Real Stories
  • 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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