Public broadcasting in North Dakota touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s eight public television and 13 public radio stations play a vital role in North Dakota 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 North Dakota:
- Provides libraries of visual resources, classroom plans and technology-integration services, and gives teachers opportunities for independent study. The Prairie Public Education Services effort is a partnership with the North Central Council for School Television.
- Created the Share a Story Family Literacy Initiative, using on-air and online programming and outreach events to help children develop language and literacy skills.
- Encourages Dakota Sioux reservation communities to participate in public radio broadcasts and programming on culture activities and ceremonials to educate the Native and non-Native public.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Chuck Suchy: Sure Am Glad to Be Around.
- Fish, Mercury and Nutrition: The Net Effects.
- Why: Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life.
- High Risk High: Youth Drinking in North Dakota.
- My Journey, My Story.
- Offers TeacherSource, a website for educators that promotes the incorporation of digital media in the classroom and offers free lesson plans, teachers’ guides and online activities that meet state curriculum standards.
- Offers TeacherLine, a high-quality professional development resource for K–12 teachers that offers more than 68 online facilitated courses in reading, mathematics, science, curriculum and instruction, and technology integration to improve teacher quality and increase student achievement.
- Launched a project on Prairie Public’s radio network to explore the problem of youth drinking from many angles, in a variety of formats, and with particular focus on solutions.
- Serves as a dropoff point for a program that collects Christmas presents for underprivileged children.