WGBY is well represented in the 38th annual Boston New England Emmy Nominations announced earlier this week. Diverse, thought-provoking topics in areas such as societal concerns and education reveal our station’s commitment to community, excellence and lifelong learning.
Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Picture Books, nominated in the Education/Schools category, is a WGBY documentary we’ve shared here before. In the following video clip, published in 2013, Thomas E. Wartenberg, professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke — whose work is integral to the documentary — discussed his most recent book about using narratives of children’s picture books to introduce adults to the basic tenets of philosophical thinking.
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On the heels of the Golden Globe Awards — a mix of talent, glamour and, this year, sobering support against terrorist attacks in Paris — comes an announcement of particular interest to teachers about this year’s Tony Awards. We know that teachers impact students’ lives, and successful actors, writers and directors often acknowledge them at awards ceremonies and in interviews.
Now Carnegie Mellon University has announced a new Tony Award to be given annually to a theater teacher who has made a “monumental impact” on students’ lives. Through March 31, anyone can nominate a teacher for the new Excellence in Theater Education Award. Nominees must be current teachers at an accredited elementary, middle or high school or community theater organization in the United States. Continue reading
Through an extensive documentation process, Mount Holyoke has just been selected to receive the 2015 “Community Engagement” designation, which recognizes and distinquishs the College for prioritizing community engagement across its curriculum and programs. Community Based Learning (CBL) course partnerships, placements of student “Community Fellows,” volunteers, work-study students, and other joint ventures form the foundation for this honor. You can read more about the College’s work in a story Continue reading
It’s mid-way through the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program application period with applications due by 2/11 for this amazing opportunity. PBS loves teachers and in 2014 rewarded 100 hard-working educators with the title of “PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator,” with exclusive access to virtual and in-person trainings, free PD and more. In 2015 we’re searching for 100 more innovators like Don Goble. Continue reading
One of this year’s Pioneer Valley Teacher of Excellence Award recipients, Stacy-Lyn has been teaching since 2000. She has a master’s degree and a professional license in elementary education. She currently teaches 5th grade math and science. Throughout her teaching career, she has taught grades 3-8. When we asked how she tries to balance the demands of her professional and personal life, she wrote Continue reading
Mark Vasicek, a local teacher, has been named one of this year’s national PBS Digital Innovators. He left engineering to care for a child who was seriously ill and today teaches at West Springfield High School, where he can feel the impact he’s making in others’ lives. Continue reading
Visitors to the Springfield Museum over February break for Sights and Sounds of the Rainforest were treated to the sounds of Crocodile River Music. We’ve learned that grant money for this school year is still available for the group to perform in schools. Continue reading
Here are two of several grants recently shared by eSchoolNews, each with February deadlines : 1) all-expenses-paid professional development opportunities for middle/high school teachers from the Siemens STEM Academy and 2) a chance for teams of high school students to hone their creativity with inventions for real-life problems, offered by the InvenTeam initiative, created by the Lemelson-MIT Program. Continue reading
Are you a digital superstar at your school? If you are creatively integrating digital media and technology, we encourage you to apply to the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. This year-long professional development program is designed to foster and grow a community of 100 digitally-savvy educators through access to virtual trainings and exclusive resources, national recognition and membership into a robust professional learning community. 15 top applicants will also receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit. Continue reading