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Iowa Public Television Announces 26 Ready for School Communities for 2014-2015

posted on September 17, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Iowa Public Television Announces 26 Ready for School Communities for 2014-2015

Education specialists work to strengthen math and literacy skills of young Iowa children

Iowa Public Television’s (IPTV) commitment to early childhood education continues with the expansion of its Ready for School initiative. Educational specialists will work with educators, parents, care providers and community partners in 26 Iowa communities to implement literacy-based activities for children ages 2–8.

“Iowa Public Television’s Ready for School initiative makes a big difference in communities by providing resources and services designed to enhance early reading and math skills for young children,” said Terry Rinehart, director of Educational Services at IPTV. “These fun, engaging and educationally sound activities are a part of Iowa Public Television’s ongoing 45-year commitment to lifelong learning in Iowa.” 

IPTV’s second year of Ready for School will focus specifically on serving children from low-income families. IPTV will provide access to high-quality educational media resources including online games, instructional materials and educational activities that help children increase their school readiness and success. The multimedia content and related activities are based upon the work of educational children’s programming from PBS such as The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!, The Electric Company, Fetch with Ruff Ruffman, Martha Speaks, Sid the Science Kid! and Super WHY!.

The program builds from the successful pilot testing of these methods and resources in Storm Lake, Perry and Waterloo that IPTV began in 2008. The initiative has been validated by scientifically based research funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

The 26 Ready for School communities for 2014-2015 are: 

  • CAL Community School District...
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Posted on September 17, 2014 at 5:51 PM Comments

Introducing Math Adventures!

posted on September 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Introducing Math Adventures!


Math Adventures: A Math Engagement Program is based on the Iowa Core Standards for Kindergarten.  The goal of the program is to help Kindergarteners improve their math skills. Studies have shown that early math skills are consistently associated with higher academic performance in later grades. To do this, participants will use content from PBS KIDS LAB, and PBS Learning Media, as well as hands-on math activities to practice math skills.  Framework can be expanded to include books or more activities as needed.


Kindergarten students are paired with an older student or an adult. There are 11 sessions and one optional session; each one is aligned with a piece of the mathematics core for kindergarten. The fun doesn’t have to stop at school! This is an excellent way for parents to play the games and practice these skills at home as well.

Click the link below to explore this exciting resource:

A big buddy guide is also available:


New Editions

First and Second grade editions are being created in the fall of 2014, and should be ready by the end of the year. Check back here for new updates!




Posted on September 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM Comments

U.S. Diplomacy

posted on September 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM

U.S. Diplomacy

Diplomacy is a key concept that students need to grasp as citizens of a global society. Various roles of U.S. diplomats exist in embassies and consulates around the world and at the U.S. Department of State. Yet, their mission is clear — to carry out the foreign policy of the President and to represent the country’s political and economic interests.

Conducting foreign policy is a complex business requiring the hard work of a team of people, including the President, Secretary of State, First Lady and Ambassadors, but a large part of it is done by mostly-unknown professional diplomats. There is a stereotype of the diplomat as a professional in a suit, sitting in a formal meeting room, negotiating peace, threatening war, or hammering out the terms of a treaty. However, that work is only a small part of their jobs. So what else do they do, and how does their work impact our daily lives – and the course of history?

Explore PBS LearningMedia’s Global Learning & Diplomacy Collection for lesson plans, video footage, documents and images you can use to teach your class more about the inner and outer workings of U.S diplomacy and foreign relations and its role in American life. 

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 11:56 AM Comments

IPTV Continues to Provide Educators with Mandatory Reporter Training Free of Charge

posted on September 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

IPTV Continues to Provide Educators with Mandatory Reporter Training Free of Charge

Iowa Public Television is excited to offer the Mandatory Reporter Training for Child & Dependent Adult Abuse online for school administrators, teachers, school support staff, and others who interact with students in Iowa. This training is customized specifically for those who work in schools. IPTV is offering this service free of charge. 
Iowa Law requires individuals applying for a license, renewing a license, or obtaining an  authorization certificate issued by the Board of Educational Examiners (BOEE) to provide proof of completion of an approved ‘Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Reporter Training’ program.

Certificates will be processed at the end of each month and emailed to the address you provide in the final survey.
Following the completion of this 3-hour, approved training (#2032) and evaluation (Survey Monkey), registrants will receive a certificate of training completion via email that will be good for 5 years from the date of the training.  
The free training and completion certificate offered by Iowa Public Television meets the requirement of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for licensure.

For more information, contact:

Abby K. Brown

Educational Telecommunications

Iowa Public Television

6450 Corporate Drive

Johnston, IA 50131

(800) 532-1290

(515) 242-4181

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments

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