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February 2014 »

1) Yesterday was a state dinner at the White House for the French president, Francois Hollande. It is interesting to study the menu for the meal, the guest list, and the culture and diplomatic efforts between our governments. To help teach global awareness and about U.S. diplomacy, a new Global Learning and Diplomacy Collection is available for middle and high school students and educators. The U.S. Department of State and Office of the First Lady facilitated access to a wide variety of historic materials from the current and past administrations that enhance this library of educational resources. This new collection features a rich array of resources - including images, videos, lesson plans, and interactives on the idea of diplomacy. See more about state dinners and photos from past meals.

2) One hundred Pet+Cat resources are available online with the Peg+ Cat 100th Day of School Educator Guide. With these resources children use math to solve problems in daily life. Math becomes empowering! Be sure to follow LPB Raising Readers on Facebook and like us. http://facebook.com/lpbraisingreaders .

3) Though he lived to be 87, through his books Dr. Seuss is timeless. His birthday is right around the corner! A week-long BIRTHDAY CAT-EBRATION with four brand-new episodes of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! will premiere on LPB the week of March 3rd, starting with a full hour on Monday March 3rd at 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Some other resources can help your plan your event. The official site of http://Seussville.com and the Cat in the Hat features games, printable activities, resources, retail opportunities and more. Random House Children’s Books is launching their Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Club. It’s a whimsical club for Seuss fans of all ages! Sign up to get updates on activities, e-cards, prize packs, and more starting March 2nd! The National Education Association
official Read Across America site is a wealth of resources and background information.

March 3rd also marks the 17th annual Read Across America Day. Join the celebration as we all Read Across Louisiana during the week of March 3-7.
We invite you to share photos of your celebration on our Facebook page http://facebook.com/lpbraisingreaders. Be sure to like our LPB Raising Readers page too.

You might want to look for two new books, released in January, to add to your Cat in the Hat collection: “A Tale About Tails” and “Night Lights”.

4) Spring forward by taking a PBS TeacherLine course and learn the skills you need to lead a winning class! PBS TeacherLine online professional development spring courses are now enrolling. Enrollment closes March 28th, courses start March 26th and end May 6th.

5) Want to see what is going on in Turkey? Seattle? Times Square? It is fun to explore the webcams around the world http://www.earthcam.com/. Not only can you see what’s going on in other states or countries, but you can see animals in a variety of zoos.

6) Registration closes Thursday 9 a.m. for the free Colonial Williamsburg electronic field trip, Harsh World, This World, on Thursday February 13th. Broadcasted live at 9 a.m. Archived online for access anytime at http://www.lpb.org/etrips. Learn what slavery was really like for the enslaved and their masters. Traditional proverbs guide students through personal stories, based on primary sources, showing kindness, betrayal, trust, cruelty, and the many emotions that govern complex human relationships.

7) Your students can have free access to financial literacy, digital responsibility, civic education, STEM, entrepreneurship, African-American history, and alcohol education courses. The courses are engaging and self-paced. Look through the offerings at http://www.everfi.com . The courses can be used as independent study or homework assignment, implemented across a full semester or in a condensed period, whatever works best for your students. Because Everfi has acquired partnership and sponsorships, there is no charge for your school to use the courses. For further information or to get your school’s registration code contact Maria Vibandor at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phone (504) 704-1463.

8) Are your students preparing to join the workforce? They can search for jobs at https://www.louisianaworks.net/hire/vosnet/Default.aspx. Job seekers can now create custom job search options, get more information than previously about all job postings and utilize several new online tools, including one that allows applicants to import their employment history directly from their LinkedIn profiles and share job listings via social media websites.

9) Mathlanding lets your students Pre-K- 6th grade study specific math topics using games, apps, and more. More than 400 new middle school math resources are available now. The resources are aligned to common core standards and provide classroom-ready teaching activities.

10) Nova: Great Cathedral Mystery on Wednesday, February 12th at 8:00 p.m. on LPB HD. Missed it? The episode is available online after the broadcast at http://video.pbs.org/programs/.

The dome that crowns Florence’s great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore - the Duomo - is a masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. Still the largest masonry dome on earth, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty and weighs as much as an average cruise ship. Historians and engineers have long debated how its architect, Filippo Brunelleschi, kept the dome perfectly aligned and symmetrical as the sides rose and converged toward the center. More than four million bricks could collapse at any moment - and we still don’t understand how Brunelleschi prevented it. To test the latest theories, a team of U.S. bricklayers will help build an experimental “mini-Duomo” using period tools and techniques.
You can read more about the Duomo and see photos at http://www.aviewoncities.com/florence/duomo.htm. By the way, you might want to see Florence on a webcam at http://www.webcamfirenze.net/.

11) Here is something to do on Valentine’s Day. On Friday, February 14th at 9 a.m. on LPB HD Great Performances: National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage with an all-star cast celebrates the 50th anniversary gala of the Royal National Theatre by performing excerpts from landmark productions. Dame Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith and others highlight thrilling productions in contemporary theater.

12) On Wednesday, February 26th, Louisiana Public Square: Energy’s Environmental Footprint premieres at 7:00 p.m. on LPB HD and again on Friday, February 28th at 10:30 p.m.
Are the oil and gas industries damaging the coast as a current lawsuit contends? The oil and gas industry says its practices were legal at the time and that a surge in environmental lawsuits is driving investors away from Louisiana. Severance taxes, royalties and bonuses from the energy sector account for nearly 17 percent of the state’s revenue stream. The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation, which spans parishes from Avoyelles to Tangipahoa, is poised to be Louisiana’s next natural gas profit center. But at what cost to the state are energy’s economic dividends? How much responsibility does the energy sector bear for Louisiana’s environmental challenges? How far back should you point the finger? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers.






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