SOPTV Teacher Community Program

About

In 2017, SOPTV became one of five stations in rural areas across the U.S. to become part of the PBS Teacher Community Program. Our local pilot initiative aims to build media arts educator community in Southern Oregon, connect local media arts educators, find media arts opportunities for their students, and discover ways to collaborate with SOPTV around the shared goal of improving learning outcomes for local students. SOPTV brought educator Ben Garcia on staff as a Teacher Ambassador to lead this effort and help address local media arts educator needs. Thus, SOPTV TCP is working hard to support local students, teachers and media arts educators in the Rogue Valley in ways that are authentic and effective through:

  • 1|1 and small group media arts professional development (PD) training
  • Weekly media arts training with elementary and middle school students
  • PBS Kids ScratchJr PD training and class takeovers for local elementary teachers
  • PD Workshops relating to the use PBSLearningMedia.org
  • Monthly digital storytelling PD workshops for local teacher leaders

The vision of our TCP program is that it finds long-term funding to continue these efforts well into the future so we may build a regional media arts professional learning network, which will motivate media arts educators to collaborate outside of their silos as they help to elevate the voices of their local students, teachers and families of students. To learn more about previous education resources that SOPTV produces or promotes to this day, please check out SOPTV Brain Bowl, Student Showcase, and PBS Education resources.

Get Involved

To learn more about SOPTV Teacher Community Program’s goal of becoming a local leader in media arts education, and how you can support this vital effort, please contact:

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