Last week, viewers across the country tuned in to the inspiring documentary 180 Days: Hartsville, taking a fresh look at the nation’s poverty and education challenges in rural South Carolina. The special was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting CPB as part of “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen” and is now available in its entirety as well as in shorter clips for the classroom.  Continue Reading »

This week PBS LearningMedia highlights videos, activities and resources that enhance students’ understanding of science, medicine, nutrition and the human body in support of National Nutrition Month and the upcoming March 30 premiere of Ken Burns’ documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s 2010 Pulitzer Prize‐winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.”

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The 2015 Ideas & Innovations Virtual Conference from March 23-25 is provided by Share My Lesson in partnership with content leaders, authors and experienced educators.  The conference’s 28 sessions are for new or experienced PreK-12 educators and span all subject areas from arts education, science and math to integrating technology and games into the classroom.  A free webinar, Cultivating Innovative Thinking, takes place on March 24 at 7pm when you can join PBS LearningMedia to explore how digital content can be used to strengthen key skills that lead to innovation.   Continue Reading »

The Huff Post’s The Blog recently featured a story about dyslexia written by one of their signature contributors, Anna Koppelman. Now a teen, Anna discovered she was dyslexic in first grade while watching an episode of ARTHUR. She writes, “I was using up my one hour of TV on the children’s show ARTHUR. It just so happened that at that time, on that day, the episode titled THE BOY WITH HIS HEAD IN THE CLOUDS aired on my TV, which I sat gaping at from my living room couch. It was as if I saw myself on the screen. He [Arthur’s friend, Greg] had spent years feeling behind his class, he couldn’t read, or do math problems at the rate his peers could do them. He felt stupid and worthless, but he wasn’t. The character had unique ideas and outlooks on the world. He saw things in a different way than his classmates and there was nothing wrong with that. He was just dyslexic. I remember hitting pause on the TV Continue Reading »

imagesMany districts are in the process of aligning their curriculum to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks incorporating the Common Core Standards. Districts are both reviewing materials and developing their own curriculum units. So how do you assess materials for alignment to the CCSS?

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) had the same question when it began the Model Curriculum Project.  To answer it, the Department partnered with Rhode Island and New York to develop a quality review rubric for materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Now, any district or school can use the EQuIP rubrics and resources to evaluate the alignment and quality of curricular materials.

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Learning about the arts is also learning about the art of living, which includes being more vulnerable and brave when making mistakes or facing rejection.  You can find meaningful ways to weave art, music, theater and their valuable lessons into your teaching with cross-curricular resources Continue Reading »

Black History Month provides an opportunity to celebrate and provide you with timely black history resources and curriculum, including PBS Black Culture Connection. You can also check out WGBH’s extensive Civil Rights collection for incredible content all in one place.  Continue Reading »


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