Leadership in Edible Education
The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.
– Paul Cezanne
About the Program:
EduCulture in partnership with the Master of Arts in Education Program at Antioch University Seattle (AUS) present the Leadership in Edible Education Certificate Program (L.E.E.). Launched in 2015, this groundbreaking leadership development program is designed for formal and informal educators, and other professionals, who are interested in making a difference through edible education in Pre-K, K-12, and post-secondary schools and the wider food community. Spread over four quarterly courses, with Summer and Fall points of entry, this intensive professional education program is aimed at building the cultivating the experience, knowledge, and repertoire for those who seek to work in the field of edible education, or incorporate edible education into their current practice. It is also a formal concentration within the AUS MAEd Degree program, making the first of its kind in a graduate education program.
Edible Education encompasses the entire way we think about food in schools, from wellness policies to the quality of school lunch, from the content of core curriculum to career and technical education, from school gardens to food waste recycling, and from the ecology of a school campus to our wider food community. In the 21st century, edible education has become the vanguard and crossroads of many fields of education, from environmental to sustainability, social to global, experiential to vocational, outdoor to horticultural, health and nutrition to school lunch reform. Food is a topic of study that can be found across the curriculum and embedded, implicitly and explicitly, across standards and grade levels. Its roots in American education date back a century to the development of home economics. The rationales for edible education have been found in over a century of learning theories, from beliefs supporting the home economics movement to Howard Gardner’s theories about our naturalist intelligence.
“Leadership in Edible Education has given me the language, the context, and most importantly the community to begin to understand how I am a leader in this newly emerging field. Through thoughtfully chosen experiences situated within the Seattle and Kitsap area, stimulating dialogues, and powerful resources I have honed my knowledge, strength and vision. Thanks to this superbly crafted curriculum and wise leadership, my life has forever been changed.”
– Angela King, Educator and 2015-16 L.E.E. Graduate
In the 21st century, edible education has become the vanguard and crossroads of many fields of education, from environmental to sustainability, social to global, experiential to vocational, outdoor to horticultural, health and nutrition to school lunch reform. Food is a topic of study that can be found across the curriculum and embedded, implicitly and explicitly, across standards and grade levels. Its roots in American education date back a century to the development of home economics. The rationales for edible education have been found in over a century of learning theories, from the work of John Dewey to Howard Gardner. Regionally, we see its import in OSPI’s development of a teaching endorsement and learning for Environmental and Sustainability Education, the Curriculum for the Bioregion movement in WA State higher education, and the Local Farms-Healthy Kids Act passed by the WA State Legislature and signed by the Governor in 2008.
In 1900, the educator John Dewey suggested that the “school itself shall be made a genuine form of active community life, instead of a place set apart in which to learn lessons” (School and Society). More than a century later, his wisdom still rings true.
“We are connecting place and taste, school and community, with where we live eat and learn” – Jon Garfunkel, L.E.E. Program Co-Director
This Leadership in Edible Education Program Goals and Objectives:
- Building professional repertoires
- Focus on Culture of Curriculum, Culture of Schools and Culture of Communities
- Becoming an educational laboratory and community brain trust
- Bridging Classroom & Communities
- Building Learning Communities
- Cultivating school and community leadership
- Calling upon the emerging expertise of participants
- Lived field studies centered in actual school and community programs
- Serving multiple sectors and stakeholders
- Education for Social Justice & Community Heritage
- Reclaiming parts of our past in order to seed our future
- Strengthening and preserving our regional and local food communities
- Educating this and future generations of co-producers
2018-19 Four Quarter Course Cycle:
(Click on each course title for a full course description)
- Summer 2018, Education Towards Food, Community & Citizenship
- Fall 2018, Food in Schools and Post–Secondary Institutions
- Winter 2019, Edible Education I: Theory & Practice
- Spring 2019, Edible Education II: Culminating Project
“I knew that I wanted to be a part of this food revolution, inspiring people to reclaim their birthright to eat healthy whole foods and understand how it was created. EduCulture guides us to create tangible food education programs adapting our ideas to the existing food network across the world. We observe pioneering education and we participate in practical field experiences. I love this program.”
– Brian Gilbert, Cheesemonger and 2015-16 LEE Graduate
This program is open to formal and informal educators and offered in Multiple Professional Education Options.
Program Cohort Size: 12-14
Program Directors and Lead Instructors:
Jonathan Garfunkel, MAEd, Managing Director, EduCulture; Adjunct Faculty, Antioch University Seattle
Edward Mikel, PhD, MAEd Faculty Emiritus, Antioch University Seattle
To learn more about this Leadership Program and to receive an application, contact EduCulture by email, admin@EducultureProject.org, or call 206-780-5797
For Antioch University students and for more about Antioch University’s Degree Credit Options, contact Jonathan Garfunkel: jgarfunkel@Antioch.edu. Click here for more about L.E.E. in Master of Arts in Education Program at Antioch University Seattle.