Children in kindergarten to third grade, along with their families and caregivers, have access to remote literacy learning through Colorado Classroom — Read with Me at Home.
The direct-to-home learning initiative, which began May 18, is a partnership among Gov. Jared Polis, the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Education Initiative and Rocky Mountain Public Media.
“I am thrilled to announce this partnership with Rocky Mountain Public Media to provide high-quality, standards-aligned literacy instruction for K-3 learners across Colorado,” Polis said in a news release. “This programming will be available to families across Colorado to help close the digital divide and prevent learning loss during this critical time for children. I want to thank all of our partners, as well as the incredible, creative teachers that have helped make this a reality for Colorado children and families.”
The learning initiative will be broadcast in English with Spanish subtitles and is available for free because of support from Gary Community Investments, the release said. It will be shown on Rocky Mountain PBS stations in Denver (KRMA), Pueblo/Colorado Springs (KTSC), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ), Grand Junction (KRMJ) and Durango (KRMU).
During the COVID-19 school closures across Colorado, this remote learning initiative will provide continued early literacy development and provide K-3 learners with access to free educational reading resources at home on television and online, regardless of their ability to access broadband internet services, the release said.
“Colorado Classroom — Read with Me at Home” will connect teachers with students in their homes from 8-10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Customized lessons on Tuesday and Thursday will leverage expert teachers to support students with language development needs.
The Colorado Education Association has provided the funding for stipends for the expert teachers. Viewers can watch or record the lessons, as they will be rebroadcast overnight to allow for DVR recording. Accompanying lesson plans and work packets will be posted on the Rocky Mountain PBS website for parents and caregivers to use, adapt, and build upon.
Access to the lesson plans and student work packets available at rmpbs.org/ColoradoClassroom or by calling 800-274-6666.
“Particularly for the 15 percent to 20 percent of children who live in rural areas without access to high-speed internet, RMPBS offers a way to ensure every child has a place to continue learning in the framework of Colorado’s curriculum outside of the classroom,” Amanda Mountain, president & CEO of Rocky Mountain Public Media, said in the release. “Partnering with the State of Colorado Governor’s Office, the CDE and Colorado Education Initiative is such an important collaboration to ensure we can reach all Colorado families with this important early literacy development initiative.”
PBS Kids programming will continue to be available all day on the 24/7 PBS Kids subchannel or on the free PBS Kids Video or Games apps. For information about how to access channels based on location, visit http://www.rmpbs.org/channels.
Lesson plans and student work packets can be found at www.rmpbs.org/ColoradoClassroom. Other guidance documents and resources developed specifically for district and school leaders are available at https://www.cde.state.co.us/safeschools.
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