team and offerings accordingly.

    Position Overview
    (Printable PDF here)

    REAL School Gardens is seeking a new Manager of School Partnerships for the Texas Region. This position is instrumental in growing the number ...

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  • Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | Filed under

    -----------  DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED CLOSINGS ON THE EAST COAST, WE HAVE EXTENDED THE APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR SCHOOLS IN THE MID-ATLANTIC UNTIL MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH -------------------------------

    It's time for schools to apply for a Build/Train partnership with REAL School Gardens!   This partnership will match a school with a funding partner, guide the community through the design and creation of a REAL school garden, and then provide three years of teacher training to help teachers use the garden to boost academic instruction.

    If you're a low-income elementary school within driving distance of our Washington, D.C. or Ft. Worth, TX offices, apply ...

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  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | Filed under

    Manager, Garden Design and Build

    REAL School Gardens is currently seeking an experienced professional to join the Mid-Atlantic team as we continue to grow in the region. This position reports to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director.

    At REAL School Gardens, we create learning gardens that grow successful students. We unite the communities around low-income schools to design, plan, prep and then build a rich outdoor classroom and learning garden during a satisfying one-day event.

    1/3 gardener, 1/3 choreographer, 1/3 teacher

    We’re looking for someone who has experience in landscape and garden design and who cares passionately about improving elementary education, and ...

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