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

Nominations are open for West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Above And Beyond award, which recognizes and rewards excellence and creativity in teaching.

Beginning in October, a West Virginia teacher will be chosen each month to be surprised and rewarded for his or her ingenuity in — and in the case of potential coronavirus lock-down situations — out of the classroom.

The West Virginia Public Broadcasting team, along with many of its great friends, will read the book Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina to children across the Mountain State on October 29, 2020, as part of Jumpstart’s international initiative, Read for the Record.

Kelly Griffith, WVPB’s Director of Education, says she's looking to make sure there are readers in each of West Virginia’s 55 counties.

Charles Shelton III  won first place winner in the kindergarten division of WVPB's 2020 Writers Contest with his story "The Funny Things In This Book".  WVPB Videographer Daniel Walker recently animated the story, using the Charles's drawings and voice. We think it turned out great!

WVU Extension Service and West Virginia Public Broadcasting have partnered to bring youth programming into the homes of West Virginia families.

Siddie K. Cipoletti of Beckley won first place in the Fourth Grade category of the 2020 PBSKids Writers Contest presented by WVPB.
Siddie K. Cipoletti

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s PBS Kids Writers Contest presented by West Virginia Public Broadcasting!


Winners have been notified and have received their awards by mail. Their full stories will be published on our Education page in the coming days and all first-place stories will be featured in WVPB's Education Newsletter. Please, stay tuned and go here to sign up to get the newsletter!

This is a picture of Kelly Griffith on Capitol Street, Charleston, WV.
Lalena Price / WVPB

Kelly Griffith, a former teacher with a strong focus on early literacy, has been named Education Director for West Virginia Public Broadcasting effective immediately, said Executive Director Chuck Roberts.


The West Virginia Department of Education has entered into a partnership with West Virginia Public Broadcasting to deliver student engagement content for West Virginia students amid the COVID-19 school closures.

As schools in West Virginia close in response to the COVID-19 virus, The West Virginia Channel will provide a daily, five-hour At-Home Learning Service for students in grades 6-12.

Writers Contest Deadline Extended

Mar 25, 2020

Our Writers Contest deadline has been extended.  Writers in Grades k-5, you have until April 10 to submit your entry.  Winners will receive Amazon Gift Cards and your story will be posted on our website.  entry form and rules

Remembering Katherine Johnson

Feb 24, 2020

In 2017, the West Virginia Legislature recognized Katherine Johnson, a female pioneer at NASA and a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, marking April 3, 2017 as Katherine Johnson Day.  Katherine, a West Virginia Daughter, broke gender and racial barriers, she left her mark with an impressive career at NASA, she even has a lego figure named after her. 

Today, February 24, we say goodbye to Katherine Johnson and thank her for her contributions to science, engineering and for her part in inspiring those who have come after her.. 

Sharpen your Pencils, Dig out the Crayons

Jan 1, 2020

Calling all budding authors Kindergarten through Grade 5.  Time to write and illustrate an original story and enter it into the WVPB Annual Writers Contest.  Winners at each grade level will have their stories published on our web-site and win great prizes.  Prizes are awarded to the first 3 places at each grade level.

Ken Burns Classroom Launches on PBS LearningMedia

Nov 21, 2019

This week, PBS announced the launch of Ken Burns Classroom on PBS LearningMedia – a one-stop online destination for free teaching and learning resources inspired by Ken Burns’s renowned documentaries. Created for 6-12th grade educators, the new hub houses a full library of classroom-ready content – aligned to state and national standards – to help students further explore the complex historical events and issues illustrated in Ken Burns’s films.

Curious George Makes Pancakes

Nov 12, 2019

Webster-Addison Public Library took the title of this classic Margaret & H. A. Rey book quite literaly when the Webster County Public Library hosted an Inquire Within Program.  Young patrons and their parents heard the story and spent several hours making crafts and yes, making pancakes. 

Super Why! Visits Marshall

Oct 22, 2019

For the fourth year, WVPB Education Staff participated in Marshall University's SUPER Day.  Hundreds of students from schools in the Huntington area came to Marshall to celebrate literacy.  Middle school students kept elementary students engaged by reading to them.  Afterwards, students went from station to station engaging in literacy activities.  It is a day of pandimonium and excitement. 

Margaret Miller, WVPB Curriculum Specialist, says" It is a crazy day, but to see so many children get excited about reading and learning makes it workwhile.

Flynn Larsen/Sesame Workshop/AP

Sesame Street has a history of tackling big issues.

Last week, they launched a new short film to help kids going through tough times when their parents are struggling with addiction.

