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Education Newsletter - August 2017

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. A new school year is about to begin and LPB has some very exciting resources to share with you to help you kickstart the school year. There's so much going on and we hope you find something that motives and inspires you to share with your students. Don't forget to follow our LPB LearningMedia Facebook page for daily curriculum resources, fresh news and exciting events that are coming your way!

1. LPB invites families to join us for the finale event of our Summer of Adventure! Before the kids head back to school, join us for an epic adventure with Ready Jet Go on Saturday, August 5th at the Louisiana Arts & Science Museum in downtown Baton Rouge at 10am! Don’t miss your opportunity to meet Jet, enjoy a movie and explore the museum! Tickets are $20 per person. Everyone attending must have a ticket. Children 12 months old and younger are not required to have a ticket. Ticket price includes admission to the museum for the entire day. And if you purchase three or more tickets… you will receive a year membership to LPB’s Kids Club and a subscription to Passport, LPB’s newest member benefit! For tickets and more information… go to or call (225) 767- 4214.

2. Have you created an account for PBS LearningMedia yet? If not, be sure to go to and look for the LPB LearningMedia Sign In Box and click on "Not yet a member, sign up now!" PBS LearningMedia is the gateway to America’s largest and most trusted classroom for teachers and students, now offering over 120,000 digital resources. There are many new features available, so if you haven't visited in awhile, please log in and take a look at the new features such as Lesson Builder, Quiz Maker, Story Board and Puzzle Builder! These tools make it easy to create engaging student assignments, personalize learning, and track student progress. There's also PBS LearningMedia for students!

3. Be sure to go to the newly designed PBS Education website! Everything is at your fingertips and so easy to find!

4. Check out these awesome Back-to-School Tools on PBS LearningMedia! To sign up or to sign in to your account go to:

  • Create engaging personalized assignments - and make your life a little easier - with PBS LearningMedia's (free-to-use) productivity tools!

  • Spark new ideas and expand your skill set this fall with flexible professional development that you can take in your own time! Explore the PBS Teacherline course catalog.

  • Bring the real world to students when you head back to school! This strategy mapping exercise helps them consider the real-life consequences of introducing innovations to the world.(Grades: 6-13+)

  • What questions do you ask yourself as you design lesson plans?

  • Use this activity from Annenberg Learner to build a customizable rubric that can be used for any class writing activity!

  • From SoundCloud and Pixlr to hashtags and memes, learn the basics for using free online tools to support teaching and learning!

5. Need to know more about using PBS LearningMedia? Register for the PBS LearningMedia 101 webinar on Tuesday, August 15th from 6-7 PM! Expand your digital toolkit and discover how PBS LearningMedia and its collection of over 120K standards-aligned resources can be integrated into meaningful learning experiences for your students. During the session, resources for a range of grades and subject areas will be showcased. You will explore how to search for and filter the most relevant content for your classroom and save your favorite resources to share with students and colleagues. Register HERE! If this date and time is not convenient, please make sure you visit the Training & Resources Page to discover how you can use PBS LearningMedia today to impact your classroom.

6. Celebrate Book Lovers Day on August 9, 2017! To truly appreciate Book Lover's Day you must read a book! Check out Reading Rocket's 2017 Summer Reading List for 0-12 years old and choose a book to read aloud to your class. While you're there, check out the classroom strategies library that provides teachers with effective, research-based classroom strategies to help build and strengthen literacy skills in print awareness, phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing.

7. The 2017 Solar Eclipse will be here August 21st! This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years. The last total solar eclipse visible to the US was in 1979. The last time a solar eclipse went all the way across the continental US was 1918! WGBH has developed a variety of resources as part of a NASA-funded project Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms to explore and have fun with the eclipse. States in the Path of Totality are: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. Even though Louisiana is not in the path of totality, WGBH has provided tips, activities and resources to make the eclipse a meaningful learning experience. A comprehensive eclipse toolkit is available full of resource links, teaching tips, ideas and input from educators. A folder is available of all the PBS LearningMedia resources. There are recordings of two teacher professional development events, a webinar and a Facebook Live on the eclipse. Information flyers for both teachers and families are available for the events. LPB would like to send the first 10 classrooms that email Nancy Tooraen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) a set of NASA-approved eclipse viewing glasses. We are asking the winning classrooms to post pictures from their classroom viewing party on Facebook and tag LPB and WGBH!

