Public broadcasting in Indiana touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s eight public television and 16 public radio stations play a vital role in Indiana 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 Indiana:
- Provides Indiana University professional development and graduate credit for educators through PBS TeacherLine.
- Started Community Conversations by building partnerships with schools, community organizations and education leaders to host town halls, produce programs and news features, and provide resources to teachers and parents that will raise awareness of best practices and encourage constructive action.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs, including:
- Our Town, a documentary series that profiles Indiana towns, showcasing the history, founders, businesses, people, attractions and characteristics making each town unique.
- The Weekly Special, with topics ranging from agriculture to volunteerism. The show also spotlights local performers.
- Sound Medicine, a local weekly radio conversation about health and medical research.
- Making the Grade, a half-hour series with 13 high school teams showcasing the region’s best and brightest students.
- 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, with an emphasis on family and community engagement.
- Provides a free summer mathematicsenrichment program for school-age children, and engages children in literacythrough the PBS KIDS Writers Contest.
- Hosts an annual community day of family fun that provides free entertainment, educational activities and resources for children, parents and caregivers.
- Partners with art museums and children’s science museums, resulting in weekly on-air modules.
- Promotes enrollment in online teacher training courses, and offers college students internship opportunities in public affairs production.
- Collects school supplies and winter clothing for indigent students in the community.