PBS: Your Learning Neighborhood

Educator Guide

Your Learning Neighborhood!

Pennsylvania PBS is starting the new school year by expanding our theme of Learning at Home to Your Learning Neighborhood!

Your local Pennsylvania PBS station supports the learning needs of children and families throughout the commonwealth, and we recognize that learning occurs everywhere: at home, at school, and in your community.

When you are Learning at Home, we connect you to thousands of hours of educational and entertaining videos, activities, and games for preschoolers through high school.

When you are Learning at School, we support teachers and caregivers with resources that align with state standards.

We also connect you to free events and activities where you can Learn in Your Community.


Offline Learning Project: High Flyers!

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), in partnership with the Public

Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the Pennsylvania Intermediate Units (IUs) developed a variety of

offline solutions to support Teaching and Learning, Equity and Access, and Student Wellness and Safety.

The primary goal of the project was to ensure statewide access to offline direct instruction and content materials for families that do not have quality internet access. In focusing on equitable access, diverse populations were served through the various projects’ focus areas: students with disabilities, early intervention, and preschool students, English language learners, low socioeconomic populations, as well as areas without internet access and/or no technology.

Riverview IU #6 Educational Department, worked in partnership with WQED, For The Win Robotics, PA Rural Robotics, and Tuscarora IU #11 to provide the necessary teacher professional development and resources to prepare teachers to deliver both synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

12 educators were accepted into the grant program:

  • DuBois Area SD
  • DuBois Central Catholic
  • Jefferson Technology Center
  • Oil City SD
  • Redbank Valley SD
  • Titusville Area SD
  • Penn State 4-H Extension
  • Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) Club
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WPSU Stress Relief Bags

650 elementary students at Brookville, Brockway, and Forest Area recently received Stress Relief Bags to support them through this challenging year. The items and resources in these bags were chosen specifically to support Social Emotional Learning and provide stress and calming techniques to students. Each bag included supportive toys (stress ball, worry stone, silly putty), a stress relief journal with a mood pencil and colored pencils, a mood magnet, Coping Skills Handout, Kind Acts BINGO card (PBS Parents Resource), and a Keep Calm and Be Happy Book
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20 Hours of Weekly Content: Streamlined across ALL Pennsylvania PBS Stations

As part of Learning at Home, the seven PBS stations across the state have committed to broadcasting 20 hours per week of the same programs at the same time so that no matter where you or your students are in the state, programming will be consistent. Programming is aligned by grade bands and color-coded by PBS KIDS Learning Goals so that you can easily find the program that's right for your child/student.

BONUS: The links underneath each program provide access to supplemental learning materials related to the program (online and offline resources are available!)


Educator Webinars

1) Integrating On-Air PBS Programming into Your Curriculum 2) Utilizing PBS Learning Media Resources in Your Classroom 3) Using PBS Resources to Support Social and Emotional Learning

Family Code Nights

The #CSinPA team partnered with CS is Elementary and Pennsylvania PBS to bring to television stations all across the state a one-hour Family Night: Coding special.

Missed the special segment on December 10, 2020? Watch it online HERE!

Program Description: This hour-long special will encourage children, ages kindergarten through fifth grade, and their families to get excited about computer science together! Computer science is an exciting and growing field that impacts the world in countless ways. A large part of computer science is computer coding. If you don’t know much about computer coding, you will not want to miss this special. Children and their families will not only learn about coding and the exciting careers that depend on it, but they’ll also be invited to participate in hands-on activities that will help to introduce the basic principles of coding. The best part? No computer or special materials will be required.

PBS Wants to Connect with YOU!

Do your Pre-K educators, School Counselors, Social Workers, K-12 educators, etc. etc. want to learn more? Feel free to connect with Kelsi Wilcox Boyles (RIU#6) or Lori Rodgers (ARIN IU#28). We'd be happy to connect you with your local PBS affiliate to continue the conversation!

Find your PBS Affiliate

The map to the left shows the coverage area of the PBS affiliates throughout Pennsylvania. Click on the link below to get more information on your station.

  • WPSU - Clarion, Clearfield & Jefferson Counties

  • WQED - Clarion County

  • WQLN - Forest, Venango and Crawford Counties

Please follow, share, and tag the great work you are doing in your classrooms with Pennsylvania PBS:

Consider tagging PA Dept of Ed, too:

Hashtags: #TogetherPennsylvania #learningathome
Hashtags for PBS affiliates: #WHYY #WITF #PBS39 #WPSU #WQED #WQLN #WVIA