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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).



  • 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

Course is offered by NETA

PLC Facilitators

Susie Beltran Grimm

Nikki Vrandenburg

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!



Laura Evans

Laura Evans

Director of Education, GPB Vice Chair, NETA Education PLC Executive Committee

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Laura Evans joined Georgia Public Broadcasting in 2015 and serves as the station’s director of education. She leads the GPB education team in the creation, curation, and distribution of educational resources across Georgia and to educators around the nation via PBS LearningMedia. GPB’s education team provides training and outreach to thousands of educators, kids, and families each year, and they develop innovative learning resources, including educational games, virtual field trips, video series, and XR experiences. As a former classroom teacher of 11 years, Laura understands the daily challenges educators and families face in wanting to ensure their children are learning and thriving. Through networking and collaboration with other members of the public media education community, she has been able to grow and enhance GPB’s education division and services over the last seven years to better support the learning ecosystem of families, educators and students.

Laura welcomes the opportunity to strengthen the relationships with other education leaders as co-chair of the Education PLC Executive Committee. She is honored to share the experience and expertise she has gained in her role at GPB. She believes we are stronger as a system when we learn from and share with each other. Laura continues to be inspired by her public media education colleagues and uses that inspiration to guide and focus the work she does at GPB.


Rachel Morrison Parsons

Rachel Morrison Parsons

NETA Liasion, Education PLC

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Rachel Morrison Parsons is the Senior Director of Education Strategy at NETA where she supports public media stations and national partners in the advancement of education and content initiatives across the country. In this role, Morrison Parsons has implemented new services to develop and distribute digital educational media with independent producers as well as new strategies to advance the NETA Peer Learning Communities, professional development webinars, and breakout sessions at the annual conference. She also initiated an education metrics working group and supports NETA’s marketing and communication efforts.

Prior to joining NETA, Morrison Parsons spent almost 15 years at PBS helping stations strengthen and advance their education services by leveraging national products and initiatives, including PBS LearningMedia, PBS TeacherLine, and the PBS Digital Innovators program. She played a pivotal role in advocating station needs to senior leadership and managing station communication and training. Prior to joining PBS, Morrison Parsons served in strategic partnership roles for the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Services and as an advisor in the Liberal Arts Program at the University of Central Florida. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida.

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