Kū ‘Āina Pā: Standing Firmly in Knowledge Upon the Land
A new School Learning Garden Teacher Training Program has been created for Hawai‘i’s teachers under a USDA/SPECA “Ag in the Classroom K-12” grant to The Kohala Center’s Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network.
The application period for the second cohort is now closed. This year-long program for Hawai‘i Island teachers will begin with the Summer Intensive June 9-14, 2013 in Waimea. This year a limited number of outer island teachers will also be able to join us for the Summer Intensive only (see Expectations & Timeline).
This year-long course (see course timeline) will endeavor to:
Cultivate Our Sense of Place in the Living World:
• Understand the foundations and benefits of garden-based learning
• Build knowledge and practice of organic gardening systems
• Incorporate place-based, project-based, experiential and inquiry learning into garden activities
• Align HCPS III with garden-based learning in science, math, literacy and health; learn to connect the Core Curriculum into garden-based learning
• Engage with faculty, administration, and community to create successful partnerships
• Strengthen your understanding of SustĀinability Education and appropriate whole systems work by grade level
• Integrate hands-on STEM learning into daily garden classes
• Hone your nutritional knowledge from Seed to Table
Foster Research and Reflection:
• Help you to create rubrics and logic models to incorporate into your planning
• Strengthen your toolbox of teaching techniques for the outdoor classroom
• Learn to design, build, and maintain an exceptional School Learning Garden
• Develop your own lesson “style” and create a daily class rhythm
• Practice “reflection” and a variety of tools for evaluation
• Create and present an Action Research Project over one year
As you can see, School Garden Educators are multi-faceted. You are a gardener, but you are also a teacher. You may well become part of your school’s science or STEM team. You are constantly thinking of ways to present core curriculum in engaging and experiential ways. Food, water, energy, waste, and economics play into the whole system of the garden every time you go out to work, as do the General Learner Outcomes. In the past, farming and gardening were practiced as an art, but today they have become a science with an emphasis on technology. It is our hope that by working together, we can develop a Hawai‘i School Learning Garden Team of Educators that will once again bring science AND the art of food production together in soil/seed to table programs. We can practice sound health education, connect with science and literacy standards, and work to elevate environmental sustainability to its proper place within our community’s vision of the future. The students will be leading the way and you will be facilitating their exploration, discovery, and invention working with these living dynamic systems of change. What an opportunity! It’s just what the world needs at just the right moment.