Tuesday, May 19, 2015

KBTC Hits the Road- PBS Annual Meeting in Austin

There is a certain level of pride in the work that we here at KBTC do in the community. This year, we had the opportunity to share the work that we have been doing with a group of our public media peers at the PBS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

The KBTC team met up with colleagues from other PBS stations across the nation to share best practices and work around the Ready To Learn initiative in our local communities. KBTC joined forces with WVIZ ideastream from Cleveland and KLRU from Austin to present Using RTL to Bridge the Digital Divide Through Housing Authority and Public School Partnerships.

The presentation illustrated ways that these three unique PBS stations have leveraged Ready To Learn resources to create deep and meaningful partnerships with local schools and housing authorities. The full presentation can be seen below, along with a case statement from the participating stations.


Through work around the Ready To Learn initiative, stations have been able to:

  • Identify and elevate connections between early childhood education to high school graduation and carer readiness
  • Facilitate early childhood professional development trainings and parent workshops
  • Form partnerships with local organizations to provide educational support and resources
  • Make technology accessible through online and mobile resources and  Mobile Technology Labs 
  • Create out-of-school-time programs to reach at-risk youth 
  • Increase funding opportunities around education and community outreach programs
Check out these videos for a more in-depth look at the Ready To Learn work that is being done with community partners across the nation.

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