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Kindness in the Classroom is a curriculum to help PreK-K learners self-regulate their emotions and care for themselves and others. (Photo Ryan Hendricks/PBS Wisconsin.)

Focus Fund for Education

Use the power of public media to pioneer approaches that enhance learning and support Wisconsin teachers.
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Opportunities

The use of media to enhance teaching and learning complements traditional approaches to learning. Using media engages students, aids student retention of knowledge, motivates interest in the subject matter, and illustrates the relevance of many concepts. By providing cost-free instructional resources for classrooms and educators, we can deliver fresh ideas and inspiration to teach our children boldly.

 

I love using Wisconsin Biographies for my students. They learn all about various types of Wisconsin people. I could not teach this unit without these resources.

Grade School Teacher

Neenah Joint School District

How we Work

Our team of talented educators and media specialists provide unique local content, cost-free classroom resources, and host community events that spark curiosity and learning. With our mass-media reach we deliver the best of PBS KIDS and contribute to PBS LearningMedia, supporting the most trusted content in America. From early learners to college/career readiness, PBS Wisconsin Education plays a unique and vital role in Wisconsin’s educational ecosystem.

Our Impact

The learning landscape has shifted significantly over the past several years. Learning is now multi-platform and multi-dimensional. The classroom is no exception, requiring that PBS Wisconsin continue to develop and test new ways of delivering its content. The Focus Fund for Education has helped made possible projects such as Meet the Lab, a collection of free educational resources introducing students to relevant real-world issues and cutting edge research, and Wisconsin Biographies, which offer engaging animated videos, downloadable e-books and historical image galleries.

DONORS

  • Alliant Energy Foundation
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Daniel J and Mary Heaney
  • The George Kress Foundation, Inc.
  • National Guardian Life Insurance Company
  • Mary Ellyn and Joe Sensenbrenner
  • WR & Floy A. Sauey Family Foundation
  • Theda and Tamblin Clark Smith Family Foundation
  • Patricia Stoffers
  • Sylvia Vacarro
  • The Cheryl Rosen Weston Estate
  • The Wooden Nickels Fund
  • Helen L. Wineke
  • Anonymous (4)
“We meet Wisconsin learner and educator needs because of the shared vision and commitment from our Focus Fund donors. THANK YOU for helping us create the sparks that light the fire of life long learning.”

Alyssa Tsagong

Alyssa Tsagong

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, PBS WISCONSIN

837,727

online resource sessions
in 2020

15

library cohorts participated in
summer programs that reached
1000 children in 2020

3,847

educators attended
71 workshops in 2020

Featured Projects

Wisconsin Biographies

Wisconsin Biographies

Stories of Wisconsin historical figures told in animations and learning resources to enrich social studies and literacy curricula.

Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin

Re/sound: Songs of Wisconsin

A multimedia collection of interviews with Wisconsin musicians, performances, audio files, and educator engagement guides.

PBS Wisconsin Education

PBS Wisconsin Education

Wisconsin-focused classroom media and professional development resources created with and for PreK-12 educators and learners.

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Pete Schwieger
Individual Giving Manager
[email protected]
608-263-2131

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