November 2020
WVIA Grants & Education Officer and Two PAIU Representatives discuss the distribution and impact of Raspberry Pis
In this Q&A session, Kirsten Smith, Alexandra Konsur-Grushinski and Rebecca Gibboney discussed the use of the Raspberry Pis and the anticipated impact that this technology will have for students while learning from home during the pandemic. As the Grants and Education Officer at WVIA, Smith has worked closely with Konsur-Grushinski and Gibboney to implement this initiative.
"The Raspberry Pi allows those kids to have almost entirely the same experience as a kid that does have internet access at their home."
- Alexandra Konsur-Grushinski, NEIU

"With the Raspberry Pis, we have that whole instructional loop that usually happens in the classroom that is missing here in remote learning."
- Rebecca Gibboney, BLaST IU

"This is a beautiful marriage between the mission of public education and the mission of
public media."
- Kirsten Smith, WVIA
Pennsylvania PBS promotes social and emotional learning through music in 'Ready Set Music!' initiative
Feelings can be hard for children to talk about, so they often demonstrate their feelings before using words to share how they feel. Helping children use words to describe what is happening inside them is an important part of Social and Emotional Learning.

'Ready Set Music' aims to use music to help teach kids words and messages that can allow them to express how the feel in words. Pennsylvania PBS shares several songs that talk about feelings paired with activities and social stories that provide an opportunity for children to further think about the message of the song and their emotions.

To listen to songs like the one below and explore activities, visit our website.
Congratulations WITF!
WITF recognized with two National Edward R. Murrow Awards
WITF was recently honored with two awards two National Edward R. Murrow Awards by the Radio Television Digital News Association. Since 1971, RTDNA has recognized news organizations that demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

WITF was honored with an award for excellence in social media for Three Mile Island: As It Happened. Over the course of six days, WITF shared minute-by-minute updates of the partial meltdown at the nuclear plant with historic footage, audio and documents. By posting to Twitter as if the events were happening in real time, the thread expressed the uncertainty and fear that Central Pennsylvanians felt in 1979.

WITF’s PA Post, which merged with Spotlight PA in August, was awarded excellence in writing by a small digital news organization. The award was won for How a Pennsylvanian Ended Up In Iconic D-Day Invasion Photo. WITF Multimedia News Director Tim Lambert unraveled the story behind a scene that happened on Omaha Beach in Normandy 75 years ago. It was immortalized in a picture of Private First Class Nicholas Russin of Lyndora, Pa. being dragged ashore, half-drowned, under artillery fire. Lambert’s emotional story details the events leading up to that photo, who some of the men pictured were, and what happened to them.

2020 Election Coverage
Your local Pennsylvania PBS stations continued election coverage, even after election day. Stations followed the big national and your local races. In addition to following the election, stations provided important information and resources to Pennsylvania voters. Click on each station to follow their election coverage!
Learning At Home Schedules
The 2020-2021 school year is very different, and Pennsylvania PBS wants you to know that you are not alone. Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, we are continuing to provide educational videos and activities to support you through Learning At Home.

The December and the rest of the November Learning At Home schedules are available in English and Spanish on our website.
December Schedule
To see the full schedules, click on the images!
Join us every weekday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on your local PA PBS station!
Happy Thanksgiving from Pennsylvania PBS!
Pennsylvania PBS - Who We Are

Pennsylvania PBS (PA PBS) is the collective name for seven public media organizations located throughout the Commonwealth.

Our Vision

Inspired and empowered by its partners, Pennsylvania PBS will be a keystone in the civic, educational and cultural fabric of the Commonwealth.

Our Mission

To leverage, unify and amplify the education mission and collective impact of the 7 Pennsylvania PBS stations in the lives of all Pennsylvanians.

Pennsylvania PBS reaches over 12.4 million Pennsylvanians in large, diverse, rural and under-served communities.

Our Partners

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