Mission: To provide innovative and effective instructional materials on all facets of the food system to middle school teachers domestically and abroad.
- Expand the reach of the Hands On: Real World Lessons for Middle School Classrooms program to all 50 states by 2026.
- Retain at least 50% of teachers who implement the curriculum each year.
- Establish the validity of all programs through evaluation, both qualitative and quantitative.
- Publish research on the effectiveness of programs.
- Implement an online training program for teachers implementing the programs.
Hands On: Real World Lessons for Middle School Classrooms is a suite of curricula developed to provide classroom teachers exposure to innovative instructional methods while provide real-world connections to what students are learning in the classroom. Hands On is built around state curriculum standards for math, science, language arts, and social studies. The activities reinforce the concepts and encourage interdisciplinary learning, peer support, and cross-classroom collaboration which increase student retention and improves learning outcomes. Currently, Hands On has three programs under their umbrella of programming. Learn more about the different programs by visiting the
Hands On collaborates with partner schools to offer training workshops to familiarize teachers with the content and the underlying instructional theory of the curriculum. All of the materials necessary to implement Hands On are provided to participating schools at no financial cost to the school. This is possible through the generous contributions from government and partnerships with industry organizations and foundations.