Game encourages science inquiry
9:16 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Wild Kratts Has a New App for Children 4-8 Who Love Animals

Download the new Wild Kratts World Adventure app today!

Check out the all-new Wild Kratts World Adventure App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, a science-focused app based on the popular animal-themed children’s series. A must-have app for Wild Kratts fans, World Adventure is now available only on the App Store.

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Premieres April 15
4:28 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

New Film From Ken Burns, "The Address"

Watch as students from the Greenwood School memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address.
Credit Courtesy of Lindsay Taylor Jackson / Florentine Films

The Address, a new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, premieres April 15 at 9 p.m. on West Virginia PBS.  The film tells the story of a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, the Greenwood School, where each year the students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

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Three-Part Television Series
3:36 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

New Series Explores "Your Inner Fish"

Neil Shubin holding fossilized bones from Tiktaalik roseae in his lab at the University of Chicago.
Credit Courtesy of Nathaniel Chadwick ©Tangled Bank Studios, LLC

How did the human body become the complicated, quirky and amazing machine it is today? Your Inner Fish, a new three-part series begins April 9 at 10 p.m. on West Virginia PBS.

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Teachers Recognized for Using Digital Media
12:51 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Two West Virginia Teachers Named Digital Innovators by PBS LearningMedia

Two teachers in West Virginia have been selected as part of the 100 educators in the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program.

The program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators from across the country who are serving as leaders in the education technology space and incorporating digital media in classrooms to promote student engagement and achievement with year-long hands-on and virtual professional development opportunities.

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Public Event
6:15 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

The Story of the Jews: The Jewish Experience in West Virginia

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama, a five-hour documentary exploring the intersection of Jewish history with world history.

Join us Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Morgantown for a presentation about the national PBS documentary, "The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama" and the West Virginia Public Radio series highlighting the Jewish experience in West Virginia.  Reporter Glynis Board will discuss her interview with Dr. Edith Levy, holocaust survivor and educator.

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Workforce Development
3:40 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Donation Will Expand Marcellus Training Program at W.Va. CTCs

Dr. Martin Olshinksy, Dr. Doreen Larson, Gov. Tomblin, Noble Energy's Gary Willingham and Chancellor James Skidmore pose for a photo with a check symbolizing Nobel's $250,000 donation.
Ashton Marra West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Governor Tomblin, alongside two state community and technical colleges, announced the donation of $250,000 to the Appalachian Petroleum Training Center Wednesday, meant to enhance and expand the program.

Tomblin made the announcement at the Capitol with Noble Energy Senior Vice President Gary Willingham

The company has committed the one time dollars to Pierpont and Northern Community Technical Colleges, the two schools that host the petroleum training center.

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WV Center for Professional Development
1:43 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Advanced Placement Courses Help Students and Teachers Achieve More

The West Virginia Center for Professional Development advances the quality of teaching and management in the schools of West Virginia through (1) the implementation of statewide training, professional staff development, and technical assistance programs and practices to assure the highest quality in such teaching and management; and (2) the provision of technical and other assistance and support to regional and local education agencies in identifying and providing high quality professional staff development and training programs and implementing best practices to meet their locally identifi

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Public Education
7:46 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Schools Request Nearly $130 Million for Building and Upgrades

Monongalia County Superintendent Frank Devono shows members of the School Building Authority where his county is experiencing the most population growth.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Over the past two days, 18 counties presented their facility needs to the state School Building Authority in Charleston. The requests totaled more than $100 million, but the agency only has about $45 million to give. That means some tough choices between deserving projects across the state.

Here is a list of those projects and their estimated costs.

Doddridge County:

  • $898,128 for two new classrooms at Doddridge County Elementary School
  • $398,128 in SBA funds

Gilmer County:

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Free computers
4:10 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Laptops On the Way to All McDowell Middle School Students

Gayle Manchin is chair of Reconnecting McDowell, the partnership which announced today free laptops for McDowell middle school students.
Credit Suzanne Higgins

Every middle school student in McDowell County will be given a free laptop next week.

