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“To me Beauty appears when one feels deeply, and Art is an act of total attention.”  Dorothea Lange’s words at the end of this trailer can also relate to the art of teaching and learning.  So that whether this documentary is directly used to enhance your curriculum or to inspire your teaching, it will be worth watching when WGBY airs  American Masters: Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning  on August 29 at 9p. (more…)

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Watch this endearing and thought-provoking trailer of a documentary by Julie Akeret presented by WGBY and coming later in 2014, pending  funding. The film documents classes conducted at Martin Luther King Charter School in Springfield MA. by Mount Holyoke College with a diverse group of second graders who learn to love books and reading as they argue about some of life’s headiest issues using picture books as a starting point for their discussions.

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PBS NewsHour Extra helps teachers and students identify the who, what, when, where and why-it-matters of major national and international news stories. In partnership with PBS LearningMedia, this stellar news program brings the Daily News Story into the classroom.  Taking the best of the PBS NewsHour news program, the Daily News Story pairs it with discussion questions, lesson plans and stories developed specifically for students.  With top news stories of the day, lesson plans and resources help achieve Common Core State Standards goals and cover core academic subject areas ranging from civics and government to world affairs and education.

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I’ve long been drawn to Eleanor Roosevelt.  Whether you’re an admirer, an historian, or simply curious about this influential American family, you can sample the upcoming Ken Burns documentary THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY on WGBY tonight at 8pm in an exclusive PBS Preview. Patricia Clarkson hosts this behind-the-scenes look at the seven-part series, as filmmaker Burns describes how he brings the story of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt to life. (more…)

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Educators work hard to nurture young peoples’ futures, but what happens when some of those futures are lives spent behind bars?

Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well?  On Wednesday, August 4 at 10pm, WGBY airs 15 to Life:  Kenneth’s Story on POV, acclaimed Points of View documentary from TV’s longest-running showcase of independent nonfiction film.  This story follows a boy’s struggle for redemption in a place that routinely condemns children to die in prison. The United States is the only country in the world that routinely does so. (more…)

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On Wednesday, July 23, 8pm on WGBY you can delve into the incredible story of Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s. (more…)

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A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, can help with language acquisition and literacy skills. But, the report says, many children are missing out.  Last night, PBS NewsHour ran a segment that looked at the study and the benefits of reading aloud to young children.  (more…)

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