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The MPB Education department is a robust, boots-on-the-ground provider of services, resources and information. MPB Education offers a variety of rigorous programs both face-to-face and digitally. Services that focus on parents, children and families top the list of initiatives. The hands-on, consistent nurturing approach allows us to get to know those we serve, and dedicate consistent time to programs that have a lasting impact.

A Message from Tara Y. Wren, Director of Education

Mississippi Public Broadcasting continues to distinguish itself as one of the nation’s top public media stations through the production of programs aimed at making Mississippi better. We are one of only 30 stations in America with a statewide reach, offering television, radio and a boots on the ground Education department. At MPB, we take seriously our mission to improve the lives of Mississippians through information that is contextualized, complete and focused on issues that matter most to our citizens. The Education services department offers programs that span from early childhood to workforce development to digital learning. On any day of the week the team can be found providing programs or services in a community within the state of Mississippi.

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MPB Classroom TV Behind the Scenes

Mississippi Public Broadcasting is thrilled to announce MPB Classroom TV - a new channel that will provide broadcast instruction to PreK-12th grade students during these unprecedented times.

MPB’s Education department engages with teachers, parents and students throughout the year. Since March, when COVID-19 turned our lives upside down, the focus turned even more toward Mississippi students.

Many barriers – specifically, lack of internet access - exist for some students in today’s new virtual learning environments. That is why we are starting MPB Classroom TV set to begin airing October 5. Content will include pre-recorded lessons taught by certified teachers in the most needed subject areas. Students can continue learning even when school buildings are closed.

One of the first conversations we had about instructional television was with representatives from the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), who partnered with MPB to offer this channel. They wanted to know if MPB could offer this service. Knowing the very foundation of MPB’s existence is for educational purposes, the answer was obvious – we need to make it happen.

After many conversations and much research, meetings were held with education leaders and literacy coaches from MDE about strategy and content for this new channel. After months of collaboration, we are ready to launch MPB Classroom TV to help children learn at home. No cable or internet connections are needed. All you need is an old school antenna to view.

MPB is grateful to offer this service and for the support from MDE. The possibilities of this new channel now and in the future are endless. To learn more, visit

Tara Y. Wren

MPB Director of Education

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