WCTE's Educational Mission:

To make sure all children enter school Ready To Learn, become an American Graduate and develop a love of learning so they can become life-long learners. What distinguishes WCTE and PBS from other broadcasters is our public service commitment to fostering lifelong learning. This commitment is reflected in our on- air educational programs, our online services and in the work we do within the community.

These two initiatives powered by grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting allow WCTE to empower families and communities with the resources, tools and support to break cycles of generational poverty and chronic school underchievement, to narrow the achievement gap, and teach parents how to be their child's first teacher.

WCTE Education Blog

WCTE on the Radio - Becky Magura and Public Media Advocacy

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Host Hannah Rawiszer welcomes special guest WCTE President & CEO Becky Magura for the entire show to talk about the importance of WCTE PBS, a public broadcasting station in our upper Cumberland region. They will also chat about Protect My Public Media, a campaign to help citizens reach their elected officials about public media advocacy. Visit to learn more!

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Spotlight on Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy and Issues of Abuse in Children

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Join WCTE’s Ready To Learn Host Cindy Putman and her special co-host Upper Cumberland Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Jennifer Wilkerson as they discuss a very serious issue, sexual abuse of children. They will also discuss some of the local programs that are in place to help children and families navigate this journey.

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Spotlight on Putnam County Schools Food Services Program, Part 2

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More than 30 million children across the United States file through school cafeteria lines every day. This week on WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn radio show, host Cindy Putman is joined once again by Putnam County School System Program Supervisor for Food Services Kathlyn Walter to learn more about what PCSS is doing to feed its students lunch. This is part two of a two part series.

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Ready To Learn

Ready To Learn

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

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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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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.