Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month With WGBY And In the Classroom

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month — September 15 to October 15 — recognizes the contributions to and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States. On Friday, September 26, WGBY celebrates this rich heritage and culture with Presencia at the Basketball Hall of Fame with an evening of music, culture, food, and dance to benefit the Latino Youth Media Institute and North End Center for Literacy and Learning.  For the classroom, PBS LearningMedia offers a collection of lesson plans, videos and classroom resources for grades 4-12 that invites teacher and students to explore the history, people and issues chronicled in the PBS series, Latino Americans. Continue reading

Curious George At LittleFest and In the Classroom

photo (3)This past Saturday Curious George was a special guest at LittleFest, an end-of-summer literacy celebration that takes place at the Springfield Museums and Springfield City Library.  Over 1600 families attended the event, and many of them came to see Curious George, one of their favorite PBS KIDS characters!  In addition to children’s love of Curious George, which airs on WGBY, the Curious George STEM Collection is a great way to help them understand science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts, such as Continue reading

World Premiere of Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America + Classroom Resources on Architecture & Design

indexWGBY invites you to the world premiere of Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, an in-depth study of the architect’s complex life and accomplishments this Sunday, 13 April, from 4 – 6 pm at The Academy of Music, Northampton.  In addition to major contributions to the American landscape, such as co-designing Central Park, heading the first Yosemite commission, and designing the U.S. Capitol Grounds, Olmstead designed Smith, Mt. Holyoke, UMass and Amherst, and his firm created parks in Springfield and Holyoke MA.  (Who remembers Riverside Park?) Continue reading

THE CITY at Wilbraham-Monson Academy

TheCityButtonOn April 4 Wilbraham & Monson Academy is hosting The City, a conference focusing on the local and global changes, and benefits and challenges of an increasingly urbanized world.  The full-day conference includes keynote speaker Ziangming Chen from Trinity College’s Center for Urban and Global Studies and others as well as breakout sessions for educators.  Continue reading

FREE EVENT: JFK Screening and Discussion

imagesWe recently shared classroom resources for the new American Experience film, JFK.  Now there’s an opportunity for you and students to attend a screening and discussion of the film on Saturday, November 23,2013 from 2:00-3:30pm at STCC Building 2, Scibelli Hall Auditorium.  You’re invited to join WGBY, STCC, The Springfield Armory, and the UMass Amherst Department of History for what promises to be an engaging event.  Directions.

Moderated by Jim Madigan, WGBY Director of Public Affairs, the panel will include special guests Representative Richard E. Neal, Massachusetts 1st Congressional District and UMass Amherst Faculty, Chris Appy, UMass Amherst Department of History, Richard Colton, Historian, The Springfield Armory, and John Diffley, Springfield Technical Community College professor.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With WGBY At Presencia!

Presencia_Spotlight-v2Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month by joining WGBY and our many community partners this Friday, October 25, for Presencia, an evening of music, culture, food, and dance to benefit the Latino Youth Media Institute and North End Center for Literacy and Learning (NECLL) at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (directions).  We’ve been practicing our salsa and would love to teach you, or perhaps you can teach us a few new steps!

And thanks to PBS LearningMedia,  we have more resources to add to those we shared in an earlier post this month:

The Red Balloon | Oh Noah! | K-2:  Learn and practice Spanish, including vocabulary for colors and vehicles with the Oh Noah! “The Red Balloon” webisode, related games, and lesson plan.

We are the Music | Sante Fe Symphony | 3-4   :Explore the music and dance sequences of 11 cultural groups who have settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico over the past 700 years.

Hispanic Exploration | Library of Congress | 4-12:  This set of primary resources from the Library of Congress provides a window into this time period, as well as a Teacher’s Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.

Baseball & Social Change | WGBH | 5-8:  In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students learn about baseball legend Roberto Clemente, his early years in the U. S.  during segregation and changes in the 1960s that made the culture more open to Clemente’s Latino culture.

