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LPB COVID-19 Special Edition Educator Newsletter

LPB's At Home Learning Resources

I hope and pray all of you are doing well...staying safe, healthy and trying to find routine in this new normal! I know things are very difficult and it is LPB's hope to make things easier on teachers and families by providing the very best, trusted resources, both on our broadcast channels and online at https://lpb.org/athome.  I will be highlighting a few areas of resources that could be very useful to you.  Please email me at ntooraen@lpb.org if there's anything I can do to help.  We can do this!

PBS LearningMedia Resources

If you do not have a PBS LearningMedia account, sign up now!

PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings - Curated special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Plan and adapt lessons in creative ways, using the Lesson Builder tool, Google Classroom, Remind, and more.

For early educators, there are packets of printable activities to download and share with parents and students. Check out our PreK-K packet, and Grades 1-2 packets. For Spanish-language content, see our Recursos de PreK-12 para Cierres de Emergencia.

Tips for Distance Learning with PBS LearningMedia - In this one-hour virtual learning seminar, PBS master trainers and educators share tips and techniques to support engaging, effective distance learning. Educators of children of all ages are introduced to virtual learning technologies, tools, and hacks to set up a digital classroom with confidence.

At-Home Learning Tips from an Educator Mom

PBS LearningMedia Virtual Professional Learning Series

American Portrait: Who Are We?

PBS American Portrait is a national story-telling project that invites people across the country to use photos, videos and words to tell their own stories and illustrate who we are as a people. In this four part virtual professional learning series, teachers will be invited to think about how they might use the American Portrait in their classrooms and encourage their students to think more concretely about who we are as individuals, and who we are as a people.

From literature, to the engineering process, to media instruction and the arts, the series hopes to engage a variety of educators, teaching a variety of disciplines. Not only will educators be introduced to subject matter experts, storytellers and artists, they’ll be provided with detailed lesson ideas to engage their students around American Portrait’s specific question prompts, and encouraged to help their students contribute to the project’s wide tapestry of stories and personal narrative in hopes of answering the quintessential question: who are we? PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual professional learning event.

We Are the Helpers - April 7 @ 6PM
We Are the Listeners - April 14 @ 6 PM
We are Creators - April 21 @ 6 PM
We are Witnesses - April 28 @ 6 PM

Sign up for the series HERE!

Discovery Education Distance Learning Tips and Resources

Discovery Education is providing EVERYONE with access, so if your district or school doesn't already subscribe, click HERE to gain access.  If you already subscribe you can log in at LPB's At Home Learning Resources Page.

If you weren't able to attend the Discovery webinar, click HERE to view.  It was awesome!

Getting Started Guide to Virtual Learning

Viruses and Outbreaks

Virtual Field Trips

SOS Instructional Strategies

Student Learning Activities

LDMA Commemorates the 10th Anniversary of the BP Oil Spill

Throughout April, the LDMA is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the BP Oil Spill, the worst oil spill in the history of the United States.  On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded forty-one miles off the Louisiana coast, killing eleven workers and discharging 4.9 billion barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over the next three months.  Watch LPB’s comprehensive coverage of the disaster and its long-term impact on the environment, the seafood industry, and the oil and gas industries.  

Make your STEM Dreams Come True

The moment you have been waiting for is here - the Siemens STEM Day Possibility Sweepstakes is NOW OPEN! Enter daily for the chance to "fab" your lab with $10,000 worth of the latest and greatest gadgets like top-tier technology and state-of-the-art supplies for STEM education. The possibilities are endless, so be sure to enter every day!

Sweepstakes closes on April 28, 2020.

This sweepstakes is open to all Title 1 schools.

What is on your STEM wishlist? A 3-D printer? Maybe new chemistry equipment? Or some innovative computer software? Tell us using #IDreamofSTEM and #SiemensSTEMDay!

Cyberchase Text-to-Teacher Program (Grades 1-4)

Looking for free, STEM resources to use with students in grades 1-4? Sign up for the popular Cyberchase Text-to Teacher program from the award-winning PBS KIDS math series. Teachers receive text messages once a week throughout the school year with links to FREE, quality, STEM classroom resources from Cyberchase. Text LPB to 30644 today to receive messages throughout the school year. Message and data rates may apply.

Teaching the Holocaust-Empowering Students

Join LPB and Echoes & Reflections on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 9 AM-3:30 PM at LPB located at 7733 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge for a day of FREE professional development training that will give you the tools to teach and initiate important discussions about the complex lessons of the Holocaust.  In exploring classroom-tested strategies that can be implemented in your classroom, you will leave with increased confidence and effective materials to tackle the tough questions your students have about this subject.  The why.  The how.  Register HERE!

LPB is broadcasting educational programs on its main channel each weekday from 5AM-5PM for students with no computer or internet access.  PBS KIDS educational children's programming will air from 5AM-12PM (click HERE for learning goals) and from 12PM-5PM will be middle/high educational programming.