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On May 21 at 7:00pm, you’re invited to join PBS, Dr. Loriene Roy of the University of Texas, and Julie Hildebrand, an outstanding 4th grade teacher, for top tips and strategies that motivate grade 3-5 students to read over the summer months and help stem the reading slide.

In this focused discussion, you’ll learn about PBS LearningMedia’s free “Summer of Reading” collection and (more…)

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In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary The Homestretch, which premiered in April, a homeless youth named Anthony talks about trying to get through school after sleeping on the streets.  Pat Scott, a Chicago school’s Homeless Liaison, talks about the list of homeless students with whom she works. Each name on the list “represents a person who’s going to be awesome someday.”

On Tuesday, May 19 at 3:00 pm, American Graduate and The Independent Television Service (ITVS) will host an online teacher training featuring The Homestretch.  The online training will provide teachers and administrators opportunities to  (more…)

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The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Museum of Science Boston, and WGBH are seeking applicants to represent Massachusetts on a new Science Ambassadors team.  Up to 40 Ambassadors representing a diverse spectrum will provide leadership in their districts and across the state as Massachusetts anticipates adoption of revised Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Standards in the fall of 2015.  Applications are encouraged from public school teachers, science leaders, curriculum coordinators, administrators, and higher education staff from all regions of the state.  (more…)

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Regardless of how long you’ve been teaching or how accomplished (or unaccomplished) you sometimes feel, professional development is an important educator resource for engaging 21st century learners.  PBS LearningMedia provides teaching tips and supports the effective integration of technology/digital media in the classroom — from preparing to teach a lesson to asking “Is School Enough?” and much more from (more…)

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Leonard Bernstein’s amazing lecture series, The Unanswered Question, is an interdisciplinary overview about the evolution of Western European classical music from Bach through the 20th century crisis and a bit beyond.  A great teacher himself, Bernstein also videotaped an autobiographical sketch about how his teachers influenced him, observing that “teachers are learners.”

How would educators sustain their love of teaching without a love of learning — from their students and their teachers?  In appreciation of teachers, between May 4 and May 9 PBS TeacherLine is offering educators a 20% discount on all 15, 30 and 45 hour facilitated courses when they use the promo code (more…)

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We’ve shared information with you before about the Digital Innovators’ program, including a profile of last year’s local digital innovator, Mark Vasicek, from West Springfield High.  Now, PBS LearningMedia is pleased to introduce the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators.  After a nationwide search, these educators were selected for their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices. (more…)

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On April 16 from 7-8pm, you can join an educator webinar entitled Cultivate Creators through Coding and STEAM.  (As you may know, STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Mathematics.)  PBS LearningMedia is offering this free professional development session on how teachers are coding and technology to introduce opportunities for creative expression across the curriculum to support learning outcomes (i.e., turning STEM into STEAM).  Attendees will learn how (more…)

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