Beginning April 13,, Virginia public media stations will broadcast teacher-led classroom instruction aligned with the commonwealth’s academic standards into homes across the state. Blue Ridge PBS, VPM, WETA and WHRO Public Media worked closely with the Virginia Department of Education to create “VA TV Classroom” to provide instruction to students in grades K-10 who are unable to access other distance learning options due to a lack of high-speed internet.
The “VA TV Classroom” on-air schedule is as follows:
K-3 instruction airs from 1-2 p.m. with Standards of Learning-aligned content provided by WHRO Public Media. “Learn to Grow with WHRO” segments will be 15 minutes in length and led by teachers.
Grades 7-10 instruction airs from 2-3 p.m. with SOL-aligned content provided by WHRO Public Media focusing on Earth Science and Algebra 1.
During the week of April 27, “VA TV Classroom” will add a special hour from 3-4 p.m. called “AP Prep Week,” with content provided by Virtual Virginia — in collaboration with WHRO — focusing on a different AP subject each day. The hour will include two 30-minute segments.
Read press release here.
VPM (Virginia Public Media), serving Richmond and Roanoke, is now offering Learning Plus, a special educational TV schedule for learning at home. Beginning March 23, Learning Plus programming offers air from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on weekdays on our VPM Plus channel offering free over-the-air programming for PreK-12. VPM has also created a new at-home learning webpage for parents and teachers to facilitate learning during school closures.
VPM announced a new video series with the First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam and two beloved PBS KIDS characters, aimed at helping children and families stay healthy and connected as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact communities in Virginia and across the world. Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat of DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD join First Lady Northam for fun activities to learn how to practice healthy habits and stay connected with loved ones while social distancing. In an effort to support both physical and mental wellness, together they model the importance of handwashing, managing emotions and sharing feelings with a parent or caregiver. The videos will air on VPM and other public television stations across Virginia. NETA will also share the videos via PBS Source Station Exchange this week, use keyword “StationVCOVID19”.
View the videos at: https://vpm.org/articles/11897/social-emotional-skills.
WHRO Public Media announced that they are providing free access to their high-quality online courses for all teachers and students. This extensive catalog of textbook independent, award-winning, and customizable online courses is typically only available to the 21 school divisions that are owners of WHRO Public Media, but now freely available to all through their new Digital Learning webpage