new DC hort/ag/science elem school
- Subject: [cg] new DC hort/ag/science elem school
- From: Grow19@aol.com
- Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2001 19:52:25 EDT
I'd like your input on the development of an urban charter elementary school
in Washington, DC emphasizing interdisciplinary education centered on science
and hands-on gardening (implied also in the planning meetings also are
environmental education-watershed ecology, urban forestry, sustainable
agriculture, landscape design). I've posted this to the ACGA list and the
SYH list. Please feel free to forward to others lists you think with readers
that might be able to help.
The plan calls for about 230 students in 14 classrooms and onsite gardening
(edible and ornamental). I am sitting on a school planning committee would
appreciate the wisdom of your experience with regard to a few questions
below. Please feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forgive me -- I've got a lot of questions.
RECRUITING TEACHERS -- Applicants will need to be certified teachers, will
need to have proven abilities in interdisciplinary approaches to education,
have a willingness to provide strong reading and math education, and a
willingness to be trained in science education and gardening education.
QUESTIONS ARE --
1.If the school is to succeed in integrating gardening deeply into its
'academic' success, do the teachers need to have proven knowledge and
experience in gardening and integrating gardening / environmental science
into the curriculum or will in-service training be adequate to prepare them?
2.Given the reported shortage of teachers, would this new school be able to
adequately recruit teachers with experience integrating gardening and
environmental education into the full curriculum of the school?
3.What salary level would be required to attract such experience?
4.What would be some good national teacher recruitment strategies? (The
school is still seeking its charter; if approved this Fall, the school would
have 1 year for development, opening to students in Sept 2002)
GARDEN DEVELOPMENT / GARDENING CURRICULUM / PARTNERSHIPS -- The concept is
still in development, but at this time the idea is that the school campus
will have gardens (edible and ornamental) and that learning will include
substantial 'field' experiences facilitated through partnerships with local
environmental, horticulture/agriculture, and science institutions.
*QUESTIONS ABOUT PARTNERSHIPS - how much can academic/educational success
depend on partnerships and how much is reliant on the prior experience of
*QUESTIONS ABOUT CURRICULUM - as above, the school will have almost 1 year
for development before opening. The first step will be to hire staff to
develop the institution, recruit teachers, and develop curriculum linked
directly to state testing standards.
1.I'd appreciate your recommendations on recruiting the best leaders to help
develop the gardening/ag/environmental education aspect of the school.
2.I'd appreciate your recommendations on curriculum that you have knowledge
of that the school could incorporate into daily use--for elementary school
use. (I have to say that I have some experience with this, but would value
3.I'd appreciate your telling me about schools that might make good models
for us to know about that use horticulture, agriculture, enviro.education,
and sciences as the core of their educational model.
Again, please feel free to email me directly at email@example.com. And if you
are willing, please include your name, mailing address, and phone # in case
I'd like to contact you by those.
1419 V Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
community_garden maillist - firstname.lastname@example.org