Out Teach 2019-2020 Annual Report

Always Effective.  Always Inspiring.

For more than fifteen years, Out Teach has worked to ensure that every child, no matter their resources, receives an education that inspires, engages, and results in new opportunities to succeed.  By coaching teachers to harness the power of student-driven learning outdoors, over the years, Out Teach has unlocked the potential in thousands of students.

This past year, with schools shuttered and teachers unable to motivate students in-person, the need for outdoor, student-driven learning came into sharp focus for the nation.  Out Teach was ready. We accelerated efforts to provide remote coaching to support and empower teachers, and enrich student’s lives, despite the pandemic.

Learn more about:

•     Our Impact •     #EducationIsOpen •     #SaveScience •     Teacher Appreciation Week •     Building Organizational Strength and Scope •     Strategic Plan •     Partnerships and Press •     Financials

Creating Measurable Impact

Out Teach envisions a world in which all students have access to an engaging, hands-on education that transforms their lives.

By coaching teachers to use the outdoors to create more immersive, hands-on, and student-driven learning experiences, Out Teach increases both the quantity and quality of elementary Science instruction, accelerating learning for all students, and providing opportunities for them to build the STEM, 21st Century, and social-emotional skills they need to thrive in school and in the workforce. Teachers see the impact of our work every day.

#EducationIsOpen

In April 2020, Out Teach launched the #EducationIsOpen campaign, focused on helping teachers deliver effective hands-on outdoor learning through COVID and beyond. The campaign:

Raised national awareness around both the health and academic benefits of outdoor learning

United corporate and school district partners around actionable outdoor learning strategies to benefit students and teachers

Provided teachers and parents with free access to our hands-on outdoor lesson plans

Created new learn-from-home resources to help teachers balance screen time with outdoor learning

Hosted virtual outdoor STEM camps and clubs for students

Coached teachers on how to make remote, hybrid, and in-person learning more engaging by using the outdoors

Activated an Instructional Coach hotline for teachers needing immediate instructional support

Did you know most elementary students receive less than 18 minutes of Science instruction per day? The problem is far worse in low-income schools, where teachers have fewer resources and supports. To help fill the Science gap, Out Teach created #SaveScience, an ongoing effort to raise national awareness of the importance of early, frequent and effective Science instruction.  Back in September, Out Teach CEO Jeanne McCarty led this webinar on the Science gap and the impact of outdoor experiential learning can have in returning Science to low-income elementary schools.

Partnerships and Press

To help spread the word about the benefits of hands-on outdoor learning, Out Teach worked with key partners and press outlets including:

100Kin10 — In 2019, national nonprofit 100kin10 named Out Teach as one of their partners in recognition of our efforts to prepare 1,000 PK-5 teachers to use the outdoors for high-quality Science and STEM learning, reaching approximately 25,000 students. Staff members also informed special task forces to increase the adoption of hands-on experiential learning.

AASA — At The American Association of School Administrators’ big superintendents’ conference in February 2019, Out Teach CEO, Jeanne McCarty, joined Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO, Dr. Monica Goldson, and Justina Schlund from CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) to discuss the importance of STEM and SEL skills for children in under-served communities, and to share how these two skill sets are deeply interrelated. View the presentation.

Green Schoolyards America — Out Teach joined Green Schoolyards America’s “National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative,” supplying task force leadership and resources to educational leaders across the country interested in activating their outdoor spaces to support a safe return to in-person instruction.

National Geographic Young Explorer — Our friends at National Geographic’s Young Explorer magazine shared our lessons on Roots and Seed Dispersal with their readers.

USDA Farm to School in North Carolina — We partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s Farm to School Initiative to train teachers how to effectively infuse nutrition education into 4th grade Science and Math instruction with fun hands-on outdoor activities.

Financials

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Out Teach, formerly REAL School Gardens, provides professional development for elementary school teachers. Out Teach prepares them to use school gardens, outdoor classrooms, and green schoolyards to improve instruction through three-dimensional project-based learning, and outdoor experiential inquiry-based education. Professional learning with Out Teach improves hands-on science and STEM education through instructional coaching and digital education resources and improves 21st Century skills.