Public broadcasting in Massachusetts touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s three public television and 20 public radio stations play a vital role in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts:
- Partners with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create the state’s first online engineering course, a10-lesson training for middle and high school science and technology teachers. This course will reach thousands of teachers statewide.
- Runs paid public radio internship programs for students enrolled in the Five Colleges: UMass Amherst and Amherst, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Smith colleges. The station also welcomes and accepts applications for internships from students who are not enrolled at one of these institutions.
- Makes local connections at 89.7 WGBH Radio within its news and talk programming as it examines public policy, cultural changes and civic engagement. Each week, 89.7 provides 10 hours of original programming that brings a wide range of local voices and opinions to listeners.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Greater Boston, a half-hour, weeknight news discussion program that highlights and gives context to the headlines of the day.
- Basic Black, a live broadcast with a simultaneous live Web stream and chat focusing on sharing and celebrating the rich and varied culture and history of African Americans.
- María Hinojosa: One-on-One, which features guests who reflect the growing diversity of our country—compelling conversations in a changing America.
- Tertulia, two hours of news and music in Spanish; Jazz a la Mode and Jazz Safari make up 18 hours of radio programming a week.
- Stands as a strong partner with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, creating a digital hub that is a centralized library of resources for educators.
- 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.
- Conducts a hands-on workshop demonstrating effective strategies for promoting science exploration among preschoolers.
- Implemented Martha Speaks and Between the Lions Read-Aloud Book Clubs and family events (Soar with Reading, Curious George Days at the Library), reaching approximately 500 children.