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's Ready To Learn Year in Review - 2016

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It's hard to believe that this is the last Saturday of 2016! WCTE's Ready To Learn host Cindy Putman is flying solo today as she reminisces about the special guests, events, and topics that made this program such a success in its inaugural year.

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Spotlight on TTU Child Development Lab and Being Your Child's First Teacher

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We all know that school is an important place in the life of a child, especially because it's where so much learning takes place. However, long before you send your child off to school, he or she has been learning, growing and developing. Did you know you are your child's first teacher? Without ever entering a classroom, a baby brain is a little sponge soaking up the world around them.

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Impacting a Child's Life

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This week on WCTE's Get Ready To Learn radio show, host Cindy Putman was joined by special co-hosts Hannah Ellis and Logan Hartman. Both are former students of Putman's and former interns of WCTE.

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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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PBS Parents

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PBS Learning Media

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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.