Young Author Warns 'Don't Judge A Sock By Its Color'

Aug 1, 2019
4th Grader Elliot Jackson displays his winning story 'Don't Judge A Socks By It's Color'
Linda Jackson

Elliot Jackson won first place among 4th graders in West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s 2019 Writers Contest with his story 'Don't Judge a Sock by Its Color'. He came to our studios to record a version for radio weeks later.

Upon hearing Elliot's story, WVPB video producer Pat Sergent wondered what it would be like to add animation to Elliot's drawings. We think this venture turned out great, especially paired with Elliot's narration. 

WVPB Launches 'Inquire Within' Initiative

Jul 24, 2019

West Virginia Public Broadcasting launched a new initiative creating dynamic partnerships with libraries around the state.  Inquire Within, a grant funded initiative, brings award winning PBS content to the libraries in the exchange the libraries agree to offer activities to some of its youngest patrons and their parents. 

PBS content focuses on the whole child: social emotional learning, early reading literacy, and experiences in STEM content, all resources offered with this program. 

Molly Of Denali brings Alaska Adventure to WVPB

Jul 2, 2019


Molly of Denali, a new PBS Kids series premieres on July 15, 2019. The show follows the adventures of feisty and resourceful 10 year-old Alaska Native, Molly Mabray. It will air at 8:30 a.m. Mon-Fri on WVPB. 

Elliot Jackson won first place among 4th graders in West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s 2019 Writers Contest with "Don't Judge a Sock by its Color".
Elliot Jackson

Elliot Jackson won first place among 4th graders in West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s 2019 Writers Contest. Elliot came into our studios to record his story, "Don't Judge a Sock by its Color".  


K. Cutwright

Kacey Cutright won first place among 5th graders in West Virginia Public Broadcasting's 2019 Writers Contest. Her story, Cutright Family Experiments from My Point of View, is about how her dog perceives changes associated with home schooling.

Dorsey Cutright

Dorsey Cutwright won first place among second graders in West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s 2019 Writers Contest. Dorsey came into our studios to record his story, Adventure of a Lifetime.

2019 Writers Contest Winners

May 3, 2019

The Writers Contest is an annual tradition for WVPB.  This year there were a record number of entries submitted, from students in kindergarten through fifth grade.  There was an incredible range of entries from both in-state and out-of-state, entries from entire schools, from homeschoolers, from library and afterschool programs and from our PBS Kids who learned of the contest and wanted to write a story. 

WVPB to share Science U @home

Apr 22, 2019

Science isn't just a subject, it’s a way of understanding the world around us.

Clifford visits West Virginia

Apr 17, 2019

Clifford The Big Red Dog, America's favorite Big Red Dog,  made several recent appearances around the Mountain State.  He stopped at Avery Pre-School in Morgantown for a read aloud,  he met Governor Justice at the State Capitol Easter Egg Hunt, and finished off with a visit to Hundred Library in Wetzel County. 

Clifford The Big Red Dog is larger-than-life dog and his best friend Emily Elizabeth will be back on PBS Kids this fall with new animated stories.

Young Writers Contest Jan 1-March 31

Dec 18, 2018

It is that time of year again.  The 2019 Writers Contest is on! Writers grades K-5 send us your best story and you might just be a winner. Contest runs through March 31. Not sure where to start? Our Writers Contest booklet will walk you through the process.  Deadline to enter is March 31st.  Click Here for entry form and rules. See last year's winners.

More StoryCorps: The Great Thanksgiving Listen

Oct 26, 2018

In September StoryCorps came to Charleston, WV to record scores of oral history stories.  Those who particpated shared stories of their lives with each other, they were recorded and preserved for the National Archives in the Library of Congress.  Over the next few months we will be sharing some of those stories over the air and on our web page.

PBS LearningMedia at MU's Super Day

Oct 1, 2018

Picture 500 grade school children decending upon a college campus eager to engage in reading and literacy  events and you have an image of SUPER DAY (Students Using their Powers to Engage in Reading.)  For the third year Marshall University College of Education and Professional Development has sponsored an event to encourage area students to enjoy reading.  And, for the third year WVPB's Education staff, incuding The SUPER WHY team have been a part of the day. 

2018 Writers Contest Winners

May 7, 2018

Congratulations to all the writers who submitted entries this year.  Thanks too, judges.  Marshall University Education Majors took their judging job seriously as they counted words and discussed the merits of the stories entered.  They were impressed by all the stories submitted and that made their job even more difficult.  Please find this year's winning entries.  We hope you are thinking about what tale you will tell for next year's contest.

Skillful Jobs: Getting to Work with American Graduate

Apr 4, 2018

Middle-skills jobs, those requiring more than high school but less than a four year degree, make up one-third of all jobs in the United States, have an average annual salary of more than $45,000, and are projected to remain in demand in the future.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting has been awarded a grant from American Graduate and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to investigate opportunities for careers outside of a four-year degree.