Teaching Channel

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Teaching Channel
Type Nonprofit
Headquarters Oakland, California, United States
Key people Patricia Wasley
Industry Professional Development
Website www.teachingchannel.org
Alexa rank 43,464 (April 2015)[1]
Launched 2011

Launched in 2011, Teaching Channel is a multi-platform service delivering professional development videos for teachers over the Internet and on television. In addition to showcasing inspiring teachers in videos, Teaching Channel also hosts a community for educators to share ideas, best practices and enhance their knowledge.


The stated[2] mission of Teaching Channel is to revolutionize how teachers learn, connect, and inspire each other to improve the outcomes for all students in America. To accomplish this, Teaching Channel has established three goals:

  • Build teacher-driven professional learning
  • Deepen and improve opportunities for teacher learning
  • Elevate and celebrate teachers in our society[3]

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided a $3.5 million grant to help fund the educational service.[4] To connect and show support for the education community, Teaching Channel held a weeklong giveaway during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7–11).[5]

Topics and subjects covered

The videos on the Teaching Channel website cover a variety of subjects and classroom topics for teachers at all grade levels: from kindergarten through high school.

Videos on the site are categorized in several ways: by grade level, by subject area, including Math, English Language Arts (ELA), Science and History, and by topic. The topic list includes: planning, class culture, behavior, engagement, differentiation, assessment, collaboration, common core, new teachers, and celebrating teachers.

Teaching Channel also partners with other innovative companies to deliver videos on new topics. They teamed up with Common Sense Media [6] to develop a series of 9 videos covering digital literacy and the ELA Common Core Standards.

Teaching Channel's videos are used by many teachers, schools and school districts around the country to enhance professional development.[7]

Teaching Channel Presents

Teaching Channel Presents is the title of the weekly broadcast show that airs on public television stations across the country.[8] Each hour-long episode features some of the videos from Teaching Channel’s website.

Online community size and makeup

The online community for Teaching Channel is a forum for teachers where they can reach out to other educators to get guidance on teaching methods, strategies, lesson plans and curriculum. Currently there are over 700,000 members of the community, made up of teachers, administrators, coaches, and educational support personnel.[9]

In early 2013, Teaching Channel launched a new Q&A section that allows teachers to ask questions and get advice from other educators.[10]

Pat Wasley is the Chief Executive Officer for Teaching Channel. She is the former dean of the College of Education at the University of Washington.

Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 National Teacher of the Year, is on the staff of Teaching Channel and writes weekly for the Tchers' Voice blog. She also teaches at Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa.

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