Public broadcasting in California touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s 14 public television and 60 public radio stations play a vital role in California education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the state and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in California:
- Partners with state agencies and commissions to produce and air statewide a documentary on earthquake preparedness as well as offering interstitials, online materials and distribution of earthquake preparedness kits.
- Supports the Signal-to-Desktop project, which provides educational content directly to students’ desktops.
- Provides educators relevant, interactive teaching tools that can be easily integrated into the classroom as well as effective training in their use.
- Produces The California Report, in collaboration with public radio stations throughout the state. The program provides daily coverage of issues, trends and public policy decisions affecting California and its diverse population. The nine-minute daily edition and the 30-minute Friday afternoon magazine edition, distributed by satellite from KQED Radio in San Francisco, is carried by more than 30 public radio stations statewide.
- Offers training, media-rich curriculum and online resources for educators in adult schools, community colleges and universities through KQED Education, with a particular focus on ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching and learning.
- Participates in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, which focuses on reducing the high school dropout rate through national and local content, classroom resources and community partnerships. Stations hosted teacher town halls, which provided a forum to discuss challenges and possible solutions to the crisis.
- Works with the Creative Kids Educational Foundation to develop Internet-based classical music activities for children.
- Provides teachers with curriculum-based educational broadcasts and access to more than 150,000 streaming and downloadable full-length videos, video clips, still images, speeches, articles, audio files and interactives.
- Participates in the federal grant program Ready To Learn, which works with community partners to provide literacy opportunities for children, parents and caregivers. RTL offers hundreds of parenting and caregiver workshops based on the PBS Kids Learning Triangle to thousands of attendees.
- Hosts candidate and issue forums, creating the informed electorate vitally important for a thriving democracy.
- Donates thousands of educational books and multilingual resources to minority and low-income households.
- Provides programming and services to help rural and resource-poor communities.
- Provides a window to the people and issues in diverse communities by covering them on all media platforms.