NJTV, in partnership with NJEA and the New Jersey Department of Education, launched of a new series of on-air instruction called NJTV Learning Live on April 6. Hosted by New Jersey State Teacher of the Year Kimberly Dickstein Hughes, on-air classes are taught daily for grades three through six from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Nothing is better than face-to-face instruction given by a teacher in the classroom, but while we are all doing our part to flatten the curve, NJEA members are also looking for every opportunity to help students keep learning,” said NJEA President Marie Blistan. “These lessons will provide valuable enrichment and supplement what students are already getting from their own teachers. They will also showcase the amazing work that our educators continue to do every day, even in the middle of a pandemic.”
“At this most unique time in our state’s and our country’s history, public media is poised to help more than ever before,” said NJTV General Manager John Servidio. “NJTV Learning Live perfectly aligns with NJTV’s mission to serve our community, and only our unique broadcast reach, which reaches into all 21 counties of the state, makes this possible.”
“This is a great example of how New Jerseyans are coming together, from educators to broadcasters, to help improve student learning throughout the state,” said Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet. “This partnership demonstrates the kind of commitment and idealism we see throughout New Jersey’s school community.”
NJTV’s on-air classroom lessons will be livestreamed at njtvonline.org/live and archived on the network’s website, on the NJTV Learning Live program page at njtvonline.org/programs/njtv-learning-live. Dozens of teachers from across New Jersey have been recruited to help deliver and prepare content in multiple subject areas, including math, science, English language arts, social studies and physical education. The network is prepared to provide up to 10 weeks of remote learning programming.