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.

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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.

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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.

PBS LearningMedia, the media-on-demand service designed for K-12 classrooms, has announced a new app for students. For the first time, users can now access learning resources on tablets through the official PBS Student app, available for free for iPad.

For over five seasons WVPB has broadcast Inspiring West Virginians, a radio series telling stories of West Virginians who are exceptional leaders in science and business.  We visit them where they are, learn about what they do, hear stories of their childhoods and the influence of a West Virginia upbringing.  Added to that are the perspectives of friends, relatives and colleagues.

West Virginia LearningMedia brings important lessons into the classroom.  http://wv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/midlit11-soc-splbully/bullying/ In this self-paced literacy lesson, students watch documentary videos about bullying and read informational text about how bullying may affect the function of a democratic society. Students develop literacy skills as they explore a social studies focus on the role of personal freedom, particularly freedom of speech, and how bullying limits such personal freedom.

Child on high ropes
Stephen Smith

The last of our four part American Radio Works series concludes Monday, September 28 with Beyond the Blackboard: Building Character in Public Schools.

Veteran hanging flag
Stephen Smith

The American Radio Works series continues on WVPB radio on September 21st at 8:p.m. with a special on American Veterans with From Boots to Books: Student Veterans and the New GI Bill.

Celebrate Art & Education Week on West Virginia LearningMedia.  WVPB has teamed up with the Tamarack Foundation to present short videos about area artists.  The video shorts are accompanied by video art lessons that demonstrate concepts brought out in the art.  Anyone can try these at home, no special skill required.  This lesson and others are available on our LearningMedia website.

Teaching Teachers

Sep 12, 2015
Classroom
Emily Hanford

Join WVPB on Monday at 8 p.m. September 14,  for the second program in the award winning American Radio Works series.  This show is about Teaching Teachers.

Howard University Grads
Emily Hanford

As students and teachers head back to school, West Virginia Public Radio will be airing a four part education series by American Radio Works.  Beginning Monday, August 31st at 8p.m., Living the Legacy: Black Colleges in the 21st Century will be heard, here on WVPB.

In honor of National Preparedness Month, PBS KIDS will premiere new storm-themed episodes of DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD (9:00 a.m.) and ARTHUR (6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.) on Tuesday, September 8,  and offer a suite of new digital resources from both series to help families in challenging times. pbskids.org/learn

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