Webinar Tomorrow: Creating a Culture of Perseverance in Math Classrooms

kg16-vid-boydclassroom-resize-710x399Perseverance (aka grit) has been the focus of much discussion on what it takes for students — and teachers — to succeed.  On January 26, 2017 at 7:00p.m. Keep Going! Create a Culture of Perseverance in Math Classrooms offers an interactive discussion and demonstration of new professional development resources supporting the Problem Solving and Perseverance standard from the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice

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Emperor Science Award Applications for Cancer Research Open to 10th & 11th Graders

The Emperor Science Award program is an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science — specifically cancer research and care — through a unique mentoring opportunity.  First announced in spring 2015 at Columbia University by Katie Couric, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) co-founder, the program is connected to Ken Burns CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, a three-part film that aired on PBS.

This short video details Emperor Science Award recipient, Lauren Beatty, one of 100 high school students to receive the honor in last year. Yesterday, PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up To Cancer launched the call for 2017 applications for the Emperor Science Award program from January 10 through March 17, 2017, 11:59 pm ET.

10th and 11th graders with a strong interest in science will be selected to work on a cancer research project with a mentoring scientist.  In addition, these students will Continue reading

The Magic of LEGOs for Learning Mathematics & More

Gwen Ifill, who we recently lost, narrates this story of middle-schooler Shubham Banerjee.  The student asked a simple question — how do blind people read? — and was inspired  and transformed into a tech entrepreneur through his use of the famous LEGO blocks.

We know that playing with these bricks can capture children’s imaginations, leading to some pretty spectacular and often original designs.  (My grown son still wants me to keep his collection LEGO pieces:) So are we surprised when Alycia Zimmerman, a 3rd-grade teacher in New York, writes in Scholastic that LEGOs are her “favorite possibility-packed math manipulative”?  The article’s pictures illustrate how multi-sized LEGO pieces can add up to Continue reading

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate Cultural Diversity

Bringing diverse holidays into the classroom can deepen students’ understanding of and respect for cultural differences.  In years past it could be difficult for teachers to find a Kwanza candle holder, but today PBS LearningMedia gives educators varied holiday resources to engage students.

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December 8 Webinar: Running an Hour of Code with Elementary Students

“In fifteen years we’ll be programming just like reading and writing . . .  and wondering why we didn’t do it sooner.”   Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder

If you’re in search of tools for creativity, storytelling and fun to engage young students for future success, then you might want to attend a free webinar on Thursday, December 8, at 6pm.

No coding experience is required for this webinar hosted by

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A New PBS KIDS Program To Be Thankful For: Splash and Bubbles

“The whole ocean’s waiting right before our eyes.”  This line from the new Splash and Bubbles theme song invites 4-7 year old viewers — and their teachers and parents — to dive into marine biology and ocean science to explore the diversity and spectacle of our natural undersea world. Premiering on WGBY this Wednesday, November 23, 10:00am and 2:00pm, The Jim Henson Company’s latest creation has meaningful themes like one we hear in this video clip: “There’s only one way to get over the fear of the unknown.  Let’s go there and get to know it.”

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