District Twelve member selected as PBS Digital Innovator

Bretta Loeffler, PBS Digital InnovatorRocky Mountain PBS announced Bretta Loeffler, a first-grade teacher at Hulstrom K-8 in the Adams 12 Five Star Schools district, as one of 52 educators from across the country selected for the fifth annual PBS Digital Innovators Program. The program recognizes classroom changemakers: educators who skillfully approach education with a bold and fresh perspective, and who integrate digital media and resources into their classrooms in a way that sparks a love of learning for their students.

Loeffler embraces the fast-paced nature of education in today’s digital age, calling it “thrilling and . . . fun.”  Loeffler infuses technology into all aspects of her first-grade classroom, and her technology tools include PBS LearningMedia and PBS KIDS ScratchJr.

“PBS LearningMedia is great for kids because it helps them take the first step toward being safe and conscientious digital citizens,” says Loeffler.

Among other teachers selected were educators who are using 3D printers with their students to create prosthetic limbs; a technology coach whose classroom is a “STEM Bus” and co-teachers who use technology to bring their students together in one class, even though they’re in physical classrooms that are miles apart. A panel of esteemed judges selected the 52 PBS Digital Innovators from across the US, representing each of the 50 states, and the District of Columbia.

PBS Digital Innovators also participate in ongoing professional development; share their ideas on PBS platforms; have access to exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia; receive a free PBS Teacherline professional development course; and are invited to special events, including the 2017 PBS Digital Summit. This year’s summit, in San Antonio, Texas, takes place directly before the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference.

“Rocky Mountain PBS is thrilled to recognize a teacher from Adams 12 Five Star Schools for her work in leveraging the power of digital media in the classroom,” says RMPBS Education Outreach Specialist Kathleen Bottagaro. “Loeffler is a model educator as RMPBS seeks to expand our statewide educational resources, deepen our connections with the educator community, and reinforce the tremendous power and potential of Rocky Mountain PBS and LearningMedia as Colorado educators’ go-to, reliable source for building learning outcomes and empowering students.”

More than 100,000 digital resources, including lesson plans, worksheets, video content, and more, are available through PBS LearningMedia for pre-K-12 classrooms. Teachers across Colorado can access PBS LearningMedia content locally at https://rmpbs.pbslearningmedia.org/. Currently, there are more than 18,000 teachers across Colorado registered to use PBS LearningMedia in their classrooms. The full list of the 2017 PBS Digital Innovators, their profiles and photographs can be found here.

About Rocky Mountain Public Media:

Rocky Mountain Public Media, Inc. is the parent company of Rocky Mountain PBS (KRMA, KTSC, KRMJ, KRMU, KRMZ), Rocky Mountain PBS News, and KUVO Jazz. Rocky Mountain PBS’ mission is to enrich the lives of Coloradans through engaging and essential programs, services and community partnerships that inform, enlighten and entertain. The network began in Denver in 1956 as Colorado's first public television station. It is now Colorado's only statewide television network, with stations in Denver (KRMA), Pueblo/Colorado Springs (KTSC), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ), Grand Junction (KRMJ) and Durango (KRMU).

About PBS LearningMedia:

As America’s largest classroom, PBS offers digital content and services for teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, is a free and paid media-on-demand service offering educators access to the best of public media and delivers research-based, classroom-ready digital learning experiences to engage students in exploring curriculum concepts that align with National and Common Core State Standards. Nationwide, more than 1.8 million teachers and users have registered access to more than 100,000 digital resources available through PBS LearningMedia. More information about PBS LearningMedia is available at www.pbslearningmedia.org or by following PBS LearningMedia on Twitter and Facebook.