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How one high school teacher stays inspired

A high school English teacher in Alaska shares how PBS's meaningful content keeps her energized and helps her avoid burnout.

Traci Lee Espeland is an English Rhetoric teacher at Anchorage South High School in Anchorage, Alaska.

In the above video, she talks with Alaska Public Media about her experience with PBS Learning Media and how it has helped her in the classroom. Traci was also a PBS Digital Innovator for 2017.

Considered "America's largest classroom," every day, PBS and nearly 350 member stations fulfill our essential mission to the American public, providing trusted programming that is uniquely different from commercial broadcasting and treating audiences as citizens, not simply consumers.

PBS and its stations provide the only free national 24/7 children’s TV channel and live stream, featuring more than 20 shows that support kids’ learning.
The service is available to more than 95% of U.S. TV households, reaching many children who may not attend preschool.

A 2015 study found that when PBS LearningMedia resources were integrated into existing curriculum:

  • Across subject areas, student performance on content assessments showed significant improvement, increasing by eight percentage points;
  • On average, students outperformed national assessment norms by 10 percentage points;
  • Teachers who participated in the study overwhelmingly stated that they would recommend the use of PBS LearningMedia resources to their colleagues.

At a time when public trust in national institutions is eroding, confidence in PBS and local stations remains strong. For 15 consecutive years, a national study has rated PBS as the most trusted institution in America.

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