Teacher radio station

Imagine a station for the radio you can listen to on your way to school!

Photo of Erin Earnshaw
6 4

Written by

With so many resources and great teachers out there with ideas to share,  I have always wanted to find better ways to access the innovative ideas. I have followed blogs, returned to the teachingchannel.org,  teacherspayteachers.com,  and signed up for professional development a few days each year. While I learn a lot,  I find that I have to put in a lot of time my own time in order to find great resources that I hadn't thought of.   I have gotten really good at search terms!  

However,  wouldn't it be great if while I was commuting to school, I could tune in to a news station for teachers? It could be run by teachers,  follow all the great Twitter feeds and blogs, and have guest teachers sharing their ideas and favorite resources, and comedy hours to keep us sane.  

They could also have downloadable podcasts. I'm thinking a local NPR for educators, at the county or state level.  I could tune in on my way to school, or in the background during my prep. Fellow teachers could be listening to the same station, creating a community feel.  It could double as an outlet for students to put together their own stories or interviews, and gain a wider audience. 

6 comments

Join the conversation:

Comment
Photo of Moss Pike

Yes, this is a fantastic idea, Erin! I love its potential to give teachers a voice, while also keeping the medium familiar and simple. For those of us who battle traffic every day, it could be very worthwhile. I'm also interested in considering how we could scale the idea to include entire districts or other schools, with opportunities to interview a variety of educators, students, parents, etc.

Very excited to begin our ideation process today! What might we need to move forward with this idea? How might we get started building out a plan to get the station up and running? More than happy to help prototype the idea out!

Photo of Erin Earnshaw

Might be easier to start with a local podcast the showcases pd. It could start with interviewing local teachers to get them to listen. However, it would still be easier to just tune in to a show on my way to work.  Hmm. I don't know where to go next with this one. 

Photo of Dan Blake

This is a great idea--and one that's very doable. Our County Office of Education used to a show on a local Spanish-speaking radio station, and I often wondered why we didn't do something similar on an English-speaking station. I had forgotten about the idea until reading your post. I love some of the suggestions you've made regarding possible programming--especially the comedy hours!

Photo of Sarah Lundy

YES! I would love to hear this in action! A powerful pooling of resources & expertise that already exist.

Photo of John Faig

I love this idea. If you did the podcast idea, then we could crowdsource the content and teachers could filter it based on their own situation.

Photo of Chris Good

Pirate Radio for Teachers! Love it!