Please join us and spread the word about a live Q & A for teachers on January 15 with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., host of the popular PBS series, Finding Your Roots. The event at 7:00pm will kick off PBS LearningMedia’s virtual learning series about the Civil War.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Continue reading
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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Classroom teachers have the privilege and responsibility of helping to build students’ characters. To support you in your work, PBS LearningMedia has engaging PreK-5 videos, interactives and lessons that serve as guides to shaping students’ character
Including core values such as responsibility, courage, and persistence, Continue reading
WGBY recently aired the documentary, The Long View, the story of two Oakland high schools and their community of students, families, and teachers. Filmmaker Susan Zeig describes common threads that can unite viewers: “the importance of community participation, impact of inequitable funding, need for greater respect and value for the teaching profession, and the cost of the high turnover among school administrators.”
In the film many of our regional educators will recognize the strengths and challenges of urban schools and communities throughout the country as well as the trauma experienced by Continue reading
Common Sense Media reports that the average teenage spends 9 hours online daily. Of more concern than this daily dose of media consumption — gaming, YouTube, social media and web surfing — is that students are engaging with media without the skills to responsibly interact with it.
To counteract time spent online, especially amid today’s climate of fake news and viral media, teachers need to do their part to prepare students to be media literate citizens.
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PBS TeacherLine online courses for Pre-K – 12 educators are flexible, collaborative and designed for a teacher’s busy schedule. They can help you earn PD credits and offer a way to stay on top of your teaching career.
Of his experience Charles Besancon, Computer Instruction Specialist, said, “The course I took exceeded my expectations both in quality of content and communication with both peers and facilitators.”
You can explore PBS fall courses and can even try a free 3-hour course entitled Continue reading
As schools across Massachusetts open for a brand new year, many educators are thinking about new ways to add technology in a meaningful way to their classrooms and create a media-rich environment for all students.
In the free webinar, Media and Digital Tool Resources for the New School Year, you’ll hear from three WGBH Educator Ambassadors, in collaboration with WGBY, as they discuss how to create opportunities for leveraging a diverse array of technology tools and seamlessly integrating them with media resources on PBS LearningMedia.
During this webinar — Wednesday, September 4, at 7:00pm — you’ll Continue reading
WGBY’s 2019 Summer of Fun & Learning is off to a great start, thanks to 4 dedicated student interns who help create engaging activities for Pre-K children at Springfield’s Head Start and YMCA.
Interns are part of New England Farm Workers’ YouthWorks Summer Program, with one who recently graduated from the Springfield High School of Science and Technology and three who will be juniors at Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy in the Early Education and Care program.
These interns have expressed an interest in education, and their affinity for children and love of learning are great assets for WGBY’s summer program. Another great asset are the beloved PBS KIDS characters like Curious George, Daniel Tiger and Elmo, who make children happy to learn during our weekly visits.
We bring books as well as resources from PBS KIDS and PBS for Parents for children, staff and families. (There are also great classroom resources at PBS LearningMedia.) In addition, children play PBS KIDS learning games on Playtime Pads and receive their own books to read at home with family and friends.
Can you imagine how many smiles and thank you’s we give and receive each week of WGBY’s Summer of Fun and Learning? (Too many to count!)
As I write this post, it is my last day here at WGBY, and it is quite bittersweet. On the one hand, I’m about to graduate and move out to the West Coast. On the other hand, I have cherished my time here and have felt I have become a member of the organization. Nevertheless, it is time to say goodbye.
Thank you to Bess, for your guidance and leadership this semester. I truly felt like I was contributing and that I was a vital member of WGBY. Thank you to WGBY as a whole, for giving me such a welcoming place. Thank you to Peter Pan Bus Lines, for without you, I would not have been able to commute from UMass to give everyone their posts.
And lastly, thank you, for reading. Thank you for taking the time to tune into the blog, for using the resources we provided, and for doing what you do. This blog is geared towards education, and so for all you educators, teachers, curriculum makers, etc., thank you. Thank you for inspiring young minds, thank you for teaching children about our world, thank you for ushering in the next generation of brilliance.
We’re excited that WGBY’s bilingual program Presencia is currently in production for its 4th season. The entire Presencia Team invites you, students, friends and family to become part of this joyful cultural experience as members of our audience.
To see various taping dates here in our Springfield studio as well as groups performing and times, Continue reading