(www.vergant.com) -- developers
of pro-social education, entertainment, publishing and new
media initiatives –- is proud to introduce The
Education Station, a Vergant network dedicated
to the production, distribution and promotion of educational
and motivational programs by and for students and teachers.
For its programming, The Education
Station will employ a convergent media model that
includes a strong interactive web presence, live and online
events, and broadcast-quality video. Thirty-minute video
segments (a cross between talk show and game show, field
trip and classroom, taped in a variety of settings) will
feature guest-expert/teachers from the fields of Science,
Math, English Language Arts and Social Studies interacting
with live and distance-learning audiences in an atmosphere
that blends inquiry and excitement with standards-based
methods and subjects. Most importantly, these subjects and
experts will be selected, invited, presented and produced
by the students and staff themselves.
In creating The Education Station
and The Producers’ Project, founder
Wendy Dubit drew heavily from her own "aha" educational
experiences. These included starting a magazine in elementary
school to publish the literary and scientific works of fellow
students; learning almost as much from a high school television
internship as from classrooms and coursework; and working
ever since to combine both. In each of her publishing, non-profit
and new media initiatives, Wendy has involved youth and
education to the extent possible, and has always found that
the least palatable academic subjects can win favored-nation
status when made relevant to the real world and married
to a student's greatest passions.
In 1997, Wendy -- who has launched a variety
of entertainment and education properties under the Vergant
brand (www.vergant.com) and for such companies as BMG, AOL,
Pantone and The Council on Economic Priorities -- founded
HEAVEN: Helping Educate, Activate, Volunteer and
Empower via the Net. HEAVEN's technology training
programs taught web production, journalism and leadership
skills to NYC students and staff, won broad industry support
and significant contracts from the New York City Board of
Education, and were honored by ComputerWorld/Smithsonian
for their "visionary use of technology in education."
Technology was the tool. But the lessons
were lifelong learning, belief in self and service to others.
According to former ANGEL Gabriel Almanzar,
who will be one of several student advisors to The
Education Station and The Producers' Project:
"In HEAVEN, I learned not only how to use the computer,
but also how to use it to serve the community, how to act
in a work environment, how to be responsible with work,
and many other things. The program changed lives and went
to great lengths to give us self confidence, which inspires
self motivation. Why not give other students the opportunities
they would never experience in a normal classroom setting?"
The Education Station and The Producers'
Project extend those lessons deeper into academics
and the acquisition of marketable multimedia skills while
bringing the results to a broader public.
The Education Station
is a program of Vergant Inc., a New York-based S Corporation.
The company is currently seeking seed funding, sponsors,
production and distribution partners.
A business plan with financials and key
player bios is available upon request. Inquiries should
be addressed to Wendy Dubit of Vergant,
Inc., whose contact information is below.
5405 Tuckerman Lane, #319
Rockville, MD 20852
301.530.0684 * fax 301.530.5869
917/334-6925 @ Vergant and on Cell
firstname.lastname@example.org * www.vergant.com