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This DESIGN SQUAD video is just one example of Project Based Learning (PBL), an important instructional strategy that many teachers use to engage students. This week PBS LearningMedia has been featuring resources to help PreK-13+ teachers enhance their PBL lessons and inspire creative, new activities. From A School Project with a Purpose! and Integrating Disciplines in PBL to Learning Environment from PEEP and the Big Wide World, you’ll find scores of resources with real-world relevance

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Chelsey Mattis, an intern in WGBY’s Community Engagement & Education Department, is currently a student at Holyoke Community College.  It’s with great pleasure that we share with you the following post that she researched and wrote:

In February of this year, an episode of Independent Lens entitled “American Denial” was aired for Black History Month. Until Saturday May 23, 2015, you can watch a study of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a launch to his notable career. As the PBS Video site states, the film analyzes the history and current state of how “unrecognized, unconscious attitudes continue to dominate racial dynamics in American life.”  You can find the full film of “American Denial” on Independent Lens’ website as well as literally hundreds of resources (more…)

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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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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.  (more…)

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Beyond Earth Day, 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, (more…)

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In recognition of National Poetry Month, we want to share educational resources from the PBS series “Shakespeare Uncovered” to highlight what made The Bard one of the greatest poets who ever lived.  The series combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of its celebrated hosts to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.  (more…)

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bln12_vid_oilcrisis_thumb_1.jpg.resize.710x399Students have the chance to play the role of an historian for a day with this self-paced, interactive lesson.  Students examine primary source media—specifically, news footage carried on Boston television channels over the last five decades. Like historians who analyze documents, photographs, and other primary sources to learn more about the people, issues, and events of the past, students watch news footage on subjects including the 1979 oil crisis, the 1974 Boston school desegregation controversy, and affirmative action.  (more…)

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