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Education PLC

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The NETA Peer Learning Communities (PLC) help members' staff increase skills, collegiality, and their long-term commitment to public media's education mission. PLCs provide a space for sharing best practices, developing professional support networks, and identifying high-impact projects that members could jointly pursue. NETA's PLCs are Community Engagement, Content, Education, and Marketing and Communications (MarCom).

 

Objectives

 

  • Foster a network of public media education professionals to share ideas, challenges, and best practices.
  • Work collaboratively to advance the educational mission of public media stations
  • Support and advocate for stations as they innovate in the development and implementation of educational programming, content development, and community services

Target Audience: Members of the Education PLC


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PLC Facilitators

Cindy Kirk

Cindy Kirk

Chair Education PLC, Vice President of Educational Services at APT

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Cindy Formanek Kirk, Ph.D. has served as Vice President of Educational Services at Alabama Public Television (APT) since 2009. She leads APT’s Early Childhood initiatives, its online services for teachers, parents and students, the production of national award-winning live interactive learning adventures and all APT’s statewide educational outreach activities. She is a chair of the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Education Peer Learning Community and co-chair of The World Games 2021 Education Committee and serves as a member on the Alabama Bicentennial Education Committee, The YMCA of Greater Birmingham Board and the Ingram State Technical College Institutional Advisory Board.

Prior to coming to APT Kirk spent twenty-eight years in higher education overseeing credit and non-credit continuing education programs for adult learners. She is a native of Iowa and earned a doctorate in Early Childhood Education and Development from The University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Betsy Peisach

Betsy Peisach

Vice Chair Education PLC, Vice President Education Division - MPT

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Betsy Peisach joined Maryland Public Television in 2000 and currently holds the position of vice president, Education Division. In this role, Ms. Peisach oversees a talented staff of early childhood professionals, K-12 educators, and media producers who develop digital learning resources for students and online courses for educators and Maryland’s child care community. MPT’s highly regarded education website Thinkport.org serves as the gateway to these resources.

Ms. Peisach also leads her division’s efforts in strategic planning, securing grants, and fostering key partnerships with both state and national education communities. She serves on the strategic steering committee at the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, education committee at the Greater Baltimore Committee, and the executive committee for the NETA Education Center Council.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Peisach was MPT’s managing director of education marketing and outreach, where she heightened awareness and supported the development of on-air and educational online offerings to a variety of target audiences.

Before joining MPT, she served for five years as marketing director for the Jewish Community Center and Gordon Center for Performing Arts. Ms. Peisach also directed marketing, promotion, and corporate relations for 13 years while at United Broadcasting Company, a national broadcaster of major market radio and cable stations.

She is an alumna of the University of Maryland where she earned a bachelor’s degree in radio, television, and film.

Ms. Peisach resides with her family in Owings Mills, Maryland.

Rachel Morrison Parsons

Rachel Morrison Parsons

NETA Liasion, Education PLC

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Rachel Morrison Parsons is well known and highly regarded throughout the public media education community. She has spent more than 14 years at PBS, beginning as a senior associate for PBS TeacherLine where she was responsible for expanding station participation. She later transitioned to the PBS Education team where she worked with senior leadership to successfully launch PBS LearningMedia and has continued to provide strategic guidance and support that has helped expand the LearningMedia audience to more than 1 million users each month.

Morrison Parsons has also played a pivotal role in the development of PBS Education’s strategy and implementation efforts, ensuring the voices, needs and realities of local stations inform priorities. Most recently, she has led station communications and support around strategic partnerships, professional development, digital media production and other emerging products that strengthen capacity of stations to adopt PBS educational products and services.

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