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  • Monday, April 24, 2017 | Filed under

    Position Title: Regional Executive Director, Texas

    Reports to Title: VP of Regional Operations & Impact
    FLSA Status:Exempt
    Job Type:Full Time, Regular Staff Position

    REAL School Gardens, an innovative nonprofit organization committed to growing successful students in low-income schools, is seeking a Regional Executive Director. This strategic, passionate and thoughtful leader will be responsible for the guidance and direction of an existing team, setting a strategic growth plan, ensuring sustainability, stewarding key stakeholders, ensuring successful program outcomes and expanding the organization’s impact in multiple markets in Texas. This key position reports directly to the Vice President, Regional Operations and Impact. 

    Duties ...

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  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Filed under

    The Instructional Coach works side-by-side with teachers during class, showing them how to use the learning garden to increase academic achievement in Science, Math, and Language Arts. This position develops engaging hands-on, outdoor lesson plans and curricula and helps organize and lead training sessions with teachers who are eager to learn how to teach their students outside. The Instructional Coach represents REAL School Gardens at conferences and events and speaks passionately about our mission and our REAL results.


    The Instructional Coach will have a variety of responsibilities, including and not limited to:

    • Plan, schedule, and deliver the following:...

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  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | Filed under

    The Director of School Partnerships manages regional district and school accounts and relationships, ensuring consistency and excellence of all products and services.  This position supports the Regional Executive Director to recruit new district partners and is responsible for renewing existing partnerships.  The Director of School Partnerships works closely with the national Director of Training and Curriculum Development and manages a team of Instructional Coaches who develop curricula and provide coaching to teachers in our partner schools.  The Director of School Partnerships reports to the Regional Executive Director. 


    Fort Worth / Dallas, Texas
    Washington D.C.


    The Director of School ...

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  • Thursday, February 9, 2017 | Filed under

    By. Tara McNerney, Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School

    At Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School, our green school buildings – with their abundance of natural light and brightly colored walls – are not just a home, they’re a teaching tool.

    Founded in 2011 by a small group of passionate families, Mundo Verde is a sustainability-focused public charter school located in Washington, DC. We prepare our students to be global stewards with a bilingual curriculum rooted in sustainability principles. And Mundo Verde believes that we must walk the talk; we teach our students to be sustainability advocates and we strive ...

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  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017 | Filed under

    Position Title:                             Design & Build Project Manager

    Location:                                     Carolinas Region

    Reports to Title:                         Regional Executive Director

    FLSA Status:                               Exempt

    Job Type:                                     Full-Time, Regular Staff Position

    Supervisory Responsibilities:  Yes


    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 expanding our impact in Texas, the Mid-Atlantic, and ...

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  • Friday, October 21, 2016 | Filed under

    Studies show (and gardeners know) that when kids grow fruits and vegetables they’re more likely to eat them and that it’s best if kids connect with nutritious foods early in life. But teachers in low-income elementary schools are so busy working to ensure that students succeed academically, it’s too much to ask that they also  add nutritional instruction and gardening to their never-ending “to do” list. 

    So, to help teachers meet their academic goals AND support healthy childhoods, REAL School Gardens gives teachers the tools and training they need to lead Math, Science, and Language Arts lessons as they ...

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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, 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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