Purpose Built Schools is building a network of high-performing schools in Atlanta’s lowest-income communities, utilizing the highly successful model of Drew Charter School to provide management services that deliver outstanding results for students and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Garden-based Educator Grassroots Growers Alliance
- Date Posted April 17, 2021
- Location Atlanta, GA
- Category Agriculture / Education
- Job type Full-Time
Our mission is to turn around failing schools and put all children on a trajectory for success through college and in their careers. In the process, we will help revitalize the neighborhood they serve.
Our vision of success is to see every child living in our neighborhoods on a trajectory for success through college and in their careers.
Through the Grassroots Growers Alliance, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta and the Paideia School Urban Agricutlure Program have partnered to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students through the school farm. The school farm program also provides fresh produce to the community in order to ensure equitable access to healthy food for all families.
During the 2018-19 School Year, Thomasville Heights Elementary School, in partnership with The Paideia School, established a school farm. As THES heads into Year 4, we are looking to hire a full-time garden-based educator to continue the growth of this important program.
The Garden-Based Educator will focus on the following areas:
- Hands-on farm-based learning: students grow, cook, and taste new foods, which builds their skills and healthy food preferences
- support student educational outcomes by drawing upon the National Agricultural Literacy Benchmarks and Outcomes (standards-based curriculum map for K-12 teachers)
What We’re Looking For
- Passion for building a healthier future for school children
- Commitment to working alongside our local community
- Demonstrated leadership ability
- Experience working in a diverse community
- Respect for diversity of opinion, experience, and background
- Experience working in or studying food systems, agriculture, public health, education and community organizing
- Experience working or volunteering in education, youth development, or other teaching setting
- Knowledge of the culture and history of the community
- Demonstrated ability or dedication to performing the activities listed below:
What You’ll Do
Under the guidance of the Paideia School Urban Agriculture program, the Garden-based educator will work with students and teachers, both during and after school, with support from the Thomasville Heights Elementary School Farmer and the Farm to School Chef, to build healthy school food environments and support class curriculum.
- focus on teaching children in grades K-5 about food and agriculture by delivering engaging, hands-on lessons, integrating activities on the farm with core curriculum and working with teachers and school administrators to increase food and nutrition education in curricula, and more.
- help to grow healthy food with students, teachers, and community members on the school farm
- Work to create a dynamic educational setting where students can get their hands dirty and experience what they are learning first-hand
- work with the Farmer Educator to develop garden sustainability plans and unique farm-based classes that support curriculum
- work with the Farm to School Chef to positively impact what students are eating by promoting food grown on the school farm (and other local farms) through taste tests and cooking classes
- help build school wide cultures of health by building strong, collaborative relationships with teachers, families, and school administrators
- create farm-based curriculum that supports grade level outcomes
- help with program impact measurement
What You’ll Gain
- salary based on 40 hours per week x 36 weeks
- Training, mentorship, and professional development opportunities
- This position is renewable subject to satisfactory performance review and available funding.
- You must be available for 40 hours each week, M-F, during the school year
Garden-based educators are expected to abide by rules of conduct set forth by Purpose Built Schools Atlanta and will be evaluated for performance twice during the term: at the mid-point and end of the year performance is evaluated based on progress toward achieving goals set forth in your job description as well as general professional conduct in the service environment.
Physical requirements:You must be able to stand for extended periods of time to teach; supervise groups of children in and outdoors; perform manual labor in the school garden, including Compensation this position is : salaried, 50k-75k Application instructions