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

Do you remember what it was like to be a second grader?

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Join Ready To Learn radio show host Cindy Putman as she interviews two second graders from Capshaw Elementary, Gaspar and Juana, as they share about their adventures in school. These two Putnam County School System students have been in the LEAPs program for the past two years.

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Spotlight on Youth Villages in Upper Cumberland

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Join WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn host, Cynthia Putman and Tiffany Maynard, Foster Parent Recruiter for Youth Villages, as they discuss the need for Foster parents in the Upper Cumberland. Maynard answers questions that people considering becoming Foster Parents will be able to use to help make an informed decision.

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Spotlight on PBS KIDS Nature Cat LEAPs Camp & TN Jr. Ranger Program

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Would you like to discover an adventurous way some Putnam County School System spent Spring Break 2018? If you want to hear about their adventures, tune in at 9:30 a.m. on 107.7 and 1400 The Hub, as Cindy Putman and Brenda Hughett interview some LEAPs students who just completed PBS KIDS Nature Cat LEAPs Camp and the Tennessee State Parks Jr. Ranger Program.

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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.