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.

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)

In honor of Mister Rogers and his legacy take your child for a walk around our neighborhood with the idea of creating a map of the area. Your child’s neighborhood map will vary depending on his age. A map for an 8-year-old may use some degree of scale, a bird’s eye view, and labels.

Join Peg  + Cat as they head to Washington to save the day! Catch the 1-hour special, “Peg and Cat Save the World” 3/28 at 10:30 A on  West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Find more Peg + Cat and all your favorite PBS characters on PBS KIDS.

STEAM power WV  

Do you work with students in grades 3 to 5?  Do you like to integrate technology into your lessons?  Step up to the WVPB STEAM power WV Challenge and win a chance to earn cash to purchase technology for your classroom.

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.  

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