Education Highlights

WILL - Education Highlights - October 24, 2014

NPR celebrates great teachers past and present

Starts Oct. 28 on WILL-AM 580s Morning Edition and online. First up: 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.  On Morning Edition Tuesday, Oct. 28, the 50 Great Teachers project kicks 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. Online, blogger Anya Kamenetz asks teachers: What is great teaching?

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 23, 2014

Pretzel monster fingers

From PBS Parents: Freaky and fun, these ghoulish pretzel rods are sure to be a scream.

WILL - Education Highlights - October 20, 2014

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

7 am Monday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Oct. 31: Three new episodes air the same week.

Curious George

A Halloween Boo Fest

7 am Monday, Oct. 27 and Friday, Oct. 31

It’s George’s first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him and Allie about the “Legend of No Noggin” – a spooky tale about a hat-kicking scarecrow who haunts the countryside on Halloween. But is the legend real? George and Allie are determined to find out by taking a picture of No Noggin in hat-kicking action. But first, George needs to figure out what he’s going to be for Halloween so he can win the costume contest at the town Boo Festival and give the prize to the Man with the Yellow Hat. Will George be able to put together the perfect costume and find out the truth about No Noggin? Only the curious will find out!

Submonkey/Double-Oh-Monkey Tracks Trouble

Premieres 7 am Tuesday, October 28

“Submonkey” - When Professor Pizza’s birthday present is dragged away by a strong ocean current, George volunteers to take an undersea adventure in a monkey-sized submarine to retrieve it. Can the curious little monkey locate a small package at the bottom of the ocean or will Pizza’s present be forever lost at sea?

“Double-Oh-Monkey Tracks Trouble” - Double-Oh-Monkey takes on his most important case yet – to prevent Steve’s well-intentioned (but always disastrous) “good luck present” from ruining Betsy’s dance recital! Using his super spy skills and all five of his senses, George tracks down Steve and discovers…a bucket of wet paint?! Can George warn Betsy in time? Or will her dance recital get a splash of color?

Monkey Goes Batty/Curious George and the Balloon Hound

Premieres 7 am Wednesday, October 29

“Monkey Goes Batty” - A hole in the roof means George and the Man with the Yellow Hat must sleep in the living room while their bedrooms are being repaired. But their adventure quickly turns into a disaster when George’s nightly trips to the kitchen keep the Man with the Yellow Hat awake at night. Can George figure out a way to quietly find his way to the refrigerator in the dark?

“Curious George and the Balloon Hound” - George and Hundley are amazed by all the flying machines at the museum’s aviation exhibit. So when Hundley’s souvenir airship flies out of reach in the lobby, he dreams he is British flying ace, Leftenant Doxie. Joined by the daring flyboy Chuck Monkey, the dynamic duo uses propeller power as they race towards the finish line. When Hundley awakens from his dream, he has a few new ideas on how to get his ceiling-bound toy within reach.

George’s Photo Finish/Monkey Mystery Gift

Premieres 7 am Thursday, October 30

“George’s Photo Finish” - Today is the big unveiling of the Ankylosaurus dinosaur skeleton at the museum, but it's missing a leg! George and the Man with the Yellow Hat thought they delivered all four bones. Where did the fourth bone go? Fortunately, Mr. Quint took pictures on their way to the museum. Maybe the photos can lead them to the bone…if they can only figure out which order to put them in.

“Monkey Mystery Gift” - George and Allie’s imaginations run wild as they brainstorm what could be in the large unmarked box on George’s doorstep. Based on its weight, sound, smell and bristly hair, they’re certain it’s a baby goat! But what’s really inside surprises them more than anything they could ever have imagined.

WILL - Education Highlights - October 15, 2014

Odd Squad: Math to the rescue

Premieres with one-hour special at 8 am and 3 pm Wed., Nov. 27, on WILL-TV. Then 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 premieres with a one-hour special at 8 am (repeated at 3 pm) Wednesday, Nov. 26, and begins its regular schedule the following day at 6 am and 3:30 pm.

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 - September 09, 2014

Get your TECH on

Teachers, sign up today for PBS LearningMedia's Get Your Tech On webinar series designed to help you integrate digital media into your lessons.

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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