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As healthy as this homemade ice cream from Jaime Oliver for PBS Parents looks, we need educate ourselves and students about the consequences of sugar consumption.  Since Sunday was “National Ice Cream Day” and — if there’s ever a time to give into the temptation of a sweet treat, perhaps it’s ice cream, PBS LearningMedia can help with the celebration, tying the sweet treat to education and science.  At the same time, other PBS resources can offer important insights into sugar’s dangers.
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I hope this Sesame Street clip made you smile as it did me.  Truth be told, few children at school may feel as sad as Burt about losing something.  I once stumbled across my son’s winter jacket in piles of lost and found items lining the hallway where my classroom was located  and, not only was my son not sad (or angry) at the lost, but he seemed not to have even noticed its loss.   A recent NY Times article, “Lost and Found Yields Trove of Treasures at End of School Year,” considers the absence of logic in items traditionally found but rarely claimed by school’s end and the useful purpose many of these “spoils” (more…)

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“Having the affirmation of what you can do from your father gives you a power that is infinite.”

This quotation from Maya Lin, architect of the Vietnam Memorial, is part of a slide show of accomplished women paying tribute to their fathers found at MAKERS, the digital and video storytelling platform that aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women’s stories ever assembled.  You can also find videos of famous women celebrating Father’s Day at (more…)

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When recently attending Northampton High School’s graduation, one of many that have been gracing our region of late, I was moved to hear students perform the Beatles’ “In My Life,” a favorite among seniors to mark their special day.  In students’ lives, teachers play all-important roles in the 2000+ days that students spend in classrooms until high-school graduation.  By way of congratulating and thanking you for being in student’s lives and touching their futures, here are the ever-young Beatles from Liverpool who still touch us with their music:

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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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