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.

Writers Contest

Mar 10, 2016

Calling all writers in kindergarten through 5th grade!  We want to see what you are writing. Take part in our annual Writers Contest, deadline to enter is March 31, 2016.  Stories must be the original work of the author and be accompanied by original art.  Stories must be single author stories and can be fact, fiction, prose or poetry.  Additional rules and entry forms can be found at http://writeonkids.org

Prizes will be awarded for first through third places at each grade level. 

Abby Cadabby and a host of other Sesame Street friends share a song and video about brushing teeth.  In true Sesame Street fashion we are engaged and encouraged to have toothbrushing become a part of the daily routine.

This is just one of a host of parent and caregiver toolkits which cover topics from Asthma and Autism to Grief and Divorce.  These toolkits have been developed to help adults explain hard topics with their children.  These kits are available online at Sesame Parent Toolkits. 

Parents, welcome to the 5th Annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge!

Do you have a child between the ages of 8-12? Can you imagine his or her recipe being featured in a cookbook? Would the two of you like to represent your home state or territory at a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House this summer?

First Lady Michelle Obama, WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture invite you to enter your child’s healthy MyPlate inspired recipe between February 22 and April 4, 2016.

On Saturday, February 6, over 500 children and their parents came to the Clay Center to help launch PBS Kids' newest program Ready Jet Go!  Joining in the fun for the day were Super Why? and Friends. 

Participants in the day were treated to a screening of Ready Jet Go! which premiers on WVPB on February 15th at 7:30A and again at 4:00P.  Additionally, they took part in launching rockets and other science related activities.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting has hundreds of thousands of digital resources available for teachers, caregivers and students on its West Virginia LearningMedia platform.  The breadth of these resources can be overwhelming so, we have launched a bi-monthly e-newsletter  to highlight a few of the incredible resources available for free. Our goal is to bring resources to you in a timely manner or to let you know of specific contests or activities with which we are involved.   

Curious George made a stop at the West Virginia State Legislature today.  George and West Virginia Public Broadcasting spent the day at the statehouse celebrating Children's Day at the Legislature. 

WVPB is proud of its educational programming and it goal to support the youngest of learners.  A few facts about PBS KIDS:

READY JET GO!, PBS KIDS’ new series for kids ages 3-8, is coming February 2016. 

Just as NASA watches the weather to see if their launches are a go, so do we.  With the forecast of snow, WVPB and the Clay Center have delayed the Launch of the Ready Jet Go! EXPO, scheduled this Saturday until February 6.  We will see you then!

Join us on February 6 from 11a.m. to 4p.m. as we provide an opportunity for a sneak peek of Ready, Jet, Go at a premiere in the Digital Dome! Show will screen at 11:15 and noon.

Super Why and friends came out to Buckhannon to help launch the new PBS Kids series Nature Cat.  The series is about Fred a house cat who escapes the confines of his house and takes on the persona of Nature Cat, a cat who delights in exploring the outdoors.  The day was filled with nature themed activities; children built bird feeders with the help of girl scouts from the Black Diamond Girl Scout Troop 5014.  A Barn Owl and Broad Wing Hawk made up-close appearances courtesy of the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center.  

PBS KIDS’ ALL-NEW ONE-HOUR NATURE CAT SPECIAL TO PREMIERE ON WVPB

Grounded in a Natural Science Curriculum, NATURE CAT, PBS KIDS’ Newest Series Debuts Monday, January 18,  at 8 am and again at 3:30 pm.

Apply now for a once-in-a-lifetime FREE Professional Development experience including a trip to Denver, CO preceding this year’s ISTE ( International Society for Technology in Education) conference for hands-on training!

PBS LearningMedia is looking for America’s most innovative educators who use digital media and technology in the classroom. If that’s you, we invite you to submit your application to become a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. Selected applicants will receive:

Teachers are taking a well deserved rest over the winter break.  However, somehow it is difficult to leave the classroom and students behind.

Monroe County, December 2015     Monroe County Early Head Start and Head Start held a Storybook Christmas and invited Clifford the Big Red Dog to host the event.  Youngsters participated in activity stations based upon various storybooks.  Students from James Monroe High School Child Development Classes ran the stations.  At each station one of Clifford's Big Ideas was integrated into the activity. 

Listen as one teacher tells why PBS LearningMedia, a free digital resource is so important in his classroom.  If you are interested in bringing PBS LearningMedia into your classroom check it out:

PBS LearningMedia

If you search for definitions of the word “computer” from different eras, you’ll see how we have defined it has changed over time. Today, computer use as we know it is so prevalent that many cannot imagine life without them. So who invented the first real computer? 

  

West Virginia LearningMedia, a free digital resource sponsored by West Virginia Public Broadcasting presents another collection of media resources. 

PBS LearningMedia

Is there a process for innovation? In the following “Innovation 101” lesson plan from The Henry Ford’s curricula, your class hears from some of America’s most iconic innovators and learn how they spark innovation in the workplace and beyond.

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The Turkey is in the oven and the family is gathering.  Be ready to bring some interesting conversation to the table.  Be able to talk about the life of a turkey or the typical cost of a Thanksgiving meal, you can find it all on West Virginia LearningMedia.  You can keep the conversation rolling with these lessons or use the information to create a trivia game to challenge even the hardiest Thanksgiving fans.

Sign up for a free West Virginia LearningMedia account to access thousands more educational resources from PBS and its partners.

Story telling is a great part of family gatherings.  This Thanksgiving StoryCorps is encouraging families to sit down and record some of those stories as part of a national project.   A particular focus is working with high school students, however anyone can participate. So, take some time, download the app and give a listen to someone you love. 

This Thanksgiving weekend, StoryCorps will work with teachers and high school students across the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend.

Alabama Public Television

In cooperation with the Alabama Public Television's IQ learning network, students are able to join in to see first hand the sixth episode of Project C: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement: The Montgomery Bus Boycott. In this episode of the Electronic Field Trip, student reporters lead viewers on a journey through Montgomery, visiting the Rosa Parks Museum and other historic sites pivotal to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

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