KNPB to Design PBS KIDS Educational Resources Specific to Native American Communities

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KNPB to Design PBS KIDS Educational Resources Specific to Native American Communities 
One of Five Stations Nationally to Receive Grant to Develop Educational Materials for new Molly of Denali series 

Reno, Nev. – KNPB Public Television has been selected to receive a $50,000 grant from WGBH, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to help design educational resources for the upcoming PBS KIDS seriesMolly of Denali,the first nationally distributed children’s series to feature a Native American lead character. 
“The show is unique in its commitment to including native voices, and that commitment is extending to rural communities,” says KNPB Vice President of Development, Peter Stanton. “KNPB is proud to voice the unique needs and concerns of our rural viewers and committed to creating quality educational materials.”  
Studies show that Native kindergarten students are held back at a rate two times higher than their white peers, and Native high schoolers are the least likely group to attend a school with AP classes. 
KNPB is one of five public television stations nationwide selected to work together as part of an Education Working Group to develop resources and local engagement strategies for Molly of Denali, the groundbreaking series produced by WGBH Boston that will premiere on PBS on July 15, 2019.   
“We’re always looking for ways to reach more people with valuable educational content,” says KNPB Vice President of Education, Nancy Maldonado. “This partnership among stations and community leaders will help us go far in better serving our rural and native communities.” 
The stations – KNPB, Alaska Public Media (Anchorage), Blue Ridge PBS (Roanoke-Lynchburg, Virginia), Mountain Lake PBS (Plattsburgh, New York), and Prairie Public (North Dakota) – were selected to bring the social, cultural and geographic perspectives of their communities to the Education Working Group, which also includes WGBH, Alaska Native advisors, science and literacy experts, teachers and parents. KNPB will use these resources as the basis for developing and implementing their own local educational outreach activities targeting rural communities.  
“WGBH is excited to have a diverse group of stations participating in the Molly of Denali Education Working Group,” said Mollie Levin, Senior Project Manager, Early Education, WGBH. “Each station brings expertise about the communities they serve and will be a huge asset to ensure that the materials developed for the project echo the strengths and voices of a variety of populations.”   

About Molly of Denali
Molly of Denali
features Molly Mabray, a feisty and resourceful 10-year-old Gwich’in/Koyukon/Dena’ina Athabascan girl who takes viewers ages 4 to 8 along with her on adventures and fosters literacy skills along the way. With an emphasis on family and intergenerational relationships, episodes model Alaska Native values, such as respecting others, sharing what you have and honoring your elders, while showcasing contemporary aspects of rural life, strong female role models and how technology aids in communication.  
Molly of Denali is grounded in a pioneering curriculum focused on informational text, a foundational aspect of literacy education. Informational texts are designed to convey information and can include written words, images, graphics, video and oral language. In every episode, Molly navigates her world and solves problems with the help of books, online resources, field guides, historical documents, maps, tables, posters, photos, Indigenous knowledge from elders, her very own vlog and more. 
About KNPB
KNPB Public Broadcasting is seen by 130,000 people weekly in northern Nevada and northeastern California. KNPB provides 3 digital broadcast television channels on channel 5.1, KNPB Create on channel 5.2 and KNPB PBS KIDS on channel 5.3. KNPB provides PBS national programming and award winning locally produced KNPB programming in standard and high definition. provides engaging interactive content, including the KNPB video portal at that streams locally-produced KNPB content and most PBS national content. 
Through the support of local corporations and foundations, as well as individual members, KNPB has been delivering public television and educational services to the communities it serves since 1983. For more information visit, or follow KNPB on Twitter and Facebook. 

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community. Provided by stations, the free PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream is available to more than 95% of U.S. TV households. Kidscreen- and Webby Award-winning provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning, including the PBS KIDS Video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Chromecast. PBS KIDS also offers parent and teacher resources to support children’s learning anytime and anywhere. For more information on PBS KIDS content and initiatives supporting school readiness and more, visit, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  
About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Frontline, American Experience, NOVA, Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Arthur, Pinkalicious & Peterrific and more than a dozen other prime-time and lifestyle series. WGBH is a partner in the digital channels WORLD and Create, and also is a major supplier of programming for public radio. As a leader in educational multimedia for the classroom WGBH supplies content to PBS LearningMedia, a national broadband service for teachers and students. WGBH also is a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to those with hearing or visual impairments. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors, including Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. More info at  
About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebook and LinkedIn, and subscribe for email updates. 

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