Learning Matters

I think the teaching profession contributes more to the future of our society than any other single profession.
John Wooden, UCLA Basketball Coach*

Some might be surprised to hear this from a competitive NCAA Division One coach, but those who knew Coach Wooden well, knew the real goal was to develop his players for successful lives.

The ability to learn and apply that learning defines so much of the success we have in our lifetime. Our parents and teachers play such a significant role in shaping the lives of the generations that follow us. You can probably recall several teachers from your school days right now.

A colleague (and mentor) I worked with for many years in Ohio taught me that education is public television’s most important service. Whether it is instructional programs to help children learn their ABCs or numbers, to watching a NOVA program about our natural world or documentaries that help us understand the world we live in, virtually every program you see on SOPTV is educational.

For more than ten years, SOPTV had an active preschool outreach effort that worked with preschool children, parents, and care providers on using television to help children become “Ready To Learn.” And, for many years SOPTV and the Southern Oregon Educational Service District broadcast an after-school program entitled Home Work Hotline, which used television to help students with homework.

Soon, SOPTV will once again be working with the educational community to bring the rich resources of PBS programming to the classroom. We are looking for a classroom teacher who is passionate about education and familiar with digital educational tools to work directly with teachers to bring new tools to the classroom. Our “Teacher Ambassador” job description is posted on our website at www.soptv.org/jobs. Please help us get the word out.

With gratitude,
Mark Stanislawski
President & CEO

*John Wooden coached the UCLA Bruins from 1948 to 1975, winning ten national championships during a 12-year period, including a record seven championships in a row.

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