Peg + Cat at LittleFest 2017 on Museum Day Live!

As you can see, Peg + Cat will be at LittleFest this Saturday, September 23, bringing their problem-solving panache to Springfield’s annual celebration of literacy and learning.

Hosted by WGBY, the Springfield Museums and the Springfield City Library, LittleFest is free to all WGBY members and Springfield residents.  Because this Saturday also happens to be  Continue reading

The Vietnam War — Only On PBS

WGBY premieres Ken Burns and Lynn Novick new documentary series, Vietnam, this Sunday, September 17, at 8pm.  While a 10-part series might seem daunting to some, David Bianculli’s, NPR’s Fresh Air film critic, calls it a “brilliantly structured documentary series,” noting its powerful use of music such as “Led Zeppelin’s ‘Dazed and Confused’ [which] isn’t just a rock song; it’s a battlefield debriefing.”

As Ken Burns himself remarks in this trailer, the film could only have been made only on PBS.  And even before classroom resources Continue reading

Empowering Students to be Safe & Savvy Digital Citizens

Many students returning to the classroom this week are likely to have spent hours online over the summer — playing games, watching videos and possibly much more.  While parents and caregivers may try to oversee children’s navigation of the digital world, it’s essential that students are taught how to be safe, responsible digital citizens.

Cultivating digital citizenship can be tricky, but PBS LearningMedia has engaging resources to Continue reading

Teaching Tolerance In the Classroom

Recent events in Charlottesville may have you thinking about what more you can do to help students become tolerant and fair-minded adults.  At least as important as your subject matter is the classroom environment you create, one with patience, understanding and love — fertile ground for growing just citizens.

Regardless of age level, the following sites offer resources for both Continue reading

Kindness, Empathy and the Importance of Practicing Mindfulness

                                                                 “Manners are kindnesses.” Audrey Hepburn

Actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn’s definition of manners came from her mother.  Learning about kindness, empathy and resilience are among the most important lessons we can teach as parents, educators and citizens.

PBS LearningMedia’s collection for PreK-5 and 6-12,  Continue reading