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IMG_2590You may remember Daniel Striped Tiger, the first puppet in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.  In the spirit of Fred Rogers, Daniel’s Striped Tiger’s son, Daniel Tiger, came to Springfield on Saturday, August 23, to join in the Springfield Public School’s 7th Annual Back to School Celebration at Blunt Park.  Star of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Daniel was also celebrating the arrival of his new baby sister, Margaret, as well as all new episodes of this gentle PBS KIDS program for preK-K children.  (more…)

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Post Summer Ocean Exploration

Some students will have been fortunate enough to spend some of their summer time at the ocean.   They and, perhaps more importantly, those children who were without this privilege, can explore these k-12 featured resources to stimulate classroom discussion about marine animals, aquatic ecosystems, and careers in science: (more…)

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The mission of the Commonwealth Corps is to engage Massachusetts residents of all ages and backgrounds in service to strengthen communities, address unmet community needs, and increase volunteerism. A few host sites across the state are still accepting applications for Commonwealth Corps Members to serve full-time or half-time (more…)

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It’s that time of year when thousands of students have proudly claimed their high school diploma, and that’s cause for celebration for public media. At the recent Building A Grad Nation Summit, the 2014 report released by, among others, the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, stated that for the first time in U.S. history the nation’s high school graduation rate has risen above 80%.  At this rate, the U.S. remains on track to meet the national goal of a 90% graduation rate by 2020. (more…)

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indexYesterday’s New York Times article Teach the Teachers Well by Suzanne Bouffard looks at the need for teachers to address students’ emotional needs as well as curriculum content to be effective in the today’s classrooms.  Citing the high number of behavioral and emotional issues among elementary and secondary school students, the article considers the success of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs that schools nationwide are using to meet states’ anti-bullying policies.  With more than three-quarters of teachers believing that SEL is important for academic success and the U.S. Department of Education recommending SEL in recent guidelines for improving school climate and discipline (more…)

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imagesTonight’s educator webinar at 6:30pm EDT focuses on compelling educational resources available in PBS LearningMedia derived from the PBS series, Latino Americans. These resources provide a wide array of bilingual lesson plans, activities, videos and more.

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Independent Television Service (ITVS) Community Classroom is a film and curriculum resource series that brings to life some of today’s most vital social issues, pairing film modules from award-winning documentaries with standards-based lesson plans.  To celebrate Women’s History Month by focusing on women and girls around the world, PBS LearningMedia offers a Women and Girls Lead curriculum collection inspired by the landmark PBS mini-series, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.  Here’s a trailer for the mini-series.


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