Curious George made his debut on PBS KIDS in 2006, but his storied life began 75 years ago.  You may know how George — originally named FiFi — was saved during Germany’s occupation of Paris.  German-born Jews, his creators Hans Augusto and Margret Rey fled the city on bicycles, riding for days before able to board a train.  When stopped en route for questioning, Hans showed his manuscript about the curious monkey to a French official, who was said to have exclaimed with a smile, “Ah! … un livre pour les enfants!”

Today Curious George makes countless children smile.  In addition to the 75 million books sold in more than 16 languages, PBS KIDS’ Curious George is beloved by many.  With a STEM-focused curriculum, many resources like this video clip and lesson plan

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As soon as I discovered this interview on PBS LearningMedia, I bookmarked it and finally was able to listen to this wise woman and children’s author.  As Katherine Paterson — Newbery Medal and award-winning author of beloved books such as Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved — discusses her childhood and family, writing challenges, and favorite children’s books, she reveals her “understanding for the heart of a child,” words she uses to describe children’s literature.

PBS LearningMedia breaks the interview into shorter clips and provides support materials that include her biography, a book list and writing prompt.  The interview is one of many resources  Continue Reading »

At their best, teachers’ lounges offer a place to slow down and exchange ideas and resources with colleagues, resulting in rich professional exchanges and essential support in a world where teachers are in danger of becoming isolated.  Too often, there’s little time in teachers’ lounges to do more than eat lunch, hone lessons, or assess students’ work, however.

PBS Education is working to provide the best setting for teachers with the new PBS Teachers’ Lounge — a virtual gathering place where educators can find fresh ideas, interact with peers, and discover innovative learning tools. In addition to featured ideas and resources essential to 21st century teaching and learning, you can enter daily for a chance to win  Continue Reading »

wgby-collectionWe’re about to send a box full of DVDs with some of the latest PBS programming to the Springfield City Library, where WGBY’s DVD collection is now housed. You can order from our large and growing DVD collection through C/W Mars, a shared library automation system dedicated to rapid access of resources.

From titles that range from You Are Special, Daniel Tiger! to Shakespeare’s Tomb to The Secret History of ISIS, you’ll find programs with content that can be tailored to classroom engagement and to your own personal interests.  You’ll also find plentiful classroom resources on  Continue Reading »

Last week, PBS KIDS launched You Choose 2016, a kid-friendly website for ages 6-8, providing young ones with relevant, non-partisan democracy-related information through interactive exploration and video. The site aims to teach kids about the Presidential election and to let them know that even though they’re unable to vote, their voices matters.

Older students from middle and high school can also now turn to PBS LearningMedia’s new interactive Electoral Decorder, a scrubbable timeline of Presidential elections is also free and accessible to all.  Kids (and adults) can Continue Reading »

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, WGBY airs the 29th Hispanic Heritage Awards on Friday, September 30, at 10:00pm.   Paying tribute to Latinos by Latinos, the awardees this year include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and writer and MIT professor, Junot Díaz.

Applauding women and men who contribute to their country and bring pride to their heritage is one way to counter stereotypes and cultivate mutual respect.  Education can go deeper with resources that engage students in the challenges and accomplishments of Continue Reading »

This Saturday, September 24, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, you can bring family and friends to the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle for LittleFest, Springfield’s annual celebration of literacy.  Arts & crafts activities, storytelling and much more await, and admission is free for WGBY members, museum members, and Springfield residents.

WGBY will be there with free books for children and special appearances by PBS KIDS’ Arthur.  The longest-running PBS KIDS program, Arthur — produced by Boston’s WGBH — offers a wealth of 21st Century resources for children, families and teachers.  Continue Reading »