Station News

April
2014

Ready To Learn Conference | Coming this month

Amanda Bergeson | WIU Civil Service Employee Award

2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest | Great Fun for Kids

Davenport Jaycees Award Grant | WQPT First Book Club

Embracing Our Military | A Collaborative Initiative

Our Champion of Educational Outreach | Alvina Hansen

WQPT Wins Grassroots Advocacy Award | For Our Volunteer Program

Stop Bullying | Special Presentation & Interactive Survey

Ready To Learn Conference

Since 1995 WQPT's Ready To Learn Conference has offered early educators not only an opportunity to receive professional development and/or college credit, but also a morning to learn important, up-to-date information in their field. The conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Ready to Learn Conference

"(The conference is) also an excellent time to confer with colleagues who share the same concerns," said Debby Lee, a Western Illinois University assistant professor in Curriculum & Instruction. In 2013 the Ready To Learn Conference crossed the Mississippi River to Western Illinois University's Riverfront campus to accommodate the growing number of requests from early childhood professionals who wished to attend.

Themes for the 24 workshops offered include: 3-D Art, Assessing/Building Language, Assessment through Technology, Autism Spectrum, Challenges of Teaching After-School Kids, Drum Circles, Healthy Eating, Home Environments and others. Learn more

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Amanda Bergeson

StaffEarlier this year, Amanda Bergeson (WQPT's Office Support Associate) was the recipient of the Western Illinois University Civil Service Employee of the Month.

According to Bergeson's nominator, she is the definition of the "can-do" attitude. The nominator went on to add "When presented with challenging situations, she exhibits responsiveness to the need and is an excellent problem solver," said the nominator. "Amanda has the ability to understand future consequences to her actions and the actions of others and how they impact the University and the department. As a result, she is good at anticipating needs and takes steps to assure that helpful decisions are made."

Congratulations Amanda! Thank you for all you do and your outstanding service to WQPT!

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2014 PBS Kids Writers Contest

Story Contest

We're happy to annouce that 2014 was a record setting year with more than 400 entries. Judging has begun and they are excited about the variety of interesting and fun entries. Winners will be announced in May.

About the contest: WQPT invited children from eastern Iowa and western Illinois to create and illustrate their own stories for the 2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Now celebrating its 20th year, the national contest for students in Kindergarten through third grade has become a tradition in households and classrooms in our viewing region and across the country.

"It's not an easy task to write and illustrate a coherent story," said Ana Kehoe, Director of Education & Outreach for the station, "but at this age, children's minds are so creative that they aren't intimidated by the idea. We hope parents and teachers will encourage their kids to express their imaginations through fact or fiction, prose or poetry."

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Davenport Jaycees Award Grant to WQPT

The Davenport Jaycees recently awarded WQPT a $1,000 grant to support WQPT's First Book Club as part of their 80th birthday celebration at their 2014 Bridal Expo. This generous grant will help WQPT provide hundreds of books to children in our region.

About WQPT's First Book Club: Since 1995, WQPT has provided over 150,000 free books to children whose families cannot afford them through the support of the First Book Program, a national initiative. WQPT works with selected schools and literacy programs to distribute these books to children who are from low literate, low income, English as second language, rural or special needs families. Learn more

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Embracing Our Military

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WQPT acts the public interest not only through our programming, but also by engaging with the communities we service on issues of importance in their lives. WQPT is pleased to introduce our newest outreach initiative focusing on our region's military and their families. Embracing Our Military was envisioned as a community-wide dialog evolving over the next couple of years.

Learn more and view the calendar of upcoming events.

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Our Champion of Educational Outreach

Feature Since 1996, Alvina Hansen, affectionately know as Al, has represented WQPT at parent workshops, in school classrooms and numerous community events. Her mission has been to help children be "ready to learn" when they enter school, and for their parents to be "ready to teach" at every opportunity.

"Although I work for a television station, I want families to understand the importance of reading," she said. "PBS programs motivate children to learn more so characters like Clifford, Curious George and Daniel Tiger are wonderful role models." Al often uses puppets and books when she presents to the children.

Al is 85 years young and plans to semi-retire from her busy schedule. "I'll still be available when the station needs me," she said.

For the past 17 years Al has been assisting Ana Kehoe, WQPT Director of (Educational) Outreach and Education. "Al's background has given her the ability to empathize with low literate and low income families, and I think they recognize that," Ana said. "Al always says how much she loves to see the children's eyes light up when she is teaching them, but I think they are also feeling the joy she brings to the classroom."

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WQPT Wins Grassroots Advocacy Award

FeatureWQPT received the Grassroots Advocacy Award for 2013 from the National Friends of Public Broadcasting (NFPB) for our WQPT/PBS Ambassador program. Part of the mission of NFPB is to showcase outstanding public broadcasting volunteers, volunteer-led programs, and volunteer program managers from across the nation.

"We understand the importance of being active in our community, but sometimes that can be difficult with a small staff," said Bea Brasel, WQPT Special Projects Coordinator. "We rely on our student ambassadors to represent WQPT in the community to help build reading, science and math skills through our programming. We are delighted that our WQPT-PBS Ambassadors have received this national honor." Read more

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Stop Bullying

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Bullying continues to be one of the top factors in a students decision to drop out of school. The Connecting Anti-Bullying Resources and Education (CARE QC) initiative was designed to help the region rally around this important issue and encourage the sharing of resources and best practices.

WQPT provides a springboard for outstanding resources, including the Cyber Savvy, Cyber Safe Survey.

Background brief: Led by WQPT Quad Cites PBS, Connecting Anti-Bullying Resources and Education (CARE QC) is a community collaboration of area non-profits addressing bullying in our communities. Last year WQPT aired several anti-bullying programs, held community conversations and hosted a televised discussion with guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Caudle.

Learn more about our Stop Bullying initiative.

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