WCTE Gets into the Holiday Spirit with Parades, PBS Kids, and More!

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The holiday season is here and this edition of the Get Ready To Learn radio show has a holiday theme! WCTE is getting ready for parade season, and we're making appearances at many area Christmas parades, along with our pal Clifford, the Big Red Dog. See below for a schedule of area parades and look for WCTE at each!

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Putnam County Schools Pre-K Program Gets Kids Ready To Learn

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Curious about what kids are learning in Pre-K these days? Join WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn radio show host Cindy Putman and special co-host Wendy Davis, a Pre-K teacher in the Putnam County School Systems as she shares how her 20 Pre-K students at Algood Middle School spend their days. Davis explains that her teaching strategy for her Pre-K class is aligned with the following Tennessee standards.

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Bridges Out of Poverty - Resources in the Upper Cumberland

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Have you or anyone you know been affected by poverty? Have you ever wondered where you might sleep on any given night, or where your next meal might come from? If you have a warm safe home and no fear of losing it, perhaps homelessness isn't something that worries you. But as something that does affect members of our community, we believe it's important to spread the message of awareness.

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Education - A Bridge Out of Poverty

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Recently, a group of community leaders, faith based organizations, educators, and social service providers gathered in the Upper Cumberland for an important discussion. The topic? Causes and effects of poverty on children and families.

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Ways to Address Issues of Bullying in Kids & Teens

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We know that an important way to combat bullying is by being a consistent and caring adult in a child’s life. Parents, school staff, and other caring adults can help kids understand bullying, keep the lines of communication open, encourage kids to do what they love, and model how to treat others with kindness and respect.

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Homelessness in the Upper Cumberland - Resources for Families in Need

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Did you know that (according to one study) every year 600,000 families with 1.35 million children experience homelessness in the United States? The same research found that children make up about 50 percent of the homeless population in the U.S. This might be hard to believe, but even in the Upper Cumberland, homelessness affects students in our school systems.

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WCTE Engages Kids and Families through Traditional & Modern Ways

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WCTE is always looking for new ways to engage kids and families. This includes everything from community events (like Make a Difference Day - Oct. 22nd) to hands-on Family Creative Learning workshops (using PBS KIDS ScratchJr), reading programs, and more!

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Kids & Social Media: Helpful Information and Tips for Parents

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Social media is a huge part of our lives these days. Did you know that 81% of kids age 12-17 use some form of social media regularly? All of us, including our kids, are bombarded with various messages while spending time online. As a parent, it’s important to think about how your child uses various types of media and what kinds of boundaries you set.

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WCTE Shares Health & Fitness, plus STEAM Education with Putnam County LEAPS Campers

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Over one hundred children from all over Putnam County attended the Putnam County School System Extended learning LEAPS 21st Century camp during fall break (Oct 3-7). This year’s camp theme was health and fitness and focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math)

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WCTE Shares Resources for Military Families in the Upper Cumberland

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Would you believe that nearly 800,000 preschoolers are separated from a parent serving in the U.S. military? Often there are challenges presented when these parents return and things are different from how they used to be. On this week's Get Ready To Learn radio show, host Cindy Putman welcomed Ron Rohrbach as a special guest on the show to talk about some of these issues.

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WCTE finds Success in Innovative Model of Community Engagement

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WCTE is seeking to fulfill our educational mission and achieve success by coming together, keeping together and working together with our CC-ELM model of community engagement. CC-ELM stands for Community Collaboratives for Early Learning and Media and it was made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (“CPB”).

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Celebrate All the Big & Little Things in Life - Plus a Special Celebration with Brent Carl Fleshman

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Every new day brings something to celebrate. Whether it's a small or large personal victory, or something that the entire community can take part in, looking for opportunities for celebration is a great way to teach your kids empathy and teambuilding. Plus, it helps them look for the good in all situations and be more well-rounded, positive people.

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Stations of Imagination - A WCTE Tradition Going Strong

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WCTE has a long tradition of education in the Upper Cumberland. Even though the projects and initiatives we have taken on have evolved, our commitment to education has never changed.

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WCTE Welcomes Special Guest Devon Steven, CPB Dir. Ready To Learn Community Engagement

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Lots of exciting things are happening in the Upper Cumberland, and we hope you’ll tune in each Saturday morning on the WCTE Get Ready To Learn radio show to hear more! Devon Steven, Dir. of Ready To Learn Community Engagement from the Corporation of Broadcasting recently joined WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn host Cindy Putman to talk about all the exciting educational initiatives taking place.

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Stations of Imagination - A Look at the History of this Community Event & Spotlight on the Johnston Family

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This will be the 21st year the Johnston family has celebrated the life of their precious Sawyer with Stations. What started as a small event has grown to become a free day of fun for the entire community - bringing families and friends together to make lasting memories.

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American Graduate

American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is WCTE's commitment to supporting community-based solutions to the dropout crisis.

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WCTE's Ready to Learn initiative addresses school readiness in the Upper Cumberland


WCTE Academic Bowl

WCTE Academic Bowl

Taping January 31 & February 7 @ Derryberry hall on TTU's campus

WCTE's Stations of Imagination at Fall FunFest

WCTE's Stations of Imagination at Fall FunFest

Friday, September 11th from 5pm - 9pm Saturday, September 12th from 10am - 9pm on the Cookeville Square

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Workshops!

WCTE’s Educational Team can customize workshops or professional development trainings for your group or organization. For workshop information, or to inquire about scheduling a workshop, call 921-528-2222 x. 227 or email us.

Topics are listed below:

  • Using Media as a learning tool
  • Using PBS kids apps to extend learning
  • How to be your child’s first teacher
  • Sesame Street Workshops
  • How does poverty effect a child’s brain
  • Literacy and Math
  • Brain Development

Workshops can be conducted in English and Spanish.