iQ: smartparent Teachable Moments

Teachable Moments, Webinars and Support Material for Parents and Educators Offered by WQED

February 10, 2021

Initiative funded by the Grable Foundation

Building on the success of iQ: smartparent, WQED’s national television program for parents and educators, WQED inaugurates iQ: smartparent Teachable Moments.

Teachable moments are short vignettes that “extend at home learning” for students and families by showcasing local educators demonstrating engaging activities, resources and ideas. In addition to the vignettes, students, parents and educators will be directed to WQED’s Interactive website to get more detailed information on the topic of each teachable moment. 

Teachable Moments, generously funded by the Grable Foundation, also includes four 20 minute-long webinars/virtual events hosted by WQED’s education team:


This webinar focuses on transition and social and emotional development. WQED staff and experts discuss transitions to elementary, middle and high schools and the challenges and opportunities that those transitions often present.


Kick-Off WQED solicits input from parents on what their needs are, and teachers on what students should be learning from a teacher’s perspective. Education staff will also distribute a survey to viewers/participants for more in-depth feedback. Information gathered will be used to assess what gaps WQED can fill with future lessons.


This webinar is a virtual parent/teacher meeting through our OVEE or Zoom platform. Parents will have the ability to submit questions in an “ask the experts” style. WQED staff, teachers and other education experts will be part of a panel to answer parents’ questions. 


This virtual event celebrates the arts and artistic pursuits. Education staff will offer creative project ideas for kids and parents with seasonal themes, such as holiday decorating or snowman-making.

Physical and digital materials will be distributed to parents and will include toolkits and other ancillary materials related to the content presented in each webinar.

About WQED

WQED was an experiment in educational community-supported television that was the forerunner to PBS. Today, WQED is a multimedia powerhouse that is as much a part of Pittsburgh as the three rivers. WQED is WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; WQED PBS KIDS Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online at; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive ( and WQED Education (