SOESD / Learning Matters / Newsletter Archive / April 2006 / Your Story: One Friday at a Time
Your Story: One Friday at a Time
|Learning Matters Snapshots|
Like the title of the Southern Oregon Education Service District newsletter says, “Learning Matters,” but getting the story of all the great educators and innovative programs offered locally out to the public is a big task. Using the SOESD's connection with each of the 13 school districts it serves, it was decided that the SOESD could and should find, produce and edit video stories that showcase the best in education in our region. We set about compiling ideas, interviews, and stories and producing a quality video product. The next step was to find a place for the public to see it. During the summer of 2004, the Southern Oregon Education Service District approached the local television stations with the goal of getting a regular weekly feature about education on the air. Like the Food, Gardening, Pet, Health, and Business features that stations run, why shouldn't there be one on Education? All three stations with nightly newscasts were very positive about the idea. We found KTVL's General Manager Kingsley Kelly and News Director Gordon Godfrey and the staff of Channel 10 News to be enthusiastic about a partnership. It was agreed that each week the SOESD would deliver a completed story to KTVL, where Channel 10 anchor/reporter Kimberly Tere cuts the voice tracks and introduces the segment live on the air. The “Learning Matters” news segment has aired for over a year and a half now and has told over 60 stories about education—stories that explain issues about education, stories that profile the exceptional people who work here in Southern Oregon, stories about the programs offered to students that help with Reading, Math and Science, and stories about what the kids are doing. You can watch “Learning Matters” every Friday night during the 6 pm Channel 10 Newscast.
The Stories We Have Told . . .
Early on in the process to get “Learning Matters” video stories on the air it was decided to focus on four areas. First, we wanted to tell how education worked, what were the issues and how were they being dealt with. To that end we have told how one district is dealing with chronic absenteeism, about opportunities for volunteers in the schools, how Federal Funding works, about the function of School Resource Officers, the Oregon Small Schools Initiative, Teachers Teaching Teachers, how districts make curriculum choices and efforts for Tobacco-Free Schools.
Our second focus was to be the teachers, educators and staff of the schools. We wanted the public to know about the people who help shape their children's education, from award-winning teachers, to those people who have dedicated a whole life to teaching, we wanted to shine the spotlight on educators and administrators who are advocates for creating the best educational system and those who remind us that what we do everyday is only about one thing—the kids.
The third focus of our stories is the programs that help kids succeed, like Southern Oregon Online School, Distance Learning, Rogue Community College's 2+2 Program, new ways to teach Kindergarten developed at Sam's Valley Elementary, about trips to ScienceWorks and the Bureau of Land Management's Nature Hikes, about Vocational Training, Professional and Technical programs, Lego Robotics, Project Based Learning, and the SOU Youth Programs.
Our final focus for stories is the children themselves. We wanted to break the string of images that show the vandals and dropouts. We wanted to show the vast majority of students and their involvement in Sparrow Clubs or as Student Tutors, their work in Community Service projects, and students who advocate exercise and nutrition. Over the last year and a half, we have told the story of students raising money for the Asian Tsunami relief and captured the fun of the first year in school with interviews with kindergarteners.
We knew when we started there was an endless supply of stories to be told and that has held true. In Southern Oregon, we have over 102 individual schools and each has several stories to tell. We hope to tell them all.
. . . Stories To Be Told
The SOESD is committed to telling the story of education here in Southern Oregon. We are always on the lookout for story ideas and leads. You can help with suggestions for topics that need to be addressed or teachers and educators who deserve recognition for doing outstanding work. We are looking for local programs that succeed with helping students learn and finally stories about great kids and kid organizations in the schools. You can send you ideas via email to email@example.com or by calling Perry Young or Lorraine Stoeckel at 776-8567.
Is It News To You?
If you have missed seeing the stories on KTVL or the station signal isn't clear in your area, each week we video stream the stories on our website at http://www.soesd.k12.or.us/. All the segments that aired last year and those aired so far this year can be seen and heard at the click of a button.
|Learning Matters snapshots|