Who We Are

In 1961, the school board chairs of Norfolk and Hampton Public Schools began experimenting with the idea of teaching elementary and secondary students through television and, by handshake agreement, established WHRO-TV. Over the next few years, school division membership expanded. The Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association (HRETA, Inc.) currently includes 21 school divisions throughout the Hampton Roads area who work together to own and operate WHRO.

The WHRO Education Team provides high-quality content, services, and resources for various audiences. Many on our team are licensed Virginia educators and hold advanced educational degrees. The entire team works tirelessly to meet the needs of our community, as indicated in our annual impact statements.



Resources and Services

The WHRO Education Team produces the following products, programs, and resources for educators, students, and families.


Batten Environmental Education Initiative (BEEI)

The BEEI provides many resources for improving our environment. Check out the videos, animations, lessons, van programs, and much more.


Children’s Services

Children's Services offers a variety of programs that engage children in learning.

Take a look at these fun educational opportunities.


Distance Learning Resources

These instructional resources are collections organized into core K-12 content areas and include short videos, lessons, and interactive games you can use with your students today.



eMediaVA is a free, statewide digital media repository and distribution system containing collections of audio, video, and interactive multimedia learning resources aligned to Virginia’s Standards of Learning.


Online Courses

Explore our online courses and modules created for use in diverse learning environments, including full-time and part-time online, blended, hybrid, concurrent, remote, flipped, or face-to-face.


Professional Development

WHRO Education provides opportunities for professional development throughout the year. Check out the upcoming trainings and review the archived sessions


Student Advisory Board

The SAB comprises a diverse group of high school students from area school divisions that come together to provide feedback about our digital content and programs. Student voice and choice matter.


Student Competitions

WHRO offers a variety of competitions for K-12 students designed to highlight student achievement. Learn more about these opportunities.

- Great Computer Challenge (K-12th Grade)
- PBS KIDS Writers Contest (K-5th Grade)
- Regional Spelling Bee (6th-8th Grade)


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Ms. Martha Reads

Join Ms. Martha as she reads stories from WHRO’s Young Storytellers Contest.