WCTE Get Ready To Learn with Special Guest Moms

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On this week’s edition of our Get Ready To Learn radio show, join WCTE’s Cindy Putman Ready To Learn Project manager and two great moms who also happen to be WCTE employees, Jodi Pitts, Events & Engagement Manager and Samantha Chambers, WCTE Events Assistant.

Jodi and Sam have children ranging from babies to 4th graders. They share how they both trust PBS KIDS and consider it a safe place for their children to visit when on the internet. Jodi, who has the oldest children, shares the importance of monitoring your child’s time on mobile devices. Both moms agree that these steps are important:

  • Talk with kids about media content: Talking to our kids about media content is perhaps the best way to help them learn the good and avoid the bad in media content. Parent-child conversations about media not only reinforce positive lessons, they may be essential to helping our kids get the most out of educational media.

  • Use media with our kids: According to the Common Sense Census, 80 percent of parents are strongly or somewhat satisfied with the amount of quality educational TV available to them. Other research shows that spending time using media with our children is a great way to help them learn from and enjoy positive media. There are ample opportunities with PBS programming to do just this.

  • Provide rules with reasons: Have you ever noticed that young kids seem to ask ‘why’ all the time? Research shows that when kids understand the reasons for the rules we set about how much time they can spend with media, or about what shows they can and cannot watch, they tend to respond better to media rules.

If you are wondering about screen time for your child check out this article from PBS Parents

Being full-time mothers and having full-time careers can be a challenge for all parents. Jodi and Sam share that their love for the work they do around events at WCTE is super rewarding for their creative side.  Currently they are planning, creating, designing and overseeing the WCTE Annual Dinner that takes place on March 5, 2018

Everyone is invited to this fun evening!

Join WCTE-PBS in celebrating 40 years of broadcast television!

WCTE’s Annual Dinner is a fundraising event that celebrates the station’s accomplishments of the past year, and recognizes extraordinary individuals who contribute to the success and enrichment of the Upper Cumberland.

This year, on WCTE’s 40th anniversary, the station is excited to welcome guest speaker Paula Kerger, President & CEO of PBS, which is the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization with nearly 350 member stations.

Individual ticket $45, includes Open Seating and Reception/Dinner. Reserved Tables for 8 are $500

To round out their discussion they chat about WCTE’s Edcamp that is taking place on March 8th.

Join us at Prescott South Middle School - March 8, 2018 5pm – 8pm

1859 South Jefferson Ave Cookeville, TN 38506

➢ You are invited to a free PBS Edcamp for people who work with kids birth to 3rd grade, homeschool parents, daycare providers, Head Start, and educators

➢ Dinner and Door prizes

PBS, Edcamp, WCTE, and the Putnam County School System are partnering to build rich, early learning educator communities, by providing a time for educators to hold conversations, network, and broaden their personal learning networks. At the center of this partnership are shared beliefs that educators are the heart of the learning ecosystem and deserve focused allies who can help them enhance their craft.

➢ Attendees collaboratively determine the schedule of sessions on the day of the event.

Sessions are participant-driven and encourage sharing and collaboration amongst everyone who comes to the session. It is a time for educators to share their best practices, their challenges, and their passions, each listening for key information to enrich their personalized professional development. Inservice points and/or certificates will be provided.

➢ Edcamps are free, participatory events organized by educators for educators.

Most sessions are informal conversations or demonstrations. It's common for many different people to lead an event, to share an idea, show student work on their laptop, or ask questions. There is no single expert in the room! Participants are empowered to have a voice and choice at Edcamp and encouraged to subscribe to the "Rule of Two Feet," staying for sessions that meet their needs and politely leaving ones that do not.

To register for this free event- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wcte-pbs-edcamp-pcss-tickets-42763490752

For more information call WCTE@931-528-2222 # 303


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.