We’re excited to welcome teachers, artists and community creators to join the Chicago Teachers Union and Fox32/My50 (our beloved local affiliate, not Fox News) in launching innovative programming that provides broadcast video lessons to students across the city during the current crisis. Tune in yourself and tell your students they can watch:
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Channels 32 and 50
Many children have limited to no access to internet or enabled-devices, so this programming will serve as a lifeline, connecting your homes to their homes through educational entertainment.
As you begin to think of ideas for content to submit, please review the following guidelines and technical tips that will help you create material that is appropriate for broadcast.
Ideas for Content:
- Characters, Puppets
- Arts and Crafts
- Comedy Bits/PSAs – Drink (x) cups of water a day, remember to say Please and Thank You, wash your hands, do your chores, etc.
- Word of the Day, Fun Facts, Silly Challenges, Get out the wiggles
- Original songs and dance moves (we can not include music that you don’t own the rights to)
*Content not created in the scope of your employment for CPS*
Teachers of all disciplines and age groups are invited to submit 5-10 minutes of content suited to K-3, 4-8 or K-12 all ages, ideally programmable broadly related to a specific core or special academic subject. This is an opportunity to think of fun, creative and visual ways to engage children who may have limited access to online tools. Art projects, science experiments, fun facts and daily challenges are all welcome. Consider lessons that may allow students to examine or interact with objects in their homes. A focus on diverse, inclusive and equitable content that is reflective of our community is highly encouraged.
Please see our Quick Tip guide for information on how to best create video from home. Here’s the form to submit your content, and don’t forget to sign the participation agreement that will pop up after you submit the form.
For Community Creators
We welcome content from the community that is fun, entertaining, educational and diverse. Ideal run time is 1-2 minutes though, depending on the content and subject matter, we may be able to divide longer pieces into segments. Please note that your content may be edited to fit into available slots. Also, the show will have programming grouped into K-3, 4-8 and K-12 all ages, so consider that when creating. Also, be mindful of language beyond swearing. Make sure you scrub your content for words or comments (spoken or visible in your video) that would be inappropriate for children.
Share the CTU’s promo for #WeStillTeach TV
We’ve produced a 30-second spot that will air to promote the show and the CTU’s role in it. Take a look for yourself, and then share it around to your friends on social media!
Important Details for Content Contributors
For your video to be considered for broadcast, it must be completely free of all branding, logos, promotions, etc. Any and all branding will need to be hidden or covered and creators should be careful not to use any brand names when describing items. For example, say “phone” or “smartphone” instead of “iPhone”. Please be sure to check your surroundings, including what’s in your background, to remove any items that may be problematic.
Stories read aloud are a welcome addition to the programming line up. If you plan to read a story, please introduce books by author and title. In addition, If you are referencing any specific materials during lessons, please use the same guidelines and provide appropriate attribution.
In observance of broadcast standards, you are not permitted to use any music, background or otherwise, that you don’t own the rights to, which would include singing/playing instruments.
We are very excited to include programming that is reflective of our community. Whenever possible, teacher and community content should be diverse, inclusive and equitable in nature. Contributors are encouraged to think of creative ways to ensure that the children who are watching the show see themselves and other cultures represented in the content, curriculum and cast, when possible.
Social Media & Promotion
We encourage everyone to build excitement for this initiative on social media through the hashtag #WeStillTeach TV (space between #WeStillTeach and TV). In light of the audience for this content, please be wary of language in your posts. Content chosen for broadcast may be reused several times during the show run. With that in mind, creators should refrain from posting/reposting their content online until after the 6 week broadcast window has passed. If your content was aired, you may use the statement “This video was a part of the Chicago Teachers Union’s #WeStillTeach TV broadcast initiative, which aired on Fox32/My50” with the date on posts after the broadcast window has closed.
This Quick Tip guide summarizes what’s above and includes tips for how to record high-quality video and audio using your smartphone in your own home.