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.

It's Now Time to Register for the July 15, 2015 Summer Courses!!

Teachers, summer is the perfect time for you to brush up on your professional development skills by using the PBS TeacherLine Southeast summer courses.  The wide variety of "hot" courses are scheduled for July 15 - August 25, 2015!  Available courses cover Leadership, Math, Instructional Technology, Reading and Language Arts, Social Studies and more. Also, learn about the new self-paced courses. TeacherLine is:

  • Vital: earn graduate credits and/or CEUs, including Literacy Credits †
  • 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 budget

Listed below are some of the course offerings!

[Literacy Credits] Teaching Phonics and Spelling for Beginning and Transitional Readers
[Literacy Credits] Teaching Reading Fluency
[Literacy Credits] Teaching Reading in the Content Areas
Connecting Family, Community and Schools
Developing Algebraic Thinking in Grades 3-5
Digital Lesson Planning for Differing Learning Styles
Fundamentals of Virtual K-12 Teaching
Leveraging Smart and Social Digital Media in the Classroom
Online Facilitator Training I: Mastering the Skills of Online Teaching
Plants and Animals - Special Collection: Teachers' Domain, produced by WGBH Boston
Raising Readers: Preparing Preschoolers for Success
Teaching Math (Grades K-2): A Special Collection from Annenberg Learner

Enroll now to save your seat!

Plum Landing - A New STEM Resource

Hello educators! Get ready to take kids on fantastic adventures and marvelous missions with PLUM LANDING, an exciting new STEM project from WGBH Boston that helps kids develop a love for, and connection to, this amazing and beautiful planet we call home.When you visit the website, you will discover games, videos, lesson plans and resources for parents! Click here to start your exploration of this rich content.

Register for the 2015 NCaeyc 62nd Annual Conference

Mark your calendars for exciting NCaeyc’s 62nd Annual Conference, September 17-19, 2015 at the beautiful, state-of-the-art Raleigh Convention Center, 500 Salisbury St, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601, in the heart of our vibrant state capital! This year's conference theme is Purpose + Passion + Potential = Professionalism.  UNC-TV trainers will conduct a variety of workshops at the annual conference. Also, PBS KIDS Mr. Steve will conduct workshops during the pre-conference sessions and throughout the conference.  Click here to get information about the conference. You don't want to miss this conference. For more information about UNC-TV's workshops, contact: elearning@unctv.org.

Cyberchase Offers FREE STEM Resources For Teachers
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. Spread the word about these great math and science resources!

Discover Nature's Surprises as You "Explore the Outdoors"
What better way to celebrate the spring, than to explore the outdoors?  New episodes from PBS KIDS series Dinosaur Train and Wild Kratts do just that on April 6-24.  In addition to the shows, UNC-TV's Educational Services staff will conduct a variety of "Explore the Outdoor" educational and engaging STEM events for families, teachers, and the community. This is a grant funded initiative.

Science Education with the Wild Kratts
Created for 6-8 year olds, Wild Kratts joins the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure as the duo travels to animal habitats around the globe. Each adventure explores an age-appropriate science concept central to an animal's life.  Check out the teacher resources here.

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