For over 30 years, WVIA has provided Instructional Television programming to its member schools. By delivering a vast inventory of high quality curriculum-based programming, WVIA is addressing standards and learning objectives directly to our member schools through professional development, academic centered competition, and other educational resources. WVIA is uniquely positioned to provide multimedia services, and has been a leader in the use of new technology as it has evolved from film, through videotape, two-way distance learning over ISDN, to web-streaming and podcasting.
For information on any of the WVIA education resources contact Andrea O’Neill at 570 602 1182 or andreao’firstname.lastname@example.org
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degrees that work
Artist of the Week
PBS Writers Contest
Great Teachers Essay
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Please browse our site to see the resources we have available to all the students and teachers in your district. From Scholastic Scrimmage to Artist of the Week to Curriculum and Professional Development, the WVIAV-Media program offers a wide array of useful opportunities for both student and educator. For more information about any of these programs, please contact Andrea O’Neill at (570) 602-1182 or andreao’email@example.com
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WVIA and the Pennsylvania College of Technology have teamed up to create informative programs about the cutting edge, technical careers that await our current high school and college students. As they are completed, each episode of the degrees that work series will have high school curriculum to accompany it and will be available On Demand here. Contact Andrea O'Neill at (570) 602-1182 with any questions.
To date, the completed and available programs and curriculum are listed below:
degrees that work series available On Demand
degrees that work #101: Nanotechnology - click here
The nanotechnology episode helps to define a technology that uses knowledge of atoms and molecules to enhance modern life through product development and medical research. The 30-minute presentation explores the technology and the related career opportunities with experts in the field.
degrees that work #102: Welding - click here
The second episode in the series focuses on welding, highlighting the variety of careers available from the viewpoints of artistic welder Mike Patterson and Jennifer Brinkley-Cruz, manufacturing specialist for Toyota. The episode chronicles Patterson crafting a life-sized Great Blue Heron weather vane for a Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen show and follows Brinkley-Cruz on the floor at the Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing plant in Georgetown, K.Y., where she oversees 40 robotic welding cells. In addition, the episode illustrates the basics of welding with David Cotner, instructor of welding, and Martin Denault, a welding & fabrication engineering technology major, and features interviews with industry representatives at the Fabtech International and American Welding Society Welding Show in Chicago.
degrees that work: #103: Advanced Manufacturing - click here
The program features a group of manufacturing students, who possess the hands-on, high-tech skills desired by manufacturers. The students test their skills by designing and building an off-road vehicle for an exciting international competition in Quebec: Baja SAE Montreal. In addition to chronicling the students' preparation and performance at the event, the episode provides an inside view of manufacturing with representatives from the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation's largest industrial trade organization, and Synthes and Victaulic, two leading worldwide manufactures.
degrees that work: #104: Plastics - click here
Plastics touch every aspect of life. Without plastics, much of what we depend on daily at work and home would disappear. Despite its prevalence, the moldable material doesn't enjoy top-of-the-mind awareness, especially among the current generation of students. This episode of degrees that work. attempts to change that. The expertise of national experts is combined with the work of high school students engaged in a plastics project to illuminate the exciting nature and possibilities of the field. Visits to NPE 2009 in Chicago, the largest gathering of plastics professionals in the world, and to K'NEX Brands, one of the largest injection molders in the country, provide additional insight into a sector that offers ample, rewarding career opportunities for today's students.
degrees that work #105: Going Green Part I - click here
"Green jobs" is more than a buzz term. It's a reality that offers tremendous promise for our future. Pennsylvania reveals that promise with its Green Jobs Report, which identifies five green industry sectors employing individuals throughout the state and nation. This episode of degrees that work.tv examines two of the sectors: Agriculture and Resource Conservation and Pollution Prevention and Environmental Cleanup. From farm to plate, the effort of a committed sustainable farmer to produce lettuce is documented, and the viability of careers in sustainable agriculture is explored. A trip to the recycling center in Pennsylvania's largest county reveals opportunities and challenges in the Pollution Prevention and Environmental Cleanup sector. The episode also includes a look at how colleges are incorporating green to better prepare students for an exciting future.
degrees that work #106: Going Green Part II - click here
"Green jobs" can be a cryptic term, but the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provides meaning and context to it with the Green Jobs Report. The study identifies five promising green industry sectors employing people throughout the state and nation. This episode of degrees that work.tv explores two of the sectors: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Exciting career possibilities in those fields are revealed by national experts and through the experiences of building science and sustainable design majors completing a green project. A trip to Washington, D.C. is included to visit the first LEED platinum-certified office building in the nation's capital.
