The Cultivate Your Gardens® School Program

An Ecosystem for Schools to Harvest the Potential of Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World
Excerpt from the E-Book by Adrienne Gans, Ph.D

As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle:

It’s not a gardening program. Think of Candide’s resolution in Voltaire’s novel, still relevant today. In Cultivate Your Gardens: 1) academic projects; 2) no cost, on-site coaching by interns; and, 3)community service leadership boost each other through their interaction, and form a model for continued learning throughout life. Building a Cultivate Your Gardens (CYG) program in a school leverages the individuality and passion of teachers and staff to tune the program to its local cultural niche and ensure its sustainability. It utilizes the best practices gained through research on community-based school programs, emotional intelligence, and project-based learning.

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13 Reasons Why stirs up the compelling, infuriating dynamic of a chain letter raised to performance art in this teen suspense novel. Published by Penguin/Razorbill

Story Snapshot. Hannah Baker has committed suicide, but not before creating and boxing up a set of cassette tapes with instructions to 13 people to visit key places around town while listening to her tapes – and to then mail them to the next person on the list. Clay Jensen is one of the 13 receiving the tapes, one of the 13 reasons why. We hear the story through his narration punctuated by Hannah’s voice on tape but as-if from the grave. Haunting. Clay fears what he will hear but can’t not listen. We journey with him through the events that lead up to the death. He gains a major insight, the book transitions from mystery to parable, ending on an up note and lesson integrated. This is a teen novel about choosing life or death in these crazy times. Its popularity has gone viral with devoted readers and ecstatic blog posts. Why?  That’s one reason to read it and find out. Here are 9 more reasons for adults to read this book …

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