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  • When is the application window open and when are acceptances?
    Application window open: April 1st, 2024 Application deadline: May 1st, 2024 Notification of acceptance: May 13th, 2024
  • Will these programs be virtual or face to face next year?
    The EdEN Intern Program is entirely in-person, in your school garden/outdoor classroom. Note that because the EdEN Interns are UT students who live in Austin, this program is only open to schools within ~30 miles of UT-Austin. SproUTing Teachers will be a combination of in-person (at your school) and virtual sessions to best utilize our time together.
  • Is there a fee for these programs?
    No. Both SproUTing Teachers and the Outdoor Intern Program are free for participants.
  • Can I participate in BOTH the SproUTing Teachers and the EdEN Interns Program at the same time?
    This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. If you’re unsure of which program would best meet your needs, we encourage you to apply for both.
  • Are these programs available for after-school clubs?
    No.
  • Which grade levels can apply?
    For the EdEN Intern Program, priority is given to 1st - 5th grade teachers. Pre-K and Kinder applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For SproUTing Teachers, there is no restriction on grade-level.
  • If I am the only teacher applying for the program on my campus, am I less likely to be accepted?
    Unfortunately, yes. Ideally a minimum of three applicants per school campus will be selected, so the more teachers at your campus that submit applications, the higher the likelihood that you will be considered for either program.
  • If my whole team wants to apply for the program, do we submit one application?
    Each individual teacher on your team should submit an application, and each individual teacher will be considered separately for whichever program you apply to (either SproUTing Teachers or the EdEN Intern Program). There is no guarantee that all teachers on a team will be accepted. If you are applying to the Garden Leadership Team track for SproUTing Teachers, you should complete the application noting that you’re applying to that specific track and list all of the teachers on the team.
  • How many applicants are accepted into these programs each year?
    EdEN Interns: there are approximately 15 Preceptor positions available. We will also be accepting ~10 teachers on a waitlist. SproUTing Teachers program: our acceptance level depends on our grant funding. In past years, we have accepted around 50 teachers into the program.
  • Do we need to have an existing garden in order to apply for these programs?
    Yes. You must have an existing, functional, actively maintained garden space to be considered for either of these programs.
  • Do either of these programs include garden maintenance?
    No. EdEN Interns are required to complete 5 hours of garden maintenance per semester, but this is NOT meant to be the only form of maintenance for your garden. The SproUTing Teachers program does not include any garden maintenance. In addition, it is required that your school has an independent system of school-wide maintenance/work days to care for your garden.
  • When will we find out if we have been accepted into either program?
    Please see the first question on this page for the timeline.
General
  • When is the application window open and when are acceptances?
    Application window open: April 1st, 2024 Application deadline: May 1st, 2024 Notification of acceptance: May 13th, 2024
  • Will these programs be virtual or face to face next year?
    The EdEN Intern Program is entirely in-person, in your school garden/outdoor classroom. Note that because the EdEN Interns are UT students who live in Austin, this program is only open to schools within ~30 miles of UT-Austin. SproUTing Teachers will be a combination of in-person (at your school) and virtual sessions to best utilize our time together.
  • Is there a fee for these programs?
    No. Both SproUTing Teachers and the Outdoor Intern Program are free for participants.
  • Can I participate in BOTH the SproUTing Teachers and the EdEN Interns Program at the same time?
    This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. If you’re unsure of which program would best meet your needs, we encourage you to apply for both.
  • Are these programs available for after-school clubs?
    No.
  • Which grade levels can apply?
    For the EdEN Intern Program, priority is given to 1st - 5th grade teachers. Pre-K and Kinder applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For SproUTing Teachers, there is no restriction on grade-level.
  • If I am the only teacher applying for the program on my campus, am I less likely to be accepted?
    Unfortunately, yes. Ideally a minimum of three applicants per school campus will be selected, so the more teachers at your campus that submit applications, the higher the likelihood that you will be considered for either program.
