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Meet the Super Teachers…WQED’s Training Team

WQED's Super Teachers are an elite and well-trained group of teachers, instructional coaches, and PBS fans who use an “interactive discovery” approach toward teaching professionals. Our Super Teachers and staff provide a useful, child-engaging set of practical courses that feature PBS programs, case studies, standards-aligned and highly effective evidence-based curriculum. We hope you’ll join us!

Full Session overview (click to show/hide)

  • Each session is three-hours in length with the exception of PBS Tools which can be given in a 90-minute version.
  • WQED requires no fewer than 25 learners in each session and prefers no more than 30 learners.
  • Attendees should have a laptop or iPad for PBS sessions. Projector/Smartboard required.
  • Act 48 and DPW credit will be awarded.
  • The sessions are FREE to Intermediate Units and Head Starts as well as on request.
  • WQED distributes FREE toolkits, booklets, CD’s, PBS collateral, printables and/or books to each learner.

Workshops (click to show/hide)

  • Each session is 90 minutes in length.
  • WQED requires no fewer than 25 learners in each session.
  • WQED prefers attendees have a laptop or iPad. Projector/smartboard required.
  • Act 48 and DPW credit will be awarded when done in combination with another 90-minute workshop.
  • The sessions are FREE to Intermediate Units, parent groups, librarians and Head Starts as well as on request. Donations from parent/community groups accepted.
  • WQED distributes FREE toolkits, booklets, CD’s, PBS collateral, printables and/or books to each learner/participant.

Full Sessions:

Well Kids: Safety, Nutrition and Wellness (click to show/hide)

In this course, WQED’s Super Teachers share a Safety, Nutrition, and Wellness curriculum that explores diverse topics – such as trying new foods, practicing fire safety, and learning the importance of brushing your teeth – through Sesame Street, Arthur, and other PBS shows. The curriculum, based on Pennsylvania’s State Standards, gives early childhood providers a month-by-month calendar with links to videos, printables, and games. In addition, learn how to use My Street, Sesame Workshop’s social network, to share wellness video assets with your co-teachers.

Intended Audience: Head Start teachers; administrators; Pre-K, kindergarten and Grade 1 teachers; paraprofessionals; consultants; and independent early childcare providers.

PBS Tools 101 (click to show/hide)

PBS is a treasure trove of digital and non-digital resources for educators. WQED Education Department staff or Super Teachers provide a comprehensive overview of the most useful and well-liked PBS programs and media tools. Explore the full range of PBS materials on literacy, numeracy, and social and emotional wellness in this fast-paced session that integrates games with books, apps, and videos, while connecting home to school and back. You’ll be amazed and well-equipped to harvest every PBS tool! In addition, learn how to use PBS KIDS Island, a free tracking system for early literacy, and WQED’s PBS Learning Media. Find out what’s new and explore the many ways in which PBS programming naturally embeds best practices and rich content into a broad range of programs. PBS materials for parents, students and teachers will be provided.

Intended Audience: Early childhood teachers; Head Start teachers; Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grade 1 teachers; coaches; administrators; consultants; and parents.

Intended Audience: 4th – 8th grade teachers; administrators; consultants; and parents. This session will feature STEM and/or ARTS content for upper grade levels.

Math4You (click to show/hide)

Engage early learners in interactive math practices based on the Common Core Standards as well as the PBS Math Framework used across the nation as part of Ready to Learn. WQED Super Teachers demonstrate classroom use of PBS programs for specialized mathematics skill-building and share a Math curriculum built on themes such as counting, shapes, patterns and much more. The curriculum provides links to videos, printables, and games. Featuring PBS’s newest show, Peg+Cat and the musical, mathematical strategies within this TV show. Learn how to use Dino Train, Curious George, Sesame Workshop, and WQED’s PBS Lab. PBS materials for teachers, parents, and students will be provided.

Intended Audience: Head Start teachers; Math coaches; administrators; supervisors; Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 teachers; science consultants; and STEM enthusiasts.

