Spotlight Education

Last Updated by Tom Axtell on
Tom Axtell
Tom Axtell, General Manager

As another school year begins, Vegas PBS is helping kids, parents and teachers gear up for the fall. On Tuesday, September 6, the popular PBS KIDS series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood kicks off a week of new episodes that focus specifically on school-readiness strategiesand social skills needed for success in kindergarten and beyond. No other media source meets the readiness needs of kids like PBS KIDS. That’s why Vegas PBS broadcasts more than 60 hours a week of engaging and inspiring PBS KIDS content that has been tested to ensure it helps children learn and contributes to their healthy development.

In addition to on-air content, Vegas PBS delivers more than 1.2 million local page views to PBSKIDS.org every month; annually conducts more than 1,100 literacy and STEM family engagement workshops in neighborhoods with low achieving schools; provides online classroom resources that teachers access every seven seconds of every school day; hosts a site for teacher or student-generated video content; operates a media lending library for special needs populations; and has enrolled more than 10,000 teachers in professional development courses or workshops over the last year.

Due to your support, Vegas PBS provides these extensive multi-media educational services, teacher support and parent outreach resources to public, private, charter and home schools throughout our service area. As a leader in educational media for children and a key partner with parents, educators, and nonprofit organizations, Vegas PBS is deeply involved in youth education – using our broadcast channels to bring awareness to complex education issues. This month we present a special week of primetime programming and weekend specials that examine the toughest challenges and brightest ideas in education today.

Beginning September 12, Spotlight Education features eleven films or documen-taries that will air on Vegas PBS, including special episodes of NOVA, FRONTLINE and PBS NewsHour, a new film from POV, the premiere of Ted Talks: The Education Revolution, and the 5th annual American Graduate Day – a special broadcast celebrating individuals and non-profit organizations dedicated to helping youth stay on track to high school graduation. We will highlight local concerns and achievements on our locally-produced Inside Education program as well. See page 16 of this maga-zine for program descriptions and broadcast times.

Spotlight Education highlights our 48-year institutional commitment to use edu-cational television and other technologies to improve outcomes for students. Vegas PBS is committed to providing Southern Nevadans of all ages with non-commercial educational content that is free and accessible to all families Spotlight Education underscores how your investment in Vegas PBS promotes lifelong learning and supports the convening of an informed dialogue around education to achieve a collective community impact.

General Manager
Tom Axtell

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