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A Year in Review

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.


Stress Relief Bags

650 elementary students at Brookville, Brockway, and Forest Area 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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Summer Resource Bags

865 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade throughout Jefferson, Clarion, and Forest counties received WPSU resource bags to support learning engagement throughout the summer. Schools and public libraries were able to request bags that focused on Reading and Math or STEM Experiment kits.

  • The Reading and Math bags each included the book “Peg + Cat: The Camp Problem!” bringing math and literacy together in an engaging story. Additional literacy resources included a PBS KIDS Summer Activity Book, a journal, and sidewalk chalk. Math resources included a deck of cards and a Geoboard with suggested activities for both.
  • The STEM Experiment kits included instructions and additional tools to be able to extract Strawberry DNA, an experiment from WPSU’s Science-U @ Home website, along with a magnifying glass, a flashlight, a journal, a Tornado Tube, and a book of “1001+ Fantastic Facts About Science” for additional STEM exploration.

Schools and public libraries that requested and distributed bags include Brookville Library, Jefferson County Library System & Mengle Memorial Library, Knox Public Library, Marienville Library, Redbank Valley Library, Sarah Stewart Bovard Memorial Library, Clarion-Limestone Elementary, Hickory Grove Elementary, Punxsutawney Area Elementary School, and Redbank Valley Primary School.

Offline Learning Project: High Flyers!

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 on this grant project. Each educator participating in the program received 8 drones and professional development to prepare to deliver flexible instruction utilizing the BUILD | FLY | CODE curriculum, along with Raspberry Pis to aid in instructing students who do not have Internet access.

12 educators (and their students) 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, and Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) Club
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Remake Learning Days: "Take and Make" Bags

For the first time, Northwestern Pennsylvania participated in the national Remake Learning Days Across America (RLDAA) festival, which brought a 10-day celebration of learning to our region. Northwestern Pennsylvania hosted 60 local events (in person, virtual, and hybrid) between May 6 and 16 as part of the festival, with access to 400+ additional virtual events happening nationwide.

Utilizing resources from the PBS Parents website, WQED and Riverview Intermediate Unit #6 collaborated to create two PBS related "take and make" activity kits for local students:

The Robot Doctor: Robotics and Mathematics for HS Students

A television series co-produced with WQED/Pittsburgh and developed in partnership with the PA Rural Robotics Initiative and Carnegie Mellon’s RobotWits LLC, offers eight programs and supported-learning activities focused on Robotics and Mathematics lessons for high school students.

The Robot Doctor addresses deficit skill areas in mathematics and is part of the

regular Learning at Home broadcast schedule. Each 14-minute video is a teaching

module that includes a lesson assignment. With mathematics as a core standard

in the Commonwealth, programming like The Robot Doctor provides key content and learning support.

Teachable Moments

Regional Educators -- Dr. Joseph Harmon, Redbank Valley SD and Delaney Gara Wolfe, Riverview IU#6 each shine in a WQED produced "Teachable Moment" airing as a commercial on local PBS channels and available to view online.
iQ Smartparent Teachable Moments: Signing the Alphabet
iQ Smartparent Teachable Moments: Your Voice, Your Vote

WQLN: Homeroom

Developed in response to what Educational Outreach Manager Kathy Woodard called “the education equity crisis created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the WQLN Homeroom programs air weekday mornings on WQLN 54.1 and are also available online. Each day of the week is devoted to a different subject, with 25-minute lessons from local teachers for each grade level from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Seasons 1-3 Available Here

Family Nights

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PBS Wants to Connect with YOU!

Do your Pre-K educators, School Counselors, Social Workers, K-12 educators, etc. want to learn more? Feel free to connect with Kelsi Wilcox Boyles. 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, Forest, & Jefferson Counties

  • WQED - Clarion & Venango County

  • WQLN - Forest, Venango, and Crawford Counties

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