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Teacher from Walnut to Represent PBS SoCaL in National PBS Summit

            COSTA MESA, CA (June 19, 2014) PBS SoCaL, PBS for Greater Los Angeles, celebrates Alice Chen from Suzanne Middle School in Walnut, California as one of the 100 educators selected from across the country for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators for their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom.

            An English teacher and Technology Coach, Ms. Chen will represent PBS SoCaL as an ambassador for integrating best practices in digital learning in classrooms across the country. In 2012, she was recognized as the Teacher of the Year by her school. Having previously taught high school, she has also been a two-time recipient of UCSD’s Outstanding High School Teacher Award. Chen’s students used the PBS LearningMedia resource “Global Learning and Diplomacy Collection” during their Global Awareness Speech Unit when they researched, wrote, and delivered a TED-style talk about pressing global issues in today’s world.

            Chen, along with the top 16 applicants, will serve as leads of the program and will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in a two-day digital education summit where participants will engage in hands-on learning, collaborate with peers and hear from digital technology thought leaders. The 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will also receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources, and invitations to special events.

            “PBS SoCaL is proud to recognize Alice for her dedication to truly changing the way students learn through technology and digital media,” said Jamie Myers, PBS SoCaL VP of Education. “We are honored to provide educators, like Alice, with resources that will further enhance their skills that they can share with other educators in the greater Los Angeles community.”

            Local educators who have also been named in the top 100 innovators include Diana Albanez from 24th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, Kristina Cotran from Hollencrest Middle School in West Covina, and Brenda Young from John R. Wooden High School in Reseda. The full list of the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available at

            PBS LearningMedia received hundreds of applications from leading teachers throughout the U.S. and its territories. An esteemed group of judges selected the top 100 educators based on submissions of videos and written essays that addressed how they are leading innovation in digital teaching in their classrooms and schools.

About PBS SoCaL

            PBS SoCaL is PBS for Greater Los Angeles and is dedicated to educating, entertaining and enlightening viewers throughout Southern California.  With its three unique broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL HD, PBS SoCaL Plus and PBS SoCaL World, PBS SoCaL provides award-winning programs like Frontline, NewsHour, NOVA, Nature and Masterpiece, as well as local productions including SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff and LAaRT.  Through community outreach initiatives including PBS SoCaL Education, PBS SoCaL provides local schools access to new media materials that engage students in 21st century learning.  Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at

About PBS LearningMedia
            As America’s largest classroom, teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, is a free 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 1.4 million teachers have registered access to more than 35,000 digital resources available through PBS LearningMedia. More information about PBS LearningMedia is available at or by following PBS LearningMedia on Twitter and Facebook.

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