PBS LearningMedia and The Henry Ford Announce Call for Entries for 2012 Teacher Innovator Awards

  PBS LearningMedia and The Henry Ford Announce Call for Entries for 2012
  Teacher Innovator Awards

 Awards Recognize Innovative PreK-12 Educators Using Digital Media to Enhance
                                   Learning

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- October 02, 2012

PBS LearningMedia and The Henry Ford today announced the third annual Teacher
Innovator Awards, recognizing PreK-12 educators using media in new and unique
ways to enhance students’ learning.

Teachers are using digital media in the classroom in creative ways to inspire
and engage young minds in every subject from math and science to music and the
arts. The Teacher Innovator Awards recognize classroom educators, media
specialists, technology coordinators and homeschool educators who are digital
pioneers, paving the way for new teaching techniques and a more interactive
learning experience.

“PBS is proud to offer opportunities like the Teacher Innovator Awards to
recognize teachers applying innovative teaching methods to improve student
learning,” said Rob Lippincott, Senior Vice President, PBS Education. “That’s
what PBS LearningMedia, a free digital media on-demand service for parents and
educators, has been designed to do. And through this partnership with The
Henry Ford, we are encouraging and equipping teachers to implement innovative
teaching practices to educate today’s learners.”

Teachers can apply for the Teacher Innovator Awards by submitting a video up
to 3 minutes in length or a written essay, up to three pages with images.
Entries must address how they are using digital media to enhance students’
learning by augmenting the traditional textbook approach to teaching. Thirty
educators in total will receive prizes for their outstanding work with the top
10 winners receiving a professional development prize package for a week-long,
all-expense-paid "Innovation Immersion Experience" at The Henry Ford in
Dearborn, Michigan, and a PBS TeacherLine course. The deadline to apply for
the awards is December 12, 2012.

“The Henry Ford's vision is to reignite a culture of innovation and inspire a
‘can do’ spirit, especially in American education. Digital learning platforms
can be powerful tools in the hands of teachers and we are looking for
innovative teacher leaders. The Teacher Innovator awards entries will be
judged on originality, reinforcement of 21st century learning skills and
creative student engagement strategies,” said Paula Gangopadhyay, Chief
Learning Officer, The Henry Ford. “Entries that incorporate resources from our
Oninnovation website or from PBS websites or programming will receive a bonus
point.”

“These awards not only recognize educators who think outside the box, but it
also serves as a great information sharing resource and source of inspiration
for teachers. My lesson was based on Andy Carroll’s book War Letters, and the
companion PBS documentary American Experience; War Letters based on the book,"
said New York-based Keith Rosko, 2011 first-place winner of the PBS Teacher
Innovator Awards. "Students were engaged in a visual, auditory and tactile
way, they watched video and still imagery, examined war photographs, letters
and the work of war artists, and listened to podcasts.”

The 2012 Teacher Innovator Award winners will be announced in March 2013. For
more information on the awards, visit www.pbslearningmedia.org/innovators/.
For more information on PBS LearningMedia for local schools and districts,
visit www.pbslearningmedia.org.

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About The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is the world’s premier history
destination and a National Historic Landmark that celebrates American history
and innovation. Its mission is to provide unique educational experiences based
on authentic objects, stories and lives from America’s traditions of
ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to
learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. Five distinct
attractions at The Henry Ford captivate more than 1.5 million visitors
annually: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour,
The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. The Henry
Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which
educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus and was founded in
partnership with The Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company and Wayne County Public
Schools. For more information please visit our websitethehenryford.org.

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Contact:

PBS
Melissa Mills, 703-739-8134
mkmills@pbs.org
or
The Henry Ford
Wendy Metros, 313-982-6125
WendyMe@thehenryford.org
or
360 Public Relations
Mike Rush, 617-585-5792
mrush@360publicrelations.com
 
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