Resources for Educators

WHYY Education offers links to various online professional development resources for teachers including websites and articles that address important educational issues.




PECO Energizing Education Program (PEEP)

In June 2013, students and teachers from local schools presented their community projects developed as part of the PECO Energizing Education Program (PEEP) in Franklin Hall at The Franklin Institute. There couldn't have been a more appropriate venue as a statue of Benjamin Franklin watched over the students as they made their presentations. Students and teachers from all 20 participating schools and the 5 participating afterschool programs were in attendance. The schools were honored for their projects focusing on energy resources, energy conservation and environmental preservation. Learn more at www.need.org/peco.



Online resources

  • ABC Travel Guides for Kids
    It's an alphabet book, map and souvenir all in one, and it's designed to be in the hands of the child and the parent.

  • AAA Math
    A website that contains hundreds of pages of basic math skills, interactive practice on every page and an explanation of the math topic on each page.

  • Center for Media Literacy
    Works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture.

  • Crayola
    Find rich, hands-on learning experiences that can be searched by subject, theme, grade, media, and completion time.

  • Degrees that Work
    WVIA and the Pennsylvania College of Technology have teamed up to create informative programs about the cutting edge, technical careers that await our current high school and college students.

  • Earlychildhood.com
    The Professional Resource for teachers and parents.

  • Frontline: Public Schools Inc.
    Frontline and the PBS education series investigates the intertwined fortunes of Edison Schools and its charismatic, controversial leader, Chris Whittle.

  • Heroes 4 Us
    Helps children learn about real life heroes and inspires them to be all that they can be.

  • NASA
    Learning resources, professional development, contacts for educators.

  • National Council of Teachers of English
    Working to advance teaching, research, and student achievement in English language arts at all scholastic levels.

  • PBS Ready to Learn
    A nationwide effort using on-air, online and print resources and local support to help parents and early childhood educators prepare children for success in school.

  • PBS TeacherLine
    Online professional development through facilitated courses, a supportive learning community, and exemplary professional resources.

  • PBS Teacher Source
    You'll find a host of free educational resources tied to PBS programming and correlated to state and national standards.

  • U.S. Department of Education
    Read about ways to improve students' learning, search toolkits and various publications for teachers.



PECO Energizing Education Program Students Present Projects at WHYY Studios



In May 2012, students and teachers from seven local schools presented their community projects developed as part of the PECO Energizing Education Program (PEEP) in Franklin Hall at The Franklin Institute. There couldn't have been a more appropriate venue as a statue of Benjamin Franklin watched over the students as they made their presentations. Students and teachers from all 18 schools participated in this year's program were in attendance. The seven local schools were honored for their projects focusing on energy conservation and environmental preservation, including: Central High School, Philadelphia, Jubilee School, Philadelphia, Girard College, Philadelphia, Glenolden School, Delaware County, Penndale Middle School, Montgomery County, Southwark Elementary School, Philadelphia and the Widener Partnership Charter School, Delaware County.

The PECO Energizing Education Program is designed in cooperation with the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) and in partnership with The Franklin Institute. The project-based curriculum uses hands-on activities to explore the relationship between energy efficiency, conservation and environmental preservation. The program begins with a curriculum workshop for teachers at The Franklin Institute. Following the classroom learning, teachers and students tour an electric generating station, and put their knowledge to practical use by completing an energy efficiency/conservation community project.

In addition to curriculum training and educational materials, students participate in a school energy audit and receive home energy audit kits. Each school also receives $1,500 in funding from PECO for their project.

If you know of a school that is interested in participating in the PECO Energizing Education program or for more information about the program or NEED, please visit www.need.org/peco