WVPB Education

The WVPB Education Team is telling West Virginia’s story by developing audio, video and digital content and sharing its resources with students, teachers and caregivers. WVPB Education engages the public through workshops and community events. WVPB Education offers content for learners of all ages

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. 

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The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has approved an increase in the maximum amount students can be awarded for the fall semester.

A statement from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission says students can now be awarded up to $2,700 in grants for the 2016-17 academic year, which is a $100 increase.

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)

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. 

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.

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Of the 718 public schools in West Virginia, 129 have school-based health centers (although note that some elementary/middle or middle/high schools share a center). Just over 30 percent of those, including Riverside High School in Belle, have mental health services.

“I think it’s [the mental health services] a good thing because a lot of teenagers struggle with depression or something wrong with them - they think that - especially in adolescence, the way the brain develops and all that stuff,” said Lillian Steel-Thomas, a senior at Riverside.

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.  

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

According to a study by New America's Education Policy Program, West Virginia leads the nation in developing children's literacy skills.

West Virginia was one of five states graded as “walking” in the report, meaning the state is making solid strides towards a comprehensive birth through third grade literacy policy.

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.

West Virginia Morning
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When visiting Charleston in October, President Barack Obama endorsed a local program he heard about.  It’s called Handle With Care.  The program is for children who are effected by their caregiver’s drug use. 

The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - telling West Virginia's story.

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:

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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