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 here for our current Professional Development opportunities:

 

10/17: Fun Fall Cooking for Teachers – How to Manage Cooking in Your Classroom

Learn strategies for fun and manageable cooking activities in your classroom. We will model an autumn recipe along with techniques to keep kids engaged and safe while cooking in a classroom space

4:30 – 6:00 P.M.

PS 216

350 Avenue X

Brooklyn, NY 11223

register here

 

10/22: Garden Activities for an Indoor Space 

Learn ways to bring gardening to your kids, even without outdoor space. We will demonstrate an indoor planting project and accompanying indoor instructional activities. For those who have a school garden, these are great activities to do during inclement weather.

4:30 – 6:30 P.M.

PS 216

350 Avenue X

Brooklyn, NY 11223

register here

 

10/25: Set Yourself Up for Success – Tips for Gardening with Students

Learn how to prepare for and implement activities in a school garden. We will take you through Edible Schoolyard NYC garden activities step-by-step–from prep to teaching–giving you strategies to keep your kids happy, engaged, and safe in the garden

4:40 – 6:30 P.M

PS 7

160 E. 120th St.

New York, NY 10035

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10/30: Teaching through Cooking: Academic Connections in the Kitchen 

Make and eat a fall recipe with us, modeling how we cook with kids in our classrooms. We will talk about ways to use cooking to foster student learning, discussing academic connections and nutritional take-aways.

4:30-6:00 P.M.

PS 7

160 E. 120th St.

New York, NY 10035

register here

 

 

11/6: Edible Education 101 – Introduction to Gardening and Cooking with Students

Learn all about how to implement garden and cooking education with your students. This full-day workshop will have sessions on creating or maintaining a school garden, teaching in a garden setting, cooking with students, and using cooking and gardening to enhance students’ learning in the academic subjects.

9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

PS 216

350 Avenue X

Brooklyn, NY 11223

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.