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

Planting Seeds to Help Kids Learn

Last Updated by Kate Spears on

Think back when you were a child and had the opportunity to play outside and really get dirty. Childhood should be about play, exploring and learning, and time outside provides great opportunities for all three! Students at Putnam County's Jere Whitson Elementary School are going to have that opportunity when school starts back in the fall.

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WCTE & PBS Kids Offers Free Tools & Resources for Parents of Young Learners

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Thanks to a Ready To Learn grant to CPB and PBS from Congress and the U.S. Dept of Ed, there are great free apps for your kids. These apps combine innovative transmedia content, learning analytics and parent reporting features that are revolutionizing how we create media to engage kids, advance their learning, assess their understanding, and support their progress!

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Ways to Get Involved - Be a Caring, Consistent Adult in a Child's Life

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This week on WCTE's Get Ready To Learn radio show, RTL Learning Tools Facilitator Cindy Putman and Lee Wray, American Graduate project manager share stories about the past months of their cradle to career initiatives.

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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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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.