As a million Tennessee students K-12 and their parents prepare for another month of learning from home, Nashville Public Television is stepping up to help.
In partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools, NPT will broadcast eight hours of “At Home Learning” programming for children each weekday while schools are closed due to the ongoing public health emergency caused by coronavirus.
“Nashville Public Television is an essential partner in our city-wide strategic effort to support student learning, and by broadcasting this additional programming into every home in the Nashville area, they will be creating community-wide opportunities for students to broaden their horizons and learn new and interesting things every day that will maintain and advance their education,” says MNPS Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle.
Starting Monday, March 30, NPT is airing four new hours of programming for middle school and high school students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. following its regular morning block of shows for younger children from 6 to 10 a.m.
The two hours from 10 a.m. to noon are designed for middle school students, followed by two hours for high school students from noon to 2 p.m., when children’s programming will resume. A full schedule of programming is available on the WNPT website and on this PDF you can download and print.
“I’m extremely grateful for all NPT is doing to educate children and adults of all ages in a thoughtful, entertaining way,” Dr. Battle says.
Children’s programming includes “Sesame Street,” “Molly of Denali,” and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” NPT and PBS also offer free lesson plans and video clips online at PBS Learning Media, in addition to a free daily newsletter for families. The lessons include information on accessibility.
NPT’s president and CEO, Kevin Crane, said the programming for middle school and high school students will focus on science, math, history, and language arts through PBS programs such as “Nova,” “Nature,” “American Experience,” and Ken Burns’ documentary “The Roosevelts,” as well as NPT’s own “By One Vote: Woman Suffrage in the South.” Featured programs will change each week.
“NPT’s highest priority, and an integral part of our mission, has always been to provide programming that helps viewers of all ages learn and grow,” Crane said.