PBS Teachers® Innovation Award

PBS Teachers Innovation Awards

Congratulations to Samantha Melvin, art teacher at RJ Richey Elementary School in Burnet Texas, for being one of two PBS Teachers Innovation Award winners from Texas!

PBS and its member stations celebrated 50 of the nation’s most innovative preK-12 educators who are discovering new ways to engage their students and inspire them to achieve. The PBS Teachers Innovation Awards honors teachers who are transforming classroom learning and providing children with the tools they need to reach their full potential and succeed in the 21st century.

PBS will host the top 10 PBS Teachers Innovation Award winners for an exclusive behind-the-scenes trip to the organization’s annual membership meeting May 17-20 in Austin, Texas, where they will attend sneak previews of upcoming programs, meetings with producers, and participate in professional development workshops about teacher leadership and integration of Web 2.0 tools for collaborative learning. They will also receive a Logitech® Web camera and their SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard System, which allows teachers to build media-rich lesson plans and students to participate in collaborative and fun curriculum-based games such as those from PBS (http://pbskids.org/whiteboard/).

All winners will receive an exclusive educator’s kit filled with tools and instructional technology resources for the classroom from PBS and Elmer’s Products, Inc., as well as a Web-based facilitated course from the professional development service, PBS TeacherLine. Through the online resource PBS Teachers, the winners’ submissions will be featured as best practices case studies, and the winners will serve as teacher leaders and catalysts for expanding effective instructional techniques using public digital media in the classroom.

A judging panel of PBS TeacherLine course facilitators and PBS education staff selected the 50 winners from nearly 700 online entries.

The PBS Teachers Innovation Awards program was created to identify innovative educators–including preK-12 classroom teachers, library media specialists, and homeschooling parents–and advance the profession through collaboration, networking and professional development. Educators were asked to submit a 200-word essay and video or photos demonstrating why they are innovative educators for categories ranging from digital storytelling to robotics. Earlier this year, President Obama acknowledged PBS as a partner in the “Educate to Innovate” campaign for showcasing educational excellence through the awards program. These awards are one way PBS is highlighting the work of creative, inspiring educators.