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Rachel Carson was a woman warrior, willing to face adversity as she helped to get the word out about an environmental crisis that would affect countless people, including children who would be born under a cloud of dangerous chemicals.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 8pm, WGBY broadcasts American Experience: Rachel Carson about this scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world.  Among resources for students, you’ll find a video clip and support materials for Silent Spring, which in 1962 became an instant bestseller that sparked Continue Reading »

Parents and children across the country are invited to tune in to PBS KIDS for the premiere of the SPLASH AND BUBBLES movie event. “One Big Ocean” will launch in tandem with the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream on Monday, January 16, and air across all PBS KIDS platforms.

In the one-hour special, kids learn about marine life while also discovering the great ripple effect their small gestures can have on a much larger community. In the movie, the Reeftown friends learn that we are all part of one big ocean.

In addition to the related educational resources we shared here in Continue Reading »

The Emperor Science Award program is an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science — specifically cancer research and care — through a unique mentoring opportunity.  First announced in spring 2015 at Columbia University by Katie Couric, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) co-founder, the program is connected to Ken Burns CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, a three-part film that aired on PBS.

This short video details Emperor Science Award recipient, Lauren Beatty, one of 100 high school students to receive the honor in last year. Yesterday, PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up To Cancer launched the call for 2017 applications for the Emperor Science Award program from January 10 through March 17, 2017, 11:59 pm ET.

10th and 11th graders with a strong interest in science will be selected to work on a cancer research project with a mentoring scientist.  In addition, these students will Continue Reading »

While this trailer for Shakespeare Uncovered’s Romeo and Juliet is older, the play and its compelling subject — falling in love — never age.

Like many inspiring resources at PBS LearningMedia, Shakespeare Uncovered offers a rich collection of the playwright’s plays, scenes and themes narrated by talented actors, at least some of whom will be recognizable to students. In addition, each resource in the collection is accompanied by Continue Reading »

When January 1 rings in the New Year, Rus Peotter will no longer be spending his days and frequently nights as WGBY’s General Manager.  As Rus steps down after 15+ years of service, we’re fortunate to be the benefactors of his education legacy.  We also hope to continue benefiting from his expertise, wisdom and passion for public media’s power to educate, enrich lives and improve communities — essential elements of WGBY’s Mission.

With enthusiasm and commitment, Rus has been a friend to educators, children and families in our region. He’s served on numerous committees for early childhood education, been responsible for programs such as As Schools Match Wits and the Latino Youth Media Institute (LYMI), and shown strong support for Ready to Learn Initiatives and PBS LearningMedia.  These are just some examples of how Rus has led WGBY in its efforts to make a difference in young people’s lives.

Personally, I’m grateful to have served at WGBY during part of  Rus’s tenure as General Manager, always finding his door open and his energy focused on serving the needs of our community.  We thank him for his service and wish him and his family well as he moves on.

To see coverage of Continue Reading »

Gwen Ifill, who we recently lost, narrates this story of middle-schooler Shubham Banerjee.  The student asked a simple question — how do blind people read? — and was inspired  and transformed into a tech entrepreneur through his use of the famous LEGO blocks.

We know that playing with these bricks can capture children’s imaginations, leading to some pretty spectacular and often original designs.  (My grown son still wants me to keep his collection LEGO pieces:) So are we surprised when Alycia Zimmerman, a 3rd-grade teacher in New York, writes in Scholastic that LEGOs are her “favorite possibility-packed math manipulative”?  The article’s pictures illustrate how multi-sized LEGO pieces can add up to Continue Reading »

Before you take your leave for the holidays, we want to wish you all Peace & Joy in the New Year and continued energy & inspiration for the important work you do.

Since many teachers will be away from their classrooms until January 2017, we also want to share an array of resources on New Year’s celebrations around the world.   From Chinese New Year to Yom Kippur, Continue Reading »