Class Notes: Take a look inside area schools on the School Zone TV show

JOE LANDON

When’s the last time you had the chance to visit a school? The Education Channel gives you an opportunity to kind of visit one each evening by taking a “virtual tour” of one of Collier’s 50 schools when we invite you into a school’s “School Zone.”

This week, you may join us in the School Zone at Immokalee’s Village Oaks Elementary School. By watching the School Zone TV show, at 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, you’ll meet the principal, teachers and students.

At Village Oaks, you’ll be spending time with Principal Dorcas Howard, a 50-year Collier County Public Schools educator. She celebrated her golden anniversary with the district in August, and she’s been the Village Oaks principal since 1991. In her TV interview, Howard describes Village Oaks as a “reading school,” where students spend a good deal of their time each day reading, with an emphasis on comprehension and vocabulary.

And here’s what you’ll find in the School Zone show’s other interview segments:

• Kathy Christensen, literacy coach, and Dr. Bobbi Berglund, literacy intervention teacher: Sharing school-wide literacy initiatives and cross-grade literacy work, as well as specific reading strategies used in third grade.

• Erik Cruz, math and science coach: Explains what a science STEM lab is and how all components are incorporated into the lessons.

• Tracie Egan, Miracle facilitator: We learn about the very successful Miracle after-school program and how the “7 Habits” benefit students.

• Lynda Walcott, assistant principal: Find out how Positive Behavior Support (PBS) has had a tremendous impact on student behavior and discipline; and

• Sarah Pedraja, pre-kindergarten teacher, and Deborah Durno, sixth-grade teacher: “Inquiry” is discussed along with how Village Oaks teachers and students benefit from the process.

Since April 1999, the School Zone TV show has visited all of Collier’s schools a few times at least. The best part: during the various interviews, you’ll see students, students and more students as we use what we call b-roll video footage to show you what the interviewee is speaking about. Please watch at 8:30 p.m. on the Education Channel, Comcast cable 99, or online at www.collierschools.com.

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