Virtual Social Studies Unconference

Last week on May 13, The WNET Group’s Mission US team, led by WNET senior education producer Kristina Kirtley, joined other organizations like iCivics, KidCitizen, and VOXPOP for a daylong Social Studies Virtual Unconference to share resources for teachers looking for immediate solutions to engage students in remote learning. The WNET Group hosted a session that provided an introduction to the award-winning educational gaming series and provided useful guidance and tips for using Mission US to support remote history learning. More than 1,200 educators were excited to learn about the suite of educational history games and teacher support materials provided free on the Mission US website.

Kristina was joined by Scott Jackson, a history teacher at Brooklyn International High School, who led a demo of the game City of Immigrants and shared his approach in using the gaming series in virtual and real classrooms. Scott was recently named a PBS Digital Innovator All-Star and will work with The WNET Group and PBS Education over the next two years to promote PBS content and provide professional development for teachers nationwide.