Stories of Impact

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WSIU Education Services in Action

The mission of WSIU Public Broadcasting is rooted in education. WSIU makes a difference in people’s lives through its educational programs and activities. Below are recent examples of how WSIU’s education services impact students and teachers in our area each and every day. Below are recent examples of how WSIU’s education services impact students and teachers in our area each and every day.



Intro to Kindergarten – Kinderclub

Intro to Kindergarten is a video meant to prepare youngsters for their first school experience. Developed by the Ready To Learn outreach team at WSIU, this video features children and staff from North Side Primary Center in Herrin, Illinois.

In My Neighborhood

Herrin fourth graders learn about childrens author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats.

Fizzy’s Lunch Lab

Members of the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale learn to count, graph, and add with PBS KIDS online resources.

Expanding Your Horizons

Girls in junior high and high school work to create dance pads that sound a buzzer and flash lights.

Raising Readers – Valerie Barko

Valerie Barko tells us about a Raising Readers camp organized by WSIU Public Broadcasting.

The Electric Company Circuit Tour

Shock descended upon southern Illinois to promote literacy.

Neighborhood of Make-Believe

More than 700 people celebrated with Daniel Tiger and nursery characters during WSIU’s Neighborhood of Make-Believe event.

WSIU’s Mobile Learning Lab

SIU student intern Bianca Jenkins leads a mobile learning project using PBS KIDS games to help children acquire math, science skills.

Martha Speaks Reading Buddies

Local teachers describe their classroom implementation of an innovative vocabulary-building program.

Raising Readers – Robbie Koen

Robbie Koen discusses the positive impact WSIU Public Broadcasting has on her community.

PBS Teacherline – Keely R. Gelso

Keely R. Gelso describes her experiences taking the online Raising Readers course from PBS TeacherLine.

Wonderreel Content Preview in S.I.

Students ages 7 – 11 in southern Illinois previewed a group of high quality international children’s programs — the Wonderreel!

Ready To Learn: Family Involvement

Ready To Learn: Methods That Reach Children

In this video, WSIU and local child care community members use the power of television to teach new skills. The Learning Triangle, a PBS KIDS Ready To Learn teaching model featuring Read-View-Do, is explained by members of the Illinois Migrant Council and Child Care Resource & Referral.

Ready To Learn: Proven Teaching Methods

Robbie Koen and teachers in the Southern Seven Head Start program learn new and exciting ways to reach children during a teacher workshop offered through WSIU’s Ready To Learn service.

Ready To Learn: Teacher Workshops and Family Involvement

Early childhood educators participate in WSIU’s Ready To Learn training workshop to help empower parents and create positive impacts in high-poverty communities.

SciGirls 2

Carterville middle school girls and female mentors from Southern Illinois University work though issues of barriers and competition in the STEM disciplines. The girls get inspiration and an informal science education framework for learning through PBS KIDS SciGirls programming.

Trees Across America

The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale take a hike at Giant City State Park and learn about trees, rocks, and insects as part of a PBS KIDS Go! nature exploration grant project.

Dr. Christopher Koch – American Graduate Champion

Christopher Koch, former Illinois’ state superintendent of education, has spearheaded an effort to improve the training of school principals and implemented a statewide teaching performance standard.

Learning Technology—Luken’s Story

WSIU Plum Landing

Plum Landing is an environmental science project that helps children ages 6-9 develop a love for and a connection to the Earth.

Ready-to-Learn: Transmedia Demonstration

Learning Technology—A Principal’s Story

Odd Report 1—Triangles

Odd Report 2—Counting

Odd Report 3—Squares

WSIU Family Day 2017—PBS Kids Star Party

We took learning ‘out of this world’ during our 2017 family day event at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon, IL. The event, The PBS Kids Star Party, helped children get a better understanding of the universe and astronomy with a deep dive into space exploration.