2020 PBS Digital Innovator All-Star year in review

As announced last year, Warren Wise, a science teacher at Kelly Mill Middle School, Richland School District Two, was selected as one of 18 national educators to participate in the PBS Digital Innovator All-Star Program.

As an All-Star, Wise spent the 2020-2021 school year working to increase engagement among students, families, educators, schools and SCETV. A primary accomplishment in the program was helping create one of the recent PBS Teacher Planning Kits for New School Routines.

Another highlight was conducting a science experiment for the PBS KIDS series Hero Elementary!  

The PBS Teacher Planning Kits were developed to offer resources that teachers can use in their classrooms and to better engage students who have limited or no access to the internet, no matter their new school routine. In the fall, Wise worked together with three fellow All-Stars to bring conversations about race, racial justice and advocacy into the classroom. Their resulting work was featured in the January-March PBS Teacher Planning Kit, the third of five kits offered during the school year.

Another project Wise embarked on was creating a few STEM activities for South Carolina teachers to use; these were shared by PBS with stations across the country too. Now, one year later, Wise has created a video to share with all regarding his exciting experience to date. Watch his one-year recap video and don’t miss the ‘mystery object’ segment in it; my favorite! 

Warren, we salute you and thank you for ALL you do for your students and education in South Carolina and beyond. You truly ‘make it work’!