degrees that work #107: Natural Gas Careers - click here
While natural gas has been extracted for more than a century, advancements in technology have accelerated the industry's development in recent years. The capability to access vast natural gas reservoirs contained in shale has generated a "boom" in Pennsylvania and neighboring states. The result is rewarding career opportunities, especially for those with a technical skill set. This episode of degrees that work.tv explores various career paths, explains the basics of natural gas drilling and production and visits a typical well site in north-central Pennsylvania. Considerable time is spent shadowing an automation technician, an IT expert and a welding engineer, all of whom are working in the field. As one of them explains, "Now is a great time to jump on board!"
This television campaign, conceptualized by NEIU 19, is designed to call attention to high school students who have excelled in the study of the arts. The partnering high school selects two students, one visual artist and one performing artist, who will be interviewed at the WVIA studios for a 1-minute vignette. The Artist of the Week spot showcases the student, high school, and school district and salutes them for their artistic achievement and will be aired on WVIA TV for one week and will be available here on wvia.org for one year. That artist will receive a copy of their performance and then be in the running to compete for Artist of the Year and honored on our Scholastic Achievement Awards Show in May. For students in Grades 10-12
Click here to learn about the 2012-13 Artist of the Week Program.
This high school academic quiz show, produced in partnership with NEIU 19, challenges top students from WVIA’s member school districts about all academic disciplines. Contestants try to answer questions more quickly than members of the opposite team. At the end of the Scholastic Scrimmage season the winning school is awarded $5,000, with second place receiving $3,000 and third place receiving $1,000. The winning team also receives medals, a plaque for their high school's trophy case, and the bragging rights of being the very best. Grades 9-12
1st place champs - Montrose receive a $5,000 check from Chesapeake. Pictured (L to R): John Koloski, Alex Woodward, David Koloski, Courtney Kimmell, Sean Regan, Adam Wurth and Jane Clements, Manager of Community Affairs at Chesapeake Energy Corporation
2nd place - Lewisburg receive a $3,000 check from Chesapeake. Pictured(L to R): Mike Creeger, Tynan Dion, Jamie Ptacek, Megan Wright, Max Ororbia, Amelia Harrison and Jane Clements, Manager of Community Affairs at Chesapeake Energy Corporation
3rd place - Wyoming Area receive a $1,000 check from Chesapeake. Pictured(L to R): Stormy Ruiz, Gared Zaboski, Jane Clements, Manager of Community Affairs at Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Leslie Shumlas, Molly Kearns, Greg Cajka, Lisa Guido, and Ed Grivensky
1st place champs - Lewisburg (Mr. Michael Creeger - Advisor, Andrew Fox, Sarah Lipski, Alice Meng, Ally Hartzell, Laura Sprunt, Mr. David Himes - principal and Peter Csernica) receive a $5,000 check from Mike Narcavage from Chesapeake.
2nd place - Montrose (Mr. John Koloski - advisor, Thomas Davenport, Andrew Wood, Nicholas Best, Christopher Jordan, Amanda Rucker, and David Koloski) receive a $3,000 check from Mike Narcavage from Chesapeake
3rd place - Wyoming Area (Ms. Jessica Werbin - advisor, Gared Zaboski, Davide Fanelli, Greg Cajka, Leslie Shumlas, and Audrey Hiedacavage) receive a $1,000 check from Mike Narcavage from Chesapeake.
Hazleton, the 2010-2011 Champions, celebrate their win as their advisor receives the 1st place prize of $5,000 from sponsor Chesapeake Energy.
Check out this video -- An inside look at the set-up for a taping of WVIA Scholastic Scrimmage
Documentaries, Curriculum and Professional Development
WVIA provides our member schools nearly 50 locally produced documentaries on regional history, heritage and other social and political topics. Copies of these programs and selected teacher’s guides are available. WVIA’s role as our region’s premier storyteller has been enhanced through the development of cross-curricular unit plans that are derived from the standards-based components addressed in each original WVIA documentary.
WVIA and NEIU 19 also offer Professional Development to accompany this curriculum upon the release of each new documentary. The workshops will be designed to help teachers utilize these resources from WVIA and offer Act 48 credit hours.
