REAL School Gardens has spent the past 15 years empowering more than 6,500 teachers in low-income elementary schools with effective professional development and engaging outdoor classrooms, helping them harness the power of outdoor experiential learning to improve student outcomes. Because when teachers succeed, students succeed.
Over the past few years, REAL School Gardens has started growing at breakneck speed. Thanks to our dedicated supporters, board and staff, and enthusiastic school partners, we’ve working with more teachers than ever before in Texas, the Mid-Atlantic, the Carolinas, and the Southeast! We’ve also deepened the impact of our teacher training program and developed an online Coaching Center to provide additional support — all in the matter of just two years.
And with growth comes change, so I’m writing today to share some exciting news!
To clearly reflect our commitment to teachers, we are changing our name to Out Teach. This new name along with a new tagline “Go Outside Expectations” and a new logo help us highlight the importance of teachers and the need for training to help them radically shift their daily practice from traditional teacher-centered instruction to more effective and inspiring student-driven learning. Teachers need to do something new and different to help their students succeed, and we want them to know we’re with them every step of the way.
The name REAL School Gardens will always have a special place in my heart and our history, and it’s hard to say goodbye to a name created by our inspiring founders, Suzy Peacock and Stacey Hodge, and our founding investor, businessman and philanthropist Richard Rainwater, and the Rainwater Charitable Foundation. Moving forward as Out Teach, we promise to stay true to their vision of outdoor experiential learning and their dedication to teachers.
The hard work that went into building REAL School Gardens will live on through Out Teach and I thank each and every one of you for your support on this journey. I invite you to join us as we continue to empower teachers and students to go outside expectations. Your support as we take these next steps is critical. Please take a moment and donate now to impact the lives of thousands of teachers and students in the coming years.
Chief Executive Officer
We are coaching and inspiring teachers.
We are unlocking student performance.
We are empowering schools to go outside expectations.
We are Out Teach.