Public broadcasting in Iowa touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s nine public television and 27 public radio stations play a vital role in Iowa 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 Iowa:
- Deploys a statewide support model for Martha Speaks Reading Buddies, which pairs kindergarten students with third- or fourth-graders to meet one-on-one for eight, 45-minute classroom sessions.
- Developed Iowa Pathways as an online educational environment to help students learn about Iowa’s history, culture, people and places.
- Implemented a number of Iowa Public Television activities for families, teachers and care providers to help economically disadvantaged children (ages 2–8) acquire early literacy skills. These activities include:
- Placing 51 Library Corners in public libraries across Iowa.
- Providing training to more than 900 child-care providers through the Raising Readers online courses. The Iowa Department of Human Services has approved the Raising Readers online courses as counting toward child-care provider recertification requirements.
- Placing more than 40 Learning Centers in health clinics across Iowa.
- ConductingSuper Why! Reading Camps to stimulate literacy/reading readiness for 5- and 6-year-old children through educational and fun events and activities.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Iowa Press, Iowa’s only statewide public affairs television program. It features political reporters and their guests covering such topics as Iowa statehouse and legislative issues, national/congressional issues, and campaigns for president and statewide offices.
- Market to Market, which covers the $100+ billion business of food and those issues affecting the 56 million citizens of rural America.
- All-State Music, Terrace Hill Piano Competition, Iowa High School Marching Bands, and Iowa Dance and Drill Team Championships, which showcase the talented crop of students in our state.
- Offers a comprehensive arts education program that serves students in every K-12 grade.
- Participates in Ready To Learn, an innovative public media initiative that improves the math and literacy skills of our nation’s youngest citizens, ages 2–8 years, especially those from low-income backgrounds.
- Promotes PBS TeacherLine in Iowa as an important and quality resource for online teacher professional development.
- Produces every year public service announcements pertaining to ESL (English as a second language), drug abuse and alcohol prevention, and other continuing education opportunities for minorities.
- Provides residents an opportunity to develop, produce and host public radio programs.