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I was privileged recently to present PBS resources to families and educators at Frederick Harris Elementary School in Springfield.  I also shared the high level of trust many have in PBS, with parents and grandparents coming up to me later to say they were among those who held that trust.

This morning I learned that an independent, nationwide study has confirmed that PBS and its member stations are — for the 12th consecutive year — ranked first in trust among nationally known institutions and are called an “excellent” use of tax dollars by the American public. This same research showed that PBS KIDS is considered the safest place for children to watch television and the safest digital media destination, as well as the top provider of content that helps children learn reading, math and essential skills. (more…)

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Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be. Rita F. Pierson

In January 2007, Sci Tech High had a band of approximately 20 members. Since UMass graduate Gary Bernice joined the school, the program has grown to over 500 students. (more…)

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Taking Time to Listen

video-image-about“The gifts we treasure most over the years are often small and simple. In easy times and tough times, what seems to matter most is the way we show those nearest us that we’ve been listening to their needs, to their joys, and to their challenges.” Fred Rogers

With the holiday frenzy of gift giving past and a week with family and friends ahead for many of you, we thought you’d appreciate this quotation

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ODD SQUAD, a brand-new PBS KIDS program from the Fred Rogers Company aimed at kids ages 5-8 begins today at 7am & 4:30pm. Two young agents, Olive and Otto, are part of Odd Squad, an agency whose mission is to save the day whenever something unusual happens in their town.   As they problem-solve and set things right, a math concept   (more…)

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aew116fax89wge93hl92.png.resize.710x399Libraries are usually among the first to feel budget tightening by school administrators who often aren’t aware of the role libraries play in today’s educational landscape.  If school librarians want to make a case for funding, they must demonstrate how they help students learn and prove that they build collaborative instructional partnerships with classroom teachers. In the October 23 issue of eSchoolNews, Managing Editor Laura Devaney, offers four ways that  (more…)

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This challenging time — as the world grapples with Ebola — provides a powerful teaching moment .  WGBY will broadcast a 30 minute short version of FRONTLINE’s “Ebola Outbreak” on our WORLD channel  from 10/22 – 10/25 at 3:00pm.  Among free PBS LearningMedia resources on Ebola that can be integrated into various content areas, you’ll find an Ebola Outbreak Lesson Plan for grades 7-12  from PBS NewsHour EXTRA.  The lesson plan, which includes the above video clip, can also be used as standalone activities or resources to enrich your own lessons.  (more…)

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I’ve already heard acclaim for Ken Burns’ newest — and what one reviewer called, best — documentary, THE ROOSEVELTS: An Intimate History, which premieres this Sunday, 9/14, on WGBY at 8pm and 10pm.  Content from the series will be available in both the Basic (free) and Custom versions of PBS LearningMedia.  The Basic service will feature six lesson plans complete with supplementary video clips from the series and the Custom service will also include all seven full-length, chaptered episodes. (more…)

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