Curriculum is available for the following documentaries:
WVIA is pleased to announce that it is once again taking part in the PBS Go! Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. The contest is open to children in grades K-3 who write and illustrate their very own stories. The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. The Contest encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces. The Contest extends the powerful tradition and annual success of the 15-year national “Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest.”
To review the 2014 PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest Rules Click here To download the 2014 PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest Entry Form Click here
1st Place - Sophie Haus - "Sophie and Emma to the Rescue"
1st Place - Luke Peters - "My Frist Bike Race"
1st Place - Liam McBride - "The Lonely Frog"
1st Place - Olivia Mangan - "Chester Saves the Day"
Kindergarten: Laura Durkin - "The Mystery of the Lost Camera"
1st Grade: Riley Boock - "Don’t Sneeze over Cheese"
2nd Grade: Andrew Bromberger - "The Fish Fight"
3rd Grade: Sophia Vivian Crisci - "Fred the Fish"
Kindergarten: Liam Lear - "All Aboard" 1st Grade: Anna Belko - "Tony’s House"
2nd Grade: Lucas Ryan - "Gunther the Penguin Superhero"
3rd Grade: Emily Neyhard - "Life on Another Planet"
For more information, contact Andrea O’Neill at (570) 602 1182 or by email.
Kindergarten: Riley Boock from Jefferson Township for the story “Little Squirrel’s First Winter”
1st Grade: Calvin Jones from Danville for the story “The Runaway Tooth”
2nd Grade: Lydia Getty from Bloomsburg for the story “The Lonely Turtle”
3rd Grade: Sean Sopko from Orwigsburg for the story “Hermie’s Adventure”
Kindergarten: Elizabeth Boop from Mifflinburg for the story “Animal Adventure”
1st Grade: Margaret Haines from Madison Township for the story “The Tale of a Bee”
2nd Grade: Abigail Burrell from Bloomsburg for the story “The Dog Who Couldn't Find His Bone”
3rd Grade: Sydney Lescowitch from McAdoo for the story “The Color Changing Lion”
1st Grade: Emily Hunsicker from Nesquehoning for the story “The Dinosaur That Didn't Want to Go to School”
2nd Grade: Carly Pawloski from Hudson for the story “Daisy and the Science Project”
3rd Grade: Molly Gill from Lewisburg for the story “Lucy Lope”
Kindergarten Captain Awesome and the Pickle Army by Owen Murphy
1st Grade A Island Far Away by Esther Brownstein
2nd Grade Video Game Adventure by Jacob DiMento
3rd Grade The Big, Blue, Unbouncy Bowling Ball by Karen Gibson
WVIA and The Pennsylvania College of Technology are proud to present the 16th annual Making A Difference: Great Teachers Essay Contest. Our goal is to showcase teachers who have made a difference in the lives of their students. We solicited essays of 500 words or less from high school seniors, highlighting a teacher who has had a significant effect on their academic and personal lives at any point during their school career. $500 will be awarded to each of the winning students.
16th Annual Making A Difference: Great Teachers Essay Contest Winners (2012-2013 School Year)
If you have an questions, please contact WVIA's Director of Education, Andrea O'Neill at 570-602-1182.
Initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, the event is a nationwide annual Art Competition
that allows high school students from the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and territories to showcase their
artistic ability. WVIA is proud to host the qualification for Congressmen Lou Barletta, Tom Marino and Matt Cartwright
for the 10th, 11th and 17th Congressional Districts. The First Place student from each district and his/her immediate
family will travel to Washington, DC for the Artistic Discovery Exhibition Opening, where they will have their artwork
displayed for one year in our nation’s Capitol building.
An Artistic Discovery
Lou Barletta (R) District 11
Tom Marino (R) District 10
Matt Cartwright (D) District 17
ALL SUBMISSIONS to the 2012-2013 Congressional Arts Competition must be submitted with completed forms for
each entry to WVIA as part of our Artist Celebration. All completed forms and artwork must be dropped off at the WVIA
Studios in Pittston, PA between April 1-4, 2013 during regular business hours (9am-4:30pm).
All entrants in the 2012-13 competition will be invited to attend the Artists Celebration on Saturday, April 6, 2013
at WVIA to see their work hung in a gallery-like setting. The winner from each district will be announced that afternoon.
To view and print the 2013 Congressional Art Competition Guidelines Click here. To view and print the 2013 Congressional Art Competition Student Information and Release Form Click here.