Social and Emotional Learning (click to show/hide)

for young children might be one of our greatest challenges. WQED uses its child-engaging media assets to demonstrate to children how to regulate one’s emotions to handle stress, control impulses, persevere in overcoming obstacles, express emotions effectively, empathize with others, and recognize and appreciate individual differences. Learn techniques, drawn from Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and other PBS programs, to assist children in handling disappointment, anger, and conflict. Learn how to use My Street, and WQED’s PBS Learning Media to share video assets, clips, songs with your children. PBS materials for teachers, parents and students will be provided.

Intended Audience: Head Start teachers; Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers; transition educators; supervisors; counselors; paraprofessionals; therapists; administrators; consultants; and independent early childcare providers.

Full STEAM Ahead with PBS (click to show/hide)

Engage early learners in interactive science and engineering practices based on the Common Core Standards as well as the PBS Math Framework used across the nation as part of Ready to Learn. WQED Super Teachers demonstrate science, physics, literacy, arts and math in accessible ways and through case studies, games, apps and more. Learn how to use Curious George, Cat In The Hat Knows a lot About That, Peep and the Big Wide World, Sid The Science Kid, and PBS’s newest show, Peg+Cat. PBS materials for teachers, parents, and students will be provided.

Intended Audience: Head Start teachers; STEM and arts coaches; administrators; supervisors; Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 teachers; and STEM and arts consultants.

Social Studies with PBS (click to show/hide)

Explore how children can learn about their community, cultures and the world around them without ever leaving the classroom using PBS Digital Assets. Video clips from Sesame Street and PBS Learning Media of real children and families from other countries will help children to understand this multicultural world. The Wild Kratts help children imagine traveling back in time and history! Learn how to incorporate Spanish into the early childhood setting with Oh Noah!, the voting process with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and geography with Fizzy’s Lunch Lab. Make Social Studies lessons, which can often times be abstract concepts, come to life with help from PBS. PBS materials for teachers, parents and students will be provided.

Intended Audience: Head Start teachers; Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers; transition educators; supervisors; counselors; paraprofessionals; therapists; administrators; consultants; and independent early childcare providers.

Literacy: The ABC’s of PBS (click to show/hide)

Join the WQED education team as we explore the unique language and literacy resources that can be found in both PBS and WQED programing. Beloved PBS properties such as Super Why, Word Girl, Martha Speaks and Between the Lions are just a few of the researched based, standards aligned assets participants will have an opportunity to delve into during this interactive session. Out of this world reading, writing, and technology proficiency are within every child’s grasp. PBS’s commitment to early childhood literacy is unparalleled. WQED Multimedia brings you quality programming each and every day to encourage children’s ability to read, write, and comprehend language. Discover how these childhood favorites can be entwined in the learning environment to enhance literacy skills for all students.

Intended Audience: Head Start teachers; Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers; Grade 1 teachers; Grade 2 teachers; literacy coaches; supervisors; counselors; paraprofessionals; therapists; administrators; consultants; and independent early childcare providers.

Workshops:

The Electric Company Summer Learning and Extended Learning Programs
Each 90-minute workshop focuses on using a fabulous curriculum, based on The Electric Company, to support the valuable learning time that happens out of school.

PBS Tools 101
A 90-minute version of our popular full session!

Peg+Cat=Math+Music
A 90-minute workshop that focuses on the use of musical strategies to teach mathematics in PBS’s show Peg+Cat!

iPads and Apps
A 90-minute workshop that focuses on using PBS apps on the iPad with an emphasis on supporting educational resources.

Speech and Communication
A 90-minute workshop that focuses on using Super WHY! and other PBS shows for children with special needs around speech.

Parent Workshops:

Food for Thought
A 60-minute workshop that focuses on teaching your child healthy eating habits, and learn strategies for coping with uncertain or limited access to affordable, nutritious food with this Sesame Street Toolkit.

For Me, For You, For Later
Learning financial basics can be easy! This 60-minute workshop helps build the foundation for your child to become a financially responsible adult using this Sesame Street Toolkit.


Want to register?

Call 412.622.1394 to find out more or schedule your training sessions.

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