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At their best, teachers’ lounges offer a place to slow down and exchange ideas and resources with colleagues, resulting in rich professional exchanges and essential support in a world where teachers are in danger of becoming isolated.  Too often, there’s little time in teachers’ lounges to do more than eat lunch, hone lessons, or assess students’ work, however.

PBS Education is working to provide the best setting for teachers with the new PBS Teachers’ Lounge — a virtual gathering place where educators can find fresh ideas, interact with peers, and discover innovative learning tools. In addition to featured ideas and resources essential to 21st century teaching and learning, you can enter daily for a chance to win  (more…)

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wgby-collectionWe’re about to send a box full of DVDs with some of the latest PBS programming to the Springfield City Library, where WGBY’s DVD collection is now housed. You can order from our large and growing DVD collection through C/W Mars, a shared library automation system dedicated to rapid access of resources.

From titles that range from You Are Special, Daniel Tiger! to Shakespeare’s Tomb to The Secret History of ISIS, you’ll find programs with content that can be tailored to classroom engagement and to your own personal interests.  You’ll also find plentiful classroom resources on  (more…)

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Last week, PBS KIDS launched You Choose 2016, a kid-friendly website for ages 6-8, providing young ones with relevant, non-partisan democracy-related information through interactive exploration and video. The site aims to teach kids about the Presidential election and to let them know that even though they’re unable to vote, their voices matters.

Older students from middle and high school can also now turn to PBS LearningMedia’s new interactive Electoral Decorder, a scrubbable timeline of Presidential elections is also free and accessible to all.  Kids (and adults) can (more…)

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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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This Saturday, September 24, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, you can bring family and friends to the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle for LittleFest, Springfield’s annual celebration of literacy.  Arts & crafts activities, storytelling and much more await, and admission is free for WGBY members, museum members, and Springfield residents.

WGBY will be there with free books for children and special appearances by PBS KIDS’ Arthur.  The longest-running PBS KIDS program, Arthur — produced by Boston’s WGBH — offers a wealth of 21st Century resources for children, families and teachers.  (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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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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