Growing Gardens in Gresham and Portland Public Schools

growing_gardensGrowing Gardens is forming a regional Professional Learning Community (PLC) for classroom teachersto support each other in using school gardens to enhance curriculum and increase student engagement. They are recruiting up to twelve public school K-8 classroom teachers to find new ways of working together to use school gardens to meet classroom learning goals and the needs of their students.  Priority will be given to teachers at their partner schools.  This is part of their effort to help school communities to develop a sustainable garden education program.

Participants will have the opportunity to earn two graduate credits through Portland State University Graduate School of Education Continuing Education (CEED) program for their professional development work as part of this PLC.


November/December: cohort forms

January – March: cohort meetings once each month on Wednesday evenings 5-8pm (1/27, 2/24, and 3/30)

February – May: teachers implement garden education lessons with their classes

May: final meeting/celebration, reflection & evaluation (5/25, 5-8pm)

How to Apply: Complete the PLC application which can be found by visiting the following page:

The application deadline is Tuesday December 8, 2015.  Please see the program PDF for more information.  If you have any questions contact Julia Gray (