WQPT was named a Silver winner in the 34th Annual Telly Awards for the piece, "Achieve Quad Cities."
"With nearly 11,000 entries from 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor," said WQPT General Manager Mary Pruess. "As one of the smallest PBS stations in the United States, we are delighted that Lora Adams (WQPT Director of Marketing and Local Content) and Chris Ryder (WQPT Production staff) have brought this honor home."
"The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video," said Linda Day, executive director of the Telly Awards. "WQPT's accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production."
Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators and corporate video departments in the world. Less than 10 percent of entries are chosen as winners of the Silver Telly, the highest honor, while approximately 25 percent of entries are chosen as Bronze Telly winners.
Story Contest Winners Announced
We pleased to announce the 2013 PBS KIDS GO! Story Contest winners. WQPT has selected the 16 local winners for the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest. The stories of these kindergarten through third grade authors were picked by the judges for their originality, storyline and artwork. First place winners (in each grade) will go on to compete in the national contest. All 405 participants receive special certificates.
You're invited to view the stories at these locations:
Butterworth Center (Moline): Sunday, May 19 thru Thursday, May 30
Family Museum (Bettendorf): Monday, June 3 thru Sunday, June 16
Figge Art Museum (Davenport): Tuesday, June 18 thru Sunday, June 30
PBS Teacher Core Program
WQPT was one of 28 PBS stations from around the country that participated in the PBS Teacher Core program. Ana Kehoe, WQPT Director of Education & Outreach, and Esther Smith, former teacher and WQPT workshop presenter, traveled to Washington D.C. at the invitation of PBS Learning Media to attend a two day summit.
PBS LearningMedia is an online library of free resources that can greatly enhance a teacher's curriculum. It includes videos, interactives, audios, images, documents and in-depth lesson plans tied to common core and national standards, and it brings together 90+ distinguished contributors such as the National Archives, NASA, National Science Foundation and PBS and NPR.
PBS Teacher Core members will be ambassadors for the project, working with their local educators to build grassroots support and market this resource via word of mouth marketing, social media, local trainings and webinars. WQPT will visit schools and offer workshops in the coming year to show teachers how to integrate the user-friendly service in their classrooms. John Deere is supporting the effort.
"Initially I wasn't a big supporter of technology in the classroom, but it has an important place," said Esther Smith, "especially when a teacher can demonstrate something like a video of weather patterns or news events from history. It's easy to integrate into the curriculum, and engages the students much more effectively."
PBS LearningMedia Workshops
WQPT will be hosting two workshops on how to use PBS LearningMedia on June 6 and June 10 at the Rock Island Regional Office of Education, located at 3430 Avenue of the Cities, Moline. CPDU credit is available.
Public libraries in Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island have been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to present the program America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.
America's Music uses documentary films and text to engage the public in a study of some of America's most enduring popular music. The series consists of six sessions built around a different genre of American music. Sessions feature either a complete documentary film or excerpts from longer docs followed by scholar-led discussions.
Scheduled for this Spring, America's Music will consist of a six-week scholar-led viewing and discussion program. Funding made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. WQPT is a local sponsor of America's Music.
WQPT and the Moline Foundation teamed to bring citizens and community leaders together to discuss plans to enhance the Moline riverfront along the Mississippi River. The project included community forums and video diaries from area college students and young professionals talking about what they want to see as part of future development plans.
The feedback from the community will be shared with city planners, developers and consultants so ideas may be considered and incorporated in future plans. Attendees who have requested additional information about this project will be kept informed via e-mail as allowed. Participants are encouraged to continue advocating for their favorite ideas through continued involvement in the process as well as by reaching out to the elected officials who represent them.
Moline resident Sean Turnipseed produced the winning project idea for River Vision 2020. He received a $500 educational stipend from The Moline Foundation to assist with his studies. Sean is majoring in Elementary Education at Western Illinois University–Quad Cities.
In February and March, WQPT aired several anti-bullying programs, held community conversations and hosted a televised discussion with guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Caudle. WQPT is also pleased to offer a Cyber Savvy, Cyber Safe interactive survey that is a learning tool for children and parents.
About the initiative: Led by WQPT Quad Cites PBS, Connecting Anti-Bullying Resources and Education (CARE QC) is a community collaboration of area non-profits addressing bullying in our communities. Learn more about our Stop Bullying initiative.
Bullying is one of the top factors in a students decision to drop out of school. The initiative was designed to help the community rally around this important issue and encourage the sharing of resources and best practices. Download the Cyber Savvy, Cyber Safe survey and learn more at wqpt.org/stopbullying.
The outstanding value of a WQPT MemberCard provides 2-for-1 dinning experiences locally and across the country. Plus discounts at attractions. Typically within its first two uses, the card will pay for itself.