The last few months have been especially difficult for many of you who had spring and/or summer flooding. Our thoughts are with you through these terribly challenging times.
As the school year gets underway here are some things that may interest you, your students, or your own children.
1) Spotlight Education is a week of special PBS programming focusing on the brightest ideas and toughest challenges facing America's education system. Reports from today's classrooms examine how creativity and dedication to teaching all children is making a real difference in communities.
• September 12th POV: All the Difference will premiere at 9:00 p.m.
• September 13th Frontline: A Subprime Education will premiere at 8:00 p.m.
• September 13th Ted Talks: Education Revolution premieres at 9:00 p.m.
• September 13th Louisiana Public Square: Funding the Future airs at 10:00 p.m.
• September 14th Nova: School of the Future premieres at 8:00 p.m.
• September 14th Class of ’27 America Reframed premieres at 10:00 p.m.
• September 15th Craft in America: Teachers premieres at 7:00 p.m.
• September 15th Time for School premieres at 8:00 p.m.
• September 15th The [Gettysburg] Address airs at 9:30 p.m.
• September 17th American Graduate Day airs from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
3) If you lost environmental instructional resources during the flood, submit a Care Package request via this web form to regain resources from participating agencies. Care packages will consist of educational lesson activities, toolkits, maps, posters, loaded thumb drives, etc., all with an environmental focus. Distribution of care packages will begin around September 15th, and will be available while supplies last. Partners to date include 4-H Youth Wetlands Program, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA), Environmental Protection Agency, LA Dept. of Natural Resources, LA Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries – Education, LA Environmental Education Commission, National Parks Service, and Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program.
4) PBS Newshour hosts PBS Teachers' Lounge, a regular blog addressing trends, best practices and the real challenges that educators, students and families face every day. Teachers can share ideas, learn from peers, find daily inspiration and access the tools and resources needed to enhance classroom work.
5) Deadline for PBS TEACHERLINE course registration is September 14th. TeacherLine provides facilitated and self-paced online courses that teach content and teaching strategies. Topics include science, reading, social studies, math, instructional strategies, and instructional technology. The courses are appropriate for new and experienced teachers. Course durations range from 1 ½ hours to 6 weeks, and some qualify for graduate credit. Get more information.
6) Hardship can bring out the best in people. Do you know students who helped their families, friends, schools, or communities during or after the floods? Excelled in the classroom, served their community, and/or shown great courage in overcoming adversity in their own lives?
With the 2017 Louisiana Young Heroes Awards LPB and the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge want to honor students who go above and beyond. Nominations are being taken now until February. Students must be enrolled in a Louisiana school (public, private or parochial) or home-schooled, be in grades 7-12, and not older than 19 years of age. Some of our former Young Heroes have overcome physical handicaps, endured emotional hardships, worked tirelessly for charity, cared for family members, assisted hurricane victims, and even saved lives. Previous winners are not eligible.
• PBS’s 50 for 50 Contest invites students in grades 6-12 to write an open letter to the 2016 presidential candidates with ideas on how to improve the effectiveness of government. Two winners, one in middle school and one in high school, will win a trip to attend the final presidential debate in Las Vegas! Entry form and more information.
• PBS and the Commission on Presidential Debates have created a Classroom Debate Toolkit. This downloadable kit gives teachers a powerful way to drive student-led conversations and initiate a live debate in the classroom. Also includes virtual field trips to Monticello and Mount Vernon and the U.S. Capitol.
8) On September 26th PBS NewsHour 2016 Presidential Debate airs from 8:00-10:00 p.m. and streamed live. The program repeats on September 27th at 10:00 p.m.
9) Log into Discovery Education Streaming at http://www.lpb.org/education and click on the Professional Learning Tab and check out the Learn & Lead section. There you will find self-paced interactive learning modules, step-by-step text and video guides that will show you how to use the streaming service. Under the Strategies & Resources link you will find Spotlight on Strategies, ways that you can integrate digital assets in your classroom to engage students.
10) Okay, so the bad news is that we missed National Relaxation Day which was August 15th. The good news is that Thomas & Friendsvideos, activities and posters to help students relax and calm their engines are still available for regular and autistic children. Now might be a great time for all of us to use relaxation exercises!
11) Mark your calendar for the upcoming PBS programs for the youngest children.
• Sept 5th to September 9th at 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. Daniel Tiger goes back to school and discovers he has a strawberry allergy. Five new episodes feature school readiness strategies.
• Oct 3rd at 9:00 a.m., 5th at 9:30 a.m., and 7th at 9:30 a.m. is the Peg + Cat Mystery Hour with four all-new math mysteries that kick off with a spooky Friday-the-thirteen problem.
• October 28th to November 1st is The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween. Nick, Sally, and The Cat in the Hat discover the best Halloween costumes ever in the Oooky-ma-kooky Closet. Check the schedule for air times.
• November also brings the premiere of a new children’s program Splash and Bubbles. More information to come.
12) The 2016 Financial Education Boot Camp, sponsored by Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and the Louisiana Council for Economic Education will be held Thursday, October 13th at the L.A.B.I. Conference Center, 3113 Valley Creek Drive, Baton Rouge. Louisiana Educators will gain knowledge, tools and free classroom resources to teach students to become financially savvy and take control of their financial futures. Register. Cost is $75 for a full day (includes a buffet lunch). Limited scholarships are available, request when registering online by 9/28. Five continuing learning units (CLUs) may be earned. Learn how to engage students with game, competitions, and fun hands on-activities; how to embed employability skills and financial literacy in coursework; how credit and employability are related; and ethics in entrepreneurship.
13) My last letter told of virtual field trips available through Discovery Education Streaming and PBS LearningMedia. Now you can also access C-Span’s free American History TV from LPB’s educational web site. It is the fourth link down the list of video channels. C-Span provides field trips under American Artifacts tab and resources on the presidency, the civil war and more.
14) PBS Students, a free app available through the App Store, gives students mobile access to PBS LearningMedia resources accessible by subject or through a keyword search. Storyboards can be created (children under 13 cannot save storyboards).
16) WoodSongs, the public TV series featuring many genres of music and lessons for middle, high school and college level students is now available. Downloads are free. Introduce students to the banjo with sixteen time Grammy winner Bela Fleck, or American jazz with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, or the guitar with renowned Tommy Emmanuel from Australia. Lesson plans focus on music, the arts, history, literature, creative writing and social studies.
17) Here are some things for your own fun:
• September 25th, Poldark on Masterpiece – A Season One Day-Long Marathon - will kick-off at 10:00 a.m., leading up to the eagerly awaited Season Two premiere at 7:00 p.m.
• September 25th, the two-hour Poldark Season 2 on Masterpiece premieres from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
• September 30th, Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert 2016 premieres at 9:00 p.m. Semyon Bychkov conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at Austria’s Imperial Schönbrunn Palace. The mostly French program includes works by Bizet, Poulenc, Ravel, Offenbach and Johann Strauss II. With French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque.
Hope you have a great school year! Remember LPB Education will be with you throughout the months to come.