Teacher Community Program
MontanaPBS is one of five stations in rural areas across the U.S. that are part of the PBS Teacher Community Program. This pilot initiative aims to examine how teachers are using technology and digital media to enhance learning for students. The project is also investigating how local stations like MontanaPBS can support their work through on-going and embedded professional development. Nikki Vradenburg is a former classroom teacher and is the new Teacher Ambassador for MontanaPBS. She works with schools in Livingston, Three Forks and Amsterdam, to provide professional development for teachers that is localized and specific to their needs. She also conducts training for teachers throughout Montana about best practices for using digital media in the classroom.
Learn more about the Teacher Community Program, check on Nikki’s latest adventures on her blog, or read more about the incredible teachers in our community.
With the help of a private funder, PBS Education has awarded grants to help five stations hire Teacher Ambassadors to work in local rural communities.
The cohort of station partners include:
- Southern Oregon Public Television
- Iowa Public Television
- Idaho Public Television
- Prairie Public Broadcasting
The Teacher Ambassadors from each station will work directly with local teachers and stakeholders to overcome obstacles and create meaningful opportunities for teachers to enhance their practice. These opportunities will include helping local teachers gain access to professional development, teacher meet-ups, virtual field trips, webinars and workshops. By empowering teachers, we empower students.