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.

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

Camp Focuses on SciGirls! The Clay Center for the Arts and Science used the  PBS Kids Sci Girls program as a basis for its Sci Girls Summer Camp. 

Teachers, check it out! a series of free, self-paced courses to help K-12 educators develop the media skills necessary to bring media production and communication to their learning environments.  Our fellow Public Media Station, KQED has developed this platform to help integrate the resources of public media into the classroom. These courses will take place in an online platform developed by KQED Education that tracks user progress and encourages sharing and feedback through an integrated social community.

Congratulations to Grace Landini, age 12, the West Virginia winner for the   Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids State Dinner.  As a winner, Grace will be having lunch with First Lady, Michele Obama.  Grace's meal of Cool Couscous and Berry Healthy Dessert was inspired by trying to eat local foods. 

PBS Kids provides content to help parents and caregivers cope with emergency situations.  There are also tools to make sure there is an emergency plan in place.  These topics can be difficult to talk about, but with the help of characters such as Daniel Tiger and Arthur, there is a framework in which to have that discussion.

ArtVoiceWV is a new collection of artist videos and corresponding art lesson plans on West Virginia LearningMedia.  After receiving positive reviews of our In the Making Collection, a similar project which

WVPB and The Charleston Town Center Mall are bringing PBS Kids favorite, Daniel Tiger, to the mall on Monday, June 20 as part of FestivAll.  Daniel will be at the Picnic Place in the Mall from 11a to 1p. To let young Daniel Tiger fans know they are part of the community, we will be asking them to complete a simple form to let us know what they are doing to help others in their neighborhood.  We will share some of the responses of these young citizens in a future post.

On Saturday WVPB | Education joined with the Clay Center to present "A Summer of Science Bash" with a special appearance from PBS Kids perennial favorite, "Sid the Science Kid."

Over 300 children and their parents spent the day practicing hands on science projects and exploring a new Thomas the Tank Engine exhibit which will be open through the summer. 

Lillian Chongswatdi

We recently announced our 2016 Writers Contest winners.  Now you can read their stories and enter amazing worlds including Lollipop Land, Ducktopia and a dragon paradise.  There are also lovely stories of caring and compassion; a reflection on a grandfather or how kindness can tame a bully.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting brought Super Why ? and friends to welcome visitors to the Raleigh County Small Fry Expo on Thursday May 19.  The crew was there to say hello to the over 200 children and adults who came to participate in activities geared to ready children registering for school for the first time.  Joining them in the day's activities was the West Virginia Mountaineer.  
 

Congratulations to the students who participated in West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Writers Contest. A special Congratulations to his year's winners.  We hope you will participate again next year, look for information in January 2017.  Until then, keep writing.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting is planning a June reception to honor the winners.

Kindergarten

STUDENTS Rise to the Challenge

Congratulations to all those who rose to the STEAM Challenge WV.  The response to this challenge was terrific.  Winners were selected at random from completed entries at each grade level.  It was great fun to see the pictures of students engaged in these STEAM activities. Winning classrooms will receive a cash prize to purchase technology for the classroom.

WVPB and the Children's Museum of the Ohio Valley joined forces on Saturday, April 30 to provide a great community day for families in Wheeling.

New STEAM Video

Apr 25, 2016

West Virginia Public Broadcasting has added another video to its STEAM collection on West Virginia LearningMedia.  This latest video looks at Advanced Manufacturing Technicians and the opportunities in the job market.  

NASA

West Virginia LearningMedia   is a constant go to spot for digital educational resources for the classroom.  Make learning come alive with some images from the very first Earth Day or take a peak at how climate change is affecting our planet.  Sometimes all it takes is a short video clip to engage your students and by providing them with an image of the lesson you are teaching the concepts stay with them.Looking for a way to engage students, choose a topic, explore LearningMedia and see what you can bring to the classroom.We have chosen a few of

We would like to Congratulate Rebecca Recco, from Kanawha County who has been chosen as West Virginia's Lead PBS Digital Innovator.  You may have already seen some of Rebecca's work if you have checked out our In the Making  series we have on WestVirginia LearningMedia.  Rebecca has everyone feel like they too can be an artist in the style of various West Virginia artists.

Daniel Tiger met all sorts of friends on Saturday, April 2 at our Morgantown Studios.  Over 300 people stopped by to say hello to Daniel,  bring sweaters to contribute to our Mr. Roger's Neighborhood Sweater Drive and take part in activities aimed at helping neighbors.

Children and their parents made placemats for the elderly,  created cards for Vets, and planted seeds to replant in their yards all as part of learning how to be good neighbors. 

There is still time to enter!  Calling all cooks from the ages of  8-12 years old!  You have until April 4, 2016 to enter for a chance to win a trip to the White House and the Kid' State Dinner with First Lady Michelle Obama. So far, there are no West Virginia entrants!  You can change that- start creating.

Come join us on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. as  Daniel Tiger comes to the WVPB Morgantown Studio!

Stop by, say hello to Daniel and take part in activities to be a good neighbor:

  • Bring an item of gently used childrens' clothing to contribute to our Sweater Drive.  Items are being distributed through Catholic Charities of West Virginia.   (Contribution is not required to participate)

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