LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Brittany Coe, a teacher at Rockefeller Elementary, is part of a group where the handwriting is on the wall.
"This particular workship we were working on writing and how to incorporate the new common core state standards into our writing," explains Coe.
It's another day at the A+ Institute and first-time A+ teachers Coe and Brandy Rodgers of Pike View Elementary have come a long way from opening night when they both confessed their anxiety over the new teaching method.
"As teachers we still have to learn, each day, and I've learned so much," says Rodgers.
On day four of the institute, each new A+ school had to present an "informance", which is a demonstation of A+ techniques in front of other A+ teachers.
Rodgers and her fellow Pikeview teachers incorporated music into their presentation. After just a few days, Rodgers is sure she has a hit on her hands. Not the song, the process.
"I am elated," she says. "A Plus is just amazing. It truly, truly can reach every child."
Rockefeller Elementary teachers are also looking forward to the new school season as the institute has brought them closer together.
"I feel like a lot of us are on the same page now," says Coe. "We have a lot of things we can take back and work with and really enrich our curriculum and I think our kids will like it."
"There's no more worksheets and writing down, taking notes. The kids are making real life connections," says Rodgers.
Two teachers, in four days, from unsure to confident. Not minding that we caught their transformation on camera, because it serves notice to their students.
"They better be ready because we are going to be moving and shaking."
The Thea Foundation helped facilitate the four-day institute, along with teachers from Oklahoma where the program has had dramatic results.
More than 250 teachers from Arkansas attended.
Today's THV will continue to follow this story as the teachers head into the classroom this fall to use the A+ learning tools with their students.