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A Call for Classroom Changemakers: Are You a PBS Digital Innovator?

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December 15, 2016

Since September we, at PBS Education, have been working with educators like you to provide tips and education hacks, thoughtful insights and fresh ideas for your classroom.  Anyone can have an interesting opinion about education and teaching, but for us, the most valuable voice is yours—the voice of the educator.

That’s one of the reasons PBS Digital Innovators program was born five years ago—we know that the best way to to support the work you do in the classroom is to build long-term, deep and meaningful relationships with America’s educators. We’re excited to learn from you—what are you doing to make learning fun, how are you collaborating with your peers to improve outcomes, and importantly, what types of support do you need to make your ideas grow?

PBS Digital Innovators set the bar for thoughtful tech integration in the classroom. They are Pre-K-12 educators who are not defined by the gadgets they use, but by the unique way they approach education. Their bold and enthusiastic perspective sets them apart as changemakers, and unlocks new worlds for their students.

So, we are calling all classroom changemakers (hint: that’s you!). 

Are you a 2017 PBS Digital Innovator?

Do you love what you do? Have you found creative and thoughtful ways to integrate technology and digital media into your instruction?  PBS Digital Innovators are born leaders—you inspire both your students and your peers.  Most importantly, you spark your students’ curiosity and imagination, and make learning accessible to all students.

Do you love what you do? Have you found creative and thoughtful ways to integrate technology and digital media into your instruction?  PBS Digital Innovators are born leaders—you inspire both your students and your peers.  Most importantly, you spark your students’ curiosity and imagination, and make learning accessible to all students.

Each year, we select one PBS Digital Innovator from each state in the U.S, its territories and the District of Columbia to receive:

  • ongoing in-person and online professional development, including a free PBS TeacherLine course,
  • access to exclusive educational technology resources and events,
  • new and exciting opportunities to share your ideas on a national platform, and
  • an all–expenses paid trip to San Antonio for the PBS Digital Innovators Summit and the ISTE 2017 Conference.

The best part is that everyone who applies will automatically become a member of our PBS Education Community, which connects you to a large network of like-minded educators.

The online application process opened this week and will remain open until February 13, 2017 at 12:01 am, PST. We want to know what you’re passionate about—what ideas do you want to share with colleagues throughout the country?  What makes you a changemaker? 

We’re so glad you’ve joined us at the PBS Teachers’ Lounge, and we look forward to learning more about you through the PBS Digital Innovators application process.  Apply today!


Laila Hirschfeld is the Director of Community Engagement for PBS Education, and is managing the 2017 PBS Digital Innovator program.


Laila Hirschfeld

Laila Hirschfeld Director of Promotion and Community Engagement, PBS Education

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