PBS KIDS Virtual Edcamp for Early Childhood Educators

Edcamp411Idaho Public Television is excited to partner with PBS KIDS to host PBS KIDS Virtual Edcamp for Early Childhood Educators!

PBS KIDS Virtual Edcamp is NOT a traditional conference; no keynote speaker, pre-arranged content, or registration fee.

So what exactly is it? A PBS KIDS Virtual Edcamp is a local virtual gathering of PreK-3 grade educators connecting through shared experiences and peer-led conversations with a PBS twist!

An idea conceived by teachers eager to challenge the status quo and take control of their own professional learning, the Edcamp model was initially sparked by informal conversations between educators on social media. Across the country, educators were connecting on Twitter to discuss topics of interest and learn new ideas. These conversations inspired educators to continue the dialogue in person as participant-driven, peer-led gatherings.

Interested in attending? Sign up for the PBS KIDS Virtual Edcamp!

**Upon registration, a Zoom video link will be sent to the email you provide. Please use that link to join us.

Idaho Is Resilient

newlogoblueIdahoans are a resilient bunch. In times of crisis, we come together to help one another. In that spirit, Idaho Public Television is here for you.

We have created a  COVID-19 website dedicated to keeping the Gem State informed on the situation.  Melissa Davlin and Idaho Reports will continue coverage beyond the legislative session to provide updates including a  special hour-long live program with Gov. Brad Little this Thursday at 8pm MT | 7pm PT. In addition, look for short daily updates on Idaho coronavirus news beginning next week before and after the PBS NewsHour on our main channel.

With students at home, our Distance Learning website provides educatorsfamilies and  communities resources to support the entire learning ecosystem, both broadcast and online. And our locally produced program  Science Trek provides a wide range of STEM-related resources.

We are making all of our local programming available without restrictions, so everyone can enjoy our full archives of Outdoor IdahoDialogueIdaho Experience and more. Enjoy these programs on the PBS Video app and on your smart TV, streaming device or computer .

And finally, Masterpiece has prepared a list of historical dramas to watch, making us feel, however briefly, that we’ve traveled far beyond the familiarity of our living rooms.

I am very proud of our extraordinary team who are more committed than ever to doing their work, even if most of them are doing it from home. A small team of engineers and others has to be in our office to keep us on air and online with timely coverage. But, most of the 70 or so IdahoPTV staffers are working remotely. Wherever we are working, you can count on us to continue to answer your calls and emails and do the important work you rely on throughout this period.

Together, we will get through this, Idaho.

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Watch an Idaho Reports Special on Coronavirus in Idaho



An Idaho Reports Special on Coronavirus in Idaho airs on Thursday, March 19 at 8:00 PM.

Idaho is under a state of emergency, and coronavirus news is changing by the hour, with school closures and new confirmed cases. Now more than ever, you need straightforward information on how COVID-19 could affect you and your daily life. Watch Idaho Reports 8:00 PM Thursday for answers to your questions from state leaders and medical experts. Be informed, not afraid.

The show follows the airing of  the PBS NewsHour Special “Confronting the Coronavirus,” at 7:00 PM.

Stream Idaho Reports Special on Coronavirus in Idaho

What You Should Know About the Novel Coronavirus


What is COVID-19?

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new coronavirus that hasn’t been previously identified. The virus causing COVID-19 isn’t the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness like the common cold.

We have created a resources page to help inform those in our community who may want more information about the virus. You can also find resources for educators, resources for parents and caregivers and more.

The CDC is updating its Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page regularly at noon, Mondays through Fridays.

Idaho Public Television Hosts Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event and Names Volunteers of the Year

On Oct. 10, Idaho Public Television held its annual volunteer appreciation event at its studios in Boise. Volunteers were treated to dinner, thanked for their service, and shown previews of upcoming local and national programs that their volunteer work makes possible.

VolApprecWP2According to Shane Chariton, IdahoPTV major giving director, 867 individual volunteers worked a combined 5,655 hours this past year. Using a $25.43 value of a volunteer hour (calculated annually by Independent Sector), that’s the equivalent of $143,807 donated as volunteer work — funds that were able to be put toward programs and activities that support IdahoPTV’s mission: to encourage lifelong learning, connect Idaho communities, and enrich the lives of all Idahoans.

VolApprecWPVOTYVirginia Bennett and friends were named Idaho Public Television’s volunteers of the year. “Virginia Bennett coordinates a group of her friends to come to the station each month (sometimes more), helping to get all of our personalized mailings out to donors in a timely manner and with great attention to detail.  They are always willing to come in and help with preparation for big events and projects, like our Education Outreach events and the HUGE Thanksgiving card mailing each year.  We couldn’t accomplish what we do in fundraising without their volunteer service each month throughout the year” said Chariton.

“They believe in Idaho Public Television’s mission and make us happier when they are here!” said Development Associate Laurie Zuckerman.

“The staff of Idaho Public Television wishes to thank all of our wonderful volunteers,” Chariton says. “We are incredibly grateful for each and every one of you and your volunteer support throughout the year!”