FirstLine Schools: GARDEN TEACHING FELLOW
Creating and inspiring great open admissions public schools in New Orleans
In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans, which became the highest performing open admission middle school in the city. FirstLine now operates four K-8th grade school and a high school. Our mission is to create and inspire great open admission public schools in New Orleans. We do this by:
Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers. Our schools are led by instructional leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development.
Langston Hughes Academy DreamKeeper Garden
The Dreamkeeper Garden at Langston Hughes Academy is a new and exciting enrichment and curriculum integration program, which began in the Summer of 2010. With the conception of this program came an interest and drive to create a safe, outdoor educational space where scholars can learn life’s cycles and interrelationships. The Dreamkeeper Garden has potential to grow and expand into a community garden and a large edible producing garden. ESY NOLA and the Dreamkeeper garden share a strong and supportive relationship in the Firstline School network.
The mission of Langston Hughes Academy Charter School is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and character traits necessary to succeed in high school, college and the world beyond. Our goal is to send every student to college by preparing them for the best public and private high schools in the New Orleans area. By developing a Schoolyard Edible garden, LHA is preparing their scholars for success in not only the traditional academic realm, but a hands-on, experiential knowledge of the Earth and its cycles through a seed to table life science based curriculum program.
The Edible Teaching Dreamkeeper Garden is the venue for weekly garden classes where children learn to grow and harvest their own food. In the 2012-2013 school year, students in grades K-8 participate in hands-on organic gardening classes that reinforce academic curriculum while learning how to grow their own food and become stewards of the land. The garden includes an outdoor classroom, a composting and worm composting (vermiculture) station, seasonal edible crops in raised beds and production garden, an herb garden, grape vines, and a butterfly garden. With ample vicinity for expansion, the Dreamkeeper garden will host a variety of growing practices including use of Dillard Universitys’ green house and seasonal row crops. The space will also facilitate a reconciliation circle and community gardening. With a subtropical climate, students can plant, harvest and enjoy seasonal produce all year long in New Orleans!
Edible Schoolyard NOLA
Edible Schoolyard NOLA changes the way kids eat, learn and live at FirstLine Schools in New Orleans. Our goal is to improve the long-term well being of our students, families and school community. We do this through a comprehensive seed-to-table experience that integrates hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into the school learning experience, culture and cafeteria food programs of the schools we serve.
ESY NOLA involves students in all aspects of growing, harvesting preparing and enjoying food together as a means of awakening their senses, cultivating a school environment that promotes a sense of pride and responsibility for our land and natural resources, and developing a love for fresh, seasonal foods. ESY NOLA is a signature program of FirstLine Schools, a public charter school network in New Orleans.
The School Garden Teaching Assistant teaches garden classes for K-8 grade students as a small group leader; assists in preparation and breakdown of classes; contributes to lesson planning and classroom development collaboration; helps to maintain the garden; and supports ESYNOLA’s collaborative programming.
The position’s specific responsibilities include:
TEACHING AND LEARNING
COMMUNICATION, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND OUTREACH
Education and Background Experience:
Qualities and Characterisitics:
Lead Garden Teacher and Garden Coordinator
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