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About DKN


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District Knowledge Network

The District Schools Television (DSTV) network began airing in 1986 as the District's educational station. In 1992, DSTV was formally placed under the supervision of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) media services/communications division. DSTV remained under the umbrella of DCPS until 2007 when it came under the auspices of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Shortly thereafter, on March 16, 2008, the station was placed under the leadership of the District of Columbia Office of Cable Television (OCT).

The goal of DSTV has been two-fold - to support DCPS in its mission to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills and values necessary to live rich and fulfilling lives as responsible, productive and enlightened members of society; and, to support OSSE in its mission to set high standards, provide support resources, as well as, exercise accountability that ensures that all District of Columbia school students receive a quality education.

To coincide with DCPS's 2009-10 school year, on August 24, 2009, DSTV was rebranded the District Knowledge Network (DKN). DKN is a joint venture supported by DCPS and OSSE and is designed to provide multimedia resources and support to students, parents, teachers and community members.

Utilizing online and other 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 wellness and lifelong learning.