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.

You’ll find many intriguing resources  Continue reading

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

PBS TeacherLine Bootcamp — Free K-3 Professional Development

The PBS Teacher Bootcamp is a collaborative, online 5-day learning experience designed for K-3 teachers to spend 20-minutes daily, refining reading teaching strategies and gaining new ones through the practice and study of Shared Reading.

You can complete the free, 100% online bootcamp at your own pace, and at the end you’ll receive a certificate of completion for 2.5 professional credit hours.

Bootcamp will be open for enrollment from  Continue reading

Homelessness Close to Home

The  homeless — we may notice them on sidewalks or at traffic lights.  Sometimes they’re holding signs, sometimes they’re rummaging through trash or pushing carriages packed with bags.  How much do we really know about this population to which virtually none of us would want to belong?

A two-part series about homelessness in our region that recently aired on WGBY’s nightly program, Connecting Point, explores Continue reading

Empathy & Perseverance — Virtual Professional Development

As part of PBS KIDS virtual professional learning series, “Demonstrating Empathy and Perseverance” helps teachers explore creative ways to weave social and emotional learning into the classroom with Daniel Tiger and friends.

Designed by educators, this virtual event — on January 8 at 7pm — immerses PreK-2 educators in Continue reading

Special Podcast for Kids — A Day in the Life of a Young Refugee

A special episode produced for kids by FRONTLINE spends one day with Muzamil, a 12-year-old Somali boy growing up in Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp. It began with Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath, whose children are nine and 12 years old.  “’As a journalist and mom, I felt like there was something missing from the media landscape: smart, in-depth current affairs programming that parents could play for their kids,’” she says. “’I thought, ‘This is an area FRONTLINE can explore.'”

Meant to appeal to both adults and the children in their lives, the podcast has producer Bianca Giaever and reporter Roopa Gogineni ask Muzamil questions from American kids about Continue reading