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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.
PBS TeacherLine Southeast Winter Course Offerings
Are you ready to get started with Common Core aligned and standard-based online professional development courses that will enhance your classroom skills? Do you want to take courses that help you earn CEU's, PDPs, or graduate credits? Then PBS TeacherLine Southeast, the premier provider of online professional development courses for preK-12 educators is the one for you! Start the new year off strong with new skills and knowledge with one of our 20+ upcoming PBS TeacherLine Southeast courses. Classes start December 4, 2013 and January 22, 2014. One class you may want to consider, which starts December 4, 2013 is RDLA152: An Intro. to Underlying Principles & Research for Effective Literacy Instruction (Gr K-8). This Literacy Credit approved and Common Core aligned course is one of TeacherLine's most popular and highly-regarded courses! The course runs Dec 4, 2013 - Jan 21, 2014 (includes extra week for holiday observances) and you must enroll by November 26, 2013 for this course. Click here to learn about other PBS TeacherLine Southeast course offerings and so much more.
Brain Power to the Rescue with Cybershase for STEM Education
Teachers, are you interested in resources to help your students use their "brain power" to address environmentatl challenges? Cyberchase is your answer! Produced by THIRTEEN in association with WNET New York, Cyberchase is the multi-media, Emmy Award® winning mathematics series for children available on air on PBS KIDS GO! and online through dynamic web games, videos and print activities. Developed for kids ages 8 to 11 and packed with mystery, humor, and action, Cyberchase delivers positive messages about math by teaching concepts in a fun way that kids can understand. Every episode features the CyberSquad kids-Inez, Jackie, and Matt, and their cyberpal Digit to help solve timely -- on epic new eco-adventures to tackle timely issuesCyberchase characters and settings, and on a math concept centered on national standards.Cyberchase also airs on our UNC-KD channel at various times and days!
Tapping into children’s love of nature and concern for protecting the Earth, in this new season of Cyberchase episodes, teachers, parents, and students are offered stories and activities focusing on math and the environment. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) topics that are addressed include keystone species, solar power, habitats, waste reduction, bar graphs, area, and more. In an effort to aid teachers with classroom support, on December 5, 2013, UNC-TV staff will conduct a Cyberchase training at Durham County South Regional Library located at 4505 S. Alston Avenue, Durham, NC 27713. This workshop is sponsored by a grant from WNET. To learn more about this professional development opportunity, contact email@example.com.
Check out the Cyberchase website at: http://pbskids.org/cyberchase.
PBS LearningMedia Teacher Core and Theme Week
PBS LearningMedia, a free digital media content portal for classrooms, recently named Mallory Mbalia, a Raleigh teacher, to its PBS LearningMedia TeacherCore. Comprised of preK-12 educators and library media specialists from across the country, this select group of 28 teachers works in partnership with local PBS member stations, such as UNC-TV, to champion digital learning. Mbalia's new role expands on her years of using PBS resources in her classroom and training teachers at statewide conferences.
With UNC-TV’s Prek-12 Director Pamela Orr, Mbalia participated in a two-day Digital Education Summit at PBS Headquarters in Crystal City, VA, earlier in the year, where they were equipped with tools and training that enhances student learning. These two ladies will work together to champion digital learning in their communities. For more information, contact Pamela Orr at 919-549-7149 or send an email to the educational outreach staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every week, UNC-TV PBS LearningMedia offers a different content theme. Our theme for this week, November 18-22, 2013 is "Map This! Geography Awareness Week."
1) Map This! Learn how analyzing maps help students discover new topics to explore further and support the development of critical thinking skills that can apply to other representations of the world. (Grades: 2-12)
2) Map This! Check out the Teacher’s Guide and explore the historical background of a variety of maps, examine different types of mays and more! (Grades: 2-12)
As Alicia Levi, Managing Director of PBS LearningMedia stated, “PBS LearningMedia is transforming the way educators teach and how students learn through the thousands of digital resources offered on the site.”
To sign up for unlimited access to the thousands of PBS LearningMedia resources, including Map This!, visit UNC-TV's LearningMedia at http://unctv.pbslearningmedia.org/.
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UNC-TV's Trainers Will Present Workshops at the 2014 A.S.K. - A Day for Child Development Professionals Conference
On February 22, 2014, UNC-TV staff will conduct 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 will include science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), literacy, and social/ emotional health .Featured workshops are: Math Power to the Rescue, Peg+Cat, PEEP and The Big Wide World, Sid the Science Kid, and What Do You Do With The Mad That You Feel?. As noted, educators will be inspired and informed about effective teaching and developmentally appropriate practices.Contact hour credits (CHCs) and continuing education units (CEUs) will be provided for designated sessions! Full details and registration information can be found at the Child Care Services Association website : http://www.childcareservices.org/. For information about UNC-TV's workshops, contact email@example.com.
Other UNC-TV Resources for Teachers:
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bullying Resources for Educators/Parents Using the Learning Triangle Model of View, Read, Do
UNC-TV has resources to help educators and parents take on bullying with materials curated from PBS Parents on the Parents & Teachers section of the Arthur website.
View PBS KIDS Arthur Program
Watch two all-new Arthur episodes devoted to the issue of bullying -- "The Last Tough Customer" and "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh." Preview a clip from the "The Last Tough Customer" here: http://bit.ly/16mNCMT.
Read the Book: Charlie and the Dimpled Dragon written by Gray-Haired Granny (Jean Millard). Want to promote kindness, respect AND counter bullying? You’ll love how this engaging picture book (grades K-3) helps children understand the beauty of diversity and the power of acceptance.
Do: Here are some resources to help you talk to your kids/students about the issue of bullying: http://to.pbs.org/ZZqUob.
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