CPB partners with NETA on Thought Leader Forum

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The National Educational Telecommunications Association will open its January conference with a daylong “Public Media Thought Leader Forum” sponsored by CPB.

“We’re bringing in not one but many outside voices, representing a broad range of views on education and public media’s role in supporting it,” said NETA President Eric Hyyppa, who took over the presidency last month. Last year NETA adopted a sharper focus on helping stations build educational services for their communities, he said.

NETA is also “encouraging stations to send individuals from across disciplines, and building conference sessions that encourage collaborative looks at enhancing our education efforts,” Hyyppa said.

CPB President Pat Harrison said in a statement Tuesday that the forum “focuses on ways public media stations can enhance their educational content and services for new, diverse generations.”

Topics include “Disrupting Legacy: Public Media’s Education Model For the Next 50 Years” with Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation; and “Perspective on Workforce, Education, and Media,” about how public media can assist with educational priorities in communities. J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, will speak at dinner.

The forum opens the conference Jan. 22. The meeting runs through Jan. 24 in Washington, D.C.