Teacher Community Program 


Academic success can sometimes feel out of reach, especially for students in rural communities where it can be a challenge to gain access to the latest technology and resources. To help address this critical issue, PBS launched the PBS Teacher Community Program. This grassroots initiative aims to harness the unique strengths of public media and local knowledge to help teachers level the playing field for their students.

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
  • MontanaPBS
  • 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.

Meet Our Ambassador 

NikkiV_RSZ.pngNikki Vradenburg is the new Teacher Ambassador for MontanaPBS.  She works with teachers in rural schools to successfully integrate technology in theirclassrooms. An educator since 2001, Nikki has taught 4th and 5th students at LaMotte School, in a 1:1 Chromebook classroom and Kindergarten and First Grade with 1:1 iPads. Nikki is a National Board Certified teacher with a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. She is a 2014 PBS Digital Innovator, a BrainPOP Certified Educator and was a finalist for Montana Teacher of the Year in 2017. She delivers professional development to teachers all over the state of Montana and has presented at national conferences including NCCE in Seattle, TIE in Rapid City and ISTE in Denver in 2016 and San Antonio in 2017. Nikki is also currently working on her doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Montana State University.

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Teacher Spotlight

Meet the teachers participating in the Teacher Community Program and learn about the innovative ways they're using digital media in rural Montana schools. 

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Professional Development Session Materials 

Click here to view session materials shared during professional development sessions conducted by MontanaPBS Teacher Ambassador, Nikki Vradenburg. 

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Read more about technology tips & tricks, recommended by our Teacher Ambassador. 

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