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

Spotlight on Putnam County Schools Food Services Program

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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 by Putnam County School System Program Supervisor for Food Services Kathlyn Walter to talk about what PCSS is doing to feed its students lunch. This is part one of a two part series.

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Helping Your Kids Explore Career Options

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It is never too early to start thinking about how you want to spend the rest of your life, even if you are in the fourth grade. Careers are the topic on this week’s WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn radio show when host Cindy Putman is joined by Putnam County Schools Academic Career Coach Ashley Allison.

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Spotlight on Putnam County Imagination Library & Governor's Books From Birth

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Did you have a favorite book when you were growing up? This week on WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn radio show, host Cindy Putman and co-host Paulette Witt, retired educator, entrepreneur and preschool founder and director, will discuss the importance of placing books in the hands of children, parents or caring, consistent adults in a child’s life.

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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.