Great Assets for WGBY’s Summer of Fun & Learning

WGBY’s 2019 Summer of Fun & Learning is off to a great start, thanks to 4 dedicated student interns who help create engaging activities for Pre-K children at Springfield’s Head Start and YMCA.

Interns are part of New England Farm Workers’ YouthWorks Summer Program, with one who recently graduated from the Springfield High School of Science and Technology and three who will be juniors at Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy in the Early Education and Care program.

These interns have expressed an interest in education, and their affinity for children and love of learning are great assets for WGBY’s summer program.  Another great asset are the beloved PBS KIDS characters like Curious George, Daniel Tiger and Elmo, who make children happy to learn during our weekly visits.

We bring books as well as resources from PBS KIDS and PBS for Parents for children, staff and families.  (There are also great classroom resources at PBS LearningMedia.)  In addition, children play PBS KIDS learning games on Playtime Pads and receive their own books to read at home with family and friends.

Can you imagine how many smiles and thank you’s we give and receive each week of WGBY’s Summer of Fun and Learning? (Too many to count!)

Project-Based Learning Webinars for Your Summer

Summer can offer educators a chance to slow down in their schedules as well as catch up on professional development that’s important to them. This balance of ease and energy allows teachers to return to the classroom refreshed and more confident.

Based on the number of Massachusetts K-12 teachers who registered for two Project-Based Learning (PBL) webinars this past spring, PBL is important to them.  This engaging and Continue reading

Lest We Forget

This panoramic image from Yad Vashem’s Hall of Names in Jerusalem is said to be Israel’s most important Holocaust memorial.  Its space suggests the magnitude of lives lost during a nightmare from which six million Jews would not awake.

Holocaust Remembrance Day is this Thursday on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and PBS has many resources for viewers and students to learn and remember.

On Tuesday, April 30, at 10 p.m. WGBY airs the FRONTLINE documentary “The Last Survivors” about Britain’s living survivors, who were children during the nightmare. The film shares intimate interviews about how they have dealt with Holocaust memories and what it’s like to think about dying at a time when acts of anti-Semitism are rising.

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3 Part “Live Learning Experience”: Empowering Young Media Consumers & Creators

How can we teach students effective digital literacy skills to empower them to be critical consumers of media and authentic storytellers?  Beginning February 28 at 7PM ET, you can join PBS Education for a free, three-part PBS “Live Learning” experience created by teachers, for teachers:  Part 1 | Teaching Students to Critically Analyze Media; Part 2 | Helping Students Create Authentic Stories; Part 3 | Amplifying Student Voices Across the Community.

PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each

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Love These Resources from PBS LearningMedia

Happy Valentine’s Day.  Ladybugs are unlikely to conjure images of love as do doves, swans and puppy dogs.  Many may think of ladybugs as harmless creatures that walk along window sills and occasionally take wing.  But this video from KQED San Francisco and presented by PBS Digital Studios shows them gathering after long winter flights to hibernate and find mates in a ritual that is sure to fascinate students.

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50 Years of Sesame Street — A Force for Good in 150 Countries

Regardless of the grade you may teach, please take a few minutes to watch this joyful Sesame Street Season 50 Anthem that launches a year-long celebration.

Sesame Street is now the longest-running children’s show in American television history.  As a recent press release explains, “Set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the war on poverty, Sesame Street was created to answer a simple question:  could television be used to  Continue reading