Real Stories
  • Tuesday, November 26, 2013 | Filed under Sustainability and Funding , Educators , Community

    Growing Opportunities 

                    Take a look at our full list of grants by clicking here!  


    November 30:  Trend Micro Incorporated  

    Trend Micro Incorporated is accepting applications for its Educational Technology Grant program. The grant was created to support the safe and responsible use of technology among students and to help schools prepare students for future educational and career opportunities.  Grants will be given to a total of 12 public schools/districts, and include a monetary contribution (not to exceed $10,000 per district or school) as well as in-kind donations to include software licenses for the ...

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  • Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Filed under Lesson Plans , Instructional Aids , REAL Teacher Journal

    Congratulations to Medrano Elementary for being the first school to complete their Teacher 2 Teacher (T2T) training program the first semester of this 2013/2014 school year.


    Our T2T training program allows six teachers to observe three model lessons that align with the curriculum already being taught inside.  We strive to impact teacher and student engagement through hands-on instruction in the outdoor classroom.  Reflection is one of the most critical components for teacher growth and effectiveness.  So, we reflect after every T2T and share teaching and learning highlights.

    Lower grade classes learned:

    • Why trees lose their leaves

    • How leaves are ...

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  • Sunday, November 10, 2013 | Filed under Student Behavior , Educators , Instructional Aids , REAL Teacher Journal

    11.10.2013 - Cabell Elementary

    Around two weeks ago I was working with a 5th grade class at Cabell Elementary when lightning threatened and it started to pour down rain.  When we returned inside, a transformative lightning strike came when I realized that I had not taught inside for almost six months. 


    I felt handicapped by the lack of manipulatives and space that the garden provides me as a way of teaching constructively.  At this moment, I realized that this is the way teachers feel when they are asked to teach outside in the garden.  Teachers feel restricted, constrained, and ...

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  • Tuesday, November 5, 2013 | Filed under Health and Nutrition , Community , REAL Supporters

    What do a Peugeot pepper mill and a REAL school garden have in common?  According to Executive Chef Blaine Staniford of GRACE restaurant, they are both essential tools for a wonderful Schoolyard Harvest Dinner!  In the interview below, the chef tells us more about which ingredients make his cooking - and the annual Schoolyard Harvest - so special.  Come taste and see for yourself this Thursday - it's not too late to get your ticket!

    1. Most useful kitchen tool? "Besides my chef knife, I love my Peugeot pepper mill."

    A pepper mill is specifically designed to ...

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  • Friday, November 1, 2013 | Filed under Educators , Lesson Plans , Science , REAL Teacher Journal

    10.28.2013 – Dig In at Gooch Elementary

    Pre-K, Kinder, and 1st grade teachers retrieved 6 rocks from the garden.  Then, they named their very favorite rock (Randy), and tried to build a rock tower with Randy at the very bottom or the very top of their tower.  Next, teachers placed their rock friend in a special place in the garden.  When they come to visit the garden, they will check on their friend and see what sorts of changes have occurred.  Imagine if a 1st grader checks up on their rock for 4 years.  By the time they enter ...

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