The Educational Services Department is responsible for bringing ValleyPBS’s unique and beneficial assets to the community at-large through direct services. The department serves three major groups: children and families, educators, and community organizations.
In order to meet the needs of Valley children and their families, the Educational Services Department offers educational workshops and out-of-school (after-school or summer) learning programs for parents and children, based upon award-winning ValleyPBS Kids programming and state educational standards.
Ready to Learn parent workshops teach parents how to create fun and effective learning experiences for their children in the three ways that kids learn best: by viewing, reading and doing. ValleyPBS-trained workshop instructors teach parents, in either English or Spanish as needed, how to use guided questioning to get their children to think about educational concepts embedded in the ValleyPBS Kids television programs, books, and projects – concepts like the main idea of a story, or how to count by 2s. Each workshop has a specific theme; there are currently a total of twelve workshops available. Themes include the fundamentals of reading and math, as well as socio-emotional skills such as how to be a good friend, what to do about a bully, healthy eating and activity, and coping in financially tough times. In addition to Ready to Learn parent workshops, ValleyPBS also offers a number of after-school and summer learning programs that teach literacy, math, and/or science. These programs are offered to schools, preschools and community-based groups and are funded through grants, school funding or private underwriters.
ValleyPBS also supports classroom teachers by providing and promoting the PBS Learning Media California website. This website offers thousands of media resources, including video clips, full-length episodes, printable curriculum, and interactive online games for both computer lab and classroom smart board use. These resources are accessible to teachers and are absolutely free. In order to raise awareness of these wonderful assets in the education community, the Educational Services Department manages social media accounts on both Twitter and Facebook under the name “ValleyPBSTeach.”
Beyond the educational programs offered by the department, ValleyPBS also serves community organizations in the Valley by using the power of public service media to amplify their causes. With a full-service video production team in-house, as well as access to the public through both air time and the web, ValleyPBS is able to effectively create awareness and action campaigns for local non-profits, and reach a wider audience than the organization could otherwise reach alone.
Natali Carrera Director of Educational Services & Grants