School Garden Coordinator, Mastery Charter Schools

Posted by Mastery Charter Schools on June 27, 2016

Position Summary:
Mastery seeks a School Garden Coordinator to work on a part-time basis in support of our school garden program at Frederick Douglass Mastery Charter School. This is a 12-month position; however the duties and hours will vary depending on the time of year. The school garden program increases access to locally grown organic produce for neighborhood residents, beautifies the school’s campus through greening, and also creates an opportunity for youth from diverse backgrounds to learn about growing their own food, as well as nutrition, cooking, nature, and the environment. This position is funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant and will work in conjunction with the City Harvest Growers Alliance (CHGA), a project of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The ideal candidate will have experience growing food, working with students in a school setting, and designing hands-on lessons.

About Mastery:
Mastery Charter Schools believes that educational inequity is the single most pressing social problem facing our country — the civil rights issue of our day. Mastery exists to solve the problem. Our vision is that our schools are joyful, authentic communities where students learn how to think critically and act independently so they are truly prepared for post-secondary success

Mastery currently operates 21 schools in Philadelphia and Camden serving 12,000 students in grades K through 12. Mastery is a national leader in school turnarounds – ten of our schools were formerly struggling district schools. Mastery operates these schools as true neighborhood public schools, maintaining a neighborhood catchment and enrolling students regardless of academic level or disability. We are proud that all of our turnaround schools have had dramatic improvements in student achievement while increasing neighborhood student retention. Mastery aspires to run exceptional neighborhood schools that demonstrate that all students can achieve at the highest level.

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