Public broadcasting in Rhode Island touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s public television station and public radio station play a vital role in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island:
- Has been expanding the traditional definition of education in Rhode Island, from GED preparation and college telecourses at home, to today’s innovative technologies and Internet-based educational video-on-demand in Rhode Island’s schools, libraries and adult learning centers.
- Has a full-time Rhode Island Public Radio reporter whose beat is education. Many school departments across the state face serious challenges as many cities and towns struggle financially.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Rhode Island Stories, independent documentaries about Rhode Island people, places and events that tell their history and shape their community.
- A Lively Experiment, debate and commentary about local politics.
- Partners with PBS to launch the independent Digital Learning Library (DLL), which more economically expands access to interactive videos, lesson plans, assignments and quizzes, all meeting the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education curriculum standards.
- Collaborates with the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, GoLocalProv.com, the RI Society of CPAs, the Audubon Society of RI, Navigant Credit Union, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Providence Children’s Museum, Roger Williams Park Zoo and Grammy award–winner Bill Harley to bring educational opportunities that are fun and enriching for Rhode Island’s children and adults.