CareerExplore Northwest is an educational initiative created by KSPS PBS as a workforce development solution for our viewing region. Far beyond a typical job search website, it helps students and adults discover viable career paths by providing behind-the-scenes videos and easily accessible answers to questions about in-demand jobs in the Spokane region and what it takes to get them.
Kansas City PBS creates “Zoom juries” as a novel approach to engaging citizens on critical pandemic related issues. In ‘Justice Deferred’ we partnered with area courts to examine what it will take to restart criminal jury trials suspended since stay-at-home orders went into effect in March.
Part performance, part conversation, Songversations feature live music and interviews from the comfort of home. Each Tuesday and Thursday at noon (on Facebook Live and WFAE.org), Joni Deutsch (host of WFAE’s award-winning Amplifier podcast) sits down with some of Charlotte’s brightest music-makers for a transparent conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on the local music community, including the challenges and newfound perspective the pandemic has presented to creatives both personally and professionally.
When COVID-19 shutdowns wiped out the possibility of our in-person, hands-on SciGirls Summer camp program for 2020, we created a 5-part series of television programs (30-minutes each) focusing on STEM careers and subjects using modified production resources. Not only was the final result available to the young women who would normally have been part of our camp, but it was also available to our entire community through broadcast, cable, online access, and supporting partner organizations.
COVID-19 and the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s orders for social distancing put a damper on traditional kids’ summer camps. PBS39’s “It’s Camp!” brought the best parts of camp into kids’ homes every weekday during the summer of 2020. This 30-minute program for kids ages 9-14 taught science, art, fitness, survival skills, connecting with nature, and more.
The Memorial Day death of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has set off protest around the globe. “Police, Reimagined: The Future of Public Safety” is a four-part community conversation series that attempts the to answer the question: Can you reduce funding for police, and limit their role in communities, while ensuring public safety for all communities?
No in-person events due to COVID-19? No problem! KMUW’s Digital Democracy on Tap shifts enlightening live conversations to an online format that allows for expanded reach, flexibility, and greater opportunities for audience participation, while still hosting high quality discussions of issues facing our local and national community.
Utilizing the power of television and digital platforms Arkansas PBS dedicated our resources (with no budget) for eight weeks to become the state’s main provider of learning tied to state standards for Pre-K – 8, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., while in school instruction stopped due to COVID-19 – at the same time learning how to work virtually to collaborate, produce, direct, edit and promote – to ultimately create more than 400 hours of content, 20 hours of original content and 24 lesson plans resulting in more than 300,300 video views, breaking all of our digital platform records. This daily and essential educational community service, especially critical for 42% of Arkansans who live in rural areas and may not have access to broadband, included five Arkansas Teachers of the Year as our daily hosts who provided a personal connection and daily routine kids were craving; our Department of Education who created curriculum tied to each PBS KIDS program that our Arkansas PBS certified teachers identified and vetted; statewide community partners who created Arkansas-specific content to reduce stress; and a new locally produced puppet segment that turned into a virtual summer camp series.
In the wake of COVID-19, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) partnered with PBS stations across Kansas to present the New Times, New Tools, New Teaching Virtual Conference to create better teachers. It sold out in two days.