Approximately 875 laptops will be distributed to students and their parents or guardians—first at Mount View Middle School on Monday evening, then at Sandy River Middle School on Tuesday evening and then at Southside K-8 School on Wednesday evening.

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Spring Break Immersion
11:07 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

California Students Learn About Natural Gas, Coal Industries

SkyTruth's David Manthos (standing) talks to students from the University of San Francisco about monitoring hydraulic fracturing sites through satellite imagery.
Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Ten students from the University of San Francisco are in West Virginia this week, spending their spring break getting a first-hand look at the coal and gas industries.

This immersion trip is taking place through Wheeling Jesuit University’s Appalachian Institute. It began in Wheeling with an orientation then the group traveled to the Morgantown, W.Va. and Washington, Pa., area to visit the Center for Coalfield Justice and spend time with the Friends of Decker’s Creek collecting water samples.

Becoming Frack Finders

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Festival of Ideas
9:44 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Researcher Gives Some Insight Into How the Brain Works

WVU Researcher Paul Holcomb discusses brain research during the Festival of Ideas.
Credit Diane Jeanty / WVU School of Journalism

We all have one- but there's a lot of mystery behind how it works- the brain, that is.

People who attended West Virginia University's Festival of Ideas in Morgantown last night left with a little more knowledge about how their brains work and also with an understanding that there's a lot about the human brain that we don't know.  

But this doesn’t bother one WVU neuroscience researcher who was the guest at last night's lecture.

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Pay Raise Debate
12:26 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Calls House Teacher Pay Plan 'Unrealistic'

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
Credit Office of the Governor

Given the tough budget forecast, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin thinks a proposal to give teachers $6,000 in raises over three years is unrealistic.

Tomblin told reporters Wednesday that awarding teachers more than a 2 percent pay increase he suggested would cost millions of dollars and require offsetting budget cuts.

The House Education Committee increased the raise Monday. School service personnel would also receive $100 more monthly over three years.

The Senate passed an $837 teacher pay bump.

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Childhood Obesity
4:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Some W.Va. Teachers Already "Move to Improve"

Mrs. Brenda Lee leads her class as they spell out words while participating in physical activity. Brenda is West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee's wife.
Credit Chuck Frostick

The Senate recently passed the “Move to Improve Act” which could change the daily grind in state classrooms. The bill is in response to the Healthy Lifestyles Act, which was passed by the legislature in 2005 without a mechanism to assure implementation. Lawmakers say they’re trying to address an epidemic of childhood obesity in West Virginia. 

Children and teens spend more than half of their waking hours at school.

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West Virginia Morning
8:46 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Water Woes in McDowell County Examined, Students Learning in New Ways, Clock Ticking in Legislature

On this West Virginia Morning, state legislative officials are working against the clock and snow to get more bills passed.

We explore the water problems in McDowell County more deeply,

And students don't need classroom settings to learn.

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New episodes and online game
9:47 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Mark Dr. Seuss's Birthday with a Week-long Cat-Ebration!

A new one-hour show of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! debuts on WV PBS Monday, March 3 at 3 p.m.
Credit Courtesy of Series copyright 2010, CITH Productions, Inc. and Red Hat Animation, Limited. Underlying characters copyright 1957, 1985 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

A special week of science-focused The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That! kicks off with a new one-hour special on WV PBS, Monday March 3 at 3 p.m.

West Virginia PBS is celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a week of new adventures on The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, beginning with a one-hour special on Monday, March 3 at 3 p.m. (special time)

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5:22 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

The Law Works - Truancy

On-air and online, PBS is essential
8:49 am
Wed February 26, 2014

PBS KIDS is a Vital Resource in Preparing Children for School

Parents Overwhelmingly Agree No Other Media Brand Meets Their Children's School Readiness Needs Like PBS KIDS

West Virginia PBS airs 11 hours of PBS KIDS programs each weekday and serves children and their families statewide through its Ready To Learn service.

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