Kids’ Media and Education Partners with Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone for Educator Workshop

January 24th, 2019

Members of the Kids’ Media and Education Team (Sandra Sheppard, Sandy Goldberg, KJ Vanderiet, Kristina Kirtley, Ellie Janszky and Michelle Chen) spent the afternoon at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone for an educator workshop for teachers working in hospitals. The 35 educators who attended the training teach children of all ages in pediatric hospitals and centers around Manhattan through the Hospitals Schools Program.

This teacher training focused on the vast amount of digital resources available on WNET Education’s website (and PBS LearningMedia) to support teachers in their instruction. The workshop also included hands-on time for the teachers to experiment with PBS apps such as Scratch Jr. as well as explore popular classroom resources, including Nature, Cyberchase, American Masters, and Mission US.

Friends of THIRTEEN board members Kathy Connors, Vice Chair, and Erin Hartnett attended the workshop as well. Erin Hartnett is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at NYU Hassenfeld Center for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders, she introduced WNET to the hospital to build a partnership with the station.

The workshop was well-received by the educators and administrators and received the following feedback from Mary Maher, principal of the Hospitals Schools Program:

“I know for certain that our teachers will be able to use a lot of what we saw today. As they were leaving, many of my teachers approached me and said they’ll definitely be using the PBS LearningMedia and interweaving it into their instruction, as soon as tomorrow.”

“A main focus for us is bringing a joy to students that are hospitalized through learning and through engagement, and much of what we saw today with PBS LearningMedia is really aligned to what we’re seeking out… This looks like it’s one platform where we can go and find a lot of what we’re looking for.”