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Louisiana Young Heroes Call for Nominations - Extended Deadline!

Are you a parent, teacher, mentor, family member or friend of an exceptional high school student? LPB invites you to nominate them as a Louisiana Young Hero!  Nomination Form

Deadline to Nominate: Sunday, April 18, 2021

Each year, LPB celebrates the achievements of a new class of Young Heroes. A Young Hero is someone who has excelled in academics, given significantly of themselves through public service, overcome adversity, exhibited extraordinary heroism, or inspired others with their deeds and strength of character. Honorees will receive special awards and recognition! For more information email heroes@lpb.org.

Louisiana Young Heroes is generously underwritten by AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, the U.S. Army, Baton Rouge Recruiting Battalion and Community Coffee, with additional support from Hotel Indigo and DEMCO.

Join LPB's Statewide Virtual Family Community Summit!

Saturday, April 17,2021 - 10:00-11:00 AM

Families with children ages birth through six years old...mark your calendars for a very special virtual event! This hour long family summit will provide parents and caregivers an opportunity to learn about the Sesame Street in Communities resources to help their children prepare for school. Early childhood specialists will be available for Q&A. Special prizes will be available to win for participation.

Register Here

LPB Ziggy Educator Survey

LPB Ziggy Educator Survey - is an informational questionnaire from Ziggy & the Junkyard Band and Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
Your responses will be used to help Ziggy creators develop relevant, engaging content for you and your students. Thank you for your participation and continued commitment to the education of Louisiana youth.

U.S. Army’s March2Success Website Offers FREE Help for High School Students Transitioning to College

The U.S. Army’s March2Success website, is a free, self-paced online course designed to help students graduate from high school and transition to college. March2Success is easy-to-use and designed to accelerate the student learning curve for state assessment testing and prep for the ACT and SAT with practice and preparation.

A video overview of March2Success is available here.

The system provides a full array of subject specific assessments, remedial courses, practice drills and tests. March2Success can enhance and refresh your students’ knowledge to assist them in achieving their educational and career goals.

The program is a public service provided by the Army, and schools and teachers recommending March2Success are under no obligation. The Army doesn’t track or collect information from participants about themselves or school affiliation. The privacy of the program’s participants is respected. Assessment test prep includes

College Readiness Online Courses

  • Flashcard Decks: 15 vocabulary and grammar; 10 math
  • 7 timed SAT and ACT practice test
  • Flashcard Decks: 20 vocabulary and grammar; 5 math
  • Zero Hour Threat: video game to help raise SAT/ACT scores
  • College planning tips for admissions, financial aid and collegiate success

 College Preparation

  • 7 timed SAT and ACT practice test
  • Flashcard Decks: 20 vocabulary and grammar; 5 math
  • Zero Hour Threat: video game to help raise SAT/ACT scores
  • College planning tips for admissions, financial aid and collegiate success
Sesame Street In Communities Presents The “ABC’s of Racial Literacy”

Because it’s more important than ever for families to talk about—and find ways to stand up against—racism, Sesame Workshop is releasing new resources to help providers and families have these crucial conversations. The “ABC’s of Racial Literacy” is part of Coming Together, Sesame Workshop’s ongoing commitment to racial justice.

  • Visit our new Racial Justice topic page on SSIC.org/Racial-Justice for the first wave of resources, designed to help all families celebrate their own unique identities, while also providing age-appropriate language and strategies to answer sometimes-tough questions around race and racism. On this page you’ll find new videos, printables, articles, and more activities. You’ll also meet two new Black Muppets, 5-year-old Wes and his father, Elijah!
  • To continue the conversation as part of Coming Together, SesameWorkshop.org/ComingTogether will feature new content promoting racial justice. Together with children and families, you can read, listen, play, learn, and act!

 Discovery Education Resources To Help You Explore New Content

The season is changing and there is an extra spring in our step! We’ve heard your requests for resources to help you explore Discovery Education and we think you’ll love what we’re sharing today. Also, Earth Day is just around the corner! We're currently updating content and resources, including Virtual Field Trips, to help you and your students celebrate all things land, air, and sea. Be on the lookout for updates the week of April 5.

