Jessica Jenkins

Ms. Jenkins and her partners develop “The Learning Garden: Gardening Across the Curriculum” to allow students to experience the rewards of outdoor exploration as an extension of their academic life. Students engage in a variety of inquiry-driven projects in a rooftop garden, including wildlife and plant data collection, investigations of vascular plant structures, collection of forensic evidence from a mock crime scene, writing using sensory descriptions, painting, and documentary filmmaking. The garden also serves as a living language laboratory for the school’s large population of English language learners.