School Garden Teacher Training
Green Our Planet’s Teacher Trainings help educators integrate their school gardens into their classrooms and schools on a new level.
Green Our Planet offers three professional development trainings to Nevada teachers. Each training, offered twice during the school year, is approved by the Nevada Department of Education. Teachers earn 1 PDE credit or 5 CUs for participating in the training and completing additional online coursework and a final project that benefits their outdoor classroom and school community.
“How to Integrate STEAM 101" is a 15-hour training focused on basic garden science and the STEAM Garden Curriculum. Teachers explore and experience the lessons created by Green Our Planet, which follow the Next Generation Science Standards, to be used in their outdoor learning gardens. During the training, educators learn from experts on a variety of topics like composting, pollinator gardens and nutrition.
“Hydroponics and School Gardens” is offered to teachers interested in using a hydroponics system as a project-based learning tool. A key portion of this training focuses on teacher content knowledge of hydroponic gardening skills. Teachers also have the opportunity to collaborate with one another to design and build a hydroponics system for their school. The online portion offers opportunities for teachers to demonstrate commitment to the school community and reflections on professional growth and practice from the Nevada Educator Performance Framework.
“How To Integrate STEAM 102” is offered as a follow-up for the over 1200 teachers that attended “How to Integrate Garden STEAM 101”. Teachers report increased understanding of the Green Our Planet STEAM curriculum and more involvement in their school garden program. This course creates the opportunity for teachers to take their school garden a step further by integrating the garden into the culture and community of the school. A key portion of this training focuses on teacher content knowledge of gardening skills. By teaching one another, teachers also share successful classroom management techniques when teaching in an outdoor classroom space.
Green Our Planet's Gardening 101: Composting & Worm Class
This three-hour workshop is hosted by Green Our Planet and presented is an expert in the subject from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Teachers who enroll in the class will receive 1 CU.