WSIU Education Services in Action
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.
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.