McDowell High School, Marion, Saturday, April 6

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, 4/4/2019 — UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina and its Rootle 24/7 PBS KIDS Channel team present the PBS Regional Teacher Summit this Saturday, April 6, at McDowell High School in Marion.


Hosted by the statewide public media network’s education team, this free event is held in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Digital Learning Initiative, PBS LearningMedia, PBS TeacherLine and the McDowell County Schools.


UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina’s PBS Regional Teacher Summit introduces attendees to digital content tools from PBS LearningMedia and its collection of over 120,000 standards- aligned digital resources across subject areas. Additionally, NCDPI’s Digital Teaching and Learning Team and the Digital Learning Competency Ambassadors from across the state share current instructional practices aligned to the Digital Learning Competencies.


The event is designed for PreK-12 teachers, as well as non-traditional educators (childcare providers, homeschool educators), administrators and support staff, and offers a collaborative model for enhancing the educational experience in the classroom. It focuses on digital literacy and ways to integrate digital tools, such as PBS LearningMedia, in the classroom.


Each of the twice-yearly events, held in a different location across the state, invites educators to learn about PBS LearningMedia (including UNC-TV’s SciNC content), as well as special sessions designed by DPI. All sessions are geared towards enhancing educators’ experiences in their own classroom by using digital resources, making it easier for them to teach and for their students to learn.


Two special additions will be featured in this first PBS Regional Teacher Summit of 2019:

  1. A PBS KIDS Edcamp. This “unconference” invites educators to decide what they would like to discuss.
  2. A pilot partnership. In support of the PBS KIDS Edcamp, the Triangle-based company Participate, which builds out web platforms for educators to engage with each other beyond in-person experiences, will offer a pilot of its service.


Educators who participate in the full day of professional development at the PBS Regional Teacher Summit will receive 0.7 Digital Learning Competency CEUs. The Summit also offers an excellent opportunity for networking with other educators.



Rootle, North Carolina’s 24/7 PBS KIDS Channel, provides quality children’s programming from PBS KIDS as well as in-person engagement for children, parents and educators. As part of Public Media North Carolina, North Carolina’s 12-station, four channel public media network, Rootle offers families a haven for intentional, educational and entertaining viewing, in addition to free resources and experiences for families and beyond. Rootle is supported through a unique combination of private and public support from viewers like you. Learn more about Rootle and discover its many resources at unctv.org/rootle and join the conversation by following @rootlenc on Instagram.



On air, online and in person, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina connects North Carolinians to each other, the world and endless possibilities. Through its unique partnership of public investment and private support, the statewide network includes in-person engagement, digital-first social and online content delivery and four over-the-air channels—UNC-TV PBS & More, the North Carolina Channel, Rootle 24/7 PBS KIDS and the Explorer Channel. Additionally, it provides emergency services support for the state and free educational services and resources for teachers. Visit unctv.org and join the conversation by connecting with us at facebook.com/publicmediaNC, instagram.com/publicmediaNC and @publicmediaNC on Twitter.