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Last week, PBS KIDS launched You Choose 2016, a kid-friendly website for ages 6-8, providing young ones with relevant, non-partisan democracy-related information through interactive exploration and video. The site aims to teach kids about the Presidential election and to let them know that even though they’re unable to vote, their voices matters.

Older students from middle and high school can also now turn to PBS LearningMedia’s new interactive Electoral Decorder, a scrubbable timeline of Presidential elections is also free and accessible to all.  Kids (and adults) can (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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On Saturday, September 17, at 2:00 pm, WGBY will air the 5th American Graduate Day, broadcast live from WNET in New York City.   This year’s focus is on mentorship as a solution to one of the nation’s biggest education challenges.  As seen in this video clip, host Soledad O’Brien will feature leading education, media and celebrity figures who will highlight the role of mentoring to (more…)

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In the lineup of SPOTLIGHT EDUCATION premieres this week, WGBY airs TED Talks: Revolution on Tuesday, September 13 at 10pm.  Those of us who experience the power and challenges of education may find that “revolution” is not too strong a word to describe the changes needed in our perceptions and actions surrounding student learning.

In this video clip from the program, Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, examines what he calls “mastery-based learning,” which attempts to address ways in which students have traditionally become disengaged in the classroom.  Other speakers include Julie Lythcott-Haims, talking about the dangers of “a check-listed childhood” that can lead to (more…)

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POV’s  “All the Difference,” which WGBY airs on September 12 at 10pm, is the first in a week-long series of programming dedicated to SPOTLIGHT EDUCATION with movers, icons, and issues that impact the 21st century classroom.

As part of the week — September 12 through 16 — PBS Education will kick-off a year-long teacher support campaign titled “Teach Boldly.”  (more…)

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World Literacy Day

When UNESCO declared September 8 International World Literacy Day in 1965, it hoped to unite schools, communities, and organizations by raising awareness and increasing accessibility to education in developing nations.  These images from READ Bangladesh show children whose lives are likely to be changed because of their access to education.

Many of us can attest to how the course of our lives have been influenced by receiving an education in our country.  As Nicholas Kristoff writes in the Opinion Pages of the New York Times today, perhaps we can “say a quiet thanks to a teacher or aid worker who is giving kids the keys to unlock reading.”  To support your work of giving the gift of literacy and learning to kids, PBS — devoted to life long learning — has resources that (more…)

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