Public broadcasting in New Mexico touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s four public television and 26 public radio stations play a vital role in New Mexico 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 New Mexico:
- Participates in PBS’s TeacherLine, which helps educators acquire 21st-century skills. The courses meet New Mexico’s teacher competency requirements and provide opportunities for educators to earn their teaching endorsement and/or move along the New Mexico three-tiered teacher licensure system.
- 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. KNME PBS’ Ready To Learn service conducted 100 workshops for parents, caregivers, child-care providers and teachers, and distributed more than 6,500 children’s books.
- Works on emergency management strategies for the Alamo Navajo Community with Socorro County.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Moments in Time, which offers audiences a glimpse into some of the fascinating people, places, events and artifacts of New Mexico’s history.
- Public Square, bringing together community leaders and citizens for an impassioned and informed discussion about some of the biggest issues facing children.
- Your Legislators, a weekly half-hour program that airs at various times during the New Mexico legislative session. It includes interviews with legislators from the region.
- Scam Alert, A Consumer Protection Special, which gives viewers the opportunity to call and ask a panel of experts about scams.
- Broadcasts on radio regularly in Spanish and local Native American languages.
- 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. New Mexico PBS hosted a town hall to provide teachers a forum to discuss challenges and possible solutions to the crisis.
- Developed the Technology Training for Teachers initiative, which is supported by several companies and technology businesses. More than 275 teachers were trained last year.
- Provides a training center for college students interested in a career in radio and telecommunications.
- Launched Raising Readers, which offers tips and resources for parents to develop their children’s reading and literacy skills. The target audience is low-income minority families.