SOPTV Teacher Community Program

 

About

In 2017 Southern Oregon Public Television (SOPTV) added an education department and hired a “Teacher Ambassador”, local educator Ben Garcia, launching an initiative called the SOPTV Teacher Community Program (TCP). This program aims to be the bridge between local educators and local public media. It strives to support our local education community’s shared goal of improving learning outcomes for Southern Oregon’s students. When we support our teachers we support our students, which why SOPTV TCP is working hard to address educator needs in the Rogue Valley in ways that are authentic and effective through one-on-one collaborative projects, facilitation of small group professional development (PD), and offering PD at regional conferences and summits. Our goal is to connect local educators with each other and with our station, which will be another local resource for teachers to network, access peer-to-peer professional learning opportunities and enhance their teaching practice.

SOPTV’s aim is simple: to listen to local teachers, learn with local teachers, and collaborate creatively with our hometown heroes–local teachers! SOPTV and Ben will work directly with participating school districts to explore experiences for educators that include:

  • Professional development training: tailored PD for specific schools, quarterly LearningMedia 101 PD, Professional Learning Network (PLN) groups, ED Camps, Teacher Summits, etc. We will engage local teachers in PD of interest!
  • Meet-ups, station events, community events and private online groups to connect and collaborate with interested local teachers
  • Workshops and webinars for teachers in isolated parts of our service area
  • Having fun looking into the many exciting ways to use PBSLearningMedia.org, which provides access to countless standards based lesson plans, educational videos and fun teacher tools.

To learn more about the PBS Teacher Community Program and how you can participate, or support it, please contact:

Get Involved

To learn more about the PBS Teacher Community Program and how you can participate, or support it, please contact:

Ben Garcia
SOPTV Teacher Ambassador
PBS Teacher Community Program
bgarcia@soptv.org
541-200-2056