On Monday, August 21st at 8 PM, watch NOVA: Eclipse Over America on LPB at 8 PM! Join scientists and citizens alike as they observe the first total solar eclipse to traverse the US mainland in more than a generation. Discover the storied history of eclipse science and follow current, cutting-edge research into the solar corona.

8. Hometown Heroes Service Learning Project
Louisiana Public Broadcasting is sponsoring a special learning project to educate students about the Vietnam War. The project is called "The Hometown Heroes Service Learning Project." Its goal is to collect photos and stories of those veterans whose names are on The Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. and those who returned home from the Vietnam War. Students will have an opportunity to learn about local veterans who served and sacrificed during the Vietnam War. They will hear and record personal stories from veterans and their loved ones; and they will have an opportunity to plan a commemoration to honor their Hometown Heroes. Through this project, history will be given a human face.

This initiative is part of the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's Hometown Heroes Project, called "Preserving Veterans’ Personal Stories." This activity encourages students to preserve the oral histories of local veterans who served in Vietnam through research and personal interviews. You can find a downloadable teachers guide at: Tips and instructions for recording oral histories for everyone can be found at LPB's The Vietnam War: Louisiana Remembers Site. Students who record, document, and submit oral histories will receive a special certificate and recognition from LPB for participating. Upload your stories here:

On Monday, August 14th at 7 PM, tune in to LPB to watch PBS Previews: The Vietnam War. This program takes a look at creation of the upcoming series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War. Featuring interviews with the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series, this program provides an advance look at this fall’s most anticipated film. We will also be discussing LPB’s statewide activities with veterans.

9. Let's Play Pretend...With Math! Join your friends at Sesame Street for a FREE online course for early childhood educators, Make Believe with Math. This self-paced course is designed for all early childhood educators–whether you are working in a classroom, center-based program, or family child-care setting. The course will enable educators to explore the fun of math in children’s make believe play and how math moments can be incorporated into everyday learning.

The online course will:

 Highlight the importance of math and pretend play in children’s lives

 Explore how a facilitator can integrate “math moments” into children’s pretend play

 Offer an interactive learning experience during which educators can connect with others

Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to order 25 FREE copies of Abby’s Magic Lunchbox, a bilingual (English & Spanish) storybook to help you foster the home-school connection.The next course offering will be October 2nd-January 12th. Register today for the course! If you have any questions, please feel free to email Sesame Street at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

10. 8th Annual Boot Camp: Financial Fitness for You and Your Classroom - Presented by Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, either Friday, September 15th, Brumfield Ballroom, LSUA in Alexandria or Friday, October 13th, Conference Center, 3113 Valley Creek Drive in Baton Rouge. This Financial Education Boot Camp is designed to equip Louisiana Educators with the knowledge, tools and free classroom resources to teach students to become financially savvy and take control of their financial futures. If you teach principles of personal finance in any setting; traditional academic coursework, career track courses like Journey to Careers, CTE, etc., or even if you want to learn more about infusing personal finance concepts in your classroom with content-crossing, standards-based, engaging curricula, then this Boot Camp is for YOU! Join us for a one-day, FULLY INTERACTIVE, workshop where you will “test drive” hands-on activities for your classroom. Subject matter experts will facilitate your exploration of programs designed to engage and motivate students as they develop critical thinking and decision-making skills in the areas of: Earning, Spending, Saving, and Investing. REGISTER NOW! The cost is only $75 for a full day. Limited scholarships available. Make request by 9/01 when registering online. Participants may earn up to 5 continuing learning units (CLUs) for attending.

    Here are some August programming highlights on LPB that you might be interested in and enjoy:

  • Ready Jet Go: Back to Bortron 7 - When Jet's parents need to return to their home planet, Sean and Sydney join the Propulsion family for on an epic adventure to Bortron 7. Tune in 8/14 at 6 and 11 AM on LPB, and for the repeat at 5:30 PM on LPBKIDS.

  • Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle - When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around forces him to crash-land in Africa. While a worried Man with the Yellow Hat searches for him, George bravely explores the jungle and makes new animal friends along the way. Featuring the voice talents of Angela Bassett & John Goodman, with music by the Plain White T's. Tune in 8/7 at 7:30 AM, 8/9 at 7:30 AM, 8/11 at 7:30 AM and 8/13 at 7:30 AM on LPB.

