Apply to be a WGBH/WGBY 2020 Educator Ambassador!

The WGBH/WGBY Educator Ambassador program brings together Massachusetts K-12 educators who teach in a wide variety of roles, disciplines, and grades from across the Commonwealth. The program represents passionate educators with a wide range of talent and innovative approaches to integrating technology in the classroom. This community of teachers will empower you to grow professionally, advocate for innovative digital media, and drive school transformation.

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Webinar to Instill a Love of Science

This Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 7:00:00 PM EDT – 8:00:00 PM EDT, you can join the
webinar Engaging Students in Science Phenomena and Practices with PBS LearningMedia for grades 6-12.
To address the question, “How can we instill in our students a love of science – plugging into their natural curiosity?” WGBH Educator Ambassadors will share strategies for the effective use of free, highly-engaging and student-tested PBS LearningMedia resources as a foundation for grade 6-12 lessons.

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Fred Roger’s Legacy — Teaching with Love & Imagination

Whether accepting an award before a celebrity-studded audience or demonstrating the art of tying shoe laces to his young viewers, Fred Rogers taught with love and imagination.

As a result, children loved him.  A recent article in the online periodical JSTOR Daily, Long Live Mr. Roger’s Quiet Revolution, tells how in 1969 children across the country sent in dollar bills and pennies totaling $4,000 to keep their favorite neighbor on the air.

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2017 PBS Digital Innovators

This application video for Jesse Buetow (5th grade classroom teacher) for 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators at first might seem intimating to me if I were considering applying for the 2017 Digital Innovator Program.  But I’ve learned — through my professional development experiences as a teacher — to follow my instincts, forget expectations, and do my best.  Surprising things can happen and, regardless of outcomes, we grow as professionals.

Now in its 5th Year, the Digital Innovator Program recognizes top PreK-12 educators using digital technology and tools in the classroom.  The call for this year’s entries is officially open through midnight, February 13, 2017.  All teachers who enter will become part of the PBS Digital Innovators Community, and the 50 top applicants — one from each state — will become 2017 Digital Innovators.

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Thanks To Our Teachers

Can you remember the teacher or teachers whose enthusiasm and love of learning made an indelible mark on your memory — and possibly even influenced the direction of your life?

Last night on the BBC radio, a long-time journalist discussed her decision to leave her current work (while at the top of her career) to become a mathematics teachers.  Knowing that teachers worked hard, she was enthusiastic and terrified, but confident that teaching impoverished students could make a real difference.

We also know that inspired teaching — keeping enthusiasm and love alive — is hard work, and we Thank You for all the good work you do.  We’ll continue to do our best to support you with ideas and resources that help to ignite imaginations.




Understanding a Child’s Heart

As soon as I discovered this interview on PBS LearningMedia, I bookmarked it and finally was able to listen to this wise woman and children’s author.  As Katherine Paterson — Newbery Medal and award-winning author of beloved books such as Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved — discusses her childhood and family, writing challenges, and favorite children’s books, she reveals her “understanding for the heart of a child,” words she uses to describe children’s literature.

PBS LearningMedia breaks the interview into shorter clips and provides support materials that include her biography, a book list and writing prompt.  The interview is one of many resources  Continue reading

As You Head Back: Be Inspired

This clip introduces MAKERS to anyone unfamiliar with this collaboration between AOL and PBS that showcases woman who help make America.  If you subscribe to MAKERS Monday, you receive a weekly email with inspiring stories about women from all walks of life who are leaders in our country. Inspiring.

This Monday, which may find you beginning school or soon heading back, MAKERS features Your Ultimate Back-to- School Guide slideshow and stories of women influencing education such as Ruth Simmons, first African-American Ivy League President, Brown, Michelle Obama, co-founder of Let Girls Learn,  Continue reading

Thank You, Teachers

While dedicated teachers are unlikely to expect applause, appreciation from a past student can bring unexpected pleasure.  Harold Grinspoon, philanthropist and founder of the Pioneer Valley Teachers of Excellence Awards (formerly, Grinspoon Teachers), is reported to have said that “Nobody every thanks teachers.”  Because of his vision and support, we recognize and thank teachers in our region each year for their high-quality work in education.

Across the country we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week in the first week in May, a tradition started by the National Parent Teachers Association.   While some educators may be able to enjoy a free meal at a favorite spot, find donuts and coffee in teachers’ rooms, or receive discounts on products, perhaps the most meaningful gift is simply to say “thank you.”  WGBY wants to express its deep thanks to all of you dedicated to improving the lives of students and the health of our nation through education.

TED Talk About Passionate Living & Lifelong Learning

“Live each day as if it is your last. Learn as if you’ll live forever.”  Mahatma Gandhi

This TED talk by Wofford College President Ben Dunlap tells the story of Sandor Teszler, an Hungarian Holocaust survivor who taught him about passionate living and lifelong learning.  President Dunlap’s powerful storytelling leads to what he’s passionate about — an “inextinguishable, undaunted appetite for learning and experience” — a task he says we know “will be hard.”

WGBY viewers know our commitment to lifelong learning, and followers of this blog know

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Meet Mr. Bean, American Graduate Champion

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”  Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson’s words were taped to my desk at home for many years as my son was growing up.  Their meaning is apt for many educators and other adults who inspire and support youth, including American Graduate Champion Charlie Bean of the St. Louis Public Schools.

January is National Mentoring Month and Public Media’s initiative American Graduate will have a large presence during the National Mentoring Summit, Jan. 27-29, including Charlie Bean and one of his mentees — or “beans” as calls them — Malik Avery.

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