of the District of Columbia
Executive Office of the Mayor
Office of Cable Television
3007 Tilden Street, N.W., Pod-P
Washington, D.C. 20008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 14, 2009
CONTACT: Kenneth Borden 202.671.0057,
OFFICE OF CABLE TELEVISION TO LAUNCH DISTRICT
District Schools Television Gets New Look, New Name, New Logo and
coincide with the kick-off of the District of Columbia Public School's
(DCPS) 2009-10 school year on August 24, 2009, the Office of Cable
Television (OCT) will launch the rebranding initiative of District
Schools Television (DSTV). With the goal of enlarging the scope,
capacity and potential of the District's education access cable
television channel, DSTV will be renamed the District Knowledge
DKN is a joint venture supported by DCPS and the Office of the
State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and is designed to provide
innovative resources and support to students, parents, teachers
and community members.
"This is one more example of the District providing wraparound
services designed to compliment and enhance what is taught in the
classroom in order to foster lifelong learning," said DCPS
Chancellor Michelle Rhee.
Utilizing online and other leading-edge technical resources such
as video-on-demand and video conferencing, DKN will empower DCPS
students and the community at-large by refining and adding relevant
instructional and life skills programming that fosters and encourages
student learning and achievement, as well as, promotes community
"We're very pleased to be part of this unique partnership
that will provide world-class learning opportunities for the District's
children," said State Superintendent of Education for the District
of Columbia Kerri L. Briggs.
"District Knowledge Network's new name and logo represents
a significant milestone in the television station's history and
further signifies OCT's commitment to providing the highest quality
television programming and services to the District and its residents,"
said OCT Director Eric E. Richardson.
New Programming to Premier on DKN will include:
" TV-411: This award-winning series focuses on increasing
adult literacy through reading comprehension, writing and math.
The program also offers useful tips on parenting, health and personal
" CRAFTS FOR KIDS: Based on the philosophy that all
children are creative, this program focuses on crafts projects for
pre-school and kindergarten children. Children are taught to explore
and celebrate various cultures, nature, folklore and other themes
by creating craft projects using materials commonly found around
" GED CONNECTION: This comprehensive multimedia series
is designed to help learners prepare for the GED exam. Areas of
concentration include reading, writing, social studies, science
" WORKPLACE ESSENTIAL SKILLS: Designed to help adults
navigate thought the workplace, this award-winning series employs
companion workbooks and concentrates on four instructional strands:
employment, communication and writing, reading and math.
" GREEN MATTERS: According to this program it's easy
being green. By exploring examples from across the world on what
measures are being taken to create a healthier planet, viewers learn
what they can do to reduce their own carbon footprint.
" ITS PROGRAMMING: From biographies of prominent African-Americans,
to social studies, professional development, history, literature
and art, this series explores critical social and economic issues
affecting the world today.
" REMODELING TODAY: Nationally syndicated home improvement
expert, Danny Lipford, offers the most realistic, practical and
useful home improvement information for the novelist or the seasoned
DKN staff will continue to develop, shoot and edit pertinent education
programs in conjunction with DCPS and the community at-large and
highlight programming produced by DCPS students. The network will
also continue to air monthly State Board of Education (SBOE) board
meetings and monthly OSSE policy forums.
OCT is the District Government Agency responsible for regulating
cable television in the District, as well as the administration
of the District's Government Access Channels TV-16 and TV-13 and
the District's Education Access Channel DKN. The mission of the
Office of Cable Television (OCT) is to: (1) regulate the provision
of "cable service" in the District of Columbia (as that
term is defined by the District's cable television laws); (2) protect
and advance the cable service-related interests of the District
and its residents; and (3) produce and cablecast live and recorded
video and other programming by way of the District's public, educational
and government (PEG) cable channels.
For more information regarding OCT,
please visit the agencys website: