About Us

WHAT WE DO

Green Teacher Network works to advance academics, health and sustainability through school gardens and outdoor learning.  GTN collaborates with over 30 area organizations in support of school gardens, tastings, composting, and the natural environment. We currently maintain a network of over 2,000 educators in 185 schools in the Charlotte region.

This is what we do:

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SPREAD THE WORD

We serve as the central resource for school gardens and outdoor learning through sharing best practices, responding to the needs of our teachers, developing programs and communicating other gardening resources through our website, newsletter, blogs and social media.

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TEACH THE TEACHERS

We empower educators to engage students in gardening, tastings and outdoor learning! Increased awareness of food and relevant outdoor hands-on learning will lead to improved health and academic performance. Our programs include:

  Quarterly Professional Development Workshops: Hands-on skill development for teachers and informal educators supporting school gardens, tastings and much more.
 

Native Plant Pollinator Garden: Duke Energy Foundation and area Rotary Clubs are supporting the planting of over 60 Native Plant Pollinator Gardens April 2016. Over 100 area volunteers will support this effort. Native plants are being grown at North Mecklenburg High School and Myers Park High School Horticulture programs.

 

STEM2FORK Culinary Competition:  Time Warner Cable has guided the development of an annual competition supporting High Schools Culinary Teachers and Students through a local competition and exposure to area chefs and Johnson & Wales Culinary Students.

 
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CONNECT THE DOTS

GTN works with over 30 organizations that collectively support school gardening and outdoor learning. The collective effectiveness of the team has shown engagement with over 185 area schools in the past 2 years.  In response to teachers surveys GTN published a Schoolyard Gardening and Tasting Guide as a step by step guide for school gardens and tastings. Also, UNC Charlotte Center for STEM Education is working on a Curriculum Connection Matrix to provide a centralized site to access school garden, tasting and outdoor learning lesson plans connected to North Carolina Essential Standards.

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SCHOOL GARDEN CERTIFICATION

Fall 2015 Green Teacher Network will support 13 area schools, 11 which are economically disadvantaged, as they transition from occasional school gardening to a curriculum integrated annual gardening strategy – GTN School Garden Certification.   Based on best practices from around the US and feedback from over 500 area teachers/informal educators, GTN Certification transitions school gardening to an intentional project-based learning initiative with a goal of engaging 10 to 15% of the teachers at each participating school to achieve school garden sustainability and increase effectiveness.