Revolutionary Art | LPB | 9-12:  In this lesson accompanied by a film clip from the documentary ‘The Storm that Swept Mexico’, students examine the use of art as historical narrative and social commentary, and create a mural inspired by the Mexican Muralist movement.

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Bark About Books! Summer Reading

martha_speaksOn June 17, the last day of school for Springfield Public Schools, WGBY held its last Bark About Books kick offs in 7 Springfield schools.  All graduating kindergarteners in these schools – over 575 of them — received a Martha Speaks bag & book. Almost 400 hundred families are enrolled in the summer reading program, designed to help stem the “summer slide” when children can lose important skills they and their teachers work hard to acquire during the school year.

Bark About Books kick offs have been a wonderful time to talk and read with these beautiful, enthusiastic children and to impress upon families the importance of reading and talking together throughout the summer.  The children express their love of PBS Kids programs such as Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog, and when they see the Martha plush, they call out her name and often say “I love Martha.”  Such beloved characters can be strong motivation for learning!

Students enrolled in the program are mailed 5 books over the summer as a way to encourage family reading.  Thanks to WGBY’s partnership with WGBH in Boston, who receives funding from the Krueger Foundation, Bark About Books has served nearly 1000 Springfield kindergarteners over the past 3 years.

We’d appreciate hearing from you about the “summer slide” and school calendars that interrupt student learning for over two months each summer.

It’s Not Too Late to Register for the The World of Water!

WMA World of Water ed blog adIt’s not too late for you to register for The World of Water: a local education and professional development event sponsored by Wilbraham & Monson Academy.  At this event, teachers and professors will have opportunities to explore how to connect water topics to Massachusetts curriculum standards.  Guest speakers will include a keynote from Fabien Cousteau, Brain Lapis of WWLP-22, and Carl Hodges, Founder and Chairman of the Seawater Foundation.

To register for the half-day conference, visit the WMA website.

 

WGBY Feature: “Divided We Stand: A Street in Our School”

Gerena_225x173WGBY announces the launch of “Divided We Stand: A Street in Our School,” a special Connecting Point series that will present various sides of one of the area’s longtime community issues: the tunnel beneath I-91 that runs through the Germán Gerena Community School in Springfield’s North End.

Built in 1973, the school currently serves 700 children.  Because of the building’s close proximity to I-91, a tunnel was built on the lower level of the school so that students and members of the larger community, divided once the interstate was constructed, could safely walk from one side of their neighborhood to the other. Over time, “the tunnel,” as residents refer to it, became more than a passageway linking Plainfield and Main Streets. It became a pathway providing access to varied community services. A generation came to depend on the organizations that filled space within the tunnel itself.

Yet, due largely to extensive flooding and structural damage, time has changed this once vibrant space. Community spaces now stand empty.As residents and city leaders discuss their vision for the Gerena School and tunnel, WGBY explores its past and present. Viewers will learn just how much happens in this place they don’t see.

For the first time, WGBY will provide Spanish subtitles for the series of segments, airing periodically between March and May. The series’ first segment, available online, included a discussion about the school and the status of repairs to the tunnel with Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno and School Superintendent Daniel Warwick.

Future air dates are as follows: March 27, April 24, April 30 & May 20-22.

WGBY invites viewer feedback and especially encourages people who live near Gerena, largely members of the city’s Latino community, to contribute memories, stories or opinions throughout the series’ run.

World of Water half day Teachers’ Conference – April 5

fabienJoin WGBY and Wilbraham & Munson Academy for a special half-day conference aimed at the professional development of teachers and professors in the area. Learn how to incorporate water and economics into your classroom.  A keynote lecture will be delivered by Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau.

When: Friday, April 5, 2013  •  8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Where: Athletic Center  •  Wilbraham & Monson Academy

Cost: $20 Admission (includes lunch)

Participating teachers will receive 10 PDPs for participation with completion of short follow-up classroom work.    Teachers would also be welcome to bring their classes to the event for additional activities.  To register, visit the GEM conference website.