Friday, April 22, 2016

Rhode Island Classroom #107 Features Higher Education, School Safety, and Environmental Ed

The next episode of Rhode Island Classroom airs Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m. The episode will encore on Saturday, May 28 at 11 p.m. and Sunday, May 29 at 6 p.m. as part of the ongoing Rhode Island PBS series, Rhode Island Stories.

Episode #107 visits with Jim Purcell, commissioner of postsecondary education, to discuss the state of higher education.

The second segment examines the ongoing work to ensure safety in schools.

The third segment takes to the Ocean State's coastline in a program of hands-on environmental education in collaboration with Save The Bay.

Rhode Island Classroom explores the latest technology, lessons, and people who are making the grade in Rhode Island's Kindergarten through grade 12 classrooms. Produced by WSBE Rhode Island PBS, Rhode Island Classroom is a half-hour quarterly series that introduces stand-out teachers who are inspiring students, break-through courses offered in area schools, and new, exciting programs that are motivating students to succeed.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Lively Experiment: Education Experts Explore Where RI Education is Headed

Dyana Koelsch – moderator
Ken Wagner – commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, RI Department of Education
Tim Duffy – executive director, Rhode Island Association of School Committees
Robert Walsh, Jr. - executive director, National Education Association Rhode Island
Linda Borg –  education reporter, The Providence Journal

Special Presentation

This panel of education experts will explore the state of Rhode Island schools and where the Ocean State is headed with its education system.

• Education funding formula – does it need to be adjusted?
• English learners – should there be additional funding?
• Empowerment Schools
A Lively Experiment airs on WSBE Rhode Island PBS (36.1) Fridays at 7 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 7 p.m. on WSBE Learn (36.2), and Sundays at noon on WSBE Rhode Island PBS.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) programming over the air on digital 36.1; on Rhode Island cable: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, and Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable: Comcast 819HD and Verizon FiOS 18 / 518HD; on satellite: DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network 36.

WSBE Learn transmits over the air on digital 36.2; in Rhode Island on Cox 808; Verizon FiOS 478; Full Channel 89; and in Massachusetts on Comcast 294 or 312.

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Stories of Sea Captains' Homes of Wickford with Tim Cranston

Based on a popular walking tour, noted Rhode Island historian Tim Cranston narrates Stories of the Sea Captains' Homes of Wickford. Using the fine homes to tell the history of Wickford village, Cranston describes the state's more colorful mariners who lived in them, as well as how Wickford village began and how it flourished across the centuries. The film makes its debut on Rhode Island PBS on Thursday, May 5 at 8 p.m., with encores on Saturday, May 7 at 11 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 6 p.m. as part of the ongoing Rhode Island PBS series, Rhode Island Stories. 

As our tour guide, Tim Cranston also provides broader perspective in Stories of the Sea Captains' Homes of Wickford about the village's relevance to the Triangle Trade, the Revolutionary War, Rhode Island's colonial past, privateering and piracy, the Victorian Gilded Age of Newport, transportation and commerce in 18th and 19th Century New England, and the early fishing and boating industries in the region.

The documentary is the work of Rhode Island filmmaker Edward Brassard (Maple Syrup in Rhode Island) and California-based film editor Gloria D'Alessandro.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Kids' Mental Health: A Road Map to Stronger Minds Panel Convenes May 4

Kids' Mental Health: A Road Map to Stronger Minds
Helps Children, Parents, Pediatricians Navigate Rhode Island's Mental Health Care System 
Public Invited to the Taping on May 4 of Televised Discussion
with Medical and Mental Health Professionals and Advocates

Healthy children mean a healthy future. But what are we doing to ensure our children's mental health? 

The often complex answers to this question and more will be addressed by four local medical and mental health professionals and advocates, during a panel discussion that identifies current challenges and helps navigate Rhode Island's mental health care system for children. 

The panelists are Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health; Dr. Gregory Fritz, president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and academic director of Bradley Hospital; Dr. Elizabeth Lowenhaupt, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Lifespan Physician Group/Rhode Island Hospital, and president of the Rhode Island Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Lisa Conlan Lewis, executive director of the Parent Support Network of Rhode Island. 

Presented by the Rhode Island Foundation, in conjunction with Rhode Island Monthly magazine and Rhode Island PBS, the discussion will be moderated by Rhode Island Monthly magazine's Associate Editor Casey Nilsson, and will be held at Rhode Island PBS studios in Providence, on Wednesday, May 4. A reception with panelists and guests begins at 5:30 p.m. preceding the taping at 6:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Rhode Island PBS will air the full program on Thursday, May 19 at 8 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the taping, however seating is limited, and advance registration is required by Tuesday, May 3, through  

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About Rhode Island PBS
WSBE Rhode Island PBS is operated by the Rhode Island PBS Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. WSBE Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the PBS network of public broadcasting stations, and uses the power of noncommercial media to educate, engage, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut since 1967. WSBE-TV delivers content on three channels: Rhode Island PBS (digital 36.1), Learn (digital 36.2), and Spanish-language content on Vme (36.3). 

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) content over the air on digital 36.1; on Rhode Island cable services: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable services: Comcast 819HD, Verizon 18 / 518HD; on satellite:  DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network 36. WSBE Learn transmits over the air on digital 36.2; on cable: Cox 808, Verizon 478, Full Channel 89, Comcast 294 or 312. For more information about programs and education services at WSBE, visit