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aew116fax89wge93hl92.png.resize.710x399Libraries are usually among the first to feel budget tightening by school administrators who often aren’t aware of the role libraries play in today’s educational landscape.  If school librarians want to make a case for funding, they must demonstrate how they help students learn and prove that they build collaborative instructional partnerships with classroom teachers. In the October 23 issue of eSchoolNews, Managing Editor Laura Devaney, offers four ways that  (more…)

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This challenging time — as the world grapples with Ebola — provides a powerful teaching moment .  WGBY will broadcast a 30 minute short version of FRONTLINE’s “Ebola Outbreak” on our WORLD channel  from 10/22 – 10/25 at 3:00pm.  Among free PBS LearningMedia resources on Ebola that can be integrated into various content areas, you’ll find an Ebola Outbreak Lesson Plan for grades 7-12  from PBS NewsHour EXTRA.  The lesson plan, which includes the above video clip, can also be used as standalone activities or resources to enrich your own lessons.  (more…)

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I’ve already heard acclaim for Ken Burns’ newest — and what one reviewer called, best — documentary, THE ROOSEVELTS: An Intimate History, which premieres this Sunday, 9/14, on WGBY at 8pm and 10pm.  Content from the series will be available in both the Basic (free) and Custom versions of PBS LearningMedia.  The Basic service will feature six lesson plans complete with supplementary video clips from the series and the Custom service will also include all seven full-length, chaptered episodes. (more…)

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PBS TeacherLineFall in New England can remind us how everything changes and how quickly time can pass.  Perhaps you’ve been thinking about graduate courses and now find a new school year already here without having acted on the best of your intentions.   PBS TeacherLine online courses offer an innovative and flexible way to advance your career and learn new teaching strategies in an engaging online environment.  A variety of facilitated and self-paced courses span a range of subjects and grades.  You can check out the selection of fall courses that begin on September 17 by
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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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