New Educational Programming

Posted on Apr 15, 2020

Austin PBS is proudly working with Texas schools to ensure learning continues during school closures.

"We are a family of Austinites coming together to support each other during this time we are physically apart. Austin ISD is proud to partner with PBS for yet another way of providing quality essential learning resources for all of our students. Through your support of public broadcasting and public education, you help us live All Means All."
- Paul Cruz, Superintendent, Austin ISD

Together we're now offering free educational programming for grades PreK-12 to help students who have limited connectivity.

Austin PBS will offer a regular schedule of educational content on television when students are not able to connect directly to teachers or schools through other means (computers, tablets, etc.). An estimated 25% or more of homes in our viewing area will face challenges in maintaining reliable internet, and many lack appropriate devices for completing online work. Educators can use this new schedule and additional resources for each episode to suggest activities for students to complete at home via text message or other reliable messaging services. In turn, students or family members can take snapshots of finished work to send back to teachers to receive credit. We realize that this falls short of schools' desires to interact live with children in order to further their learning and nurture human connection, but educators can now turn to this schedule as a backup plan to their instructional goals.

Tune in to Austin PBS Monday-Friday starting April 20.

Grade PreK-3: Watch 6 a.m to 8 a.m.
Grades 4-8: Watch 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Grades 9-12: Watch 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For our complete list of online resources, go to austinpbs.org/resources or austinpbs.org/recursos. And for all-day PBS KIDS programming, you can tune in or live-stream our Austin PBS KIDS 24/7 channel, or use our free PBS KIDS Video app for all devices, including connected TVs.

Austin PBS remains committed to providing safe, educational entertainment for the whole family. Public media in Central Texas is possible because of donors in our community. You can support our work at austinpbs.org/donate. Thank you!