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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

Susie Beltran Grimm

Susie Beltran Grimm

Chair Education PLC, Director of Early Learning at PBS SoCal

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Susie Grimm serves the Director of Early Learning at PBS SoCal. In her role, Susie executes the organization’s early learning vision through intentional partnerships, content, and program creation. She has helped address the needs of communities with engaging educational content and enhanced the agency’s awareness and service knowledge while building, sustaining, and expanding mutually beneficial relationships between PBS SoCal and the Southern California community. Susie also connects PBS KIDS programs and educational learning activities to families, educators, and kids throughout Southern California, ensuring high-quality programs and best practices in early childhood education throughout the agency. Susie has also experience designing family engagement curricula and digital content. Susie previously managed the Parent Institute for Quality Education parent engagement education programs in Orange County. Susana has a Bachelor’s degree in Asian American Studies and a minor in Applied Psychology in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. She is pursuing a Doctor of Education in Learning Technologies with a focus on STEM Family Engagement at Pepperdine University.

 

 

Susie Beltran Grimm

Nikki Vrandenburg

Vice Chair Education PLC, Director of Eduation at Montana PBS

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Nikki Vradenburg is from Bozeman, Montana and joined MontanaPBS in 2017 to implement the Teacher Community Program grant--an initiative to support teachers in rural Montana schools and build capacity in the Education work of rural PBS stations. Nikki brings 16 years of K-5 classroom teaching experience to her role as Director of Education at MontanaPBS in which she serves K-12 educators in Montana. Nikki is proud to provide professional development for rural Montana teachers interested in technology integration and media literacy. She also leads the production of digital learning resources contributed to PBS LearningMedia by MontanaPBS and is overseeing the station’s efforts to support early childhood educators and the families of preschool children in Montana. Nikki is a National Board Certified teacher with a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and is honored to have been a finalist for Montana Teacher of the Year in 2017. Nikki holds many digital certifications including ISTE Certification, Google Level 1, Seesaw Ambassador and Microsoft Innovative Educator. She is in the process of earning an Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction researching program evaluation, and media literacy education for K-12 educators.

Nikki is honored to be part of the NETA Education PLC where she collaborates with other PBS stations and NETA to build and strengthen education work across the system. Nikki is passionate about professional learning and welcomes the opportunity to participate and support the growth of her peers in public media. Nikki truly believes that we are better together!

 

 

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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