PBS LearningMedia 15-Minute Jump Start

One of our top priorities right now is to help parents and educators fill educational gaps while schools are closed.  To this end, we’ll continue sharing PreK-12 resources to serve your present needs.  We hope you’ll share them with colleagues, parents and families who might benefit from them.
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Two Upcoming Webinars for Teachers and Parents

Design Squad: Engineering at Home Webinar
On Wednesday, March 25, at 1p ET teachers and parents are invited to join the Design Squad team to learn about how to support engineering and invention activities at home. In this 30-minute webinar you’ll learn about the design process, get tips for using Design Squad activities in the home, hear ideas for how to connect students virtually and get an overview of the Design Squad collection of resources. The webinar will be followed by a Q&A.  Register here.
Webinar for Massachusetts K-12 Educators

On Thursday, March 26, at 7p ET join Project Based Learning expert and author, Suzie Boss, for an updated, encore webinar for MA educators of all grades and subjects. Suzie will  inspire you to delve into this engaging and research-based teaching method that includes sustained inquiry, authenticity and student choice.  She will be accompanied by Jeromie Whalen, Communications and Media Production teacher, who will share his Project Based Learning story and the impact it has had on his practice and students.  Register here.

The New PBS Kid on the Block > XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM

Engage students with XAVIER RIDDLE AND THE SECRET MUSEUM, a new PBS KIDS series premiering this month.  Based on the Ordinary People Change the World books by Brad Meltzer and Christopher Eliopoulos, the show follows the adventures of Xavier Riddle, his sister Yadina, and their friend Brad as they travel back in time to meet real life historical figures when they were kids.

To support students’ social-emotional, literacy, and social studies skills, you’ll find resources that includevideo clips, printable activities, teaching tips, and historical figure biosketches at PBS LearningMedia.

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Curious George Goes to Japan!

The following post was written by education intern MaiCherish Harris, ESL major at Elms College:

In the summer of 2019, I spent five weeks studying abroad in Japan.  After staying in a hotel in Kyoto for a week, I went to Kochi to live with a host family.  Having enjoyed PBS KIDS my whole life, it was surprising and comforting to see Continue reading

Late PBS Journalist Gwen Ifill Honored Nationally and Locally

Gwen Ifill, PBS NewsHour legend, was honored with the 43rd Black Heritage series postal stamp, celebrating her professional achievements and contributions to African American communities.  A ceremony took place at her church in Washington, D.C.

Closer to home, community members in Springfield joined postal officials to honor the late journalist at a stamp unveiling ceremony at her alma mater – Classical High School (since converted into condominiums and renamed Classical High Condominiums).

Though born in New York on Sept. 29, 1955, Gwen Ifill came to Massachusetts when Continue reading

Ken Burns Classroom on PBS LearningMedia

Ken Burns and his collaborators have been creating historical documentary films for over forty years.  With Burns’ signature style, the films contain resources for powerful classroom engagement, which teachers can now access with the Ken Burns Classroom on PBS LearningMedia. The new hub, created for 4-12th grade educators, is inspired by  Continue reading

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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New Episode in Free Virtual Professional Learning Series for PreK-2 Teachers

Have you ever noticed that little ones often have a lot to say? Whether they’ve mastered language or not, they can be brimming with ideas, imagination and creativity. The next episode in the PBS KIDS Free Virtual Professional Learning Series, Using Media to Lift the Littlest Voices, on December 10 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm, focuses on how you can help nurture those strengths and encourage learners to create their own content.

Along with experts who use digital media to teach and those who work with little children — at home, in a center, or in a school-based learning setting — you’ll look into the important role media creation plays and explore how Continue reading

Free Virtual Professional Learning Series for PreK-2: Big Ideas for Little Learners

If you work with little learners at home, in a center, or in a school-based learning setting, you’ll want to join hundreds of fellow educators on a media literacy journey during this free virtual professional learning series.  You’ll explore key topics like what it takes to be a good media mentor and how to responsibly integrate media in your classroom.  PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one-hour virtual professional learning event.

The first event in the series, Using Media to Bring Stories to Life, is on Tuesday, December 3, from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.  Since our littlest learners especially enjoy a good story, this session will share ideas and best practices you can use to

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