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September 2012 »

Welcome back! Now that you are in the swing of school, here are some things that may interest you, your own children, or your students.

1. Love art? Join LPB Art Rocks, the preview party introducing LPB’s Art & Travel Auction, with artworks and fine crafts from over 200 artists, sounds of the Michael Foster Project, live painting and more on Friday, September 21st at 5:30-8:30 p.m. at LPB’s facility at 7733 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.Online bidding begins September 22nd at lpb.org/auction. The auction will air live on LPB on Thursday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m.

2. Register now at lpb.org/education for the first Colonial Williamsburg’s live Electronic Field Trip which will air on LPB and stream online on October 11th at 9:00 a.m. The field trip, The Will of the People, will look at the presidential campaign of 1800 which was filled with negative campaigning, partisan politics, and contested elections. It would be interesting to have your students compare it with the current presidential election. This year the Colonial Williamsburg trips will be archived after the live trip and available on demand whenever you need them during the school year at lpb.org/education.

3. In this time of global unrest, you may want to watch the Emissaries of Peace, a Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip on November 8th. Follow Cherokee leaders on their 1762 journey in search of independence and peace. The trip airs live on LPB and online at lpb.org/education on November 8th at 9 a.m. and will be archived for later viewing. Register today at lpb.org/education.

4. PBS TeacherLine has just what you need for your professional learning plans this year! Get the skills, content knowledge, and career-boosting skills you want from the 45+ research-based courses starting September 19th and October 24th. Convenience. Flexibility. Best Practice. Successful Strategies. Choose from courses that span all grade levels and the entire curriculum.

Some teacher favorites open for enrollment, starting September 19th:
Children's Authors on the Web: Online Sites That Motivate Students to Write (RDLA125), 30 hours
An Introduction to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction (RDLA152), 45 hours
Fundamentals of Virtual K-12 Teaching (TECH570), 45 hours

Some teacher favorites open for enrollment, starting October 24th:
Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (RDLA157), 45 hours
Searching and Researching on the Internet (TECH325), 30 hours

Improving Reading Comprehension (RDLA192), 45 hours
Pick Your Course. Enroll Today-
Fall Classes Begin September 19th and October 24th!

5. Do you or your students have questions about nutrition, weight loss, or exercise? Now you can pose questions to be answered by an expert in the field on the LPB Step-It-Up facebook page. The questions will be displayed after being answered by the expert. So get your questions ready and send them to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

6. Mission US needs your help! The MISSION US team at WNET, the public television station in New York, is currently deep into production on Mission 3, the third phase of the fun interactive history game. They would like your opinion about which topics to emphasize and address in both the game and classroom materials. Please take a few minutes to complete this simple online survey and give them your feedback (and please also share with other teachers!). https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Mission3teacher.

7. The best free ticket in town is now just a click away. As part of the Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! on Saturday, September 29th, you can get two free tickets per household for entry to one of the participating museums in Louisiana. Search for participating museums at smithsonian.com/museumdaylive and download your tickets. Many lovely, interesting, and educational locations are participating, e.g., Longue Vue House and Gardens, Louisiana Children’s Museum, West Baton Rouge Museum, Melrose Plantation, Oak Alley, Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, LSU Museum of Art and more!

8. The Sally Ride Science Festival is Saturday, September 22, 2012, at LSU. The festival is primarily focused on encouraging 5th-8th grade girls to pursue their interests in science; however, everyone is welcome to attend! Advance registration is required and will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19th. Sign up now at http://www.sallyridescience.com/festivals or call 1-800-561-5161. Festival includes an inspiring talk by astronaut Sandra Magnus, Discovery workshops for girls and workshops for parents and teachers, and a street fair with booths, hands-on activities, food and music.
Place: Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA
Date: Saturday, September 22
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Advanced Registration Fee: $20

9. If you love chemistry then you might want to attend the free Super Science Saturday on October 27th at 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the LSU Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge. Hands-on chemistry and science demonstration based on the theme: “Nanotechnology – The Smallest BIG Idea in Science” will be offered. All students & families are welcome! Fun & educational for all ages! Please bring donation or non-perishable food item for Baton Rouge Food Bank. For more information contact: Dr. Anne Taylor Dr. George Stanley (LSU Chem) .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 225-767-3565 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 225-578-3471.

10. For a limited time you can watch the entire Bicentennial documentary, Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood, online at http://www.lpb.org/index.php?/site/programs3/louisiana_bicentennial. Louisiana Public Broadcasting worked with the Louisiana State Bicentennial Commission to produce this new one-hour documentary which looks back at the first 200 years of the state’s history. Grammy and Emmy-winning musician and actor Harry Connick narrates.

11. Even though summer is over, you may be looking forward to a holiday vacation. Explore the gateway to the American outdoors at Recreation.gov http://www.recreation.gov/ . At this one site you can gather information, plan your trip and make advanced reservations at 2,500 federal areas for over 60,000 facilities and activities. At this site you can plan to picnic in Appalachia, tour Independence National Park and see the Liberty Bell, spelunk in Carlsbad Caverns, or white water raft through Hell’s Canyon.

12. We in Louisiana take special pride in our food. Have you ever wondered how cooking works? Now at the Science of Cooking website http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/index.html you can show your students recognizable applications of science in cooking. While you are at the website you might want to explore all the other resources provided by The Exploratorium, a museum of science, art, and human perception, located in San Francisco, California.

13. If you are trying to brush up your foreign language skills and would like to work on pronunciation and vocabulary, then you might want to check out http://www.digitaldialects.com/ which provides free online games for learning phrases, numbers, useful words, spelling, verb conjugation and alphabet.

14. If you are trying to figure how to integrate environmental and STEM education, then you might want to review the free downloadable guides from The Pacific Education Institute (PEI) and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in the state of Washington. The following guides can help you get your students “learning by doing” and working with real-life environmental problems.
Check the PEI website http://www.pacificeducationinstitute.org to access these guides:
• Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills
• Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigations Educator Guides
• Landscape Investigation Guidelines
• Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes
• Sustainable Tomorrow–Applying Systems Thinking to Environmental Education Curricula for Grades 9-12
• The Project-Based Learning Model: Relevant Learning for the 21st Century.

15. “The fog comes on little cat feet…” might remind you of Carl Sandburg’s poem Fog. Perhaps one of the most successful writers in the English language, Carl Sandburg rose from an impoverished beginning on an Illinois prairie to the halls of Congress. Once his poems were taught in schools across America; however, after his death in 1967, his work was dismissed under massive critical attack. On September 24th at 9:00 p.m. American Masters: The Day Carl Sandburg Died explores the rise, fall, and resurgence of this two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and his contributions.

16. On September 22nd from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen is an unprecedented full-day broadcast and outreach event dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis with special celebrity guests, relevant spokespeople and compelling stories from the students themselves. Each half hour will feature a 23 minute segment about a national organization working to keep kids on track and in schools.

17. Finally, here are two British programs you might enjoy. The adaptation of Flora Thompson's memoir of her Oxfordshire childhood, Lark Rise to Candleford premieres on Thursday, September 20th at 9:00 p.m. The story revolves around life in the small hamlet of Lark Rise and the wealthier neighboring market town of Candleford at the end of the 19th Century. On Sunday, September 30th Call the Midwife premieres at 7:00 p.m. This funny and true-to-life series, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth, tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London's East End in the 1950s. Jenny Lee, a young woman raised in the wealthy English countryside, has chosen to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, has gone to work in the poorest area of the city.

I hope you are able to enjoy some of these events and resources.






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