TAMPA, FLA. - It’s our favorite part of the week!
Friday leads us into the weekend, but it’s also when we showcase our 10News School of the Week powered by Duke Energy Florida. This week we spent time on the campus of Lanier Elementary in Tampa.
The school is the first one in Hillsborough with the Leader in Me program, and now serves as a model to others in the district. To get this distinction, the principal and her team wrote a grant to bring it to Lanier three years ago. They’ve helped produce 21st Century Learners ever since.
The basis of the program focuses on seven habits: Be proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand then to be Understood, Synergize and Sharpen the Saw. These habits infused into the learning at the school, but they continue to strive for more.
They are currently working towards becoming a Lighthouse School, a distinction currently only granted to a few in the world. Those at Lanier hope to learn if they will be honored later this school year.
They’re not just a Leader in Me school, the classrooms are technology-rich with a 1:1 ratio of tech to student for fourth and fifth grade and 2:1 for grades K-3.
Say goodbye to just using a paper and pencil for reading, comprehending lessons and answering questions. Students are interacting with their education by watching problems presented as videos, calculating answers and recording responses of how they derived the solution. Then their videos are critiqued by classmates. Teachers can monitor and respond in these applications as well.
The school applied for a Pass Grant through the Council for Educational Change and walking into the classrooms, it doesn’t take long to witness how engaged the students are in their learning.
Remember the movie “School of Rock” starring Jack Black? Well, Lanier also has a Modern Rock Band club that performs several times throughout the year. They will rock you.
A parent of a Lanier Elementary student matched Duke Energy's Florida's $1,000 check with a donation of his own on Friday morning.
The club was just formed this year, still a few months into their infancy, but already performing at assemblies, seasonal concerts and community events. Their next performance is Feb. 16 for the school’s leadership day. It’s open to the public and you don’t want to miss their sweet sounds!
It’s just one of many reasons why they’re our 10News School of the Week powered by Duke Energy Florida. Go Dolphins!
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