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Educators Invited to Connect with Award-Winning Television Series

Teachers, school counselors, education administrators and homeschooling parents interested in incorporating practical experiences and career exploration into lesson planning are invited to take part in a free workshop – “Working Class: Connecting Classrooms & Careers” – on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 9-11 a.m. at WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston.

Developers of the workshop say giving students the opportunity to connect their academic studies with real-world activities in a variety of career fields can encourage curiosity and increase the desire to learn more about the subject matter.

Workshop participants will learn how free resources – including the Telly Award-winning “Working Class” public television series, a partnership of Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media – can encourage academic studies while introducing 21st-century career opportunities to elementary, middle and high school students.

Leading the conference will be WVIA’s director of education, Andrea O’Neill; Penn College’s Elaine J. Lambert, special assistant to the president for creative development and public relations; and Christopher J. Leigh, video production coordinator at the college. Lambert and Leigh created the “Working Class” series.

O’Neill will present an overview of the WVIA Enhanced Scholar Program, available to regional school districts and PBS Learning Media, which includes numerous PBS educational video streams and resources.

Lambert and Leigh will present video clips and online resources related to the “Working Class” series, which promotes career awareness and the importance of math, science, reading and writing activities.

The workshop will be beneficial for educators conducting both academic and career/technical classes.

More details are available online. Pre-registration is required by email to O’Neill or Lambert no later than Nov. 7.

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