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Thank You, Teachers

While dedicated teachers are unlikely to expect applause, appreciation from a past student can bring unexpected pleasure.  Harold Grinspoon, philanthropist and founder of the Pioneer Valley Teachers of Excellence Awards (formerly, Grinspoon Teachers), is reported to have said that “Nobody every thanks teachers.”  Because of his vision and support, we recognize and thank teachers in our region each year for their high-quality work in education.

Across the country we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week in the first week in May, a tradition started by the National Parent Teachers Association.   While some educators may be able to enjoy a free meal at a favorite spot, find donuts and coffee in teachers’ rooms, or receive discounts on products, perhaps the most meaningful gift is simply to say “thank you.”  WGBY wants to express its deep thanks to all of you dedicated to improving the lives of students and the health of our nation through education.

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“Live each day as if it is your last. Learn as if you’ll live forever.”  Mahatma Gandhi

This TED talk by Wofford College President Ben Dunlap tells the story of Sandor Teszler, an Hungarian Holocaust survivor who taught him about passionate living and lifelong learning.  President Dunlap’s powerful storytelling leads to what he’s passionate about — an “inextinguishable, undaunted appetite for learning and experience” — a task he says we know “will be hard.”

WGBY viewers know our commitment to lifelong learning, and followers of this blog know


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If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”  Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson’s words were taped to my desk at home for many years as my son was growing up.  Their meaning is apt for many educators and other adults who inspire and support youth, including American Graduate Champion Charlie Bean of the St. Louis Public Schools.

January is National Mentoring Month and Public Media’s initiative American Graduate will have a large presence during the National Mentoring Summit, Jan. 27-29, including Charlie Bean and one of his mentees — or “beans” as calls them — Malik Avery.

Learn more about who will be at the summit and the discussions  (more…)

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As we’ve been sharing here, the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program recognizes educators nationwide who incorporate digital media in classrooms and serve as leaders in educational technology.  This year for the first time, all educators who submit a complete application for tech-savvy K-12 educators and meet all entry requirements will be invited to join and reap the program’s benefits.

From this group, up to 54 Lead Innovators will be selected and also receive a three day, all-expense paid trip (more…)

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“…if we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”  John Dewey

These PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators share how PBS has been educating them their entire lives, as children, parents and now as educators.  And, as John Dewey’s quotation makes clear, teachers must lead students into the ever-changing future, and today that future is inextricably connected to technology.

If you’re passionate about using technology to create learning opportunities, enjoy collaborating with other educators to spark student interest in learning, and are an active sharer of content and ideas through social media, then you’ll want to consider applying for a chance to become a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator.

For the first time in four years, all educators that submit a complete application  and meet the entry requirements will be invited to join the Digital Innovators program!  All 2016 Digital Innovators will receive (more…)

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This video was created as part of an application to become a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator.  Now through  February 8, 2016, you can apply to be a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator.     Whether you’re flipping your classroom, integrating tablets and mobile devices, using game-based learning to engage your students or doing more with digital media and technology, PBS LearningMedia wants to hear from you.

Of the six reasons to submit your application, (more…)

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unnamedSometimes educators’ personal and professional lives blur as friends become mentors and leaders in teaching excellence.  Such was the case with Mary Ellen Baron, a dear friend and beloved educator who passed away on July 20, 2015 after refusing to let cancer define her life for the last 7 years.

A born educator, Mary Ellen saw teaching and learning moments in most moments of her life as a wife, mother and grandmother, teacher, administrator, and friend.  Never too busy to listen and help, she served those who were fortunate to cross her path — from students to custodians to colleagues — in the Westfield and Springfield schools, the Springfield School Department, and on the Monson School Board. (more…)

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