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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Cultivating Gratitude & Fostering Resilience

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.”  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Remembering to be grateful can foster resilience..  The Transformative Teachers Collection — produced through a collaboration among The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values and WGBH Educational Foundation — is designed to equip educators with tools and methods for Continue reading

Halloween & Fall Collections for PreK-12

During this spooky season, celebrate with scare-free videos, activities, and lesson plans for grades PreK-5.  Children can discover fun ways to learn, like conducting science investigations with slime, using math to share candy, and solving interactive, Halloween-themed puzzles.

We also have festive ways to celebrate fall foliage and harvest with PreK-12 videos, activities, and lesson plans about various autumn holidays and Continue reading

Teach Diversity with Hispanic Heritage

Teachers need to model appreciation and respect for diversity every day, and PBS LearningMedia can serve as a strong classroom resource.  Before the end of Hispanic Heritage Month — September 15 through October 15 — and beyond, there are rich resources to celebrate the 54+ million people of Hispanic descent living in the United States, including many neighbors in our region.

At PBS LearningMedia WGBY is proud to provide a resource that highlights Latino culture in western MA through the lens of Continue reading

New Pre-K – 12 Resources for the New School Year

In addition to thousands of existing free resources, PBS Learning Media has new ones for your new school year.

These sample resources for grades Pre-K – 12 include support materials and standards:

ARTHUR All About Community activities help children understand themselves and those around them. Topics include self-esteem, understanding others, and cultural diversity.

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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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Family Fun & Learning at WGBY Kids Fan Day

This year’s WGBY Kids Fan Day on Saturday, November 3, from 10am — 3pm promises to be the best ever!  Along with PBS KIDs characters that children love  — Curious George, Daniel Tiger & the Springfield Museums’ The Cat in the Hat — families will find PBS Kids-themed activity stations with arts & crafts, interactive games, or musical explorations hosted by community partners.  Free, kid-sized iced cream courtesy of Friendly’s will make the celebration even better.

At WGBY’s Kids tables, we’ll have fun & learning for not only kids but parents and educators with  Continue reading