WGTE to participate in a nationwide initiative to accelerate learning | Society

TOLEDO – WGTE’s public media will work with local and after-school summer programs across northwest Ohio to address the disruption of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic through a partnership between eight PBS stations in Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education.

Called Ohio Learns 360, the new initiative provides programs with PBS resources, including educational programs and materials based on standards, virtual tours, interactive video programs, community events, and more, all designed to accelerate student learning and support students. vulnerable states are provided.

“PBS stations in Ohio have been excellent partners in prioritizing additional education opportunities to support Ohio students since the beginning of the pandemic,” said Stephanie Siddens, interim head of public education. “The Ohio Learns 360 initiative provides families with an additional way to support student learning after school day.”

Ohio Learns 360, which focuses on kindergartens through fifth-graders from poor communities, will begin in April and run through September 2024. The Ohio Department of Education is funding $ 5 million through the Primary and Secondary School Ambulance Fund (ESSER). , first approved by Congress in 2020.

“WGTE’s public media is thrilled and grateful to be a partner of our compatriots in the state of Ohio in the Ohio Learns 360 initiative,” said Kathy Budas, director of educational services. “This initiative will help us expand our educational reach across the northwestern Ohio region to those who need it most. Providing personal and virtual resources is important to make sure we keep up with these new programs.” make it available to as many families as possible. “

Students studying in out-of-school programs can take part in some STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshops with their favorite heroes, such as Cat in the Hat, or go to a virtual field. a trip to one of Ohio’s leading science museums. Students at home can also participate in virtual after-school programs that feature the popular PBS Kids character. Parents can learn how to support their child’s learning through Parent Power webinars, and families can participate in community events organized by WGTE. The project is led by Public Media Connect in Dayton and Cincinnati.

“Ohio Learns 360 is an example of how Ohio’s media can do the best they can, gather and use our resources to provide the necessary nationwide service,” said Kevin Martin, president of the Ohio Educational Television Service and Ideastream Public Media. “Our colleagues at Public Media Connect in Dayton / Cincinnati are continuing this effort on behalf of all Ohio PBS stations, so we can be confident that we will meet the very high expectations and standards of the Ohio Department of Education, teachers and parents.”

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