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"Cultivating Good Neighbor Skills in the Classroom" Virtual Professional Learning Series for Educators

It is a wonderful kind of day! Please bring your original point of view, and join us for a one hour professional “live learning” event to help students practice mindfulness. Explore how the core social emotional learning competencies of self-awareness and self-management are critical to help children understand and process their own emotions, thoughts and behavior. Develop your skills to guide children so they can develop confidence, motivation and a “growth mindset.”

PBS Digital Innovator All Star Debra Turchetti-Ramm will highlight exciting resources and models that you can immediately implement in your PreK-5 classroom.

PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual professional learning event.  Sign up for the rest of the series! April 4th is Exploring the Community and April 11th is Building Relationships.

Register Your Classroom for "The 75th Anniversary of D-Day" Eletronic Field Trip

On May 2, 2019, The National WWII Museum will stream a live interactive journey into D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history and a turning point in World War II. Guided by student reporters, classrooms around the world will embark on a virtual transatlantic adventure to discover the lessons and legacies of Operation Overlord, the code name for the massive Allied invasion of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. No special technology is required. Perfect for students in grades 7–12. Check out the trailer for a sneak peek of the program.  Register now!

 LPB’s En Français series on the Louisiana Digital Media Archive

You can now view 223 episodes of LPB’s En Français series on the Louisiana Digital Media Archive at http://www.lpb.org/frencharchive.  The series, which aired from 1980-1993, was produced in collaboration with the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) and is the only original LPB series broadcast entirely in French.  It features interviews and performances by the stars of Cajun music, performances of original plays by Le Théâtre ‘Cadien, stories on Acadian history and culture, and much more!

Explore LPB's in-depth coverage of the environmental issues in Louisiana

In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, the LDMA is highlighting stories on Louisiana’s environment throughout the month of April.  Louisiana is known for its natural beauty and ecological diversity, but the state faces challenges, often man-made, that threaten the future of these habitats.  From the beginning, LPB has provided in-depth coverage of environmental issues ranging from hazardous waste disposal and pollution to conservation, coastal land loss, and disasters.

2019 is the Year of Governors on the LDMA!  Before the gubernatorial election in October, we’ll be highlighting a different Louisiana governor every month. This month, we’re continuing our series with Governor John McKeithen (1918-1999).   McKeithen, a native of Caldwell Parish, served as Louisiana’s 49th Governor from 1964-1972.  The LDMA contains clips of press conferences from McKeithen’s two gubernatorial terms, as well as multiple interviews with him reminiscing about his time in office.

Explore the Outdoors with PBS LearningMedia

If you don't have a PBS LearningMedia acount, sign up at https://lpb.org/education and create an account for FREE!

Take learning outside with these activities and resources that introduce students to different animals, habitats and environments — both on Earth and in outer space!

Ready Jet Go! Collection -- Ready Jet Go! is a series aimed at PreK-3 students and covers topics in Earth science and astronomy. In this collection, students will watch fun, educational video clips about the planet Earth as well as the eight major planets in our solar system and their distinguishing characteristics. Additional themes like space technology and physical science are also addressed in this collection. With Ready Jet Go!, your students will engage in and develop a love of learning in all things related to planet Earth and beyond. Excelsior!

Explore the ocean with @WildKrattsOfficial for students in Grades 1-3! From examining ocean animals and food chains to building your own aquarium, explore it all on @PBSTeachers' PBS LearningMedia.

Explore the birth of the modern environmental movement, the Environmental Protection Agency, and environmental laws in the United States with this video and discussion questions from @AmericanMasters for Grades 6-12.

Want $10K for STEM Resources?

The Siemens STEM day Possibility Grant Sweepstakes provides access to the STEM resources needed to inspire your students and reimagine your curriculum. Enter daily for the chance to win $10k to "fab" your lab with the latest and greatest gadgets like top-tier technology and state-of-the-art supplies for STEM education.

Siemens STEM Day provides over 150+ FREE engaging, standards-aligned activities for K-12 classrooms on each STEM subject, as well as healthcare, energy, IT, and manufacturing. Siemens STEM Day works to ensure that all students in all schools can be inspired through STEM learning to create an innovative, prepared workforce for tomorrow.

Nature: The Egg Life’s Perfect Invention, April 10 -- The egg is perhaps nature's most perfect life support system. Step by step as the egg hatches, host Sir David Attenborough reveals the wonder behind these incredible miracles of nature.

PBS Previews: Chasing the Moon (First Look), April 12 -- A preview of the upcoming series from American Experience: Chasing the Moon. (premieres July 8)

Les Miserables on MasterpieceApril 14 -- Dominic West (The Affair, The Wire) stars as Jean Valjean, and David Oyelowo (Selma, A United Kingdom) as Javert in this epic retelling of Victor Hugo's classic novel, "Les Miserables." They are joined by a host of Britain's most-talented actors, including Lily Collins (Rules Don't Apply) as Fantine, Olivia Colman (The Crown, Broadchurch) as Madam Thenardier, and Josh O'Connor (The Crown, The Durrells in Corfu) as Marius. This adaptation was scripted by Andrew Davies (Pride & Prejudice, War & Peace).

Nature: American Spring Live (3 night event), April 29 -- Witness the change of seasons in real time. In iconic locations with varied ecosystems, a diverse group of researchers and citizen scientists investigate how a wide range of organisms respond to the coming of spring.

Enjoy these resources and continue to inspire and engage.  Take care, Nancy Tooraen, ntooraen@lpb.org