What About Us? PBS Resources to Engage Middle- and High-School Students

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KBTC Teen Conference

PBS SoCaL engages high school students with hands-on studio tour workshops. (Photo: Alyssa Torrez)

Presenter: Alyssa Torrez, Community Engagement Manager, KBTC Public Television

Wednesday 4:50–5:35 p.m.

Level 3, Lone Star Salon C

Hashtag: #AmGradWa

When you think about PBS, the first thing that comes to mind is kids. Programs like Sesame Street, Curious George and Mister Rogers Neighborhood were things you grew up with when you were a kid. But what happens when we grow out of Elmo and everyone’s favorite monkey? This session looks at what PBS resources and programming is available for middle and high school students and what stations are doing to work with these audiences.

After learning the letter of the day and taking the trolley to the Land of Make Believe, many of us don’t rediscover PBS and its programming until we are adults. What if there were a way to keep kids engaged with PBS content from children to adults? It may be a surprise to some that there are a wealth of resources to keep students engaged and learning with PBS. We will demonstrate how resources like Roadtrip Nation and PBS LearningMedia can be useful tools in working with the in-betweeners while being educational and fun. Stations will share best practices, generate ideas and discover how PBS is a resource for all!

Aligned with national PBS initiatives, American Graduate and Ready to Learn, we explore ways to connect early learning to high school graduation and continued academic success.