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Education | Kids

The Buffalo Toronto Public Media Learning & Engagement team is committed to serving young children, students, families, caregivers, educators, and lifelong learners.

Learning & Engagement Department Mission Statement:

Strengthening relationships and creating opportunities for life-long learning through education, exploration and engagement.

Who We Are

Beth Fronckowiak
Director of Learning & Engagement
bfronckowiak@wned.org
Contact for general Learning & Engagement, PBS KIDS Writers Contest, curriculum, Reading Rainbow, Let’s Go! or any other projects 

Samantha Kittinger
Learning & Engagement Specialist
skittinger@wned.org
Contact for Learning & Engagement Newsletter, community engagement initiatives or events, or partnership opportunities.

Julia Bibko
Learning & Engagement Coordinator
jbibko@wned.org
Contact for PBS LearningMedia, educator workshops, or school-based events.

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Teachers

a gateway to PBS LearningMedia, lesson plans, educator workshops and events, PBS KIDS Writers Contest and online professional development

Parents & Caregivers

advice on fostering reading, parenting skills, and other issues that are important to families

KIDS

find student resources, learn about and watch your favorite TV shows, and play online games

Lifelong Learning

programs and news tailored to your preferences that will help you achieve success in lifelong learning

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New from Buffalo Toronto Public Media

Let's Go! | YouTube Series 

Let’s Go!, an original series from WNED PBS offers adventure to young, curious learners through behind-the-scenes virtual field trips. Come along with our host Chrisena as she interacts with experts and visits exciting sites throughout Western New York. With Chrisena as your guide, Let’s Go! is perfect for educators, kids ages 7-11, their caregivers, and anyone who loves to explore!

Compact Science host Sarajane Gomlak-Green at Niagara Falls

Compact Science | YouTube Series

Compact Science is an engaging new YouTube series from WNED PBS and the Buffalo Museum of Science that explores the wonders of science. Host Sarajane Gomlak Green investigates the geology of Niagara Falls, discovers the chemistry at work in sponge candy, learns how density is the key to lake-effect snow, and more. If you’re curious about the world around you, there’s a lot to explore and Compact Science will be your guide!

activities and educational resources you and your child or Class can do together

WATCH | Reading Rainbow Stories

The Reading Rainbow Stories collection is now available on YouTube, ReadingRainbow.org, and PBS LearningMedia! Watch stories from the original series you know and love with a stunning, high-definition, new look. 

We invite you to watch and listen as cherished books are read. On PBS LearningMedia you'll find accompanying activities are theme-based, stemming from the featured book, and may include questions for discussion, art projects, or writing prompts. And ReadingRainbow.org you'll find family activities!

Celebrating 40 Years |  activities s you and your child can do together

WATCH | Reading Rainbow

In celebration of 40 years of Reading Rainbow, we will be sharing 40 FULL EPISODES of Reading Rainbow on our YouTube channel! 

For a limited time only, enjoy full episodes of the original series. Episodes will be made available to stream on YouTube one at a time, released every Tuesday and Thursday - through February 2024. The episodes will be available through July 2024. 

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WNED PBS Parents and Teachers Facebook Group

The WNED PBS Parents and Teachers Facebook Group is a group managed by the Buffalo Toronto Public Media Learning & Engagement Department. It aims to provide educators, parents, caregivers (and anyone interested in enriching the minds of students) daily curriculum and resources from PBS, NPR, and other public media network resources. 

Subscribe to the Learning & Engagement Monthly Newsletter

Interested in receiving the Learning & Engagement monthly newsletter? The newsletter includes timely curriculum resources, parent tips, and information about upcoming community and educator events. If you are interested in signing up to receive the monthly electronic newsletter, please email Samantha Kittinger at skittinger@wned.org.

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PBS Digital Studios
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