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“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”  Stephen Hawkings

Perhaps our ability to accept, even celebrate change can help us to think like a genius.

WGBY airs the beginning of Genius by Stephen Hawking on Wednesday, May 18, at 9pm.  In each of six episodes, the renowned scientist  presents three ordinary people with a series of physical and mental challenges to show them how to think like a genius.

You can find  resources on Stephen Hawking, including a lesson plan in which students learn about  (more…)

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These images are from never-before-seen photographs of President George W. Bush reacting to the 9/11 attacks, released exclusively to FRONTLINE in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  They offer a powerful new glimpse of history unfolding—from the initial scramble for information when the President learned of the attack — while visiting a classroom of children — and his meetings with senior staff throughout the day, to his return to the White House that evening to address a grieving nation.

FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world, telling stories others can’t or won’t.  On Tuesday, May 17, at 10pm WGBY airs the premiere of FRONTLINE: The Secret History of ISIS, how ISIS was created and how the U.S. missed the many warning signs.

PBS LearningMedia has many FRONTLINE classroom resources (more…)

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In 2012 U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe from Maine delivered this farewell speech, expressing hope that the Senate could overcome “excessive political polarization” and work together to reach consensus on important national issues.  In a short video from this week’s MAKERS Monday: For the Leaders of Tomorrow, Snowe discusses her political career and a time when government leaders worked together for the country’s good rather than apart because of party partisanship.  Her message includes her ultimate departure from Congress in order to better address political divisiveness and gridlock.

This time of heavy political coverage offers teachable moments for students with PBS resources

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Roadtrip Nation personalizes the career exploration process for young people by focusing on their interests and the questions they may have about how to build a life around what they loveThe show blends conversations on topics like dealing with family pressure and the true meaning of success with practical career and education advice.

The collection includes video interviews and interactive online tools that expose students to greater career possibilities. Many PBS resources like (more…)

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Airing on WGBY this Wednesday, May 11, at 8pm, Nature’s Perfect Partners reveals the value of teamwork for both sea and land animals that collaborate by using brainpower to solve complex problems and stay alive.

The NATURE Collection of science videos and media-enhanced lesson plans draws upon the powerful documentaries of public television’s award-winning natural history series, Nature(more…)

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“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”  Anne Frank

Holocaust Remembrance Day begins on the evening of May 4 and ends on the evening of May 5 this year.  The memory of  Anne Frank endures through the vitality and courage of her words.  New resources from Masterpiece’s 2010 version of The Diary of Anne Frank help students understand the historical context in which Anne lived and inspire us in the present.

Based on excerpts from Anne Frank’s diary and video clips from the Masterpiece series, these resources (more…)

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Trees are not only curious creatures, they’re noble forces on our planet, essential to our breath and our beauty.  We have fine resources to help students appreciate the critical role trees play in sustaining life of Earth, on Arbor Day or any day. (more…)

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