The Tennessee Department of Education announced Monday a second phase of its partnership with statewide PBS stations to help ensure children continue to have access to educational content during the summer, according to a news release.
Starting June 1, all six Tennessee PBS stations — WNPT Nashville, East Tennessee PBS, WCTE Upper Cumberland, WKNO Memphis, West TN PBS and Chattanooga WTCI — will offer educational programming for grades K-3, weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST through June and July.
"We are incredibly grateful for this PBS partnership, which has made it possible to provide more students with access to educational content," Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said in a statement. "We have seen an overwhelming response to the Teaching Tennessee Learning Series, created by Tennessee teachers in Tennessee classrooms, so we are excited about the opportunity to continue the partnership and keep students engaged, learning and growing all summer long."
The PBS effort began in April, in response to statewide school closures due to COVID-19, and Tennessee teachers and districts created "Tennessee Teaching," an at-home learning series consisting of more than 300 virtual classroom lessons.