Kauffman Foundation and PBS Distance Learning Expand Availability of Ice House Entrepreneurship Facilitator Training

More training access for educators worldwide responds to global demand

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (PRWEB) April 24, 2013

The Kauffman Foundation and PBS Distance Learning Network are collaborating to offer worldwide, online facilitator training for the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program in response to a growing demand for training entrepreneurship educators. The program provides online education designed to inspire and engage students in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide.

Since its launch in 2011, more than 350 educators and instructors from the United States, Latin America, Europe, India and Southeast Asia have traveled to the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City to learn how to implement the program in their communities. Through the PBS Distance Learning Network, future program educators now will be able to participate in the two-day facilitator training without leaving home.

“The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program has transformed entrepreneurship instruction in classrooms and communities throughout the world,” said Thom Ruhe, vice president of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation. “Offering Ice House facilitator training through the PBS Distance Learning Network vastly expands the sphere of educators to whom training is available and, thus, opens the program’s education benefits to many more students worldwide.”

Created through a partnership with the Kauffman Foundation and the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative and inspired by the life story of Pulitzer nominee Clifton Taulbert, the highly interactive, experiential Ice House Entrepreneurship Program includes narrated chalkboard presentations, individual learning assessments, discussion topics and project-based assignments. These teaching techniques are designed to maximize comprehension and assimilation while encouraging real-world application of the core concepts.

“The PBS Distance Learning Network was established to help make opportunities like those available through the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program available to wider audiences,” said Dr. Linda Williams, senior director at WVIZ/PBS ideastream. “It’s gratifying to work with the Kauffman Foundation and the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative to offer this important program to educators throughout the region and around the world.”

The first online Ice House facilitator training will be offered May 28-29, 2013. Facilitators can participate in-person at the WVIZ/PBS ideastream studios in Cleveland, Ohio, or through the PBS Distance Learning Network. More information about the training event, including enrollment information, is available here.

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About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit http://www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on http://www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and http://www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.

About the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative
The Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (ELI) is an organization dedicated to providing interactive entrepreneurship education programs for academic, government and non-government organizations worldwide. Their clients include the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City. Learn more at elientrepreneur.com.

About WVIZ/PBS ideastream
ideastream is a non-profit organization that applies the power of media to education, culture and citizenship. It includes WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN, WCLV 104.9, educational and public service cable channels, broadband interactive video distance learning, the Internet and other interactive media. ideastream leverages technical, creative and financial resources through partnerships with other organizations that share interests in education and public service.

ideastream has attracted national attention as a new model for public service media. Through its Distance Learning Department, WVIZ/PBS has attempted to provide the best distance learning programs for students and the best possible technical and professional development opportunities for teachers.


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