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Last November before President Obama left the White House, he honored 21 individuals with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor —  among them, Maya Lin.

Lin captured the nation’s attention and imagination ever since winning the public design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1989 when only 21 and an undergraduate at Yale.  (Her design, controversial at the time, was chosen over 1,441 other submissions.)

Tonight, Explore Biodiversity Through Timelines – Grades 6-12, WGBH, in collaboration with Maya Lin Studio’s “What Is Missing?” Project, gives you the chance to join Lin, (more…)

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kg16-vid-boydclassroom-resize-710x399Perseverance (aka grit) has been the focus of much discussion on what it takes for students — and teachers — to succeed.  On January 26, 2017 at 7:00p.m. Keep Going! Create a Culture of Perseverance in Math Classrooms offers an interactive discussion and demonstration of new professional development resources supporting the Problem Solving and Perseverance standard from the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice

If you’re unable to joint the webinar, registering will allow you (more…)

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Our partner station, WGBH in Boston, hosts a free webinar on Writing in the US History Classroom:  Interactive Modules for Grades 9-12 tomorrow, January 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Even if you’re unable to join the demonstration and discussion at this time, you’ll receive a link to the recorded webinar by registering.

The  webinar focuses on new interactive lessons on writing (more…)

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This application video for Jesse Buetow (5th grade classroom teacher) for 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators at first might seem intimating to me if I were considering applying for the 2017 Digital Innovator Program.  But I’ve learned — through my professional development experiences as a teacher — to follow my instincts, forget expectations, and do my best.  Surprising things can happen and, regardless of outcomes, we grow as professionals.

Now in its 5th Year, the Digital Innovator Program recognizes top PreK-12 educators using digital technology and tools in the classroom.  The call for this year’s entries is officially open through midnight, February 13, 2017.  All teachers who enter will become part of the PBS Digital Innovators Community, and the 50 top applicants — one from each state — will become 2017 Digital Innovators.

Before you leave for the holiday break (or while you’re on it), we hope you’ll learn more about the program and the streamlined application process by (more…)

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Now through January 2, 2017, you can give yourself the gift of a PBS TeacherLine winter course and save 20% with the promotion code HOLIDAY20.  Among the range of courses, you’ll find ones such as Teaching with WebQuests for Grades K-12 and Connecting Family, Community and Schools (grades K-12).

Online learning has been with us for more than 20 years, and at the PBS Teacher’s Lounge you can read Isolation:  The Pitfall of Online Learning to find out how a PBS Digital Innovator overcomes (more…)

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“In fifteen years we’ll be programming just like reading and writing . . .  and wondering why we didn’t do it sooner.”   Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder

If you’re in search of tools for creativity, storytelling and fun to engage young students for future success, then you might want to attend a free webinar on Thursday, December 8, at 6pm.

No coding experience is required for this webinar hosted by

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This week, teachers can sign up for two free webinars led by PBS Digital Innovators, an impressive group of educators from across the country who receive one year of free professional development from PBS to foster and grow a community of tech-savvy educators.  As a result of their professional development and already accomplished practices, these Digital Innovators serve as ambassadors for integrating best practices in digital learning in classrooms.

The first webinar, which is tonight, is led by (more…)

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