As the new school year gets underway, here are a few things that may interest you, your students or your own children.
1) PBS LearningMedia is inviting students to join an exclusive live virtual discussion with Ken Burns, in which he will discuss capturing the significance of the American Civil War through filmmaking and storytelling. Learn about the events that led to the Civil War and how similar factors lead to current conflicts throughout the world. Recounting America’s Greatest Stories: A Conversation with Ken Burns is a free classroom webinar on September 9th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2961472265391027202.
This webinar commemorates the 25th anniversary of the release of the documentary, THE CIVIL WAR. On five nights from Monday, September 7th through Friday, September 11th, the newly restored high-definition version of The Civil War will air at 8:00 p.m. If you miss a broadcast, you can watch it online at http://video.pbs.org/video/1853448986/. The online episodes will be available for 14 days only. Other civil war resources are available on PBS LearningMedia.
2) If you have not registered (at http://www.lpb.org/education) to use PBS LearningMedia, then you are missing some valuable resources spanning music, art, math, science to social studies for all grade levels. Learn about just-in-time events from the daily postings on LPB’s Facebook page. The theme for the week of September 14th will be arts in education. Check http://www.lpb.org/education for highlighted resources.
• Through daily blog postings your students can follow along as a team of 10 students, 12 educators, and 4 scientists representing 5 different countries, Nigeria, Oman, South Africa, Tanzania, and the United States, will attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of the world's Seven Summits, and the tallest mountain on the African continent. From September 23rd through October 1st, the team will investigate the terrain, culture and surrounding wildlife. On October 8th at noon, an electronic field trip from St. Vrain School District in Colorado, students will hear first-hand from the educators who hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro. Students will also be able to explore the findings of the learning expedition and find out more about real-world applications of the research.
5) For young children, look for the hour long Odd Squad Odd-tober Special and five all-new back-to-back stories starting September 14th through October 9th. Check the schedule at http://www.lpb.org/.
6) Be watching for the PBS Kids Celebrates Halloween with episodes from favorite series, including the return of the one-hour special CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest starting October 12th through October 30th. Check the schedule at http://www.lpb.org/.
7) The Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and Louisiana Council for Economic Education (LCEE) are hosting the annual statewide Financial Education Boot Camp for Educators Friday, September 25th from 8:30am to 3:45 p.m. at Xavier University in New Orleans for personal finance teachers in any setting. The boot camp is designed to provide knowledge, tools and free classroom resources to teach students to become financially savvy and in control of their financial futures. 5 CEUs. Registration is $75 (light breakfast and lunch included). Full details and registration at http://www.louisianajumpstart.org.
8) Much will be decided at this fall’s election: a new governor, new state legislators and new members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. What issues will candidates face and where do they stand? How do campaign promises become viable solutions for Louisiana? To what extent will big money from outside donors influence the races? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Agenda Louisiana” airing Wednesday, September 23rd at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and WLAE in New Orleans. Visit http://www.lpb.org/publicsquare for more information.
10) Compliments of Colonial Williamsburg, George Washington will travel the campaign trail from Iowa and New Hampshire to remind all Americans of their responsibility to take part in the electoral process. His message is powerful: “Everything this country stands for. Everything we fought for. It starts with your participation. It starts with your debate. It starts with your vote.” Keep up and interact with George Washington’s 2016 campaign on Twitter (@01POTUS), Facebook http://www.facebook.com/01POTUS), or at http://www.itstartshere2016.org.
11) Here are some intriguing shows on LPB HD (check WYES for air times in New Orleans) that could supplement your curriculum.
• 9/14, 8:00 p.m. Walt Disney: American Experience
Explore the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers. See rare footage and interviews with animators, artists and biographers.
• 9/16, 8:00 p.m. Nova: Dawn of Humanity
From a deep cave in South Africa comes an astounding discovery that promises to rewrite the story of humanity's origins.
• 9/18, 9:00 p.m. American Masters: Pedro E Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey
Discover the life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson.
• 9/22, 7:00 p.m. Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise (6 part series)
Experience the inspiring rebirth of an African wilderness through the eyes of Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameraman Bob Poole. Darting lions, wrestling crocs, facing down angry elephants – it’s all part of a day’s work as he joins the battle to re-wild a legendary national park.
• 9/25, 9:00 p.m. The Woman’s List: American Masters Meet 15 women who define contemporary American culture in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ new “List” film featuring Madeleine Albright, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez, Wendy Williams and more.
• 9/30, 8:00 p.m. E.O. Wilson: Of Ants and Men
Examine the remarkable life and groundbreaking ideas of biologist E.O Wilson, founder of the discipline of sociobiology, world authority on insects and Pulitzer-prize winning writer on the subject of human nature.
I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy some of these resources!