Teachers & Childcare Providers

What Does UNC-TV Offer Teachers and Childcare Providers? 
UNC-TV’s unique programs and public media services provide people of all ages with enriching, educational, life-changing television. Since 2005, PBS children’s outreach has used a Literacy 360° approach and funded PBS stations to create a new generation of community outreach programs, designed to supplement the educational television programming with various support services for children, parents, childcare providers, and teachers.   From preschool through college and beyond, UNC-TV plays a crucial role in education, serving as one of our region’s largest classroom.

The needs of North Carolina’s pre-schoolers, students, educators, and parents are complex, varied, and numerous.  UNC-TV meets those needs in a variety of skillful and creative ways such as: face-to-face teacher and parent workshops; PBS TeacherLine professional development courses; UNC-TV's LearningMedia; PBS KIDS Raising Readers initiative; American Graduate initiative; online bilingual resources; summer camps; contests; games; mobile apps; and Just For Kids community events with Read-a-roo and her PBS pals.

UNC-TV provides materials that are beneficial for the home, school, and the community through our education efforts and partnerships.

Play Outside NC, a PNC funded initiative

PNC Grow Up Great helps prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and in life.

Play Outside NC is a PNC Foundation supported project developed by the NC Institute for Child Development Professionals and UNC-TV to increase the capacity of early childhood teachers and adults with young children to help them grow early math and science knowledge and skills through the provision of a free continuing education units training, tools, public community events public television programming and appearances at conferences, such as the Smart Start Conference. Click here for more information.


Boost Your Learning with PBS TeacherLine This Season!

Take an online PBS TeacherLine course and be empowered with new knowledge, tips, and classroom tools. PBS TeacherLine facilitated courses offer convenience, credit, and high quality!  Available courses cover Leadership, Math, Instructional Technology, Reading and Language Arts, Social Studies and more.
Enroll now to save your seat for the facilitated courses scheduled to begin December 7, 2016, and January 18, 2017. Check out the new courses.

UNC-TV Staff Conducts Training at the Advancing Skills and Knowledge (A.S.K.) Conference

UNC-TV staff will conduct a workshop titled "Anytime, Anywhere Learning with Nature Cat ," at the 44th Annual A.S.K. Conference for educators on February 25, 2017. Attendees will participate in an engaging workshop and receive relevant research-based and standards-aligned content. There is a registration fee. Participants must register for the conference by visiting the  Child Care Services Association website

Cyberchase: STEP IT UP Program

Produced by THIRTEEN, Cyberchase Season 10 takes kids on educational adventures involving math, health, and the environment – from encouraging kids to be active and eat well, to teaching kids about reducing waste and growing gardens. To extend the season's health theme in communities, THIRTEEN partnered with ChildObesity180 at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy to develop CYBERCHASE: STEP IT UP, a program that inspires kids and educators to find opportunities to work more steps into their regular day while learning related concepts in math. Across the country, approximately 6,000 children will participate in the program, pursuing a collective goal of adding 30 million extra steps. Locally, UNC-TV will partner with approximately 620 students and teachers at Eastway Elementary School in Durham, NC and Parkview Elementary Expressive Arts Magnet School in High Point, NC to pilot the Step It Up Program.  Take a peak at the Cyberchase episodes and you too can start "stepping it up." Watch our Step It Up NC video!

Discover Nature's Surprises as You "Explore the Outdoors"
PBS KIDS offers great resources to explore the outdoors such as Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood "There's So Much to Explore Song!"  Use this song in your classroom or family childcare setting! This resource is aligned to the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and along other national standards. In addition to this song, UNC-TV's Educational Services staff can conduct a variety of "Explore the Outdoor" educational and engaging STEM workshops and events for families, teachers, and the community. Contact us at elearning@unctv.org.

