During the 27th Hispanic Heritage Awards last night in Washington, DC, honored recipients included celebrities, physicians, scientists, educators, innovators, public officials and community and business leaders. The awards, established by the White House in 1987 to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S., are considered among the highest honors for Latinos by Latinos and recognize notable Latinos who have had a positive impact on America and the world in various fields. The recipient of the 2014 education award is the Hayden High School Robotics Team Continue Reading »

This video clip from the 2013 MAKERS series about the first woman to finish the Boston Marathon gives us an idea of what’s in store when WGBY begins airing new one-hour MAKERS documentary specials on September 30 at 9pm.  For six consecutive weeks we’ll see:   Women in Space, Women in Hollywood, Women in Comedy, Women in Business, Women in War, and Women in Politics.

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WGBY airs American Graduate Day 2014 this Saturday, September 27, from 11am-6pm.   The day will be anchored by “Stories of Champions,” a series of 14 one-minute profile pieces that celebrate the work of individuals and groups in local communities and around the country whose daily heroics help youth stay on the path to graduation.  PBS LearningMedia’s American Graduate Day resource collection Continue Reading »

woman_left01We have several video resources that you may find useful in discussing Hispanic Heritage, the PBS theme for September 30th to October 6th.  Almost A Woman tells the story of Esmerelda Santiago, a young immigrant who comes to America from Puerto Rico in 1961.  Also, the complete set of  Latino Americans examines the integration of Latinos into American culture. Continue Reading »

Students are often unaware of the challenges faced by their English-language learner peers. Hear the story of Moises, a fictional Spanish-speaking immigrant at an English Immersion School, who faces bullying as well as frustration at his own abilities. Help students understand these conflicts, while also learning new vocabulary and story elements, with this self-paced lesson in the “Inspiring Middle School Literacy’ collection on PBS LearningMedia.  In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, Continue Reading »

Summer 2014 Interns IMG_2291On this autumnal equinox, we want share a few reflections about WGBY’s 2014 Summer of Fun & Learning.  With the essential help of 5 bright summer interns, WGBY’s Community Engagement and Education Department was able to engage preschool through fourth-grade students in PBS Ready To Learn math-and literacy-based transmedia content.  These children also received books at each of our visits, some of which were donated by Carson-Dellosa Publishing.  In our efforts to help stem the summer reading slide, we made weekly visits to Head Start on Carew Street, the YMCA of Greater Springfield and WGBY’s North End Center for Literacy and Learning, Continue Reading »


National Hispanic Heritage Month — September 15 to October 15 — recognizes the contributions to and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States. On Friday, September 26, WGBY celebrates this rich heritage and culture with Presencia at the Basketball Hall of Fame with an evening of music, culture, food, and dance to benefit the Latino Youth Media Institute and North End Center for Literacy and Learning.  For the classroom, PBS LearningMedia offers a collection of lesson plans, videos and classroom resources for grades 4-12 that invites teacher and students to explore the history, people and issues chronicled in the PBS series, Latino Americans. Continue Reading »


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