PBS and its local stations are calling on preK-12 educators to enter the PBS Teachers Innovation Awards program by March 12.
PreK-12 educators of all levels, including classroom teachers, library media specialists, and homeschooling parents, can enter the PBS Teachers Innovation Awards program. To enter, teachers must submit a 200-word essay demonstrating why they are innovative educators, and include a video or photograph showing how they inspire students. A panel of PBS TeacherLine course facilitators, expert teachers with years of classroom teaching experience and who've earned master's degrees in education, will evaluate the entries. Fifty winners will be selected based on their level of innovation and effectiveness, among other criteria.
Ten of the most innovative teachers will receive a behind-the-scenes trip to the Annual PBS Showcase in Austin, Texas, on May 17-20, 2010, to see sneak previews of PBS programs, meet producers, and attend premiere events. Forty winners will receive a bag of PBS gifts that will include best-selling and award-winning PBS programs in digital formats and more. All of the winners will receive free enrollment in an online facilitated professional development course from PBS TeacherLine, and will be invited to partner with PBS and local stations as leaders in classroom innovation. Teachers will have the opportunity to contribute their ideas and provide feedback on PBS programming and educational services.
The winning entries will be featured on the PBS Teachers website. PBS Teachers (www.pbs.org/teachers/) is the web portal to PBS' preK-12 educational services and a searchable library of more than 9,000 free local and national standards-based instructional resources, including on-demand video and interactive games.
Every educator who enters will be registered as members of the PBS Teachers online community where they can connect, collaborate, and share with their peers about integrating digital media and technology in education, and will receive a 10 percent discount to the online PBS store.
For more information on content rules and criteria, or to enter, go to www.pbs.org/teachers/innovators/. Entries will be accepted until March 12. Winners will be announced on April 5. The PBS Teachers Innovation Awards are funded in part by a grant from Elmer's Products, Inc.
Source: PBS, www.pbs.org