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There's a new academic game show in town and Rhode Island Classroom takes a first look.

High School QuIz Show: Rhode Island

Rhode Island Classroom cameras go behind-the-scenes of the brand new Rhode Island PBS production of High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island® in advance of the show's premiere on March 31 at 6 p.m. Meet the debonair host John O’Hurley (Family Feud, Seinfeld) and show producer John Smith. Viewers will see video and photos of the competing teams on the set, and learn how the show came to be here at Rhode Island PBS.


​In another segment, Rhode Island Classroom visits with the Teacher of the Year Niko Giannopoulos, whose photo with President Donald Trump went viral on social media. But just what does it mean to be "Teacher of the Year"? What does it entail, and how and when is the honoree chosen? Rhode Island Classroom asks the current and immediate past Teachers of the Year, as well as the commisioner of education.

In the third segment, Rhode Island Classroom explores recess in elementary schools. Rhode Island passed a law in 2016 mandating 20 minutes of recess in every elementary school. Some schools are taking recess to a new, 21st century level, making it part of the social-emotional learning in their schools. Playworks New England is a non-profit organization that helps schools to transform recess from a free-for-all into a safe, healthy, active place. 


Rhode Island Classroom explores the latest technology, lessons, and people who are making the grade in Rhode Island's Kindergarten through grade 12 classrooms. Produced by WSBE Rhode Island PBS, Rhode Island Classroom is a half-hour quarterly series that introduces stand-out teachers who are inspiring students, break-through courses offered in area schools, and new, exciting programs that are motivating students to succeed.

Nicole Muri SearlesNicole Muri SearlesProducer: Nicole has vast experience in television as a reporter, anchor and producer covering some of the biggest stories in New England. A native Rhode Islander, she is happiest telling local stories that make an impact. Nicole brings tremendous storytelling acumen to the programs she produces including, Community Conversations, Rhode Island Classroom and Our Town, a Rhode Island favorite.

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