Education Highlights

WILL - Education Highlights - November 29, 2014

What every school can learn from preschools

From NPR Ed: Listening. Sharing. Following directions. Making friends. Managing big emotions. A new report suggests that's big-kid stuff, too.

WILL - Education Highlights - November 04, 2014

Odd Squad: Math to the rescue

 New show airs weekdays at 6 am and 3:30 pm.

The Odd Squad cast

The newest program for young audiences on WILL-TV is a show featuring two young government agents—Olive and Otto—who use math skills and collaboration to investigate weird and unusual phenomena. Odd Squad airs at 6 am and 3:30 pm weekdays on WILL-TV.

Tim McKeon (The Electric Company, Adventure Time) and Adam Peltzman (The Electric Company, The Backyardigans) created the show around the concept of helping build math skills for kids ages 5-8. It’s produced in part by The Fred Rogers Company.

In each episode, the young agents use math to put things right when oddness strikes. Olive and Otto solve cases ranging from disappearing zeroes to runaway dinosaurs, and the agents often find additional clues in the “Mathroom,” a futuristic space that is just a teleport away.

Watch a preview:

WILL - Education Highlights - November 04, 2014

What music should your child listen to?

Children love music, but what kind of music should kids listen to at a young age? PBS Parents has some helpful tips.

WILL - Education Highlights - October 24, 2014

NPR celebrates great teachers past and present

New series on WILL-AM 580's Morning Edition and online. First up was a report on Socrates and the Socratic method.

Painting of Socrates

A year-long series from NPR's Education Desk (nprEd) celebrates great teachers past and present -- and reports on what makes teaching great. The 50 Great Teachers project kicked off with NPR's Eric Westervelt's report on Socrates, the ancient world's superstar teacher. He also visits two schools in the San Francisco Bay area that use the Socratic method. Listen to his report.

Be sure to follow @npr_ed to tell nprEd about the great teachers you've known. Or email your own story -- 500 to 1,000 words -- about a great teacher in your life, to

WILL - Education Highlights - October 22, 2014

Peg + Cat + Holidays: 11 am Dec. 17 and Dec. 19 on WILL-TV

Peg + Cat

Stories include:

“The Hanukkah Problem” - When Albert Einstein has Peg and Cat over on Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a 3D dreidel. Later, they need to use this process to bring peace to Al's home and save his Hanukkah.

“The Christmas Problem” - When Santa Claus is in trouble, Peg and Cat have to solve their biggest problem ever: how to make and wrap presents for all the children of the world, and then deliver them using 100 sleighs.

“The Penguin Problem” - Peg and Cat coach a team of skiing penguins, who would have a shot at the Olympic gold medal if only they knew "over," "under," and "in between.”

WILL - Education Highlights - August 20, 2014

New PBS KIDS’ schedule

Sesame Street has a new half-hour program at 2 pm weekdays.

Grover and Elmo hold up numbers

Sesame Street has a new bonus half-hour program this fall on-air and on digital platforms. At 2 pm weekdays, Sesame Street presents a 30-minute shortened version of an hour-long episode. Full-hour episodes still air at 9 am weekdays. The new 30-minute afternoon format offers the series’ signature music, humor and whole-child curriculum, giving families an additional way to enjoy the series on your stations. PBS is offering select full episodes of the 30-minute show for free online at, on the PBS KIDS Video App and on the PBS KIDS Roku channel, making it easy for parents and kids to access one of their favorite shows anytime and anywhere.

Each half-hour episode of Sesame Street includes a “Street Story,” a “Word on the Street” segment, a celebrity vocabulary segment, songs, spoofs, dance breaks and popular segments like “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures” or “Super Grover 2.0."

Here's WILL-TV's new weekday schedule for PBS KIDS' programming:

6 am: Wild Kratts
6:30 am: Wild Kratts
7 am: Curious George
7:30 am: Curious George
8 am: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
8:30 am: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
9 am: Sesame Street
10 am: Dinosaur Train
10:30 am: Dinosaur Train
11 am: Peg + Cat
11:30 am: Peg + Cat
Noon: Super WHY!
12:30 pm: Thomas and Friends
2 pm: Sesame Street
2:30 pm: Curious George
3 pm: Arthur
3:30 pm: Arthur
4 pm: Wild Kratts
4:30 pm: Wild Kratts


5 am Barney & Friends
5:30 am: Angelina Ballerina
6 am: Curious George
6:30 am: Curious George
7 am: Daniel Tiger
7:30 am: Daniel Tiger
8 am: Sesame Street
8:30 am Dinosaur Train
9 am: Thomas & Friends
9:30 am: Bob the Builder


5 am: Sesame Street
6 am: Curious George
6:30 am: Curious George
7 am: Daniel Tiger
7:30 am: Daniel Tiger
8 am: Sesame Street
8:30 am: Dinosaur Train
9 am: Cyberchase
9:30 am: Space Racers

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