Professional Development Workshops

Calling all educators! We offer free opportunities to learn about edible education throughout the year.

“I think every teacher should take this class, and classes about this type of content should be more readily available. It was fabulous!”

— Edible Schoolyard NYC Professional Development Participant

See below for our upcoming Professional Development opportunities:

 

May 5School Garden Management During COVID-19 and Beyond

4:00-5:00 pm EST

Interactive Zoom Meeting

Edible Schoolyard NYC’s head garden manager will talk to you and take your questions about how she is managing our gardens during COVID school closures and how to get ready for reopening our gardens as soon as we are able.

FREE! Register here

May 12: Explore Edible Schoolyard NYC’s Virtual Lessons 

4:00-5:00 pm EST

Interactive Zoom Meeting

Two Edible Schoolyard NYC garden teachers will show some examples of our recent online programming and host a Q and A session about virtual learning strategies.

FREE! Register here

May 19: Teaching with Culturally Responsive Recipes 

4:00-5:00 pm EST

Interactive Zoom Meeting

Two of Edible Schoolyard NYC’s kitchen teachers will host you in a discussion of using culturally responsive recipes and food in your classroom.

FREE! Register here

May 26: Teaching Kids in the Kitchen, Strategies for Remote and In-Person Lessons

4:00-5:00 pm EST

Interactive Zoom Meeting

Two of Edible Schoolyard NYC’s kitchen instructors will discuss and demonstrate strategies for the remote instruction we are doing now and the in-person instruction we hope to return to soon.

FREE! Register here

June 2: Indoor and Outdoor Gardening with Kids–Instructional Strategies

4:00-5:00 pm EST

Interactive Zoom Meeting

Join Edible Schoolyard NYC garden teachers in a remote workshop to discuss strategies for growing indoors and outdoors with your students.

FREE! Register here

June 9: Norms and Expectations in the School Garden: Being Supportive and Responsive

Anytime

Video will be posted to our website

One of Edible Schoolyard NYC’s garden teachers talks through the norms and expectations we establish in our classrooms. Key topics include how to support students social-emotional learning and how to be culturally responsive. We will send a link to the video when it is posted!

FREE! Register here

June 16: Food Education Virtual Networking Event

4:00-5:30 pm EST

Interactive Zoom Meeting

Edible Schoolyard NYC is hosting a virtual networking event for teachers to talk about cooking and gardening with kids. Possible break-out sessions include best practices in the kitchen classroom, best practices in the garden classrooms, COVID and other challenges, virtual vs. in-person learning, plus other topics that you may suggest.

FREE! Register here

June 23: Supporting Language Learners in the Kitchen Classroom

4:00-5:00 pm EST

Interactive Zoom Meeting

Join us online as we discuss and demonstrate strategies for using cooking so support English language learners.

FREE! Register here


What you’ll do

As a participant in our Professional Development workshops, you’ll learn the tools and curriculum to incorporate gardening and cooking lessons and activities into your own classrooms.

  • Learn how to set up a teaching garden and kitchen with the resources available to you
  • Dig into our curriculum and learn techniques for managing cooking and gardening with your students
  • Learn strategies for increasing parent and community engagement in your gardens and kitchen classrooms
  • Network with other educators in NYC to exchange ideas and strategies for kitchen- and garden-based education
  • Get P Credit (for NYCDOE teachers and certain courses only)

Who is eligible

Most workshops are open to all types of educators, including public and private school teachers, nonprofit workers, volunteers, community educators — anyone who wants to learn how to bring elements of edible education back to their own sites. We also offer occasional workshops for NYC Department of Education teachers through the After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP).


Ways to learn

Demonstration Site Visits

Observe our classes in action! The Demonstration Schools serve as centers of excellence where we model best practices and methods for a seed-to-table education. To set up a site visit, please contact our Director of Education Liza Engelberg.

Workshops

Workshops can be full-day or just a couple of hours after school. The focus is on specific topics, such as teaching science in the garden or using a seasonal recipe to augment a unit on culture, language, or history. Workshops are a great way to hone your skills or concentrate on making garden and kitchen connections in a particular academic area.

Intensives

We offer two intensives per year: one in the summer and another in spring. The summer intensive is our immersive introduction to edible education in a one-week, 36-hour class for P Credit. The session covers the basics of starting and maintaining a garden and kitchen classroom, teaching techniques, and connections to academic learning. The spring intensive takes place in six two-hour sessions over ten weeks, and offers a more comprehensive overview of edible education. Participants in the spring intensive receive free supplies, site visits, and follow-up support from our staff.

Showcase School Visits

In the fall of 2015, P.S. 216 was named one of twenty-six official Showcase Schools by the NYC Department of Education on the basis of our edible education program. That’s out of 1,800 NYC public schools total! At three official visitations each year — all-day, intensive professional development workshops — large groups of New York City educators can be inspired by our kids, our teachers, and our classes.