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 Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center

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This week on WCTE’s Get Ready To Learn radio show, join Cindy Putman and special guest Amy McBroom Stockwell, Director of the Upper Cumberland Family Justice Center, as they discuss the impact that domestic violence has on families.

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Spotlight on The Great Shake at Northeast Elementary

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This week on the Get Ready To Learn radio show, host Cindy Putman welcomes a full studio of very special guest co-hosts. Putman was joined by Northeast Elementary School (NES) principal Dr. Melissa Palk and assistant principal Tera Brooks as they discuss a special event that recently took place at NES-The Great Shake.

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Spotlight on Rotary Club ScratchJr Workshops

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This week on the WCTE Get Ready To Learn radio show, host Cynthia Putman is joined by special guest Dr. Tammy Knipp, president of the local Breakfast Rotary. They shared more about a milestone with Putnam County students: a Family Creative Learning Workshop that resulted as a partnership between the Cookeville Breakfast and Noonday Rotary Clubs and 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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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.