Spring 2018 School Programs Consultation

Here Is How I Can Support Your School:

On top of the exciting programs you see below:

  • I also offer online courses, you can find HERE.
  • Or I could design a custom virtual coaching program for your school. Contact me (Leilam@Kidsgrowingcity.ca) if that's what interests you.
  • To help your Parent Council raise funds for my programs, I recommend an exciting spring Fund Raising Project at PlantBest™. 50% of funds raised go back to the school. To get help with fundraising contact Mary Jo, Manager, Educational Fundraising Programs plantbestinc@gmail.com Ph# 416-220-6957 https://plantbest.com/fund-raising/

(Disclaimer: None of the proceeds from this fundraising project goes to Kids' Growing City. I only recommend it for its amazing alignment with Kids' Growing City's mission)





Our 2018 Programs

Book Your Consultation for Before March Break! Programs Start First Week of April!

My teachers will run my 10-week comprehensive food-growing program at your school. Your interested teachers can get trained by shadowing my teachers as well as free access to our brand new Virtual Boot Camp program. 

My programs connect to Ontario Curriculum in literacy, science, family studies, health and wellness, modern learning, and much more.

This program starts at the beginning of April. Please book a consultation to meet and discuss. I only do consultations till before March Break only with schools that are seriously considering this program. To show you are serious I ask for a $100 deposit to book your consultation. 

This deposit is refundable if after consultation we collectively decide that we are not a good fit to work together.

For the first time, I am offering a virtual boot-camp program for your TEACHERS, starting beginning of April. I will virtually hold your teachers' hands and show them how to run my In-School 10-Week program on their own in your school. This Program Consists of: 

  • 12, 1-hour weekly Monday interactive webinar sessions with me, in which I give your teachers their next week's lesson plan and shopping list. And I also show them how to run the lesson
  •  12, 1-hour weekly Friday Q&A webinar sessions with me, in which your teachers get to reflect, ask their questions, share their challenges and get ready for next week.
  • All Sessions will be recorded and available for future reference.

This beta version is priced really low THIS YEAR ONLY because it is brand new and will be co-created with your teachers. Don't Lose Your Chance!

HYBRID (BETA)

For the first time, I am offering a hybrid solution for those schools in the GTA that would like to combine my in-school program with my Virtual Boot Camp. This Program Consists of:

  •  2, In-School sessions, in which my teachers will run the first 2 sessions of my In-School program (Garden Building and Seeds) for 2 classes.
  •  Access to my Virtual Boot Camp program for 2 of your teachers to continue what my teachers started following along the camp.

This program starts at the beginning of April. Please book a consultation to meet and discuss. I only do consultations till before March Break only with schools that are seriously considering this program. To show you are serious I ask for a $100 deposit to book your consultation.  

This deposit is refundable if after consultation we collectively decide that we are not a good fit to work together.

4 Classes (40 hours of programing) $4,900

3 Classes (30 hours of programing) $3,950

2 Classes (20 hours of programing) $2,975

Low-Priced Only This First Year (Beta version)!

Only 10 spots are available this year due to individualised one-on-one coaching!

Access for 1 Teacher: $497

Access for Each Extra Teacher at Same School: $47

Low-Priced Only This First Year (Beta version)!  

Only 10 spots are available together with Boot-Camp Program!

2 Classes (4 hours of programing) + Access to Boot Camp for 2 teachers: $1347

Access to Boot-Camp for Each Extra Teacher at Same School: $47

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this program connect to the curriculum? 

Our programs connect well with school boards’ focus on health & wellness and modern learning, principal’s target on inclusivity, community, student participation and engagement, authentic learning and student achievement as well as with Ontario curriculum on literacy, biodiversity, water, soil, plant lifecycle, family studies, etc.  

Who pays for supplies and materials?  

All supplies and material that are used up in the classroom as part of our programming will be covered by Kids’ Growing City. Examples are; organic seeds and potting soil, seed starter cups, craft material, etc. 

All supplies and material that stay with and becomes an asset of the school after end date of the program, will be paid by you (could be coordinated by Kids’ Growing City). Examples are, big containers and raised beds, bulk soil and mulch, trellises, rain barrels, trees, compost bins, etc. These are not all necessary for all schools. We will inform you of your school’s needs and estimate of your expenses during the consultation. And we coordinate with your school before ordering anything for you. There will be no surprise expenses! 

