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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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, 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".  


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.

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. 

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Nature Nuggets

Mar 28, 2018

Bring science alive for the youngest of learners.  Nature Nuggets are short, minute-long videos drawn from NATURE, one of the most watched documentary film series on public television.  Included with these short videos are discussion questions and activities for students.

American Graduate: Getting to Work

Public Media Initiative to Advance Education and Career Readiness

Safer Internet Day

Feb 7, 2018

Today 2/6/2018 is Safer Internet Day. Organizations around the world are working with children to help educate them on best practices. Here are 4 lessons from Common Sense Media that can help parents and teachers navigate the new frontier.


Sid the Science Kid is about to head to Minnesota to celebrate the holidays with his family.  He is a reluctant traveler as he knows the weather will be cold and different from his home.  Sid, like any curious kid, with the help of his friends sets about exploring what temperature is and what it means.

For the second time in about a month we hear of another horrific shooting.   This time it is in a church in Texas. This is not the place to dig into the why, but rather to provide some resources to help parents and caregivers talk to the children.  We need answer our little ones' questions as best we can, it is important that children can feel safe and loved.

A West Virginia middle school science teacher has been honored as one of the nation's top educators.

Winfield Middle School teacher Erika Klose received a $25,000 Milken Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation on Monday. The award was given to 45 teachers nationwide.

Great public media resources at your fingertips.  West Virginia LearningMedia is free digital library with over 118 thousand pubic media resources from over 200 content providers.  Resources are suitable for pre-K through adults and are searchable by grade level, content area and type of resources. 

Sesame Street in Communities expands with a new initiative to help children overcome traumatic experiences and address difficult feelings like anxiety, grief, and anger. These bilingual resources present universal coping strategies that help children feel safe and become more resilient in a range of situations, and give caring adults the tools they need to foster nurturing connections.

Planning your Halloween decor? Carve your favorite PBS Kids characters on that pumpkin. 

Check out the possibilities:  Print out your favorite and begin to create a work of art!

Today the news is filled with the incidents in Las Vegas, what can I tell my young child?

Listen and talk with your child. When upsetting public events occur, children often pick up information about them at school, on TV or the Web, or from adult conversations. Children may feel scared, worried, upset, or confused by what they hear.

Clark Davis

West Virginia's U.S. senators say $4.6 million will be awarded to two programs to continue Head Start programs providing nutrition, health and education services to young children and their families.

According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, funding includes $1.5 million to the Kanawha County Board of Education and $3.1 million to the AFL-CIO Appalachian Council.

WVPB PBSKids 24/7 Channel

Movie Night for the younger set! 

Grab some popcorn and make a date with your favorite PBS Kid and join us for Movie Night throughout the summer. 

Send us a picture of your summertime fun #SummerAdventurePBS

This Summer Join in the Fun!