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With most application deadlines in December or January, many students will be thinking about college applications and their futures during winter break.  In addition to tools to help high school students prepare, there are K-12 resources to expose students to fascinating careers such as an abundant collection from NOVA scienceNow, an Emmy-nominated web video series.  (more…)

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When a twelve-year-old Palestinian boy is killed in the West Bank city of Jenin by Israeli soldiers who mistake his toy gun for the real thing, it might have been just one more human tragedy that devastated a family and community.  Instead, “The Gift of Life” offers a powerful lesson.

In a recent PBS holiday survey, millennial parents showed fatigue by a myriad of “hot gift” lists, preferring fewer gifts and more family time together.  PBS LearningMedia offers a range of resources from the story of this Palestinian family (more…)

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imagesWhile educators model human rights every day in their interactions with students and families, Human Rights Day marks a time to celebrate and advance the belief that human beings everywhere have a right to freedom and dignity.  An amazingly comprehensive lesson plan incorporates video from Ken Burns’ documentary The Roosevelts on Eleanor Roosevelt, herself a dedicated educator. (more…)

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In the lesson plan Puerto Rican Perspectives, drawing on material from Latino Americans, grade 7-12 students can examine Puerto Rican experiences in the United States throughout the 20th century. Another resource on Puerto Rico is from Sistema TV in Puerto Rico, which has published 15 Spanish-language videos entitled Barrios de Puerto Rico.  You’ll find these as well as scores of other resources (more…)

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“Cultivating the emotion of gratitude” is better than trying to exercise will power when trying to avoid impulsive buying, according to psychologist David DeSteno in his recent N Y Time’s piece “How to Avoid the Impulsive Buy.  Gratitude has many rich advantages as this video from the Transformative Teachers collection suggests.   A co-production of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT with WGBH on PBS Learning Media, the collection is a learning
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Top math collections from PBS LearningMedia offer teachers creative ways to apply lessons in math, especially when students may need help focusing as they anticipate upcoming holidays.  From Peg + Cat (grades PreK-2) to Khan Academy (grades 3-12),  (more…)

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This video of Michelle Obama that we shared here almost a year ago continues to be relevant, especially during Geography Awareness Week beginning November 17.   Throughout the week PBS LearningMedia will showcase a series of resources focused around global literacy and diplomacy, including several whole collections. (more…)

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