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.

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

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.

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