Back to School With PBS LearningMedia
Bring your classroom to life with UNC-TV PBS LearningMedia for teachers and students. Teachers have a place to get thousands of free research-based classroom resources. K-12 students have a dedicated place to access trusted content, homework support, and custom coursework.  Check out the student portal here. Also, prepare for 'back to school season' with this video to get your students prepared and excited for the new school year.

Using Inspiring Middle School Literacy
to Support After School Programs

If you are looking for resources designed to support afterschool programs serving  middle schooler, then explore this resource. These online self-paced lessons for blended learning, funded by the Walmart Foundation, are designed to enhance the literacy skills of struggling readers in grades 5–8.  Each uses videos, interactive activities, note taking, reading, and writing to present students with an engaging science, social studies, mathematics, or English language arts topic.

Over 65 Workshops and Counting!

UNC-TV offers over 65 workshops that have been approved for contact hour credits (CHCs) by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services / Division of Child Development-Early Education. More workshops are added as new content is available.  Click here to see a list of some of the workshops.

Most of UNC-TV's pre-K workshops have been aligned to Foundations-North Carolina's Early Learning Standards and many of the workshops for older students have been aligned to local, state, and national standards such as the Common Core Standards to ensure that teachers can readily and easily use PBS materials in the classroom. For more information about UNC-TV's workshops, contact elearning@unctv.org.

What is UNC-TV's Ready To Learn Educational Service?

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Our Ready To Learn/PBS KIDS Raising Readers services seek to serve children ages 2-8 years, their teachers, and their families across our state and to promote school readiness and early literacy for all of North Carolina's children. As the state's Public Television Station, UNC-TV offers commercial-free children's television with ideas for learning included between programs. The tips support the programs by emphasizing specific themes. Children are encouraged to acquire information, to try new and different things, and to learn from their own experiences. Working through problems by talking, sharing and compromising is an important component. Additionally, children are shown how it is possible to be patient, and how to work to overcome obstacles in order to reach their goals-with stress on empowering children and reinforcing their sense of self worth and individuality.

UNC-TV's Ready To Learn services reach out across North Carolina to stimulate young minds in the areas of Physical/Motor Skill Development; Social/Emotional Skill Development; Critical Thinking/Problem Solving Skill Development; Language/Literacy Skills Development; Cognitive Skill Development; Science Study; Life Skills Development; Cultural/Social Diversity Appreciation; Understanding; and Music/ Art Appreciation and Performance.

UNC-TV also provides services for older students and their teachers in a variety of UNC-TV's projects such as Connecting Literacy Project with elementary school, Martha Speaks Reading Buddies Program, Superwhy Summer Reading Camps, Get The Math teacher training and Train the Trainer model, 2012 National STEM Video Challenge Event with Franklin County Schools and North Carolina Cooperative Extension, and contest such as the PBS KIDS Go! Writers, to name a few.

Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences and  different learning styles are integrated in our workshops. According to the University of Georgia, studies show that teachers have always known that students had different strengths and weaknesses in the classroom. Gardner's research was able to articulate that and provide direction as to how to improve a student's ability in any given intelligence, thus developing lesson plans that meet the needs of individual children. For more information, click here.

UNC-TV staff also offer academically stimulating and fun community events. Many times, Read-a-roo and her PBS KIDS' pals join these events!

Who is Read-a-roo? 

Read-a-roo is UNC-TV's reading mascot. She is seven-foot kangaroo who visits schools and libraries across the state introducing children to the exciting world of reading. She attends reading awards programs, helps with story time in schools and the community, provides station tours and travels to reading festivals encouraging children to read. Roo also loves to move and promotes nutritious eating and fitness.

Roo can be seen on UNC-TV between children's programming announcing various opportunities for children, such as the Read-a-roo’s Block party, PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, Meet and Greet opportunities with other PBS KIDS pals, promoting healthy habits, and so much more! Read-a-roo is a hit with all ages.

PBS Ready To Learn is supported by a cooperative agreement from the U. S. Department of Education, PR/Award Number R295A00002.

Educational Services for Teachers and Childcare Providers at UNC-TV