Education News from WVIA - January 2014

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In This Issue

Teacher of the Month

Scholastic Achievement Awards Show

Everhart Museum for Students!

Degrees that work DVDs and Teacher Guides available from WVIA

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WVIA and Penn College have teamed up to provide educators with new resources to help illustrate the exciting careers available in the field of technology. Please visit WVIA's website at  to download the curriculum guides or call Andrea O'Neill at (570) 602-1182        

  • PLASTICS: 1/26@ 4:30pm
  • MANAGEMENT: 1/20 @7pm   
  • GOING GREEN  1/23 @ 8:00pm
  • GOING GREEN II  1/23@ 8:30pm                                  
  • NATURAL GAS: 1/20 @ 7:30pm


 We are very proud to present the following DVDs:

  • Welding
  • Plastics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Going Green
  • Natural Gas
  • Going Green II

Remember, you can always view the Degrees that Work episodes here

The "degrees that" series is a public-service initiative that connects young people to workforce needs and viable career paths for the future. Free educational materials designed for classroom use have been developed to accompany the series.


New Degrees That Work Episode on Management Careers Now Available!

"...There is an inherent need in all facets of life for the structure and leadership that stem from effective management...The avenues to pursue a management career are as varied as the field's vast possibilities and rewards."

Great Teachers Essay Contest going on now!



This contest is open to high school seniors from member school districts who wish to honor the teacher that has had the biggest impact on their life.  WVIA awards a scholarship to three students who will be interviewed by WVIA for a mini documentary about the winning student and teacher to be shown on the WVIA Scholastic Achievement Award Show.

For the complete rubric and contact information please click here

Now Taping High School Musical Preview Shows!

Promote your school's musical on WVIA FM & We'll host the cast of your high school musical and tape a 10-minute interview and performance.

To get your school's spring musical involved, please contact Andrea O'Neill at 570-602-1297 or by email

Looking Forward: A FREE Career and Academic Planning Event for Students in Grades 8-12 and Their Parents


Saturday, February 22, 2014

King's College  9:00 - 3:30

Student Sessions on Medicine, Business,   Journalism, Culinary Arts, Engineering, Performing Arts, Sciences, Health Sciences, Finance, Media, e-commerce and much more.

Parent Sessions on College Financial Aid and Admissions, Study Abroad, Regional High-demand Jobs, the College Experience, SAT/PSAT/ACT, Financial Planning and more

Plus:  Raffle drawings/prizes, Interactive opportunities and information from local colleges, technical schools, two-year schools, ROTC, and businesses!


Registration opens January 2014

More information and registration at:

PBS Kids Go! Young Writers and Illustrators Contest now accepting submissions until February 28!!


This contest is designed to promote the advancement of children's reading skills through hands-on, active learning. It encourages children to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original piecesLast year over 300 students submitted their work to WVIA for this contest.

For more information, click here

"Hey, you guuuuuyyyyys!"

Electric Company Teacher Kits for Prankster Planet!

The Electric Company aims to entertain children ages 6-9 while teaching decoding, vocabulary and Motivation.   The new show filters these goals through music, comedy, technology, and celebrities-to create a playful, hip, multimedia experience.


The Kit: Educators' Guide
  • Variety of activities, games, tips that bring literacy to life!
  • All materials are aligned with national standards 

Outreach kits still available from The Electric Company


Scholastic Scrimmage and Artist of the Week now airing!!

Scholastic Scrimmage

Scholastic Scrimmage

Check out our area's academically and artistically talented students Sundays at 7 & 7:30

Artist of the Week

Artist of the Week

Showcasing high school students who have excelled in the study of the arts

Check out what's new at the Everhart Museum for your students


The Everhart is now offering programming for children ages 3-18 with some wonderful NEW after school and weekend programs!  The Everhart Museum specializes in content-based learning and fully integrated lesson plans.  Their school tours directly follow the Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards Aligned System. 

The Everhart Museum will be incorporating the PBS Kids Go! Young Writers and Illustrators Contest for grades K-3 in some of their programs, so check them out here

PBS Resources Still Available

There are still many resources available for Elementary and High School teachers.  Health and Wellness guides from Arthur, Cultural Awareness with Global Grover, handouts, posters, stickers, folders, bookmarks and more!  Call Andrea O'Neill at 570-602-1182 with your inquiries or requests.

A New Season

Take your students on a field trip without every leaving the classroom! Free Colonial Williamsburg Field Trips for your students!

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.

WVIA is giving away 4 Electronic Field trips from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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A $120.00 value!  FREE for our member school districts!  

The Amazing Trade Shop Math Race  January 16, 2014

Colonial Williamsburg's tradespeople help two teams of students in a race against the clock to help the Continental Army! Quirky "Professor Eddie" is back again, highlighting how students use their math skills to make shirts, bread, cartridge boxes, and more.

Harsh World, This World  February 13, 2014

What was slavery really like for enslaved people and their masters? Traditional proverbs guide students through personal stories, based on primary sources, showing kindness, betrayal, trust, cruelty, and the many emotions that govern complex human relationships.

Civil War Ironclads  March 13, 2014

In the Civil War, both the Union and the Confederacy raced to build armored, steam-powered warships that were the ancestors of today's navies. Meet the people behind and aboard the "ironclads" and relive the famous 1862 battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack.

The War of 1812     April 10, 2014

A generation after the Revolution, Americans were once again plunged into war with Great Britain. Why? Join Henry Clay, Tecumseh, Andrew Jackson, James Madison, and others as they struggle to determine what course the United States will take.

Field Trips include:

  • Interactive, multi-disciplinary lessons
  • Web-based, standards-aligned teacher resources
  • Primary sources and taping rights
  • Technical assistance and streaming
  • Online resources - use when they fit your curriculum

For more information, visit or contact Andrea O'Neill at 570-602-1182

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