#WeStillTeach TV returns on September 19, connecting Chicago’s dynamic teaching force with families learning together at home.
CHICAGO, September 10, 2020—The Chicago Teachers Union continues its partnership with Fox32/My50 to broadcast teacher-led educational programming on television, as part of the union’s effort to bridge the digital divide during remote learning.
Six months after Chicago schools were forced to close due to COVID-19, thousands of CPS students still lack adequate electronic devices and/or broadband internet access. This programming offers every student access to content that educates, inspires and motivates learning during school closures. We Still Teach will premiere its second season Saturday, September 19, at 11 a.m., on Fox32/My50 and will run weekly through November 21.
Families learning at home together can tune in Saturdays at 11 a.m. for an hour of educational content for students of all ages from CTU educators, as well as entertainment made possible through the generosity of community partnerships with the Chicago Teachers Union.
“We’re very excited to bring this programming back to Chicago students,” said FOX 32 and My50 TV Senior Vice President and General Manager Dennis Welsh. “All of us at FOX 32 and My50 TV want to thank the Chicago Teachers Union for partnering with us to continue to provide this innovative resource to the community.”
In addition to the core academic and social justice programming from Season 1, the executive producers from We Still Teach felt the need to tailor the programming to ensure that parents and caregivers were supported as they navigate remote learning alongside students.
“Our amazing educators are dedicated to doing whatever they can to meet the needs of their students, especially those who have been cut off from remote learning,” CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates. “Educators are parents too, and they’re juggling their own classrooms and parenting responsibilities. Continuing this show is our commitment to the city and its students and families. We are proud to serve as an example of what can and should be done in the face of crisis, and we hope that this effort raises awareness about the glaring infrastructure inequalities in our education system.”
The CTU’s efforts are being stewarded by Executive Producers Kat O’Brien and Tamika J. Spaulding, who launched the first run of We Still Teach with Emmy Award-winning journalist and fellow Executive Producer Melinda Spaulding, the pioneer of Fox-affiliated educational efforts last spring in Houston and D.C. Together, the team brings together decades of film, TV, and media experience to elevate the movement for educational justice and equitable access to learning.
As an educator, a parent rep for the LSC at LaSalle Language Academy, and the wife of a CPS teacher, O’Brien has unique insight into the issues parents and caretakers are facing: “We know that remote learning this fall is the safest option for our schools, but it’s also going to be extraordinarily challenging for everyone: students, teachers, and their families trying to learn together at home. Connected families can access online training for support — but how are we going to support families that don’t have that online connection? That’s where We Still Teach becomes critically relevant.”
“It’s our responsibility to make the inequitable simply unacceptable,” said Executive Producer Tamika J. Spaulding. “And with the incredible efforts of Chicago’s teachers, Fox 32/My50 and our community of artists and supporters, we have been able to step in, step up, and provide an educational lifeline to the students and families who need it the most.”
- 11 AM Saturdays K-12
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