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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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