Welcome back for a new school year! Several upcoming things are available immediately that might interest you, your students, and your own children.
1) Final reminder that registration is open for LPB’s two live online electronic field trips, CATCHING A CAREER: Jobs in LA’s Seafood Industry on August 20 and 27th. Learn about harvesting and processing careers in Part 1 on August 20th and marketing and distribution in Part 2 on August 27th. Your students can see what is involved with careers in the industry and ask their questions of experts. Register at http://www.lpb.org/etrips. The field trips will last about 40 minutes and are appropriate for middle and high school students. On Friday August 16th, registrants will be sent access information and instructions for testing the online connection.
2) Alive! In America’s Delta THE WHOOPING CRANE’S MAJESTIC RETURN premieres Monday, August 19th at 7PM on LPB and Friday, August 23rd at 8PM on WLAE in New Orleans. The Alive! In America’s Delta series explores Louisiana black bears, wildlife enforcement, and endangered species on land and in the water. The whooping crane had been over-hunted and much of its coastal habitat was converted to farmland, pushing the population to the brink of extinction and leaving only 16 birds remaining in the world. Learn about the intensive, international effort that has resulted in more than 400 whooping cranes alive in the wild.
3) New PBS TeacherLine Self-Paced courses offer "bite-sized" 3-hour professional learning opportunities that will spark new ideas, expand your skill set, and energize your classroom. Each course is $49. Take them online, anytime, anywhere up to a year from date of purchase. This PD option offers greater flexibility and focuses on the principles and practice of teaching. Here are just some of the offerings:
LEAD1101 Promoting Positive Behavior in Schools
MATH1001 Encouraging Mathematical Communication Skills (Grades K-2)
MATH1005 Developing Mathematical Problem Solving Skills (Grades K-2)
MATH1011 Fostering Mathematical Reasoning Skills (Grades K-2)
MATH1015 Promoting Mathematical Representation Skills (Grades K-2)
MATH1021 Insights into the Nature of Mathematics (Grades 9-12)
MATH1025 Perceptions of Mathematical Patterns (Grades 9-12)
MATH1031 The Evolution of Probability, Geometry, and Game Theory (Grades 9-12)
MATH1035 Connecting with the Sounds and Motions of Mathematics (Grades 9-12)
SCIE1001 Many Planets One Earth (Grades 9-12)
SCIE1005 Demographic Dynamics (Grades 9-12)
SCIE1011 Human Impacts on Environmental Systems (Grades 9-12)
SCIE1015 Earth's Changing Climate (Grades 9-12)
SOST1001 Using Primary Sources in World History (Grades 6-12)
SOST1005 Developing Historical Thinking Skills (Grades 6-12)
SOST1011 Developing Chronological Reasoning Skills (Grades 6-12)
SOST1015 Using a Case Study: Gandhi and Indian Independence (Grades 6-12)
SOST1021 Women in American History (Grades 6-12)
SOST1025 Geography and Environment in American History (Grades 6-12)
SOST1031 Resistance, Rebellion, and Reform (Grades 6-12)
SOST1035 Defining the Role of the U.S. Government (Grades 6-12)
4) New Science Teacher Academy (Deadline August 26, 2013) If you're thinking of applying for the New Science Teacher Academy, there's still time, but the August 26 deadline is fast approaching. If you are a middle or high school science teacher in your 2nd through 5th years of teaching and spend at least half of your time in the classroom, don't miss your chance to submit your application. This one year professional development and mentoring program is at no charge to you or your school district. Visit http://www.nsta.org/academy to learn more or to apply.
5) Louisiana Connect is a really rich career planning portal offered by the Louisiana Office of Financial Assistance free to all 8th-12th grade students in Louisiana and their parents. The free portal helps students plan and track their courses, and offers a full range of college and career exploration tools. Students can research careers, the necessary preparation, earning potential, and watch videos about various careers. Register at http://www.osfa.la.gov/landing/LAConnect.htm.
6) A new curriculum for K-12—aligned to Common Core Standards and developed by the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism—focuses on Louisiana’s Atchafalaya National Heritage Area http://www.Atchafalaya.org. The web site also offers information about the natural resources, culture and history of the area. The Atchafalaya curriculum is composed cross-curricular activities for elementary, middle and high school grades. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary development, creative and critical thinking, student investigation, problem solving, math development, the arts and communication skills. A companion, 7-minute DVD is available to classrooms on a limited basis and can be requested by clicking here. EN FRANÇAIS: To request our DVD narrated in French, click here .
7) Students intrigued by digital media may be interested in Side by Side, The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema that airs on Friday August 30th at 9 pm on LPB. This documentary, hosted by Keanu Reeves, is an in-depth examination of how digital filmmaking is challenging traditional celluloid film as the standard for moviemaking. Includes interviews with influential filmmakers such as James Cameron, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and Steven Soderbergh.