In this time of global pandemic, WNET’s Kids’ Media and Education Department, led by Executive Producer and Director Sandra Sheppard, has provided expanded services to the community, particularly in the form of several instructional strands for school age children. In association with the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Educational Association, Kid’s Media has presented a four hour daily block of instructional programs for grades three through six featuring a group of charismatic teachers hosting the programs. The New York City Education Department’s Office of Early Childhood has been providing “Lets Learn NYC”, a two hour block broadcast on Thirteen with content for younger children from pre-K to second grade. Efforts will continue over the summer with “Camp TV”. In addition to these broadcast ventures, Sandra shares with host Tom Stewart news about online projects including a series of “Nature” videos on Tik-Tok and First Person in the Classroom, which is producing webinars and profiles in service to the LGBTQ community.
Work also continues on “Cyberchase”, the long running children’s math series, and the online project “Mission US”. Sandra credits both her team for making all of these things possible and WNET with providing the resources to make working from home relatively seamless. She also reflects on the positive aspects of this challenging time, referring to the many new and positive relationships that are being forged with educators and other partners.
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Audio Engineering and Mixing – Josh Broome
Editing – Samantha Lobo
Host/Producer – Tom Stewart
Executive Producer – Daena McBride
Special thanks to John McGowan and Bob Morris
Recorded on May 21, 2020 Mixed on June 9, 2020
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