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Last week, viewers across the country tuned in to the inspiring documentary 180 Days: Hartsville, taking a fresh look at the nation’s poverty and education challenges in rural South Carolina. The special was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting CPB as part of “American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen” and is now available in its entirety as well as in shorter clips for the classroom.  (more…)

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This week PBS LearningMedia highlights videos, activities and resources that enhance students’ understanding of science, medicine, nutrition and the human body in support of National Nutrition Month and the upcoming March 30 premiere of Ken Burns’ documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s 2010 Pulitzer Prize‐winning book, “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.”

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This video of Packard Fellow Dr. Pardis Sabeti is meant to serve as an introduction to this accomplished Harvard Scientist and the teaching resources about her and her work at PBS LearningMedia.  Students will relate to this young woman who has received numerous awards (just search her on You Tube) and, yes, also happens to be a rock musician.  In a short video adaptation from NOVA scienceNOW, students can view a profile of Sabeti’s life and learn how she developed a system to analyze genetic information through an evolutionary lens, providing new tools that may help eliminate some of the world’s deadliest diseases.  (more…)

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It’s not uncommon to hear people lament the loss of cursive writing in elementary school curricula.  Daily News Story, a collection of timely student resources offered by PBS NewsHour at PBS LearningMeda, uses this video along with teaching resources to give students a chance to weigh in on the cursive handwriting debate.  (more…)

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To mark the start of Women’s History Month, this week’s PBS LearningMedia content theme spotlights stories of women – across various disciplines – who have impacted positive change in their communities and around the world.  For example, inspired by American Experience’s The Abolitionists, a video and lesson plan allows students to examine the ethical dilemma that Harriet Beecher Stowe faced when she first witnessed slavery in Kentucky in 1833 and (more…)

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If students you teach are old enough to watch and hear the news, then they’re witness to the extreme violence of terrorist groups in our world today.  It’s important for them and all of us to try to understand this complex and dangerous phenomenon.  You’ll find video and educational resources to explore the root causes of extremism for grades 7-12 from PBS NewsHour on February 18, 2015.  These standards-aligned materials are part of PBS LearningMedia’s Daily News Story collection (more…)

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Classroom conversations about racism — often related to history, current events or literature — can be challenging when engaging students in the curriculum and eliciting their personal perceptions.  On WGBY this Monday, February 23, at 10pm, Independent Lens: American Denial uses the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard to explore the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality and justice still affect notions of race and class today.  American Lens website resources include at discussion guide, and you’ll find hundreds of compelling resources (more…)

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