Teaching Channel Launches: New Teacher Resource Now Available Online And On TV

September 30, 2011

New nonprofit organization aims to revolutionize teacher professional development

San Francisco, CA – Teaching Channel (Tch), a new nonprofit organization aiming to inspire better teaching across the U.S., announces the launch of its website, teachingchannel.org, and a new television program, Teaching Channel Presents, which begins airing on public television stations on October 2.

TeachingChannel.org is a comprehensive online video library and network for educators, with content categorized by subject and grade level that provides teachers with an unmatched free resource to enrich their teaching. TeachingChannel.org also provides teachers, principals and others with specific guidance and professional development around the common core state standards (CCSSs). All videos across the site are clearly labeled with their purpose and length, making it extremely easy for teachers to get exactly the information they need in whatever limited time they have.

"We’re excited to launch Teaching Channel and share this growing resource for professional development to every single teacher in America, whether they prefer to watch content online or on TV," said Alan Arkatov, CEO of Teaching Channel. "Teaching Channel Presents on public television and TeachingChannel.org both have the same mission: to provide teachers with inspiration from excellent role-model teachers, and provide the concrete tools that teachers need to improve their classroom instruction and student outcomes."

Teaching Channel Presents, produced in cooperation with WNET New York Public Media, features documentary-style video of educators who have found ways to elevate their teaching, as well as short modules on specific lesson ideas. The teachers highlighted in the program share what they have learned in and out of the classroom to break through to their students, whether they be English-language learning (ELL) elementary school students, math students using food coloring to learn a new lesson, or just typical middle school students who would rather hang out with their friends than sit in science class.

"For too long, all professional learning for teachers has been developed outside the classroom, without the voice of the teachers themselves. We're changing that," said Pat Wasley, Chief Academic Officer for Teaching Channel. "At the very core of our mission is to listen to teachers, understand what they really need and bring them into the development of all of our content. The videos featured on both TeachingChannel.org and on the TV program come straight from the mouths of exemplary teachers. And what we have now is just a start – direct interaction with teachers will fuel the continued development of all of our future videos and content."

In the coming months, TeachingChannel.org will be unveiling new features across the site that will revolutionize curriculum development and lesson planning. Already, TeachingChannel.org provides a feature called "Notes," that allows site visitors to tag a video with their own comments at whatever specific times in the video those notes feel relevant.

"The 'Notes' feature is one that we know teachers and principals are excited to be using," said Candice Meyers, Chief Product Officer. "For example, it allows a principal to share their notes on a Teaching Channel video with a teacher, so that it's like that teacher is watching the video along with the principal, except in their own time, or away from school."

Teaching Channel begins airing on Sunday on 94 public television stations, and will expand to more stations in the coming weeks.

Teaching Channel (Tch) is a comprehensive showcase – online and on television – of inspired teaching in America's public schools. A nonprofit organization, Tch engages teachers across the country to reinvent and revolutionize professional learning through video content and online innovation. The Tch mission is simple: Working with teachers to improve instruction so that every student can succeed. On the web at TeachingChannel.org, and on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube@TeachingChannel.

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Andrew Schulman