Thanks to The Merck Foundation, On the Road Collaborative has partnered with Second Home during the 2015-2016 school year to deliver its Career Enrichment programming. In the fall, JMU Nursing led a project about various nursing topics and career path, and this spring, Ms. GT is leading a science exploration project about the heart. Check out below for how the beat goes on...
Led by Ms. Gilchrist-Thompson, affectionately known as Ms. GT, a science teacher for Harrisonburg City Public Schools, youth at Second Home have been learning all about the science of the heart this semester by constructing a model of a 4 chamber heart.
Throughout this 10-week project, youth have learned the functions of a heart, valves, circulation and how blood moves throughout the body. Youth even got to take a field trip to the James Madison University's Anatomy Lab (no pictures allowed!), where they had a hands-on experience by touching a human heart.
Youth will present their models at the On the Road Collaborative spring Learning Showcase on Thursday, May 5th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Skyline Middle School (470 Linda Lane). You can learn more and RSVP by visiting: ontheroadcollaborative.com/learning-showcase. We would love to see you there!
On the Road Collaborative hereby formally notifies the local community of our intention to apply to the Virginia Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers program grant to support the expansion of out of school time (OST) programming in the Harrisonburg City Public Schools. On the Road Collaborative will submit the application to the VDOE in early April 2016. If awarded funding, On the Road Collaborative will disseminate information about the 21st CCLC program in a manner that clearly states our goals with information posted on our website and announced through local news resources, as applicable. Parties interested in more information about our proposal are asked to contact Deanna Reed (Program Director), at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-360-1123.
On the Road Collaborative is about closing educational gaps and empowering young people to fulfill their promise. This series, Profiles of Impact: Beyond the Kids, profiles the ways that On the Road makes an impact on those who make an impact on the lives of young people in our community. This profile spotlights, Ms. Katherine Montera, OTRC Team Leader & JMU College of Education student.
As an On the Road Collaborative Team Leader, I have the incredibly rewarding task of being a role model for students. It's my job to make sure I create a bond with each and every one of them, so that years from now they'll be saying, "My favorite teacher was Ms. Montera because...."
As a student in JMU's College of Education, I'm learning the best ways to support children's development academically, and socially. Being able to work with my 22 5th grade students after school allows me to grow and develop my professional skills while making an impact. My favorite part is being able to help students with their school work, and watch as that light bulb begins to flash in their minds after I explain a concept to them. I also get to connect with them and their families on a more personal level.
One of the many experiences I'll always remember was visiting one of my student's homes. I got to see what neighborhood they live in and meet their entire family. As a future teacher, my professors always tell me home visits are one of the best ways to connect with students and their families. I can say that after a wonderful conversation, and getting pooped on by their gerbil, I am officially closer to their family.
Being a Team Leader for On the Road Collaborative is the most rewarding experience I've had in my life thus far. Not only am I gaining the support I need to grow professionally, I'm providing a positive environment where students can tell me how their day was, good or bad, and I'll be there to listen. I'm there to coach them academically, and challenge them to practice our On the Road values of Perseverance, Focused Effort, Courage, Cooperation, and Kindness. I can't wait to see where their life takes them years from now!
Ms. Katherine Montera (@kitkaterinaa) is an On the Road Collaborative Team Leader and finishing up her Senior year as an Elementary Education major at James Madison University's College of Education.
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