72 Alabama Model School
This program highlights an innovative model approach to teaching, the “Discovering Alabama Model School Program,” established at Woodland Forrest Elementary School (“Forrest” is taken from the schools’ “Woodland Forrest” suburban community name). This model was initiated when a team of Woodland Forrest teachers visited Discovering Alabama producer, Dr. Doug Phillips, to request assistance in developing the Discovering Alabama model program. These teachers had determined that “Discovering Alabama” was an ideal theme for organizing the year-long curriculum around the Discovering Alabama documentaries and Teacher Guides and engaging students in the Discovering Alabama approach for inquiry-based, hands-on discovery. In this show, host Dr. Phillips joins his camera crew – after returning from leading a vigorous wilderness survival expedition – and simply provides a bit of guiding commentary while the main story is told by the teachers, students, and parents of Woodland Forrest Elementary School.