Sunday, April 5, 2015

Rhode Island Classroom Features Innovative Ways to Reach and Teach

Rhode Island Classroom is the Rhode Island PBS quarterly production that spotlights the technology, lessons, and people that are making the grade in Rhode Island K-12 classrooms. 

The April 9 episode of Rhode Island Classroom, produced in connection with the 180 Days: Hartsville community engagement project, will present three stories of innovative ways to reach and teach children.

One segment is about the use of therapy dogs in classrooms in a 4-week program called TailstoTeach.  In the program, dogs help children practice non-violent solutions to conflict, focus on the benefits of positive behavior, enhance the human-animal bond and encourage responsible pet ownership. Children also practice proven dog-bite prevention techniques.

In another segment, host Margie O'Brien visits the one-room schoolhouse for all of six students on the small Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay. 

The third segment explores how one local musician is changing students’ lives through song.

The full episode of Rhode Island Classroom will air on Thursday, April 9 at 8 p.m.

*UPDATE* Full episode is viewable online:

Updated: April 10, 2015 Episode #105