This Week in Richmond gives Southwest Virginians an in-depth look at important developments and decisions coming out of the capitol. From budget cuts to regulatory affairs, the program spotlights the latest happenings at the General Assembly. It provides timely insights and behind-the-headlines analysis of the most recent news about taxes, education and other matters that are critical to people in our region.
State capitol veteran, David Bailey, is the host of the show. Bailey captures first-hand perspectives of state legislators and other voices from the Capitol, especially those who represent Southwest Virginia communities. He also presents viewers with unique analysis and thoughtful perspective on important issues of regional interest.
This Week in Richmond Video Archives
A series that brings experts around the table to discuss educational issues for our viewers while developing a community of learners that are informed and ready to take action to help our local students reach their full potential.
- What it Takes… to Teach
Is our education system stalled or even failing? University leaders discuss how colleges know who will make a great teacher and how teachers learn how to teach. They explore key skills for student teachers and the tools needed to work in America’s ever changing classrooms. The panel discusses recommendations for turning teacher education programs “upside down”.
- What it Takes… to Graduate
When students learn more, they earn more. School and business leaders discuss the economic and social impact of high school drop-outs; why they’re leaving; successful interventions; and offer community solutions to solve the problem. The panel breaks down the different paths to graduation, strategies for success and what each of us can do to help.
- What it Takes... to End Bullying
Sticks and stones and names can hurt you. Bullying begins in pre-school, with half of all bullying going unreported to school officials or parents. Today, one in five students in an average classroom experiences bullying, and 160,000 children miss school every day, often feeling powerless. In this episode, a diverse panel of experts discusses this serious problem, the legal implications, cyber bullying and the long term impact for students. You’ll hear specific suggestions and tips for students, schools, parents and communities.
- What it Takes... to End Bullying, part 2
Bullying panel discusses warning signs, parent strategies, and reacts to student comments about bullying in schools.
- What it Takes... to End Cyber Bullying
Bullying panel discusses Cyberbullying- What is it, spotting the warning signs, decoding teen text, sexting, privacy concerns, and what positive steps individuals, schools and communities can take to eliminate bullying.
- What it Takes... Pre-School Readiness
The panel, featuring Dr. Craig Ramey, a world-renowned child development researcher and developmental psychologist discusses pre-school readiness, the lifelong benefits of early educational programs and why early education provides an excellent return on investment. They explain factors affecting children’s health, including the development of intelligence, social competence, academic achievement and the importance of having every child entering kindergarten with the skills they need to be ready for school and ready for life.
- What it Takes... Creating Excellent Schools
Unravel the “how to” mystery of school improvement with the authors of “Standing in the Gap” These field experts have made a difference in classrooms across the country using a practical three step approach.
- What it Takes... Green Schools
A Green Ribbon Award winning school panel reveals how they won the prestigious national award. They share activities for students, best practices for reducing our environmental impact, how to develop community partnerships, and the lifelong benefits of creating an academic environmental education a program that improves our health and protects our earth.
Watch episodes online and get more information!
Gems of the Roanoke Valley was made possible by the Taubman Foundation Sustainability Grants.
Blue Ridge PBS stories about gems from around the Roanoke Valley include:
Shaping the World: Conversations on Democracy Episode Descriptions
The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, winds over 300 miles through the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Connecting major music venues, music jams, and festivals in communities all along the way, The Crooked Road helps share and preserve the history of American music. As the region’s story teller, Blue Ridge PBS presents On the Crooked Road to capture the flavor of what this unique trail offers our region’s residents and visitors.
More information on the Crooked Road can be found at myswva.org/tcr
Special thanks to everyone who helped us along this musical journey.
Blue Ridge PBS stories from along the Crooked Road include:
BLUE RIDGE VISTAS & BLUE RIDGE VISTAS II
Year-long looks at the scenic beauty of our region, with original musical soundtrack.
Winner of a 2001 Communicator Award & a 2002 Videography Award.
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Information about the Civil War
Blue Ridge PBS is proud to bring you a health program that delves deeply into medical issues - to help you take charge of your healthcare. HealthQuest covers many aspects of modern health: prevention, treatment, research, administration and medical technologies. Each episode focuses on a different health topic, such as heart health, cancer, Alzheimer's, or diabetes. The program also showcases some of the top-notch medical facilities and practitioners in our region.
Julie Newman, Blue Ridge PBS executive producer, hosts HealthQuest from our high definition studio in Roanoke, VA. During each episode, she engages medical professionals in frank, in-depth conversations about medical issues that matter most in our region.
You can also join us online immediately following HealthQuest to continue the conversation. Then stay tuned for the nationally syndicated, award-winning program Second Opinion - to enjoy a full hour of health programming on Blue Ridge PBS.
Thank you to our HealthQuest sponsor:
HealthQuest Video Archive
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"On the Road" is a collection of stories from across the region, broadcast at various times throughout each day. The stories, each just a few minutes long, highlight local personalities, businesses, organizations and events, all interesting subjects and cultural treasures from our own communities.
"We are the region's story teller and community square," said James Baum, Blue Ridge PBS President and CEO. "With "On the Road," we will share stories about our local history, arts and culture-stories that truly make this region special."
By airing "On the Road" stories multiple times on a daily basis, Blue Ridge PBS is able to add significant local content to its programming schedule. It also helps the featured subjects, giving them a voice and reach that magnifies their effectiveness.
Special program developed with Smart Beginnings of Greater Roanoke Statistics show that one in five Virginia children arrives in kindergarten without the basic skills to succeed. "At Blue Ridge PBS, we understand that today's children are tomorrow's citizens who will contribute to our economy and strengthen our communities," said Julie Newman, Blue Ridge PBS Executive Producer and host of "Positive Parenting." "We developed this program for anyone who cares for or works with young children."
"Positive Parenting" will help children in the region enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and in life. This is a goal of Smart Beginnings of Greater Roanoke, a Roanoke area collaborative established to improve early childhood services. As a Smart Beginnings partner, Blue Ridge PBS has created an educational program that features interviews with local experts in the infant and child care field. "Positive Parenting" will also take viewers inside popular local child care and pre-school programs. The program is organized into six areas of interest: family life, health and safety, infants and toddlers, pre-schoolers, community resources and corporate support.
"Smart Beginnings is very pleased to be able to partner with Blue Ridge PBS on this project," said Danielle Murray, Program Manager for Smart Beginnings of Greater Roanoke. "The mission of Smart Beginnings is to inform parents, providers and the community on how to ensure that our children are ready to be successful, both in school and in their community. We feel that this program will help highlight how important early childhood is, not only for school success but for the success of our economy and future workforce."
As part of the Women, War and Peace series, Blue Ridge PBS interviewed women from war zones who now make their home in our region. We think you’ll find their stories compelling, heartbreaking and inspiring.
Get more information and watch Women, War, & Peace online at pbs.org/wnet/women-war-and-peace/