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SciGirls, an award-winning PBS KIDS series, website, and national outreach initiative for ages 8-12, is in its 3rd season.  Inspiring girls to science are animated characters Izzie, her best friend Jake, and the SciGirls — bright, curious, real-life scientist mentors.  Izzie also invites viewers to hang out on the SciGirls website, a safe social networking environment where girls can play games, connect, create personal profiles and avatars, share projects and watch every episode.

You can also find hundreds of SciGirls’ resources for students (more…)

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I opened my email from LinkedIn Pulse, curious to find out about “The Best Teacher I Ever Had,” and discovered that the “I” was Bill Gates and the teacher was Richard Feinman, a Nobel Laureate and Harvard prof who had captivated me long ago.  Though I was teaching high school language arts and Feinman was a scientist — he who discovered the cause of the space shuttle explosion — I was drawn to his joy and energy as an educator, something Bill Gates discusses here.

We can all learn something from this beloved teacher about (more…)

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Innovation is everyone’s responsibility . . . .”  Albert Einstein

The last day to apply for the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program is February 8.  If you or an educator you know incorporates digital media in classrooms and serves as a leader in educational technology, we encourage you to apply.   This year for the first time, all educators who submit a complete application and meet all entry requirements will be invited to join and reap the program’s benefits.

From this group, up to 54 Lead Innovators will be selected and also receive a three day, all-expense paid trip (more…)

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The first duty of love is to listen.”  Paul Tillich

Making time to read with a child seems a goal many parents set.  In an article at PBS Parents, Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.,Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Weill-Cornell Medical College, makes a cogent case for reserving time, perhaps at the end of the day, to listen to children.

In his article at PBS Parents, How to Raise an Emotionally Resilient Child, — one you may want to share with parentsDr. Barish points out the inevitable “emotional injuries” that children experience and what parents can say to help (more…)

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As more whiteboards find their way into classrooms, teachers can benefit from this video in which kindergarten teacher Allison Frometa demonstrates how she prepares for teaching a lesson using online educational games on an interactive whiteboard. She discusses why (more…)

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Finding quality sites that offer ways to inspire innovative thinking among students can be challenging, especially when you have limited time in a full day.  PBS LearningMedia offers a handy guide with tips on how to strengthen skills that lead to innovation:  communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. (more…)

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If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”  Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson’s words were taped to my desk at home for many years as my son was growing up.  Their meaning is apt for many educators and other adults who inspire and support youth, including American Graduate Champion Charlie Bean of the St. Louis Public Schools.

January is National Mentoring Month and Public Media’s initiative American Graduate will have a large presence during the National Mentoring Summit, Jan. 27-29, including Charlie Bean and one of his mentees — or “beans” as calls them — Malik Avery.

Learn more about who will be at the summit and the discussions  (more…)

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