Public broadcasting in Nevada touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s two public television and 10 public radio stations play a vital role in Nevada 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 Nevada:
- Provides five wireless closed-circuit television channels from Vegas PBS to more than 345 public and private school and administrative sites in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson. Some programs are in Spanish to give teachers with limited English proficient students a learning alternative.
- Provides a full range of emergency alert services including severe weather and civil alerts. Broadcasts geo-targeted alerts on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security’s Personal Localized Alerting Network (PLAN) system, which sends instant message style warnings to wireless providers and their subscribers. PLAN sends emergency alerts only to mobile devices within the affected areas.
- Presented a How to Write a Book workshop by KNPB education staff in 26 elementary classrooms for approximately 600 students by invitation of the teachers.
- Provides Vegas PBS’s educational media center as the media library for the Clark County School District and subscribing charter, private or home schools. Ithouses 14,000 physical media titles that are delivered to teachers as requested. The center also provides digital encoding and analog and digital duplication services for many educational and nonprofit groups.
- Hosts and maintains the Described and Captioned Media Program, a statewide collection of media programs and services for deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind or visually impaired students beyond the closed-captioned and audio-described programs broadcast on public media channels.
- 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. Vegas PBS hosted a town hall for teachers to discuss challenges and possible solutions to the crisis.
- Works with community groups to help raise awareness of community issues and events through public radio.
- Participates in PBS TeacherLine, which offers more than 110 post-baccalaureate online courses. More than 5,200 teachers have taken these courses since 1998, with 727 enrolled last year.
- Produces and distributes online materials for workforce training, offered for staff development, mandated viewing and professional certification.Some materials respond to state law mandates for annual documented training, and others respond to court orders or OSHA requirements.
- Produces an on-air voter’s guide for the election.
- 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.
- Provides redundant communication pathways to hospitals, police and fire vehicles, government offices and command centers during emergencies. Detailed blueprints and other information on more than 400 public buildings are maintained on site along with family contact information on more than 345,000 K–12 students and employees.