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.  UNC-TV promotes learning for a lifetime with UNC-TV's LearningMedia and other educational media, face-to-face teacher and parent workshops, PBS TeacherLine professional development courses, online bilingual resources, contests, games, and mobile apps and Just For Kids community events with Read-a-roo and her PBS pals.

Also, teachers and parents work together to ensure that children enters school "ready to learn" and that students "stay more eager to learn" through graduation.   UNC-TV provides materials that are beneficial for the home, school, and the community through our PBS KIDS Raising Readers initiative and other education efforts, such as the American Graduate initiative and PBS LearningMedia TeacherCore.

Register Now for the April 30 / May 7, 2014 TeacherLine Courses!
Why PBS TeacherLine?
 - Vital: earn graduate credits and/or CEUs†
 - Innovative: acquire new tools and tips that you can apply to your curriculum
 - Engaging: interact with peers and experts in a virtual learning environment
 - Flexible: select from 15, 30 or 45 hour facilitated or 3 hour self-paced courses that fit your busy schedule   

Click here to learn about other PBS TeacherLine Southeast course offerings.

Planning For the New Year with UNC-TV PBS LearningMedia
As you plan for 2014, use UNC-TV's LearningMedia powered by PBS LearningMedia for a motivating collection of professional development resources addressing key themes affecting 21st century educators like the Common Core and the use of digital media in the classroom. To sign up for unlimited access to the thousands of PBS LearningMedia resources, including the new  Homeschool Collection which is designed to support one-on-one learning and self-paced, student-driven inquiry, visit UNC-TV's LearningMedia at http://unctv.pbslearningmedia.org/.

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Cyberchase Offers FREE STEM Resources For Teachers-Request A Cyberchase Toolkit
Developed for kids ages 8 to 11 and packed with mystery, humor, and action, Cyberchase delivers positive messages about math by teaching standard-based concepts in a fun way that kids can understand. The new episodes tap into children’s love of nature and concern for protecting the Earth. Teachers, parents, and students are offered stories and activities focusing on math and the environment, including topics that address  keystone species, solar power, habitats, waste reduction, bar graphs, area, and more.   Explore the website for great resources, activities, video, and games today and also learn about the 2014 Cyberchase Game-Making Challenge:  http://pbskids.org/cyberchase!   

For a limited time, 50 teachers can request a FREE Cyberchase Math and the Environment Educator Toolkit, by contacting Pamela Orr, UNC-TV's PreK-12 Director at 919-549-7149 or elearning@unctv.org! 

The 2014 A.S.K. Conference Was A Huge Success!
On February 22, 2014, UNC-TV staff conduced five standards-based and interactive workshops at the 2014 Advancing Skills and Knowledge (A.S.K)-A Day for Child Development Professionals Conference that will be held at East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, NC. UNC-TV's workshop topics included science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), literacy, and social/ emotional health. Featured workshops were: Math Power to the Rescue; Engage, Enhance, and Excite with PBS LearningMedia; PEEP and The Big Wide World; Sid the Science Kid; and What Do You Do With The Mad That You Feel?. 119 educators attended the UNC-TV workshops and were inspired and informed about effective teaching and developmentally appropriate practices.

Some workshop comments included:

" I wasn't really interested in science, but this workshop helped me a lot."

"Hands on ideas; easy to implement in my classroom."

"I learned to make science a day to day thing inside the classroom."

"Anger is an emotion that can be dealt with in positive ways.  Redirection is a tool. You gave us a lot of tools to use. Thanks!"

"Creative, inspiring workshop." "I learned ways to calm down, self control strategies and the importance of boundaries."

For information about UNC-TV's workshops, contact: elearning@unctv.org.

Happy Earth Day with NOVA!
Happy Earth Day! Use NOVA's standards-based Earth system science PBS LearningMedia collection to explore the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet with your students. Check out NOVA Labs and participate in real time scientific research! The Labs are timely, educational, and are designed for curious minds between ages 10 and 110. See the cool NOVA content for Grades: 6-12 at:  http://ow.ly/vPh12.

Sesame Street's New Resource-Little Children, Big Challenges
Young children face challenges every day, that's why it is so important to help them build the skills they need to become resilient and self-confident. With self-confidence and the ability to express themselves, little ones will be able to handle whatever may come their way…and will just keep getting stronger.  For educator and family guides, media resources, booklist, and so much more, visit Sesame Street's website at: http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/challenges.

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.
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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