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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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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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As the new school year starts, what better friend for little ones, teachers and parents to have than Daniel Tiger?  From Tuesday, September 6 through Friday, September 9, at 9 & 9:30am, WGBY premieres new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood episodes that focus specifically on school-readiness strategies to help kids gear up for fall.

In addition to finding a full description of each episode, you’ll also find resources for classroom and home when you visit (more…)

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This video of Danica McKellar, formerly The Wonder Years’ Winnie Cooper, has had well over 10 million views on Facebook and YouTube this summer.  “The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers,” an Emmy-nominated web video series and site from the makers of acclaimed PBS science series, NOVA, profiles today’s leading scientists or engineers and reveals one of their “secrets” or passions.

Danica — who found her true identify not as a Hollywood heartthrob but as an accomplished mathematician — is one of many examples that will engage students and perhaps get them thinking about what makes for a meaningful life.

At PBS LearningMedia you’ll find more episodes from  (more…)

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WGBY premieres Koko — The Gorilla Who Talks on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The fascinating documentary features four decades of footage examining both the relationship between American animal psychologist Penny Patterson and gorilla Koko and the evolution of scientific methods.

While engaging students in enriching conversations might be challenging at times (and students might be similarly as playful or stubborn as Koko), you’re likely to find Koko — The Gorilla Who Talks a film (more…)

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