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Teaching in Room 9 Wins 2022 What’s Right with the Region Award
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St. Louis, MO—March 7, 2022— Nine PBS’s Teaching in Room 9 series will be honored at FOCUS St. Louis’s 25th Annual What’s Right with the Region Awards Celebration on May 12. The series was selected by a committee of local leaders for its impact and service to the community. 

It was recognized in the “Demonstrating Innovative Solutions” category for the innovative way it makes the St. Louis region a better place to live. When remote learning resources were needed for kids without adequate internet at the beginning of the pandemic in early 2020, Nine PBS created Teaching in Room 9. The series is now focused on increasing kindergarten readiness.

Remote learning and online videos can seem impersonal. Teaching in Room 9 gives an authentic experience that feels like children are interacting with a teacher in their family room.

Teaching in Room 9 on-air lessons are taught by local educators and aligned to state standards and learning objectives. It airs weekdays on Nine PBS from 11:30 am–1:30 pm and streams at

Like few other programs on the air for children, Teaching in Room 9 reflects the full diversity of educators from across the region. As a result, the show has been effective at reaching audiences from a broad range of experiences, backgrounds, and identities. 

Local funding for Teaching in Room 9 is provided by Bank of America, Berges Family Foundation, Boeing, Dana Brown Charitable Trust, Emerson, James S. McDonnell Family Foundation, Moneta, Pershing Charitable Trust. Teaching in Room 9 is made possible through partnerships with STEMpact, and Saint Louis Art Museum.

About Nine PBS 

As an essential community institution, Nine PBS exists to enable access to information, knowledge, and learning opportunities for all. We tell stories that move us. We meet people where they are the most comfortable consuming content. Nine PBS’s platforms include four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine PBS KIDS®, Nine PBS World, and Nine PBS Create),, social media, the free PBS Video App, streaming services, live and virtual events, and the Public Media Commons. Since 1954, Nine PBS has accepted the community’s invitation into their homes, schools, and businesses. Follow Nine PBS on TwitterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn, and TikTok.

About FOCUS St. Louis 

FOCUS St. Louis is the region’s premier leadership organization. It’s a nonprofit that prepares diverse leaders to work cooperatively for a thriving St. Louis region through its experience-based leadership training, civic issue education and public engagement initiatives. As a neutral convener and facilitator, FOCUS engages citizens to deliberate on critical regional community issues in a trusted, nonpartisan space. Find out more at