Whether we’re a preschooler or a young teen, a graduating college senior or a retired person, we human beings all want to know that we’re acceptable, that our being alive somehow makes a difference in the lives of others.”  Fred Rogers People from celebrated actors to parents who grew up watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood testify to the power of this gentle teacher.  This video clip captures some of his countless teaching moments and reminds us of early educational media’s impact, which today extends far beyond television. Fred Roger’s legacy of teaching about subjects like acceptance, friendship and gratitude continues with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, its main character an animated rebirth of the Daniel Tiger puppet on Mr. Roger’s original show.  Resources for the program Continue Reading »

This DESIGN SQUAD video is just one example of Project Based Learning (PBL), an important instructional strategy that many teachers use to engage students. This week PBS LearningMedia has been featuring resources to help PreK-13+ teachers enhance their PBL lessons and inspire creative, new activities. From A School Project with a Purpose! and Integrating Disciplines in PBL to Learning Environment from PEEP and the Big Wide World, you’ll find scores of resources with real-world relevance

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This PBS preview, which aired for the 2014 Mark Twain Prize, reveals how Jay Leno and other comedians can “choose words and phrases for effect” — a National Standard — and enable students to analyze “how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor” — a Common Core Standard.

You’ll find Leno’s entire acceptance speech and learning standards Continue Reading »

On May 21 at 7:00pm, you’re invited to join PBS, Dr. Loriene Roy of the University of Texas, and Julie Hildebrand, an outstanding 4th grade teacher, for top tips and strategies that motivate grade 3-5 students to read over the summer months and help stem the reading slide.

In this focused discussion, you’ll learn about PBS LearningMedia’s free “Summer of Reading” collection and Continue Reading »

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary The Homestretch, which premiered in April, a homeless youth named Anthony talks about trying to get through school after sleeping on the streets.  Pat Scott, a Chicago school’s Homeless Liaison, talks about the list of homeless students with whom she works. Each name on the list “represents a person who’s going to be awesome someday.”

On Tuesday, May 19 at 3:00 pm, American Graduate and The Independent Television Service (ITVS) will host an online teacher training featuring The Homestretch.  The online training will provide teachers and administrators opportunities to  Continue Reading »

Chelsey Mattis, an intern in WGBY’s Community Engagement & Education Department, is currently a student at Holyoke Community College.  It’s with great pleasure that we share with you the following post that she researched and wrote:

In February of this year, an episode of Independent Lens entitled “American Denial” was aired for Black History Month. Until Saturday May 23, 2015, you can watch a study of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a launch to his notable career. As the PBS Video site states, the film analyzes the history and current state of how “unrecognized, unconscious attitudes continue to dominate racial dynamics in American life.”  You can find the full film of “American Denial” on Independent Lens’ website as well as literally hundreds of resources Continue Reading »

American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to the dropout crisis.  Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 80 public radio and television stations have joined forces with over 1,000 partners and at-risk schools across 30 states.  WGBY is an American Graduate Hub Station, and virtually all of our educational outreach supports cradle to career efforts to address the dropout crisis.

According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report released on May 13, 2015, “The United States is on pace to hit a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020.”   Among the report’s telling details, Continue Reading »


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