Education Resource Center
is committed to projects that enhance pre-college education,
involvement and professional development for teachers. As such,
WQED Multimedia has established an Educational
Resource Center that will be a repository for
educators and students in the community. One of the first projects
Educational Resource Center will be a school-based curriculum of
WQED Multimedia's Pittsburgh History Series.
Multimedia, in cooperation with our local YWCA, provides "Extending
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood to Child Care," a project which
provides training and support to family day care providers
use of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" programs in the
child care setting.
was one of 26 national sites to train teachers to incorporate television
and emerging technologies into math and science lessons, in the
National Teacher Training Institute (NTTI). Using the principle
of "teachers training teachers," WQED recruited and trained 10 Master
Teachers, who then trained 100 teachers chosen from throughout the
Western Pennsylvania region in spring 1995 and 1996.
addition, NTTI held an annual two-day professional development workshop
for 100 teachers on using video and other technology in the K-12
classroom. Master teachers develop video-based lessons and become
the trainers for the NTTI event. In April 1996, the program was
held at the Carnegie Science Center where master teachers prepared
and presented lessons based on WQED's Instructional Television services,
Children's Programming and National Programming services.
WQED productions to support and improve public education --all of
which began locally, but many of which have enjoyed national distribution
Thinking in the Arts, a two-part video series (with facilitator
guides) filmed in visual arts, music, and dance classrooms, documents
teachers using inquiry-based instruction to build thinking skills
in their students.
Prism, a project to create awareness about and enhance
science education nationwide. Included among its components are
Alliance For Science, a community-wide science education project
to involve young girls and minority students in science. Included
in this project were a Teacher's Video Kitand a Student's Career
Science as Inquiry, an award-winning six-part video training
series to improve the skills of elementary school science teachers.
Shot in schools and science centers, this project gives elementary
science teachers the tools they need to conduct effective inquiry-based,
"hands-on, minds-on" science classes.
Out Strong, a WQED production effort to improve the ability
of elementary and secondary music teachers to teach choral music
through dramatically successful new methods. Filming documented
the innovative techniques of master teachers in real school situations.
Aloud, another WQED parent and professional development
effort, created both video and print materials to help parents,
caregivers, and other interested adults learn the benefits of reading
aloud to the children they care for.
Beacon was a video training project to help day-care
providers read to their preschool charges so that they develop a
love for reading and books.