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preschool-reading-readiness1Professors from Stanford, Columbia and the University of Virginia find that the performance gap between children who live in high- and low-income families has begun to narrow.  An article in The New York Times, “The Good News About Educational Inequality,” reports that children from poorer families are found to be better prepared to enter kindergarten today than they were 20 years ago.

While there’s still a long way to go to reach equality, these surprising findings about the “school readiness gap” (more…)

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As you prepare for a new school year, this might be just the time to plan joining one or both of these PBS LearningMedia free webinars:  1) August 24, Engineering and Design Process: Real-World Classroom Resources for grades 4-12  2) August 30, Integrating Digital Content to Explore Real-World Problems in the Elementary Classroom.

The first webinar is an interactive presentation geared towards enhancing students’ understanding of the engineering design process and standards.  In the second you can learn how  (more…)

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From American Experience to Arthur, PBS has a range of teaching resources that harness the real-world relevance of the Olympics.  KQED, Public Media for Northern California, offers content to engage students in learning about the biggest political controversies in Olympic history, including an interactive timeline.  PBS LearningMedia has resources related to competitive sports and inspirational athletes while at PBS KIDS Arthur provides young learners





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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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If you’re looking for professional development courses that fit your schedule, you may want to check out PBS TeacherLine’s online facilitated courses, designed to benefit both beginning and experienced teachers.  Topics for 15, 30 and 45-hours courses include science, reading, social studies, math, instructional strategies, and instructional technology.

If you enroll now through August 19 by 11:59PM EDT, you’ll also save 15% by using promo code (more…)

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We took a chance yesterday afternoon.  How would New North Citizen’s Council campers walking into WGBY’s Center for Literacy and Learning at Springfield’s Gerena Community School react to hearing Mozart?  And would they be bored watching this pretty well-known MarshMellow Test?  The 3 different groups of  campers — Chickadees, Parakeets and Phoenixes who ranged in age from 5-12 years — proved attentive and curious.  After we stopped the clip to talk about the “powerful implications” of follow-up studies about children in the test — from their school success to personal relationships — campers wanted to  (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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