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You’ll find previous posts here about Roadtrip Nation, a program that follows young adults who travel across our country for inspiration about how to find meaningful work and live meaningful lives.  The travelers you see in this trailer for Roadtrip Nation’s Beyond the Dream are three immigrants who arrived in the U. S. when they were young and have been temporarily granted partial — but not full — protection against deportation.

In our country’s current immigration debate, we seem rarely, if ever, to hear immigrants’ voices (although most of us, if lucky, still have family members who immigrated to the U. S. and have their stories).  Beyond the Dream allows these young immigrants to tell us their stories.

Over 1,000 resources on (more…)

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On October 21 at 9:00pm WGBY will air the national premiere of Great Performances/Hamilton’s America.  Writing about the upcoming broadcast, WGBH’s President and CEO, Jon Abbot, quoted New York Times’ theater critic, Ben Brantley, who wrote that the Broadway musical Hamilton “makes us feel the unstoppable, urgent rhythm of a nation being born.”   

In the documentary we follow Lin-Manuel Miranda as he creates a landmark musical that ultimately won 11 Tony Awards (1 short of the record) and a Pulitzer Prize.  On the day after the premiere, October 22, PBS LearningMedia invites us to check back for a collection of media-rich resources (more…)

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As you can see in this video clip, kids are in for delightfully spooky treats this Halloween season.  WGBY will premiere Halloween-themed movies and episodes and broadcast encore programming.  There will also be plenty of free PBS KIDS apps and hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters.

This fall, PBS will also offer PreK-12 teachers an easy way to integrate Halloween themes into their instruction with a range of curriculum-aligned videos, lesson plans and games. (more…)

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Curious George made his debut on PBS KIDS in 2006, but his storied life began 75 years ago.  You may know how George — originally named FiFi — was saved during Germany’s occupation of Paris.  German-born Jews, his creators Hans Augusto and Margret Rey fled the city on bicycles, riding for days before able to board a train.  When stopped en route for questioning, Hans showed his manuscript about the curious monkey to a French official, who was said to have exclaimed with a smile, “Ah! … un livre pour les enfants!”

Today Curious George makes countless children smile.  In addition to the 75 million books sold in more than 16 languages, PBS KIDS’ Curious George is beloved by many.  With a STEM-focused curriculum, many resources like this video clip and lesson plan


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wgby-collectionWe’re about to send a box full of DVDs with some of the latest PBS programming to the Springfield City Library, where WGBY’s DVD collection is now housed. You can order from our large and growing DVD collection through C/W Mars, a shared library automation system dedicated to rapid access of resources.

From titles that range from You Are Special, Daniel Tiger! to Shakespeare’s Tomb to The Secret History of ISIS, you’ll find programs with content that can be tailored to classroom engagement and to your own personal interests.  You’ll also find plentiful classroom resources on  (more…)

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As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, WGBY airs the 29th Hispanic Heritage Awards on Friday, September 30, at 10:00pm.   Paying tribute to Latinos by Latinos, the awardees this year include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and writer and MIT professor, Junot Díaz.

Applauding women and men who contribute to their country and bring pride to their heritage is one way to counter stereotypes and cultivate mutual respect.  Education can go deeper with resources that engage students in the challenges and accomplishments of (more…)

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This Saturday, September 24, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, you can bring family and friends to the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle for LittleFest, Springfield’s annual celebration of literacy.  Arts & crafts activities, storytelling and much more await, and admission is free for WGBY members, museum members, and Springfield residents.

WGBY will be there with free books for children and special appearances by PBS KIDS’ Arthur.  The longest-running PBS KIDS program, Arthur — produced by Boston’s WGBH — offers a wealth of 21st Century resources for children, families and teachers.  (more…)

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