Public Media Powers
Education in Illinois!

Illinois Education Collaborative delivers services and technical support to help
diverse learners envision and grow toward healthy and sustainable futures. We offer:

  • Partnerships with educational and
    non-profit agencies
  • Professional development
  • Research-driven results
  • Broadcast opportunities
Partnerships with Educational/Non-profit Agencies
  • Dedicated team of education and community engagement staff to coordinate on behalf of Illinois public media stations
  • PBS KIDS costume characters, books, mobile games, popular activities, and pro-social media for events throughout the state
  • Interdisciplinary support for grant proposals and award implementations
  • Strong relationships with Head Start, Women With Infants and Children, Child Care Resource and Referral, Regional Offices of Education and school districts, Boys and Girls Clubs, Migrant Council, public libraries, and other

Professional Development
  • Academic and continuing professional development credit for in-person and distance learning using public media content
  • Assistant in hosting learning events, supporting parent-teacher groups, developing standard-based lesson plans, presenting at school board meetings and educator conferences
Research-driven Results
  • Outstanding local engagement services that build upon and integrate knowledge gained through empirical studies and evaluations
  • Scientifically proven social marketing and communication techniques
  • Cost effective systems for reaching out and responding to community needs

Broadcast Opportunities
  • On air television and radio public service campaigns to deliver key messages from partner agencies to mass audiences 
  • Sustained positioning by rotating fresh promotional spots on an ongoing basis
  • Nationally and locally produced educational content to promote healthy living, media literacy, cultural diversity, and civic engagement


Illinois PBS LearningMedia
Your Illinois Education Collaborative stations provide free access to America’s #1 educational media brand, including thousands of innovative, standards-aligned digital resources, compelling student experiences, and professional development opportunities.

Illinois-specific digital learning assets include:

P.S. Illinois: The Paul Simon Collection
A set of multimedia social studies resources honoring the life and legacy of the late Paul Simon. The collection is designed to complement United States and Illinois Government, World and American History, Current Events, Journalism, Geography and General Social Studies courses in high schools and middle schools. The collection features clips from WSIU’s television documentary, P.S. Illinois: The Paul Simon Story, and excerpts from The Essential Paul Simon: Timeless Lessons for Today’s Politics by John S. Jackson.

Letters Home To Hero Street
The 25-minute film produced by WQPT and Fourth Wall Films highlights the life of Mexican-American soldier Frank Sandoval. The film outlines the story of the World War II veteran through the letters he sent home to his family in Silvis, IL. A companion video guide and lesson about the importance of letters to soldiers at war are also available.


Ready To Learn
Innovative educational media program for teachers, families, and children across the country – including Illinois. PBS KIDS Ready To Learn’s math, science, socio-emotional, and literacy-based educational materials provide families with effective content to prepare kids for success in school and in life.

PBS TeacherLine
An accredited, graduate-level professional development program for school groups and teachers. PBS TeacherLine includes online courses in Reading, Language Arts, Science, Mathematics and Instructional Strategies. Use our promotional code to obtain a 10 percent discount on course enrollment or contact us to discuss group-purchasing agreements.



PBS Digital Innovators

PBS is pleased to present the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators! This impressive group of educators from across the country will receive one year of free professional development from PBS. This yearlong professional development program will foster and grow a community of tech-savvy educators that will serve as ambassadors for integrating best practices in digital learning in classrooms across the country. Learn more.