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In partnership with Wisconsin educators, PBS Wisconsin Education creates free, standards-aligned, Wisconsin-focused classroom media.

PBS Wisconsin Education activates resources for the classroom and professional development opportunities for educators. Learn more about supporting designated gifts for education.

Lavanyaa Surendar shares the legacy of classical Indian music and dance. (Source: Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin.)
Lavanyaa Surendar shares the legacy of classical Indian music and dance. (Source: Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin.)

Lavanyaa Surendar shares the legacy of classical Indian music and dance. (Source: Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin.)

Wisconsin educators participated in professional development
PBS Wisconsin Education website sessions


People making history

Each addition to the Wisconsin Biographies project is developed in partnership with our PBS Wisconsin Education Innovators.

PBS Wisconsin Education released three new additions to Wisconsin Biographies—a collection of free, educational, online resources to enrich grades 3-6 social studies and English language arts curriculum.

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Geshe Lhundub Sopa: Carrying Teachings from Tibet

A scholar of Buddhist philosophy, Geshe Sopa escaped Chinese-occupied Tibet as a refugee before coming to UW–Madison to teach.

Mahmoud Othman Atta: A Mosque for Milwaukee

Palestinian-born Mahmoud Othman Atta made Milwaukee his home and brought people together to build the first mosque in Milwaukee.

Electa Quinney: Mohican Teacher and Mentor

Electa Quinney was Wisconsin’s first public school teacher. A member of the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohicans, Quinney created accessible educational opportunities for students.


Songs of Wisconsin

A partnership between PBS Wisconsin Education and Wisconsin School Music Association

PBS Wisconsin Education and Wisconsin School Music Association added two resources to Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin—a free multimedia resource designed to help general music educators and learners in grades 4–8 explore the connections between music, culture, and emotion.

Photo of a DJ spinning music as part of the ReSound project.

Lavanyaa Surendar

Lavanyaa Surendar tells ancient stories through the Sanskrit language and classical Indian Carnatic music.

Black River Revue

Black River Revue brings together four friends from Wisconsin and Minnesota who love to put their own spin on bluegrass classics

Having Lavanyaa Surendar as a musician who is a culture bearer of Indian music is a phenomenal resource. It is exciting to feature Black River Revue from an area of Wisconsin that doesn’t get as much attention musically, and for the teachers in the northern part of the state.

Laurie Fellenz

Laurie FellenzWisconsin School Music Association Executive Director


Professional development, inspiration and support

A partnership of PBS Wisconsin Education, The Wisconsin Registry and our Education Innovators

PBS Wisconsin Education launched a new early learning webpage to connect educators and early childcare providers with engaging professional development opportunities and high-quality PBS KIDS educational media.

Partnering with local community organizations serving children and families, PBS Wisconsin Education hosted three EdCamp events for early childhood educators in Appleton, Viroqua, and Watertown. An EdCamp is a conference where the agenda is collectively set by attendees to uplift peer-to-peer learning.

Image of woman playing a guitar while a small girl dances in front of a sign that says You Are Special
Wisconsin librarians participated since 2021
children and more than 1000 caregivers served
PBS KIDS® and Sesame Workshop self-paced courses


Media literacy supports students’ critical thinking

A partnership of PBS Wisconsin Education, KQED and PBS Wisconsin’s Education Innovators.

PBS Wisconsin Education facilitates a Media Literacy Cohort to support Wisconsin educators working toward their PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification. This year’s cohort included 18 Wisconsin educators, who worked together in pursuit of the required media literacy micro-credentials, including a full-day workshop on video and audio production basics to support student media-making.

Since the Media Literacy Cohort Program began in 2020, 94 Wisconsin educators have participated.

Photo of a group of students listening to a Media Literacy Cohort while a computer screen shows information in the background.

Keeping abreast of issues and tools for media literacy is essential for educators in today’s world. The format made the learning attainable and flexible and allowed for collaboration

2023 Media Literacy Cohort Participant

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