This article came from the Achieve Foundation’s Oct. 23 newsletter:
On Tuesday October 21, Maggie Tuohy and Susan Brody ran an after-school session for their colleagues at Seth Boyden School. In a packed library, Maggie and Susan shared their experience at Hog Island Audubon Camp, a week which was made possible through a grant for summer professional development through Achieve’s Riecke Fellowship.
Their presentation, starting with the natural mystery of the day (discovering what shell was in front of them) and running through barriers to and benefits from outdoor education, had the room buzzing with enthusiasm. Teachers noted that they had experienced breakthroughs in the SB Garden with some students: they found focus and leadership skills which they struggled to access in a classroom. Many expressed a commitment to integrating outdoor education into their curriculum in any way possible moving forward.
The Michelle T. Riecke Fund was established in 2003 in memory of former Board of Education president Shelley Riecke, who believed that teachers are our schools’ greatest asset and the key to maximizing student achievement. Maggie Tuohy had met Shelley much earlier in her career, when Shelley released butterflies into the school’s garden, so receiving a Reicke grant this year was that much more poignant and meaningful to her.