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PBS39 to Premiere New Series on Innovative Education in Pennsylvania
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As kids head back to school, join PBS39 for an update on the practices and technologies being employed in schools across the Keystone State. The Lehigh Valley's local public media station, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the Pennsylvania Technical Training Network (PaTTAN), created and produced a professional training series for teachers in Pennsylvania schools. On September 26 and October 3, a 30-minute, two-part series, Education Update, will air on PBS39 at 7 p.m. during the station's Local Hour. 

Click here for the show promo.

Filmed in schools throughout the state, the informational presentation explores curriculum that is being taught in Pennsylvania classrooms. The first episode, airing September 26, focuses on an Innovative Incubator, designed to promote computer science understanding and interest for students and features Matthew Stem, PA Deputy Secretary of Education. With Career and Workforce Readiness as a focus, Dual Enrollment, Advanced Curriculum, and Independent Study Curriculum are a few of the topics that will be featured on October 3.  
"We are proud of the work highlighted by PBS39 and thank their education team, led by Dr. Teri Haddad, for their ongoing support for public education in the commonwealth," said Mr. Stem. "Our work continues, and we look forward to future collaboration as Pennsylvania's education system grows and evolves."

Pennsylvania is on the leading edge of evidence-based practices in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. By merging a multi-tiered system of support with effective STEM practices, schools look to prepare students for the economy of the future. PaTTAN works with the Bureau of Special Education (BSE) and the PDE to provide a full array of professional development and technical assistance targeted at improving student results. The professional development series, created by PBS39, is designed to assist educators' professional growth, and is one way PaTTAN provides support to schools across the Commonwealth. 

"PBS39 is proud to have partnered with the PDE and PaTTAN to produce this important content," states Dr. Teri Haddad, Chief Learning Officer at PBS39. "We hope viewers will tune in to witness the significant, innovative work being done in Pennsylvania classrooms. In an effort to inform all Pennsylvania residents, we plan to offer the content to additional PBS stations as well."