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

Webinar Today > KQED Youth Media Challenge: Let’s Talk About Election 2020

Today at 4:00pm we hope you can join KQED, National Writing Project, and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs for an informational webinar to learn about the Let’s Talk About Election 2020 youth media challenge. The webinar will provide an overview of this free program and share resources for elevating youth voice around Election 2020, including

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WGBY Celebrates Our PBS KIDS Fans

WGBY fans with young ones at home appreciate how PBS KIDS entertains and educates.  To celebrate our fans and PBS KIDS, we invite you to join us on Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in downtown Springfield.  Among the festivities, families can meet Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Springfield Museums’ The Cat in the Hat.  We’ll also have activities, live music, children’s books, art and more — even a free kid-sized iced cream with each ticket, courtesy of Friendly’s .

At WGBY’s PBS KIDS tables, you’ll find fun and learning not only for children but for parents and educators with 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

Teachers: Take a look at The Long View

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

Webinar to Instill a Love of Science

This Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 7:00:00 PM EDT – 8:00:00 PM EDT, you can join the
webinar Engaging Students in Science Phenomena and Practices with PBS LearningMedia for grades 6-12.
To address the question, “How can we instill in our students a love of science – plugging into their natural curiosity?” WGBH Educator Ambassadors will share strategies for the effective use of free, highly-engaging and student-tested PBS LearningMedia resources as a foundation for grade 6-12 lessons.

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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