Abigail VanBuhler

Detroit Public TV Announces Local Teacher Selected as Part of 2020 Class of PBS Digital Innovator All-Star 

Abigail VanBuhler recognized by Detroit Public TV as leader in the Southeast Michigan education community

Abigail VanBuhler
Abigail VanBuhler, 2020 PBS Digital Innovator All-Star for Michigan

Wixom, MI May 5, 2020 – Today, Detroit Public TV announced Abigail VanBuhler from the Ford Early Learning Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. as one of 19 educators from across the country for the PBS Digital Innovator All-Star Program. The PBS Digital Innovator All-Star program brings together a community of PreK-12th grade educators who are innovators and leaders both in and outside of the classroom. Each of the Digital Innovator All-Stars was selected from a cohort of educators who are doing extraordinary work in their local communities, supporting student learning by integrating media and digital technology in their teaching environments, inspiring students to use these tools in responsible, effective and empowering ways.

Abigail VanBuhler is a site coordinator for EMU Bright Futures’ 21st CCLC after school program at Ford Early Learning Center in Ypsilanti, MI. In her role at Ford, she serves a community of kindergarten and first-grade youth and their families.

Read more about Abigail.

In partnership with Detroit PBS KIDS, Abigail will spend the 2020-2021 school year deepening engagement among students, families, educators, schools and DPTV.

The full list of the 2020 PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars, their profiles and photographs can be found here.

About Detroit Public TV

Detroit Public TV (DPTV) is Michigan’s only community-licensed public television station, operating entirely independent of any educational institution or governmental entity.  With more than 2 million weekly viewers across its four channels, DPTV is the state’s largest and most-watched public television station, as well as having the most diverse public television audience in America. DPTV is licensed to the Detroit Educational Television Foundation and governed by a volunteer board of trustees from the local business, civic and cultural communities. For more information, visit dptv.org

About PBS

PBS, with nearly 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’ premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV – including a new 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.


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