Please note that Kids’ Growing City is an educational institution and does not sell any physical products of its own. 

How can we find funding to pay for the program? 

In the past, schools have paid for our programs using the following sources: 

1) Principal’s or School’s Budget; Our programs connect very well with school boards’ focus on health & wellness and modern learning, principal’s target on inclusivity, community, student participation and engagement, authentic learning and student achievement as well as with Ontario curriculum on literacy, biodiversity, water, soil, plant lifecycle, family studies, etc.

2) Parent Council fundraising; Parents love the idea of their children learning such practical hands-on authentic skill which connects them with healthy eating and environmental stewardship. To help your Parent Council raise funds for my programs, I recommend an exciting spring Fund Raising Project at PlantBest™. 50% of funds raised go back to the school. To get help with fundraising contact Mary Jo, Manager, Educational Fundraising Programs plantbestinc@gmail.com Ph# 416-220-6957 https://plantbest.com/fund-raising/ (Disclaimer: None of the proceeds from this fundraising project goes to Kids' Growing City. I only recommend it for its amazing alignment with Kids' Growing City's mission)

3) Parents of those classrooms we teach the program to divide the expense between them and principal helps out those who cannot pay. 

4) Grant money teachers or parents apply for and receive from organizations such as Evergreen Brickworks or other foundations. 

5) A combinations of all the above. What we have found out is, where the will is there, the money shows up!

Who works in the garden?  

The students and the students ONLY! No adults, teachers, parents, admin staff or caretakers are to work in the garden. All building, planting, maintaining, watering and harvesting will be done by your students as part of the program.

What is expected of our teachers?  

Your teachers will do NOTHING but supervise and assign chores to their students. And learn from us if interested! We would LOVE to teach them so you don’t have to hire us back next year! 

What is expected of our caretakers?  

Your caretakers will need to do nothing extra other than generally supporting your students to perform their assigned tasks. For example, give the key to water tap to your teachers for watering.

What is expected of our parents community?  

During the school year? Nothing! During summer though you would need their support for watering the garden, and ONLY watering, if you don’t have a partnering daycare or a similar program running in your school. We will guide you to set up a watering schedule with your community before the end of school year. 

Will you run the 10-week program for our clubs (eco-club or garden-club for example)?  

Years of experience in this field has shown us that building a successful and sustainable school garden requires structure, persistence, student engagement and a curriculum connected series of lesson plans. Clubs unfortunately lack these attributes which makes it difficult to be successful and or sustainable. Although these clubs are very valuable in supporting the program, we ONLY run our programs as an in-school program that runs during the day. And that’s how we can guarantee success.

Will you run your programs as after-school or during lunch-hour?  

Years of experience in this field has shown us that building a successful and sustainable school garden requires student and teacher engagement at a much higher level that could possibly be achieved during an after-school or lunch-hour program. We ONLY run our programs as an in-school program that runs during the day. And that’s how we can guarantee success. 

What about sustainability of our school garden?  

For a successful school garden to be sustainable, meaning to have success continuity for years to come, it needs teacher engagement and training. We offer your interested teachers training in form of shadowing as well as online training, at no extra charge, so they can sustain the success and ensure your school garden is utilized for years to come.

How does the virtual boot-camp work?  

Teachers who enrol in the boot-camp will attend 12 webinar sessions for their lessons and 12 optional Q&A webinar sessions to ask their questions and discuss their progress of the week. 

In the 12 Lesson sessions they will receive the lesson plan of the week, related shopping list and instructions on how to run the lesson. In the 12 Q&A sessions, your teachers will get to ask their questions, discuss their challenges and share their success stories with me and get direct guidance on their specific situation in their classrooms.

Lesson sessions will be on Mondays and Q&A calls on Fridays. All sessions will be recorded and available to participating teachers. Their enrolment will never expire. This program is low-priced this year only because it’s brand new and will be co-created with a very limited number of teachers.

How does the Hybrid program work?  

For 2 of your classes, our teachers will come and run the first 2 sessions of our in-school 10-week program; Garden Building and Seeds & Seedlings. During these 2 sessions your students will build or replenish their school garden learn how to sow seeds and start seedlings indoors. 

2 of your teachers will be enrolled in the boot-camp (refer to previous question for details) and continue the program online along with other teacher-students of the boot-camp. 

This program is low-priced this year only because it’s brand new and will be co-created with a very limited number of teachers. 

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