At the beginning of Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to share Transformative Teachers, a collection of videos and lesson plans available on PBS LearningMedia™.  The collection is designed to equip educators with tools and methods for fostering resilience and ethical leadership skills among young people. The resources are accompanied by support materials for teachers, and the lesson plans are aligned to national college and career readiness standards.

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WGBY is well represented in the 38th annual Boston New England Emmy Nominations announced earlier this week.  Diverse, thought-provoking topics in areas such as societal concerns and education reveal our station’s commitment to community, excellence and lifelong learning.

Big Ideas for Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy through Picture Books, nominated in the Education/Schools category, is a WGBY documentary we’ve shared here before.  In the following video clip, published in 2013, Thomas E. Wartenberg, professor of philosophy at Mount Holyoke — whose work is integral to the documentary — discussed his most recent book about using narratives of children’s picture books to introduce adults to the basic tenets of philosophical thinking.

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Baltimore resident Caira Byrd, 21, was one of the handful of peaceful protesters outside the wake of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died April 19 from a spinal injury while he was in Baltimore police custody. She said Sunday’s protest was to show an alternative to the chaos that erupted during protests Saturday night.

Students can examine reactions such as this from Baltimore with video and other educational resources from PBS NewsHour on April 27, 2015.  Continue Reading »

“The Catcher in the Rye,” widely considered one of the best novels of the 20th century, is still hugely popular today. A wide-ranging video collection from American Masters: Salinger offers access to classroom-ready videos and articles drawn from the Series broadcasts and

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We’ve shared information with you before about the Digital Innovators’ program, including a profile of last year’s local digital innovator, Mark Vasicek, from West Springfield High.  Now, PBS LearningMedia is pleased to introduce the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators.  After a nationwide search, these educators were selected for their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices. Continue Reading »

What’s the difference between dependent and independent clauses? How should you use a semicolon?  A new collection for literacy skills development for grades 1-7, No Nonsense Grammar, guides students — and you — through the intricacies and perils of everyday grammar. You’ll explore a range of commonly taught grammar principles for elementary and middle schoolers with short, fun videos and activities. Continue Reading »

Earth Day is just around the corner, and you can find creative ways to integrate environmental themes into your lessons with inspiration from PBS LearningMedia with this great collection, Nature Works Everywhere.  Students can explore the amazing ways in which nature works to make our lives cleaner and healthier every day.  In this series of videos from The Nature Conservancy, Continue Reading »


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