Carmen Jenkins recognized for her game-changing integration of digital media in the classroom; Carmen will partner with WHUT to build learning outcomes in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Today, WHUT announced Carmen Jenkins from School Without Walls, Francis-Stevens, as one of 52 educators from across the country selected for the fifth annual PBS Digital Innovators Program. The program recognizes classroom change makers: 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.
Carmen’s passion for teaching and learning is fueled by her desire to provide the best arts education possible for her students and their families. She teaches students how to use digital media as a tool to address social justice issues, environmental concerns, and to communicate ideas effectively. Carmen didn’t start her career journey looking to become a teacher. She began as a graphic artist but after finishing her degree, she says, she quickly realized her passion for academia and redirected her career goals toward education.
Carmen is fully integrated into her local community, participating in the “Teach it Forward” program with the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
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.
In partnership with WHUT, Carmen will serve as education partner–deepening the connection between the educator community and WHUT. 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.
The full list of the 2017 PBS Digital Innovators, their profiles and photographs can be found here.
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 can access this content at www.pbslearningmedia.org.