KQED Educator Media Making Day 2024: Empower Student Voice for Election 2024

July 27th at 9am - 4pm PDT

at KQED Headquarters

2601 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA

A limited number of tickets are available.

Registration will close on July 24 at 11:59pm PDT or when full.

Middle and high school teachers: Put your students’ voices at the center of the 2024 election! Call for Change--a Youth Media Challenge project--helps students share their voices about the election issues and topics that matter to them. 

Join us at KQED headquarters on July 27, 2024 to create media in community with fellow educators! At this day-long workshop, we will support you in bringing the audio commentary Call for Change project into your classroom this fall. You’ll work from idea to implementation and start creating your own audio model to share with students. Participants will also get the unique opportunity to record in KQED’s professional radio studios!

All levels of audio production experience are welcome. We can’t wait to get started! 

*This professional development day is designed for educators who work with middle and high school youth. Upper elementary teachers are welcome, but should register with the understanding that grade 3-5 resources will not be centered. 

Two teachers sit at a table outside with an open laptop between them.

Why Attend?

  • Explore an election project that focuses on student voice and issues, not political parties or personalities.
  • Discover how an audio project can strengthen civic engagement, motivation and media literacy skills. 
  • Make connections with local educators interested in centering student voices. 
  • Start making your own model commentary to use in class, including the opportunity to record in KQED's professional radio studios.
  • Explore publishing opportunities on KQED’s youth media showcase to connect students to an audience beyond the classroom.
  • Tour KQED’s headquarters and studios.

*A delicious lunch and morning/afternoon snacks will be provided.

Snapshot of Your Day

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Pre-production: Curriculum Focus

Unpack the genre of commentary and write a script about a topic that matters to you, combining personal experience with evidence in a way that deepens the audience’s understanding of the issue and connection to the creator. 

Production: Making Audio in Community 

The bulk of the day will be spent making a model audio commentary, becoming familiar with audio production and how it can work in your instructional setting. You will be able to record your script in KQED’s radio studios and use this professionally recorded audio in your model commentary. We’ll end the day sharing and celebrating our work and planning for classroom implementation.

Schedule At-A-Glance

8:30am: Doors open, morning snacks and coffee 

  • Welcome
  • Building and studios tour
  • Pre-production time: genre analysis, idea development, script writing
  • Production + studio time
  • Lunch provided on KQED’s rooftop terrace 
  • More production + studio time! 
  • Curriculum and project implementation roundtables
  • Audio listening party and celebratory closing

4:00pm: Optional networking reception

5:00pm: Farewell

Sliding Registration Fee

Because of the size of this event, there is a required registration fee. KQED aims to make it affordable for all teachers by offering a sliding scale. Please pay what you feel you can on the scale. Our work is funded by grants, donors and community members like yourselves. If you wish to donate directly to KQED Education’s work we are deeply thankful for any additional financial support you wish to give.

Visiting KQED


KQED Headquarters

2601 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 864-2000
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No onsite parking is available, but there is decent street parking on the weekend.

Learn more about KQED's facility and plan your visit.

Common Sense Education rated KQED Teach a “Super PD resource for making media in the classroom” and the teacher community gave it 5 stars!

The California Department of Education selected KQED to help fulfill the state mandate to provide instructional resources on media literacy to all California teachers.

The PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification by KQED received a 2019 Award of Excellence from Tech & Learning magazine.

Got questions?

Email us at [email protected].

About KQED

KQED is a nonprofit, public media station and NPR and PBS member station based in San Francisco that offers award-winning education resources and services free to educators nationwide. KQED Teach is a collection of professional development courses that empower educators to teach media literacy, make media for the classroom and lead media-making projects with students in K-12.