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OPB Celebrates Oregon Teacher Selected for the 2017 PBS Digital Innovators Program

Shawn Patrick Higgins recognized for his integration of digital media in the classroom

OPB congratulates Shawn Patrick Higgins from Portland’s Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI) Academy, who has been selected as one of 52 educators from across the country for the fifth annual PBS Digital Innovators Program.

The program recognizes classroom changemakers: educators who skillfully approach education with a bold and fresh perspective, and who integrate digital media and resources into their classrooms in a way that sparks a love of learning for their students. 

Higgins is currently the coordinator of Digital Literacy at the SEI Academy, one of the oldest education and equity non-profits in Oregon. SEI Academy is a full service, grades six through eight public charter school “dedicated to helping all students realize their full academic and personal potential.” 

Higgins has more than 10 years of experience teaching youth in video and creative technology. More than five years of experience teaching middle school computer science and managing educational technology. He specializes in project-based, collaborative learning in new media and fostering STEAM learning environments as a creative alternative pathway to student success.  

“As a public service organization, we strive to ensure high-quality educational content is accessible by anyone in our region, using digital platforms and new tools to connect to our audiences,” said Steve Bass, OPB President and CEO. “We’re thrilled that Shawn is a strong advocate for integrating digital media and public media resources in his classroom as well. We extend a hearty congratulations to him on this honor.”  

A panel of esteemed judges selected the 52 PBS Digital Innovators from across the US, representing each of the 50 states, and the District of Columbia. The full list of the 2017 PBS Digital Innovators, their profiles and photographs can be found here.  

PBS Digital Innovators also participate in ongoing professional development; share their ideas on PBS platforms; have access to exclusive resources from PBS LearningMedia; receive a free PBS Teacherline professional development course; and are invited to special events, including the 2017 PBS Digital Summit.

More than 100,000 digital resources, including lesson plans, worksheets, video content, and more, are available through PBS LearningMedia for pre-K-12 classrooms. Teachers can access this content at    

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