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.
Meet Our Ambassador
Nikki 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.