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FoodCorps Program Guide

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Kelsey Kinderknecht teaches a “Go, Grow, Glow” lesson to her students. (Bronx, NY).

About the Program Guide

The FoodCorps Program Guide is a set of resources for FoodCorps service members, designed to support effective FoodCorps programming in schools. Service members use this guide alongside FoodCorps’ in-person trainings.

In this guide, you will find:

  • Resources for planning and evaluating your service
  • Tips for getting to know your school community
  • Teaching approaches and considerations
  • Best practices in classroom management
  • Tips for cooking with students
  • Tips for building and maintaining school gardens
  • Activities to engage students in the cafeteria
  • Best practices for safety during hands-on activities

Key FoodCorps tools

The guide also includes key FoodCorps tools, some of which are required during your year of service:

  • FoodCorps Menu & Action Plan
  • Healthy School Progress Report
  • School & Community Guide
  • Observation & Coaching Tool
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Introduction to FoodCorps
Introduction
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Core competencies
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Planning & evaluating your service
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Getting to Know Your Community
Getting to Know Your Community
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Facilitating
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Key Relationships in FoodCorps Service
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Tips for Celebrating and Sharing Success
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Teaching Hands-On Lessons
Teaching Hands-on Lessons
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Customizing Lessons to Climate, Culture, and Students' Needs
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Preparing to Teach
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Co-Teaching
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Tips for Improving Your Teaching Practice
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Safety with Students
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Learning Models to Inform Hands-On Education
Learning Models to Inform Hands-On Education
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Culturally Responsive Teaching
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Social and Emotional Learning
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Place-Based Education
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Meeting the Needs of All Learners
Meeting the Needs of All Learners
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Reframing Classroom Management
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Developing Group Agreements
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Setting the Tone with Every Lesson
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Building and Maintaining School Gardens
Building and Maintaining School Gardens
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Keep the Garden Growing
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Working and Learning in the Garden with Students
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Cooking with Students
Cooking with Students
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Activities to Engage Students in the Cafeteria
Activities to Engage Students in the Cafeteria
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Taste Test Basics
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Glossary, References, and Appendix
Glossary
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References
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Appendix
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Healthy School Toolkit

FoodCorps’ Healthy School Toolkit is a set of resources designed to:

  • Take a snapshot of your current school food environmet

  • Guide your school community in creating a vision for the future

  • Document your action plan for working toward that vision

  • Evaluate and celebrate your school community’s history and progress over time

Note that this toolkit was originally designed for FoodCorps AmeriCorps service members working in partnership with schools. It has been adapted for a broader audience.
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