Kate FitzGerald

Education Director

Kate has called West Virginia home for over 30 years.  A native of Ohio, Kate came to West Virginia in the 80's to teach in a one-room school in Mingo County.  Kate has spent her time in West Virginia working with community groups around the state on economic development issues and in a school setting, serving as vice-principal at a private middle/high school.

Kate is pleased to bring these skill sets together as she takes the education resources WVPB offers out into the state-wide community.

Congratulations to the following schools for their participation in the STEAM power WV Challenge. 

3rd Grade 

Lakewood Elementary School,  Kanawha County

Teacher: Jodi Ballard

My students had a blast with these activities. We love hands on learning and STEM activities.

This challenge gave them the opportunity to incorporate both of those things and let them work collaboratively. They loved it!

 

4th Grade      Paw Paw Elementary School, Morgan County

Teacher: Cortney Kile

On Friday, March 17, 2017, in an event sponsored by WOWK and the Clay Center, Senator Joe Manchin joined students from across West Virginia to Skype with NASA astronauts, who are aboard the International Space Station.

Senator Manchin was thrilled to be a part of this opportunity.  He mentioned that it was an out of this world career day fair and went on to encourage students to be curious and learn.

Astronauts Shane Kimbrough  and Dr. Peggy Winston fielded questions from students across southern West Virginia.

WVPB and Gilmer County Public Library teamed up to screen the newest PBS KIDS Dinosaur Train Movie.  On Saturday, February 25,  30 youngsters showed up to watch the new movie, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, and participate in an archeology dig in the library. The dig was a sand box full of dinosaurs, marbles and precious rings unearthed by eager participants. 

WVPB education participated in a community book festival at Mountain View Elementary School on Saturday, February 18.  Over 400 parents and children turned out for a day filled with books, stories and family activities.  

In WVPB's session clips were shown from the newest PBS KIDS show, Splash and Bubbles, about fish friends who explore themes of friendship and life in the deep ocean.   As a part of the learning session, children created their own deep sea creatures. 

Marshall University Education Majors spent the day with WVPB Curriculum Speicalist, Margaret Miller, exploring ways to make learning more relevant in this digital world.  Student Teachers are digital natives and easily take to integrating media into their lesson planning.  With the plethora of resources out there, WVPB shares West Virginia PBS LearningMedia, a free digital library with hundreds of thousands of safe video clips, interactive lessons and full length programming.

STEAM power WV

If you are looking to add some STEM lessons into you classroom take a look at this creative challenge.

It's here!  The WVPB PBS Kids 2017 Writers Contest is calling all West Virginia students in grades Kindergarten through 5 to sharpen their pencils and bring out their crayons to write and illustrate a story.  Winning stories will be published on our website.  The contest  runs January 1 through March 31.  All applications must be submitted by March 31, 2017.

Your source for Writers Contest info here!

  • Find out the latest details on the Writers Contest
  • Read 2016 Winning Entries

WVPB Read for the Record!

On Thursday, October 27 as part Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign launched over a decade ago to address the educational inequities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten, WVPB board members, staff and friends spread out around the state, to learn, laugh, and read this year's campaign book, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, as part of the world’s largest shared reading experience.

Encourage Dialogue

Nov 4, 2016

Civic Engagement & The Power of Listening

Next week, we elect the 45th President of the United States. In this particularly divisive and emotionally charged election season, listening to one another is as important as ever.

Engage your students in meaningful conversations around this election, StoryCorps is here to help.

A Fun Partnership

Oct 28, 2016

Arnoldsburg Elementary School in Calhoun County partnered with WVPB to present educational activities to engage students while parents met with teachers for conferences! 

Students found that activities can be both fun and educational.  The evening was spent determining where the ideal cargo location would be for paper airplanes to complete a mission.  Another STEM activity included designing the tallest free standing structures using only pipe-cleaners.

Last year over 50,000  folks sat around the Thanksgiving table and captured some family history.  This year encourage your students, friends and family members to do the same.  Leave a "Key" For Future Historians & StudentsRecording with the StoryCorps app is about sitting down with someone you care about, asking them a few important questions about the life they have lived, and then listening.

SMART Board Games

Oct 6, 2016

Here is our collection of interactive  games for educators on PBS KIDS. Students will enjoy participating in these collaborative, fun and engaging experiences, while exploring curriculum from trusted programs such as Curious George, Super Why and Arthur. Like our programs, all of our games are age-appropriate and vetted by educators. 

SHOW YOUR STRENGTH!

How do you construct a building that is strong and safe?  What are the best shapes to use?
Can you collaborate with team members to build a really strong structure?

West Virginia LearningMedia not only curates great digital resources to bring into the classroom, it allows you to create storyboards that can group resources together to illustrate a point. 

The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national education project that empowers high school students to create an oral history of the contemporary United States by recording an interview with an elder over Thanksgiving weekend using the StoryCorps App.

Interviews are entered into the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and on StoryCorps.me where they become an invaluable resource for future historians and provide families with a priceless piece of personal history.

Rocket Boys Meet

Oct 3, 2016

At this year's annual Rocket Boys Festival, a special PBS KIDS guest landed in Beckely to check out the activity.  The Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia sponsored Jet's excursion.  While in Beckely watched rockets being built and greeted some of his fans.  Jet got a special treat as he also met West Virginia's own Rocket Boy, Home Hickam.

Take art into your classroom with West Virginia LearningMedia's In the Making Collection, a collection of biographical programs about WV artisans and additional demonstration videos to engage students in creating art in the style of the highlighted artisans.

The West Virginia State Museum unveiled its Elementary Edition of West Virginia A Digital Primer.  The online resource, two and a half years in the making, covers grades K-5 social studies West Virginia History Standards.  The site provides interactive content for students and teachers. 

Education  Documentaries on Radio

Join us for a month of education specials on both radio and television.  On Wednesdays at 8p during the month of September we will be featuring four educational specials on the state of education today.

New- PBS KIDS App

Aug 3, 2016

Watch videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series anytime, anywhere (in the USA). PBS KIDS Video features thousands of videos from top PBS KIDS television series, including Curious George, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY!, Nature Cat, Ready Jet Go! and Sesame Street.

Get the App

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