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PBS to Help Educate Kansas Students
PBS to Help Educate Kansas Students
Dale Brungardt
Monday, April 20, 2020

USD327 is excited to hear that PBS stations across the state will be providing supplemental learning opportunities for not only our students, but all KS Students.  This lessons were created and hosted by former Kansas Teachers of the Year.  The programs will be aired on our local station of Smoky Hills PBS throughout the week.  The Kansas State Department of Education, KSDE, released the following press statement:

We are excited to announce that Kansas teachers, students and parents just got a new partner in their continuous learning efforts.  

Thanks to the support of Kansas Public Broadcasters, Kansas students will receive supplemental education content by way of a new television program produced by Kansas PBS stations and KSDE, and hosted by local teachers. The new program called Learning Across Kansas will begin airing the week of April 20.  

Each 30-minute segment, individually produced for elementary, middle school and high school students, will feature grade-specific educational content delivered by our very own Kansas teachers who serve on KSDE’s Continuous Learning Task Force.  

Please share this information with your teachers, students and their parents/caregivers and encourage everyone to tune in for short, fun and engaging lessons. Plus, they just might see one of their own teachers presenting!  

A complete listing of program times is available here: https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Fiscal-and-Administrative-Services/Communications-and-Recognition-Programs/Learning-Across-Kansas  

Program Hosts

Learning Across Kansas Elementary, hosted by Tabatha Rosproy.

Rosproy is the 2020 Kansas Teacher of the Year and one of four finalists for 2020 National Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching pre-k for 10 years and currently teaches for Winfield USD 465 in a unique classroom that is housed inside of a nursing home/retirement village. Rosproy has a passion for social-emotional learning, hands-on exploration and building connections between her students and the community.  

Learning Across Kansas Middle School, hosted by Dyane Smokorowski.

Smokorowski is a 2019 National Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year and is currently serving as an Innovation and Technology Lead Teacher in the Andover USD 385. Mrs. Smoke, as she’s known to her students, believes in a project-based, student-centered classroom that helps students build skills in communication, planning, research and project implementation.  

Learning Across Kansas High School, hosted by Cindy Couchman.

Couchman is a 2014 National Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee, 2009 Kansas Teacher of the Year, National Board-Certified Teacher and National Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Couchman currently serves as the assistant superintendent at Buhler Schools where she actively promotes Professional Learning Communities and teacher leadership.

Parents, be sure to check out the link above for the complete listing of when the programs will be broadcast on Smoky Hills PBS station.