Real Stories
  • Wednesday, May 06, 2015 | Filed under

    Development Manager
    REAL School Gardens seeks a Development Manager in North Texas to support our mission to create learning gardens that grow successful students. This position reports to the Director of Development.

    • Researching and prospecting new individual and foundation donors
    • Soliciting individual major gifts and managing individual mail and electronic appeals
    • Managing grant writing calendar, proposal submissions, and reporting for foundations
    • Maintaining accurate database records for donors
    • Planning and executing fundraising events as needed
    • Supporting corporate fundraising, gift processing and other development administration
    • as needed

    Skills and Experience
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher
    • Minimum of five years individual and institutional ...

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  • Monday, April 13, 2015 | Filed under REAL Reflections


    Kinder students practiced more than, less than, and equal to using natural objects.

    Students also developed a garden character using these concrete manipulatives.

    A simple leaf helped introduce and engage 1st graders into fractional thinking. 

    Students demonstrated their understanding of the concept using sidewalk chalk and trash collected from around the garden.

    In 45 minutes most of the students left the outdoor classroom with a REAL experience of how to make fractions using their hands and their heart, not just their head. 

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  • Friday, March 27, 2015 | Filed under REAL Reflections


    This first grade journal demonstrates the scholars' understanding that living things depend on nonliving things in order to survive in the great cycle of life.

    We used natural plant resources to color, measured air temperature, and reviewed the properties of matter in this short experiential learning lesson.

    Ms. Alexander is seen here experiencing this writing lesson with her students. The garden is a natural wants us to read, write, and research her.

    Scholars worked in teams to explore and read plant labels. Students practiced being authors to help inform the school about their favorite plant....

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  • Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Filed under REAL Reflections


    Upper grade students practiced identifying measurement units within the customary and metric systems using natural objects found outside.

    Scholars also predicted the air temperature using what they know and the outdoor clues (inferential thinking) in both Fahrenheit and Celsius  before actually reviewing the thermometer.  


    Upper grade students practiced identifying measurement units within the customary and metric systems using natural objects found outside. 

    Scholars also predicted the air temperature using what they know and the outdoor clues (inferential thinking) in both Fahrenheit and Celsius  before actually reviewing the thermometer.  

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  • Friday, February 27, 2015 | Filed under

    REAL School Gardens is pleased to announce that it has hired veteran elementary school teacher and community garden leader Joe Ludes to serve as the first teacher-trainer for the Mid-Atlantic region.

    Joe brings with him more than six years of teaching experience as a Special Education instructor at high-poverty, inner-city DC schools.  Under his watch as the school’s garden lab coordinator, students have improved their understanding of nutrition, increased their desire to spend active time outside, and gained knowledge of school content through hands-on learning experiences. Joe has been honored as a “Highly Effective” teacher in D.C.’s teacher evaluation program, ...

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  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | Filed under REAL Reflections

      Colorful Collage

    Ms Fisher’s picture collage captures her students using the schoolyard as a tool for practicing descriptive writing.  These students also used natural dyes to color their plant sketches and taped in a piece of their plant to help them remember their learning experience. 

    YOU ROCK! 

    1st grade students gather in a circle to play Ispy using their special rock.  The students that really excel at this game are the ones that can properly use the physical properties and sensory details in their descriptive writing explanations. 
    1st grade students gather in a circle to play Ispy using ...

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  • Monday, February 23, 2015 | Filed under

    REAL School Gardens

    Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic

    Washington, DC


    Position Summary

    REAL School Gardens seeks a Regional Director to lead the organization through the next exciting phase of growth, creating learning gardens that grow successful students.  The Regional Director will have the overall responsibility of ensuring sustainability, stewarding key stakeholders, and successful program outcomes in the Mid-Atlantic region.


    The ideal candidate is a passionate leader and communicator with a track record of successfully raising funds, engaging a variety of stakeholders and managing staff.  Further, the ideal candidate is highly entrepreneurial, a self-starter and is enthusiastic about the mission.


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  • Thursday, February 12, 2015 | Filed under

    When one of our educators, Logan LeCompte, was reviewing the applications for new partner schools, he was blown away by all the great things the principals were saying.  School administrators are really embracing the potential of the REAL School Gardens Program, and we look forward to working with as many of them as possible.  What would you tell school leaders to encourage them to join the REAL School Gardens Program. 


    A good percentage of Principals have experienced a REAL School Garden as a former teacher or Assistant Principal.  In addition, most Principals have heard about the outdoor classroom as ...

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  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | Filed under REAL Reflections


    Mrs. Berry's 3rd grade students collected tree (front schoolyard) and veggie data (garden) outside, and returned inside to practice real world problem solving with the objective being taught (fractions).

    Student driven inquiry and science vocabulary were naturally embedded into the format of this math lesson.

    This particular student's engagement and ...

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  • Saturday, January 31, 2015 | Filed under

    Starting off the new year, we wanted to take a look back at our partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and look toward the future. 

    Since 2013, BCBSTX has provided funding and volunteers to help REAL School Gardens build 11 learning gardens in low-income schools.  Check out these photos from their Big Dig at Maple Lawn Elementary, and the story about the project they included in their LifeTimes newsletter.

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas chose to work with REAL School Gardens as part of their Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative designed to improve the ...

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