Chelsey Mattis, an intern in WGBY’s Community Engagement & Education Department, is currently a student at Holyoke Community College.  It’s with great pleasure that we share with you the following post that she researched and wrote:

In February of this year, an episode of Independent Lens entitled “American Denial” was aired for Black History Month. Until Saturday May 23, 2015, you can watch a study of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a launch to his notable career. As the PBS Video site states, the film analyzes the history and current state of how “unrecognized, unconscious attitudes continue to dominate racial dynamics in American life.”  You can find the full film of “American Denial” on Independent Lens’ website as well as literally hundreds of resources Continue Reading »

American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to the dropout crisis.  Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 80 public radio and television stations have joined forces with over 1,000 partners and at-risk schools across 30 states.  WGBY is an American Graduate Hub Station, and virtually all of our educational outreach supports cradle to career efforts to address the dropout crisis.

According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report released on May 13, 2015, “The United States is on pace to hit a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020.”   Among the report’s telling details, Continue Reading »

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Museum of Science Boston, and WGBH are seeking applicants to represent Massachusetts on a new Science Ambassadors team.  Up to 40 Ambassadors representing a diverse spectrum will provide leadership in their districts and across the state as Massachusetts anticipates adoption of revised Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Standards in the fall of 2015.  Applications are encouraged from public school teachers, science leaders, curriculum coordinators, administrators, and higher education staff from all regions of the state.  Continue Reading »

Even in the wilderness, growing up is not easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally.  Young animals all over the world experience these trials as they prepare to leave home.  For NATURE’S Animal Childhood, which premieres Wednesday, May 13 at 8:00pm, you’ll find accompanying resources Continue Reading »

PBS LearningMedia’s 60-Second Presidents series was recently honored with a CINE Golden Eagle Award for Professional Media through a focus on storytelling, originality, and meeting the needs of the intended audience.   These videos of each president are accompanied by support materials and standards.

In addition, PBS LearningMedia has taken home the 2015 CODiE for Best Source for Reference or Education Resources.

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Regardless of how long you’ve been teaching or how accomplished (or unaccomplished) you sometimes feel, professional development is an important educator resource for engaging 21st century learners.  PBS LearningMedia provides teaching tips and supports the effective integration of technology/digital media in the classroom — from preparing to teach a lesson to asking “Is School Enough?” and much more from Continue Reading »

Have you seen Rita Pierson’s TED talk before, perhaps on the PBS special TED Talks Education?  If you missed it, here’s a chance to be inspired.  And if you have seen it, you may want to watch again.  An educator for 40 years, Pierson says that “We’re educators. We’re born to make a difference.”  The difference she refers to more than helping students learn; it’s being a positive force in their lives. Continue Reading »


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