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WAUWATOSA TEACHER NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED BY PBS LEARNINGMEDIA

April 17, 2014


Mr. Chris Lazarski, a teacher at Wauwatosa West High School, has been named a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator by PBS LearningMedia, an on-demand digital media service from PBS offering over 35,000 digital resources for educators. This week, PBS LearningMedia and Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) announced 100 educators selected for the program, which rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators from across the country that incorporate digital media into their classrooms to promote student engagement and achievement through hands-on and virtual development opportunities.

Mr. Lazarski teaches 10th grade Global Studies, and 11th grade American Public Policy and Journalism at Wauwatosa West High School. He also serves as an advisor for the extra-curricular student print, web and video journalism programs, helps develop curriculum for the weekly homeroom program, and is part of a small team which runs the 9th grade transitions "Link Crew" program. Also, Lazarski recently spent two weeks in Oujda, Morocco as a "Teachers for Global Classrooms" fellow, which is a year-long program sponsored by the U.S. State Department.

"I am looking forward to participating in PBS LearningMedia's year-long professional development program," said Lazarski. "I am excited to learn new ways to adapt and use instructional technology from my fellow Digital Innovators as well as integrating more of the excellent resources available from PBS LearningMedia and Wisconsin Media Lab. Of course, I am even more excited to bring these new ideas to the students in my classroom to spark their learning and to share them with my outstanding and passionate colleagues in the Wauwatosa School District."

Mr. Lazarski's favorite resource from PBS LearningMedia is the inspiring overview of Civil Rights activist Diane Nash, which he accessed from the Wisconsin Media Lab's website at WIMediaLab.org. The Wisconsin Media Lab is the online educational partner of PBS and MPTV, and Wisconsin educators can access PBS LearningMedia's digital content via its website. Wisconsin Media Lab curates cost-free, kindergarten through 12th grade, multimedia educational content, and its classroom resources align to academic standards and span all curricular areas.

"MPTV is thrilled that a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator has been named right here in MPTV's viewing area," said Ellis Bromberg, General Manager of MPTV. "We are proud to be able to partner with PBS LearningMedia and provide exceptional educators like Mr. Lazarski with one-of-a-kind resources, tools and trainings that support them in their efforts to transform the way their students learn through technology and digital media."

The 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources, and invitations to special events. PBS LearningMedia received hundreds of applications from leading teachers throughout the U.S. and its territories. An esteemed group of judges selected the 100 educators based on submissions of videos and written essays that addressed how they are leading innovation in digital teaching in their classrooms and schools. For more information on PBS LearningMedia, visit www.pbslearningmedia.org.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two high-definition television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The stations are watched by over 644,300 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. For more information, visit www.mptv.org.

About Wisconsin Media Lab
Wisconsin Media Lab, a division of the Educational Communications Board, collaborates with educators throughout the state to curate cost-free classroom content. The multimedia resources available at WIMediaLab.org connect to Wisconsin's academic standards and are vetted by practicing teachers. Wisconsin Media Lab's mission is to provide Wisconsin educators with high-quality multimedia resources that engage students, inspire creativity, cultivate critical thinking, explain difficult content and improve student achievement.

About PBS LearningMedia
As America's largest classroom, teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, is a free media-on-demand service offering educators access to the best of public media and delivers research-based, classroom-ready digital learning experiences to engage students in exploring curriculum concepts that align with National and Common Core State Standards. Nationwide, more than 1.4 million teachers have registered access to more than 35,000 digital resources available through PBS LearningMedia. More information about PBS LearningMedia is available at www.pbslearningmedia.org or by following PBS LearningMedia on Twitter and Facebook.

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