Learn - Take a moment to explore the latest Studio updates and learn how to use this content creation tool for professional learning and direct instruction. Go hands-on with our Studio Scavenger Hunt!

BONUS: Challenge students to demonstrate their learning or things that interest them with the Student Guide: Studio Scavenger Hunt

Share -  We’re excited to announce the new Communication Resources page, complete with customizable resources to help you communicate directly with teachers and get them excited about using Discovery Education! Access the Communication Resources for District and School Leaders to find:

Communication toolkit to help leaders, teachers, and families maximize Discovery Education.

 • Subject-specific and timely, relevant content, along with tips to maximize your experience, for you to share in newsletters, staff emails, and your social channels.

PBS LearningMedia Content Highlights

Teacher Planning Kits for New School Routines | March - May

This Planning Kit is packed with resources that you can use in your classrooms and to better engage some of your students who have limited or no access to the internet, and no matter your new school routine.

Grades PK-K: Digital Lesson | Working Together -- Use this digital lesson, video clips, science notebook pages, and support materials from the PBS KIDS show Elinor Wonders Why to teach students to care about the earth and look for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Perfect for Earth Day!

Grades 5-7: Determining Surface Area with Unit Blocks -- Use your spatial reasoning skills to calculate the surface area when given a 3D figure. This video focuses on a right rectangular prism and shows you how unit blocks can help you visualize, then calculate the surface area. This video was submitted through the Innovation Math Challenge, a contest open to professional and nonprofessional producers. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School collection.

Grades 9-12: Imagining Other Dimensions -- For most of us, or perhaps all of us, it's impossible to imagine a world consisting of more than three spatial dimensions. Are we correct when we intuit that such a world couldn't exist? Or is it that our brains are simply incapable of imagining additional dimensions -- dimensions that may turn out to be as real as other things we can't detect? Find out more in this article from NOVA

Register for a PBS LearningMedia Informational Webinar on our LPB Learning@Home website!  Sign up today and learn how easy it is to search for quality lessons and fun activities that families and children enjoy while learning!  If you do not have a PBS LearningMedia accountsign up now!

LDMA - Showcasing Louisiana's Natural Beauty

In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd and Arbor Day on April 29th, the LDMA is highlighting nature in April.  See stories that showcase Louisiana’s commitment to conservation and explore the unique landscapes and wildlife that contribute to Louisiana’s natural beauty! Explore The Wonder of Louisiana's Beauty Here.

 April Programming Highlights

Samantha Brown: Places to Love NEW SEASON Friday, April 1 at 8:00PM -- Places to Love returns for a fourth season to explore the emotional heart of travel.  This season features five half-hour episodes that paint an authentic portrait of each of the beautiful locations visited, including Quebec City, Duchess County, NY, and Fort Myers & Sanibel, Florida. The series encourages viewers to experience the passion of a destination through food and drink, arts and culture, and adventure.

Reel South: Flat Town NEW SEASON - LOUISIANA SPOTLIGHT Thursday, April 8 at 7:00pm -- The cooperative documentary series REEL SOUTH aims to share the rich history of Southern storytelling with the rest of the world. We premiere the new season with the documentary short Flat Town (Ville Platte) which takes us to rural Louisiana, where an annual high school football game unites a historically segregated town and allows sport to act as a form of intergenerational, anti-racist reconciliation.

Baseball ENCORE 9-PART SERIES Saturday, April 10 at 9:00pm --  Join Ken Burns for the classic baseball stories from the Great Depression through the 1950s, from Joe DiMaggio and Satchel Paige to Ted Williams and Jackie Robinson, to Willie Mays and Don Larsen.

Nature: Sharks of Hawaii Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00pm -- Learn surprising facts about the sharks that call the warm waters near Hawaii's islands their home. Meet the White Tip Reef shark, Whale shark, Tiger shark and more.

Louisiana Public Square Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00pm -- This monthly public affairs program provides citizens a forum to voice their opinions and concerns about issues affecting Louisiana to leading experts and key decision makers. It allows different points of view to be expressed and heard. Go to www.lpb.org/publicsquare  to learn more about both upcoming and past programs