Cincinnati Public Schools launches CPS TV to make learning accessible to all students

This just in: Cincinnati Public Schools launches CPS TV to make learning accessible to all students.

Cincinnati Public Schools announced this week that it would be launching CPS TV. The community access channel will feature recorded online lessons presented by CPS teachers, along with other educational programming from zoos, libraries and museums.

“We are very excited to offer this educational programming for our students and their families,” said Tianay Amat, deputy superintendent. [Many CPS students do not have access to the internet or a computer, but may have cable TV.] “CPS TV is another way for our students to continue learning while our schools are closed during the stay-at-home order to curb the spread of COVID-19.”

And CPS has been offering families tons of resources. This spring, as families stayed home and adjusted to the challenges of remote learning, Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) stepped up to remind families they were not alone. To keep students engaged in learning, CPS launched a comprehensive remote learning plan for its 37,000+ students, including digital lessons, hard-copy enrichment learning packets, resources for parents, tips for structuring the school day and more. CPS also offered tech assistance for students who did not have access to computers/tablets and/or internet at home, and amped up meal distribution, serving some 50,000 meals during the first week alone. Most importantly, the district worked tirelessly to keep morale high, offering fun initiatives such as “Virtual Spirit Week” and contests. CPS TV is another piece in the puzzle.

Daily programming will kick off at 7:30 am with story time for preschool-age children and continue throughout the day for elementary and high school students. Each day, programming will focus on a theme. Literacy is the theme on Mondays and Wednesdays while Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) will be the focus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fridays will be “Fun” Fridays, and showcase programming from other educational resources, such as museums, parks or libraries.

In addition to the lessons from CPS teachers, Campbell said grade-level programming from Great Minds, a curriculum provider, will also offer lessons, organized by grade level and taught by experienced teachers nationwide.

As each day begins with a story time for children, each day will conclude with a story time, but this one is for adults, Campbell said. At 2:30 pm, parents can tune-in and listen to the segment she is calling, “One Book, One City.”

CPS TV will also feature important announcements and messages from school officials to keep students and families informed during the school closure. Videos from the district’s YouTube channel, highlighting the strategic plan, magnet lottery and Vision 2020 schools, will also be broadcast throughout the day. The district hopes CPS TV can be a valuable resource now and in the future.

CPS TV is yet another way the school district is stepping up for the community. By empowering its teachers, students and school parents, COVID-19 is no match for #CPSUnited.

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