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Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and Next Generation, aims to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five, so that more of America’s children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century. They and Sesame Street recently embarked on a text-to-parents program in partnership with the free mobile health information service, Text4baby, to distribute tips to new parents about talking, reading and singing with their newborn children.  Developed by Sesame Workshop, these research-based tips provide parents with specific ways to promote infants’ early language development and to support Sesame’s mission to help all kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder.  (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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Zubair Simab fled Afghanistan at 17, eventually emigrating to the Bay Area. With his calligraphy, he seeks both to preserve the ancient art of beautifying Arabic texts and to build understanding among cultures.  This video with accompanying National Standards is just one piece in a PBS LearningMedia art collection.  The studies in visual art allow students to learn about world history, cultures, and geography while engaging creativity.  (more…)

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As you can see, the It’s Okay To Be Smart channel is all about science, the amazing universe we live in, and how science connects to every part of our lives.  While I suspect we’re all learning more about ourselves as we face this frigid February, the channel’s resources can help you find teachable moments to use freezing weather, dropping temperatures, and falling snow to explore the science of winter.  (more…)

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When Design Squad built the website in this video, they wanted to give kids great ways to be creative in areas such as sports, fashion or music with fun projects, video and games.  Now, if students have trouble deciding what to build, there’s the Stuff Spinner.  This new interactive feature allows students to choose their favorite content (like toys and vehicles) and building materials (like balloons and cardboard).  They then spin the Spinner to see hands-on activities   (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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