KQED Supports Students Learning At Home with Free Online Resources and a New Television Schedule of Educational Programming.

As many schools and districts in the Bay Area and across California suspend classes to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the San Francisco-based PBS and NPR member station KQED announced an ambitious plan to support at-home learning for students by delivering a new weekday television schedule of educational programs aligned to state standards and by creating a suite of free digital learning resources accessible from home.

“These school closures bring unique challenges for teachers, parents and caregivers in how to keep teenagers and kids engaged and learning,” says KQED President and CEO Michael Isip. “As a community-based public media station and as a hub for digital learning resources, KQED can play a critical role in helping create a learning environment with trusted and quality resources outside of the classroom and at home.”

KQED will dedicate the daytime weekday schedule on KQED Plus to California state standards-aligned educational programming provided by PBS SoCal and the Los Angeles Unified School District. The new 6am to 6pm schedule includes specific blocks of time for pre-K through 12th grade levels and covers subjects, including English language arts, social studies, science and math.

“Teachers across California are concerned for their students who will not have easy access to online learning at home," says Robin Mencher, KQED’s Executive Director of Education. “The new daily TV programming will help bridge the digital divide for these students and provide equitable access to learning for all students.”

As part of this unprecedented collaboration with PBS SoCal / KCET, KQED has developed corresponding free digital content for at-home learning and support for teachers navigating this new learning landscape. Aligned to the same California content standards and topic areas as the broadcast service, KQED is creating and sharing the following free resources for teachers here:


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  • Educational TV schedule: KQED Plus is broadcasting standards-aligned programs like Nova, SciGirls, History Detectives, American Masters, Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed The World, and Africa’s Great Civilizations weekdays from 6am through 6pm. Daily schedule here.
  • Digital Media Collections: KQED is providing resource collections in PBS LearningMedia California that correspond with our TV broadcast schedule.  Collections include curated media and lessons, sorted by grade level and subject area.
  • Support for Teachers: KQED has begun offering live webinars for teachers on how to start using these learning platforms. PBS LearningMedia webinars are offered twice-daily and KQED Learn webinars are offered twice-weekly.
  • Curated Tips and Tools for Teachers: KQED is publishing a series of blog posts for teachers that point to articles and resources created and/or vetted by KQED, other public media organizations and other trusted education partners, including 3 Ways to Turn Your Classroom Remote in a Hurry and Misinformation, Data Literacy and the Novel Coronavirus.

For more about KQED’s learning resources for students, parents, caregivers and teachers, please visit kqed.org/education/athomelearning

Educators at San Francisco Bay Area schools and districts can contact KQED’s education staff directly at education@kqed.org with at home learning support questions and requests. 

About KQED
KQED is a San Francisco-based nonprofit, public media station and PBS and NPR affiliate. KQED serves educators and students nationwide by providing free,  high-quality resources that strengthen media literacy skills, empower youth voice and encourage civil discourse. As a nonprofit and a leader in media innovation, KQED provides standards-aligned classroom content and professional development courses that educators can trust. The KQED education team is comprised of educators and experienced media professionals with a passion for equity and access in education.  kqed.org/education