There’s a new way for students and their family members to go on adventures across the Sunflower state. A group of educators, including Kristoffer Barikmo, a Shawnee Mission East instructional coach, is producing a show called “Learning Across Kansas.”
The shows are produced for elementary, middle, and high school students and feature educational content provided by Kansas teachers. Click here to view episodes online or click here for a schedule of television broadcasts.
Barikmo contributed to a recent episode entitled “The Power of One.” His segment highlights the Lowell Milken Center in Fort Scott and the stories of Irena Sendler and Kendall Reinhardt, individuals who are credited as unsung heroes. An upcoming episode called “Agriculture Across Kansas” will highlight the histories of Dunlap and Nicodemus, Kansas and African Americans who migrated to Kansas.
The program is a testament to the state’s educational leadership, Barikmo said. Each episode production team is led by a former Kansas Teachers of the Year.
“It is a team effort and one of the most rewarding things I have ever been a part of in my career,” Barikmo said. “These episodes are great for all families and show our state’s educators deep commitment to ensuring that learning is happening during this time for all families.”
The show is produced through an alliance between the Kansas State Department of Education, the Continuous Learning Task Force and the Kansas Public Broadcasting Service, including KPTS in Wichita; KTWU in Topeka; KCPT in Kansas City; and Smoky Hills PBS in Bunker Hill.