2015 Healthy Living Trainings and Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development

  • November 5, 2015 (Register by October 22)

    • School Garden 101 Train the Trainer Event:

  • School Garden 101-School Garden 101 is a workshop series that was developed by Marjorie Peronto and Susan DeBlieck in 2010 to answer the needs of school staff in Downeast Maine who wanted to learn gardening skills.  The series of five workshops evolved to include group assignments that would help school garden groups create a plan for the creation of a new school garden. The course is intended for multiple groups of three school staff. It can be used for schools that have existing gardens as well as schools planning a garden. Since 2010, the workshop series has been offered in over ten towns in Iowa, Minnesota, and Maine. As a result of the workshop series, school staff create new school gardens and learn horticultural skills.
  • SG101 Workshop Series Objectives (measured by pre/post test)

        ·    Build understanding of basic gardening principles
        ·    Connect gardening principles to school activities and curricula
        ·    Support the creation and maintenance of school gardens with ideas and planning time

  • The workshop series is taught by two organizers that divide up tasks such as presenting horticultural information and facilitating group discussions. Great partners for these tasks include university extension staff, Master Gardeners, and non-profit employees.
  • Each 3 hour workshop is focused on one lesson and a group discussion. The lesson (i.e. compost) provides horticultural information to the participants. The group discussion (i.e. setting garden goals) is provided to make sure that school staff are given time to plan and implement their school garden project. The theory is that we do not have to educate teachers on how to offer lessons about gardening, the facilitators should simply give them curricula and horticultural information. That said, curricular materials are provided in the resource binder and are a useful source of ideas for educators. Participants are to submit individual and group assignments to demonstrate use of planning time and course materials, and for the organizers to provide assistance.
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