  • If my whole team wants to apply for the program, do we submit one application?
    Each individual teacher on your team should submit an application, and each individual teacher will be considered separately for whichever program you apply to (either SproUTing Teachers or the EdEN Intern Program). There is no guarantee that all teachers on a team will be accepted. If you are applying to the Garden Leadership Team track for SproUTing Teachers, you should complete the application noting that you’re applying to that specific track and list all of the teachers on the team.
  • How many applicants are accepted into these programs each year?
    EdEN Interns: there are approximately 15 Preceptor positions available. We will also be accepting ~10 teachers on a waitlist. SproUTing Teachers program: our acceptance level depends on our grant funding. In past years, we have accepted around 50 teachers into the program.
  • Do we need to have an existing garden in order to apply for these programs?
    Yes. You must have an existing, functional, actively maintained garden space to be considered for either of these programs.
  • Do either of these programs include garden maintenance?
    No. EdEN Interns are required to complete 5 hours of garden maintenance per semester, but this is NOT meant to be the only form of maintenance for your garden. The SproUTing Teachers program does not include any garden maintenance. In addition, it is required that your school has an independent system of school-wide maintenance/work days to care for your garden.
  • When will we find out if we have been accepted into either program?
    Please see the first question on this page for the timeline.
SP Teach
  • When is the application window open and when are acceptances?
    Application window open: April 1st, 2024 Application deadline: May 1st, 2024 Notification of acceptance: May 13th, 2024
  • Will these programs be virtual or face to face next year?
    The EdEN Intern Program is entirely in-person, in your school garden/outdoor classroom. Note that because the EdEN Interns are UT students who live in Austin, this program is only open to schools within ~30 miles of UT-Austin. SproUTing Teachers will be a combination of in-person (at your school) and virtual sessions to best utilize our time together.
  • Is there a fee for these programs?
    No. Both SproUTing Teachers and the Outdoor Intern Program are free for participants.
  • Can I participate in BOTH the SproUTing Teachers and the EdEN Interns Program at the same time?
    This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. If you’re unsure of which program would best meet your needs, we encourage you to apply for both.
  • Are these programs available for after-school clubs?
    No.
  • Which grade levels can apply?
    For the EdEN Intern Program, priority is given to 1st - 5th grade teachers. Pre-K and Kinder applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For SproUTing Teachers, there is no restriction on grade-level.
  • If I am the only teacher applying for the program on my campus, am I less likely to be accepted?
    Unfortunately, yes. Ideally a minimum of three applicants per school campus will be selected, so the more teachers at your campus that submit applications, the higher the likelihood that you will be considered for either program.
  • If my whole team wants to apply for the program, do we submit one application?
    Each individual teacher on your team should submit an application, and each individual teacher will be considered separately for whichever program you apply to (either SproUTing Teachers or the EdEN Intern Program). There is no guarantee that all teachers on a team will be accepted. If you are applying to the Garden Leadership Team track for SproUTing Teachers, you should complete the application noting that you’re applying to that specific track and list all of the teachers on the team.
  • How many applicants are accepted into these programs each year?
    EdEN Interns: there are approximately 15 Preceptor positions available. We will also be accepting ~10 teachers on a waitlist. SproUTing Teachers program: our acceptance level depends on our grant funding. In past years, we have accepted around 50 teachers into the program.
  • Do we need to have an existing garden in order to apply for these programs?
    Yes. You must have an existing, functional, actively maintained garden space to be considered for either of these programs.
  • Do either of these programs include garden maintenance?
    No. EdEN Interns are required to complete 5 hours of garden maintenance per semester, but this is NOT meant to be the only form of maintenance for your garden. The SproUTing Teachers program does not include any garden maintenance. In addition, it is required that your school has an independent system of school-wide maintenance/work days to care for your garden.
  • When will we find out if we have been accepted into either program?
    Please see the first question on this page for the timeline.
Interns
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