2012 Winners: Amanda Martin of Dallas (District 10 winner) and Zachary Wood of Edwardsville (District 11 winner)
2011 Winners: Abby Carmody of Waymart (District 10 winner) and Zachary Wood of Edwardsville (District 11 winner) 2010 Winners: Laura Madiera of Dallas (District 10 winner) and Corrinne Remetta of Dunmore (District 11 winner)
WVIA offers free video duplication for any program that WVIA airs and has the rights to duplicate. These include national programs that educators have found invaluable over the years such as Reading Rainbow, Sesame Street, NOVA, NewsHour and Independent Lens – and, those produced right here at WVIA such as State of Pennsylvania, Call the Doctor, or any of our documentary films such as Looking to the River, Gino Merli: Healing Hero or The Extraordinary Journey. Grades K-12
The PBS Video Portal features 150 hours of full-length episodes from iconic PBS programs, with more content being added every week with Search, browse by Topic, and explore curated Collections as well as links to purchase episodes on DVD from ShopPBS (or buy from iTunes) and Ability to share videos via email and popular social networks.
Scholastic Education Consortium WVIA has the rights to various Scholastic titles, with hundreds of episodes for grades K-6. Educators can access previews of the videos and select study guides available for download from the link above. From Animals and How They Live to Safe Driving, educators can find useful ideas on any number of topics.
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Take your students on a field trip without ever leaving the classroom!
Every electronic field trip takes you and your students into the daily lives of early Americans. These live, once a month programs air from October through April are a one-hour dramatic presentation that gives students the opportunity to experience actual restoration and rebuilding of houses, explore rural traditions and witness the final spark that united the colonies against Great Britain. Throughout the broadcast, actors portray historical events through the use of primary source documents and materials. WVIA typically acquires up to 8 complete scholarships for these events that we pass on to member districts. These include teacher guides and the opportunity for students to interact with the hosts in realtime through the internet or telephone. Past titles include: “The Will of the People”, “In Pursuit of Science”, “Freedom Bound”, “Remember the Ladies” and “Yorktown” Grades 5-9
For more information and resources from Colonial Williamsburg, click here
Your resouce to what’s happening and what’s available from WVIA and PBS
There are so many resources that WVIA not only creates and offers, but has access to because we are a PBS affiliate. These resources often go unused because educators do not know they are available. We act as a filter, finding and researching different educational resources that are made available to us, and then putting out a bi-monthly newsletter that showcases what is available for teachers from all over the nation and the web. Grades K-12
Below are additional resources from PBS and other stations that educators from our member school districts may find useful. If you have a link or another resource you would like to share, or would like more information on any of the following resources, please email Andrea O’Neill at andreao’firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Useful PBS Resources:
Jane Austen English Literature Teacher Guide Uses the Masterpiece Theatre Jane Austen series to teach English Literature. Guides include summaries and activity suggestions
The War Veterans History Project Field Guide and Toolkit Contains tips for conducting interviews of war veterans, including question suggestions, how to setup the interview, equipment needed and all guidelines and data forms necessary to submit the interview to the Library of Congress Veterans History Project
Global Grover This preschool caregiver guide explores cultures, traditions, people and places from around the world. Written in both English and Spanish
PBS Families WVIA has many issues of this short kids magazine, ranging in topics from music to art to health and wellness to how best to spend TV time. For grades preK-2. Certain issues are available in both English and Spanish.
Mister Rogers: What to Do with the Mad You Feel? A small brochure that helps parents, teachers and kids to sort out and verbalize those feelings and cope with anger.
Its a Big Big World Posters Helps elementary students become active in being good stewards of the Earth
Other Fun Stuff WVIA has many bookmarks, posters, stickers and other fun stuff featuring PBS characters and productions. Great for teacher prize boxes, goodie bags or classroom deocoration.
Tour the WVIA Studios located in Pittston, PA See how a television and radio station works. Take your students through the process of documentary creation. Explore career possibilities from TV Production to Marketing and Financing to Communication. Contact Andrea O’Neill (570 602-1182) to schedule a tour for high school students or Debby Konnick, WVIA Clubhouse Mom (570 602-1127) to schedule a tour for elementary students and scouting groups.
2012-13 Scholastic Scrimmage programs now online To watch now - click here
Educational Current Events
Watch the 2013 WVIA Scholastic Achievement Award Show. click here
Message from WVIA
Now watch the 2012-2013 Artist of the Week videos on WVIA's new On Demand Player by clicking here