Jose Luis Rodriguez, President and CEO of Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN), today announced that three-time Emmy Award winner, Beth Kirsch, joins the organization as Vice President and Executive Producer of Digital Media Content. Kirsch will oversee the $30 Million 2010 Ready to Learn Project LAMP (Learning Apps Media Partnership), recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to HITN and partners: Callaway Digital Arts and the Michael Cohen Group LLC.
Project LAMP will create highly engaging, digital learning applications to build reading and math skills for children ages three through eight. The content will be largely available as an open educational resource and use iPad/Touch Screen applications, mobile device and smartphone applications, an interactive Website, television, and books. All content and products will have broad market appeal and educational impact, and will specifically target low-income children, including English Language Learners (ELLs), and their families.
Beth Kirsch comes to HITN from WGBH-TV in Boston where she was Series Producer for the ten-time Emmy Award-winning series Between the Lions. This PBS children's literacy series, which premiered in April 2000, was funded in part by a Ready to Learn grant. Between the Lions garnered multiple awards including Emmy Awards for Outstanding Pre-school Children's Series, Outstanding Writing, and Outstanding Music Direction and Composition. Additionally, the series won two Parents' Choice Gold Awards and two Television Critics Awards. With more than 20 years of experience in public television, Kirsch brings expertise in educational media, animation, writing, editing, outreach, and fundraising. During her time at WGBH-TV, Kirsch raised many millions in funds for television production and outreach initiatives focusing on literacy, science, literature, social issues, and health.