Spotlight on WCTE Partnerships, NETA Presentation & ACEs

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This week on WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn radio show, host Cindy Putman welcomes Brent Clark, WCTE’s Director of Content & Digital Media, as they discuss the opportunities that WCTE has as an educational leader in the Upper Cumberland.

Brent and Becky Magura, CEO and president of WCTE are excited to share the Power Of Partnerships at The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) conference. NETA is a professional association that serves public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Clark and Magura are presenting about the partnership with Zimmer Broadcasting, a commercial radio station, that hosts an hour of prime Saturday morning programming for WCTE. The hour is made up of two 30 minute shows, one which focus on education, called Get Ready To Learn.

WCTE is a hub of the rural community and strives to provide information that creates lifelong learners among their viewers.

Putman also discusses the new PBS KIDS show, PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC.

Coming to WCTE on  February 19, 2018, PBS KIDS will premiere PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC, a new animated series that will encourage children to explore the arts and spark creativity. Produced by WGBH Boston and based on the best-selling HarperCollins Pinkalicious book series by Victoria Kann, this new multi-platform media property will be available nationwide on PBS stations, the new 24/7 PBS KIDS channel and PBS KIDS digital platforms. Designed for children ages 3-5, PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC encourages kids to engage in the creative arts and self-expression, covering areas such as music, dance and visual arts.

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC follows the adventures of Pinkalicious and her brother Peter. Pinkalicious imagines creative possibilities everywhere she looks. She is an artist at heart—and, like most creative people, she sees the world differently from others. She knows what she likes, and she’s not afraid to express herself—though she sometimes needs help from her brother, Peter, and her neighborhood friends.

WCTE is delighted to share this new program with their viewers and encourages families to schedule time to co-view this program with their early learners.

Rounding out this week’s show is a discussion about ACEs- Adverse Childhood Experiences.

WCTE was funded by the state of Tennessee to produce a series of six stand-alone episodes called Building Strong Brains: ACEs, The Tennessee Story, in collaboration with  agencies, organizations, communities and other stakeholders involved in the state’s ACEs Initiative.

The purpose of the series is to increase information about and awareness for ACEs messaging that will be shared with all public television stations in the state, and can potentially reach every citizen in the state. WCTE is also involved in the Public Awareness Campaign about ACEs supported by a grant to the Commission on Children and Youth from the Office of Criminal Justice Programs. Clark and Putman have worked closely on the documentary and are anxious to share it with viewers on the following dates:

Thursday, February 1st

  • Episode #1 at 7pm - ACEs and Their Effects
  • Episode #2 at 7:30pm -The Role of Stress


Sunday, February 4th

  • Encore Episode #1 at 5pm - ACEs and Their Effects
  • Encore Episode #2 at 5:30pm - The Role of Stress


Thursday, February 8th

  • Episode #3 at 7pm - Fact not Fate
  • Episode #4 at 7:30pm - Building a Strong Foundation


Sunday, February 11th

  • Encore Episode #3 at 5pm - Fact not Fate
  • Encore Episode #4 at 5:30pm - Building a Strong Foundation


Thursday, February 15th

  • Episode #5 at 7pm - Community Involvement
  • Episode #6 at 7:30pm - Initiatives and Solutions


Sunday, February 18th

  • Encore Episode #5 at 5pm - Community Involvement
  • Encore Episode #6 at 5:30p - Initiatives and Solutions


For additional information about topics discussed on WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn Radio Show contact Cindy Putman or Kristy Keeling at 931-528-2222 ext#300


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM.


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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.