  • Ireland's Wild Coast - Hanging like an emerald jewel off the western edge of Europe, Ireland has always been a place apart. Journey along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world featuring the wildlife and wild places that make it so special. Wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson takes viewers on an authored odyssey along Ireland's rugged Atlantic coast -- the place he chooses to make his home after 30 years spent shooting some of the world's most celebrated wildlife films. Tune in 8/2 at 7 PM on LPB, encore 8/3 at 12 PM.

  • Africa's Great Civilizations - Beginning with Africa’s ancient history as the cradle of mankind, this documentary series with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings to life the epic stories of both little-known and celebrated African kingdoms and cultures.Tune in for a maraton event 8/5 from 9 AM-7:30 PM on LPB.

  • Play the Ukulele with the Atomic Sharks - Learn to play the uke in no time flat with Kris Hensler and Kenny Taylor, who help first-timers get started fast. By the end of the show, the duo will have viewers strumming “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and Jimmy Buffett’s “Changes in Latitude.” Tune in 8/6 at 2:30 PM on LPB.

  • Attakapas: The Cajun Story - This dynamic immersive, multi-media stage show from Louisiana singer-song-writer, poet, cultural activist, and environmentalist Zachary Richard is now a tour-de-force television special from LPB. The production features Richard’s original songs, recorded live at Baton Rouge’s Manship Theatre in February of 2017. The story chronicles the plight of the Acadian people during their expulsion by the British from Nova Scotia, their epic journey, and eventual arrival in the primordial Louisiana swamps and prairies, through song and storytelling. Tune in 8/6 at 7 PM on LPB.

  • Opera Louisiane - Metropolitan Opera stars and Louisiana natives Paul Groves, Elizabeth Futral, Jeffrey Wells, and Lisette Oropesa performed at this once in a lifetime concert. The cast also included special guest star Susan Graham, New York City Opera performer Matt Morgan and baritone Lucas Meachem. The cast sang arias and Broadway favorites in this special concert to launch the new Opéra Louisiane company in Baton Rouge. Tune in 8/13 at 6 PM on LPB.

  • First Cousins: Cajun & Creole Music in South Louisiana - Explore the rich musical heritage of the region’s French-speaking people who have shared tunes, borrowed instruments, and danced in each other’s arms for generations. In private moments and in packed dance halls, some of the region’s most beloved musicians reveal the passion they share for making music and carrying on family traditions. With roots reaching all the way back to Africa, Europe, and French Canada over the past three centuries, the solid trunk of Louisiana’s Creole and Cajun music has flourished into a family tree with intertwined branches. Tune in 8/15 at 7 PM on LPB.

  • Great Performances: Broadway Musicals-A Jewish Legacy - Why has the Broadway musical proven to be such fertile territory for Jewish artists of all kinds? From Broadway’s golden age, names like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim immediately come to mind. More recently, Broadway babies such as Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman and Andrew Lippa represent a sampling of the Jewish talents who continue to leave their mark on musical theater. Tune in 8/18 at 8 PM on LPB.

  • Louisiana: A History & Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood - A maraton event on 8/19 from 9 AM-5 PM on LPB.
    Louisiana: A History is a six-part series that explores the rich legacy of the many cultures that have left their imprint on Louisiana. It includes the contributions and history of every region of the state and reflects our cultural diversity, a critical factor in understanding why Louisiana is different from other southern states.
    Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood is a one-hour documentary that focuses on the most significant events in our state’s first two centuries. On April 30, 1812, Louisiana became the 18th state in the Union. In conjunction with the statewide celebration of the 200th anniversary of Louisiana’s statehood, LPB worked with the Louisiana State Bicentennial Commission to produce this documentary, which is narrated by Grammy and Emmy-winner and New Orleans-native Harry Connick, Jr.

  • The Farthest-Voyager in Space - Learn how NASA’s epic Voyager missions, launched in 1977, revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and their dazzling moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age. Tune in 8/23 at 8 PM, encore presenation 8/24 at 12 PM on LPB.

  • West to West: Tales From California's Channel Islands - Introduced by Joe Walsh of the legendary band The Eagles, and told from the view point of the native people who’ve inhabited and experienced the Channel Islands, the three-part documentary series explores the history, geography, archaeology and biology of the eight islands off the California coast. Through interviews with a range of experts – including academics, archeologists, historians and natives, the series provides an engaging portrait of each of the islands intimate personal history. Three-part documentary 8/29,8/30 and 8/31 at 1 PM on LPB.

I hope you have an amazing start to the new school year. Hopefully some of these resources will help you make it memorable.

Take care, Nancy Tooraen
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