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April 2017 »

Louisiana Public Broadcasting is committed to continue providing this monthly newsletter filled with quality resources for educators.  If you’re a Facebook user, LPB has a page just for educators called LPB LearningMedia for timely, daily resources and news in your newsfeed.  LPB wants to provide the resources you need and will use!  If you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to let me know. 

Here are some things that may interest you, your students or your own children.
  1. Need some teaching inspiration?  Check out PBS Teachers’ Lounge—a place just for you to get fresh ideas, spark learning and to get the latest “buzz.”  Explore the PBS Teachers Blog by Topic.
  2. April is Autism Awareness Month!  Check out the Thomas & Friends Autism Collection on PBS LearningMedia.   Have you met Sesame Street’s newest friend, Julia? Julia is smiley, curious, and loves to play.  And she has autism.
  3. Astronomy Week is the first week in April.  Check out this collection of Crash Course Astronomy videos for grades 9-12.  There are 46 episodes available including A Brief History of the Universe, The Big Bang, Dark Matter, Nebulae and much more!
  4. Have you ever stopped to wonder why we wear Halloween costumes, celebrate Thanksgiving in November, or choose valentines in February? These familiar traditions have fascinating and sometimes surprising origins. Get to know the history and significance behind these U.S. holidays (and more!) with this new collection of resources, All About the Holidays.  Take a look at the Spring Holiday Videos, which include April Fool’s Day, Easter, Patriot’s Day, Earth Day and Arbor Day.
  5. It’s National Poetry Month!  The Academy of American Poets offers 30 ways to celebrate including signing up for a weekly series for teachers, Teach This Poem.  You can also order this year’s National Poetry Month poster for free.
  6. Need information and resources on how young kids learn to read and why so many struggle?  You might be interested in Reading RocketsReading Rockets brings the best research-based strategies to teachers, parents, administrators, librarians, childcare providers, and anyone else involved in helping a young child become a strong, confident reader. Their goal is to bring the reading research to life — to spread the word about reading instruction and to present “what works” in a way that parents and educators can understand and use.  Sign up for their free e-newsletter!
  7. If you haven’t signed up for one of Big Deal Media’s Newsletters, you’re missing out on some amazing resources.  There’s a K-12 technology newsletter, a special needs newsletter and one for English language learners.  Sign up for one today or all three!  If you’re looking for funding opportunities, grants, and recognition awards, this is the place to find them.  Don’t miss out on the ample opportunities.
  8. Explore new ways to keep kids age 3-8 learning—anytime, anywhere!  Check out PBS Kids LAB where you can always find something new, whether it’s a new app focusing on math or an augmented reality game using camera phones.  Search the Collections for games and activities that build math and reading skills or search the activities by age and skill.
  9. The Cooney Center recently released a new brochure to help families select and use children’s apps together.  The brochures (in both English and Spanish) are available for download free of charge.  Educators and librarians are encouraged to print them to share with their communities.
  10. Give your career a BOOST this spring with an online, graduate-level course from PBS! Choose a 15, 30, and 45-hour facilitated PD course – or a fast and flexible self-paced option you can take anytime. Explore open courses today!
  11. Attention Preschool Educators—don’t miss the PEEP Science Curriculum!  Invite preschoolers to actively investigate their world by exploring water, sound, plant, color, shadows, and ramps (movement) in units lasting 3 weeks.  PEEP offers video-based professional development for preschool educators on the topics of Science Talk, Learning Environments, Individualized Instruction, and Documentation and Reflection.  Run public science events for preschoolers with a PEEP Event Kit.  Learn about the PEEP approach to preschool science and the role of the educator.
  12. Here are some April programming highlights on LPB that you might be interested in:
    • CALL THE MIDWIFE Season Six Premieres on Sunday, April 2 at 7PM.  The team reunites, but all is not well when a change of management shocks Nonnatus House to the core. Sister Mary Cynthia’s health takes an unexpected turn as mental illness threatens to derail her.
    • HOME FIRES ON MASTERPIECE on Sunday, April 2 at 8PM. Follow the story of a group of inspiring women in an English village during World War II. Samantha Bond (“Downton Abbey”) and Francesca Annis (“Reckless”) head the extraordinary cast.
    • NATURE: Owl Power on Wednesday, April 5 at 7PM. Using the latest camera and computer technologies, we examine what makes owls so special — how their vision and hearing works, how they fly so silently. Take a detailed look at owls and see how they’re influencing 21st-century technology and design.
    • THE GREAT WAR: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE on Monday - Wednesday, April 10 - 12 at 8PM. Learn how WWI transformed America through stories of African-American and Latino soldiers, feminist activists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.
    • GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: Romeo et Juliette on Friday, April 14 at 8PM. Relish Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau as they reunite in Bartlett Sher’s acclaimed new production of Gounod’s opera, originally presented at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda. With Elliot Madore and Mikhail Petrenko.
    • WILD WEATHER on Wednesday, April 26 at 9PM. Watch an innovative documentary that illustrates how weather works by performing brave, ambitious (even unlikely) experiments that show how nature transforms simple ingredients like wind, water and temperature into something spectacular and powerful.
    • LATIN MUSIC USA: Bridges/The Salsa Revolution on Friday, April 28 at 9PM. Chart the rise of Latin jazz, the mambo and the cha-cha, and the reinvention of the son cubano and the plena to create salsa, a defining rhythm for Latinos the world over.

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    We are encouraging everyone to contact their Representative and Senators to express their views about LPB and the proposed elimination of funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


LPB hopes you enjoy some of these resources. Happy Spring! Please be sure to let me know if you have any suggestions or comments about the newsletter.


Take care,

Nancy Tooraen

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