February 2022
National Recognition for WQED Educators
"Cathy and Gina are a dynamic duo who bring open, respectful, and inclusive hearts and mindsets to their work with children, families, and community partners."

-Michael Fragale
CPB Vice President & General Manager, Education Strategy and Content
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) announced WQED’s Gina Masciola and Cathy Cook as joint recipients of the 2022 Bobbi English Champion for Children Award. According to the press release from CPB, this award "recognizes Cook and Masciola for their dedication to the enrichment and engagement of children in their local community." The Pennsylvania PBS stations are proud to have Cathy and Gina as colleagues. Click here to learn more.
Listen and Learn
This month's podcast spotlight is on C-Speak: The Language of Executives from WITF. Each episode in this podcast features local business leaders discussing relevant and timely business topics with host Sharon Ryan.

Topics covered recently include: workforce & economic development, corporate responsibility, and recruiting challenges.
Click here to listen.
Creating Classroom Community Through Song
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WPSU presents their next professional development webinar Tuesday, March 22 from 4:00-5:00pm.

This webinar will be focused on creating classroom community through song. Artists from the touring production Small Island Big Song will be joining to show how songs and chants can be integrated into your classroom and support your community of students. Act 48 credit available.

Talking About Mental Health
PBS39's ongoing series, Community Conversations, includes community members from the Greater Lehigh Valley who come together to discuss pressing issues impacting their local communities and beyond.

Students, teachers, and community members got a chance to make their voices heard on how the pandemic has affected learning, students' mental health, and the school system as a whole.
Click here to watch.
Exploring History
Teachers and parents looking for new learning experiences for their students or children should look no further than WPSU's Virtual Field Trips.

WSPU has produced a variety of virtual field trip experiences including a tour of Fort Roberdeau, a historic military fort built during the American Revolution.

Click here to watch.
Recognizing Great Teachers
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WVIA's Great Teachers Contest is underway and they want to hear from high school students! Students can submit an essay about a teacher that made a difference in their life. In addition to a cash prize, WVIA will come to the winner's school to film the teacher and student who submitted them.

Students from schools that participate in WVIA's Enhanced Scholar Program are eligible to submit. Entries are due by March 27.
Honoring Good Souls
The Good Souls Project is a new initiative from WHYY Radio. Hosted by Cherri Gregg, Good Souls recognizes individuals within the Delaware Valley Region that are making a significant positive impact on their community and neighbors.

Cherri Gregg highlights a Good Soul every Monday at 12:30pm and 5:44pm on WHYY 90.9FM. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis. Pictured above are recent honorees - click on their pictures or here to learn more.
Updates from Your Learning Neighborhood
Writing Contests - there's still time for students to submit their entries!
Students in Kindergarten-3rd grade can submit their entries until March 15th for these stations:
Students in Kindergarten-5th graders through can submit their entries until March 31st for WQLN's contest.
Students in Kindergarten-3rd grade can submit their entries until May 1st for WVIA's contest.
The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) was held earlier this month and some of the education directors from the Pennsylvania PBS stations were there with our PA Intermediate Unit partners.

Together, we talked with educators about Your Learning Neighborhood, options for educational equity, PBS LearningMedia, and more. You can access the handouts here.
Pictured at the Pennsylvania PBS booth:
Kelsi Wilcox Boyles from RIU6, Sarah
Hamilton and Jennifer Scudder from WPSU.
March schedules and activity sheets
And the award goes to....
Congratulations to PBS39 for winning four Public Media Awards presented by the National Educational Television Association (NETA). Find the list with links to the programs and projects here.
The Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters recognized excellence in broadcasting for both TV and radio features and programs. Find the list with links to the award-winners here.
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