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Looking to incorporate digital tools into your fall plans? Join PBS KIDS Early Learning Champions Traci Piltz and Roshanna Beard for a week of professional development!

This week of free, virtual learning kicks off with a webinar on Monday, August 3, featuring stories from the field that highlight the successes and lessons learned from the abrupt transition to remote learning this past spring. The webinar will be followed by three daily challenges, emailed each morning, that provide participants with an opportunity to meet and engage with peers from across the country and reflect on your own practice. The week concludes with a virtual PBS KIDS Edcamp event, focusing on the topics and questions that YOU choose and surface throughout the week.  Register NOW!

PBS LearningMedia Virtual Professional Learning Series

PBS LearningMedia's Virtual Professional Learning Series is created for teachers—by teachers—to bring together content experts and educators from all backgrounds. With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for classrooms, these bite-sized opportunities are designed to connect educators with each other and PBS shows, themes, and content. With topics ranging from history to digital engagement, educators will find something they need to enhance their practice and perspective. Upon completion, PBS provides a certificate of attendance for each one hour virtual professional learning event.

PBS LearningMedia Content Highlights - Back to School

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

It's not too late to sign up for a PBS LearningMedia Informational Webinar on August 5 or August 12 at 10AM.  Sign up today and learn how easy it is to search for quality lessons and fun activities that your students will enjoy!  Future webinars are always posted at the top of the LPB Learning@Home website.  You can also watch an archived webinar HERE.

Back to School -- Get ready for the start of school with some of our favorite back-to-school resources! This collection features activities and video resources to help students get to know each other and their new school routines, and lesson plans to help you get your new class off to a great start. (Early Learners)

Dividing Fractions | School Yourself Algebra -- It turns out that dividing by a fraction is the same as multiplying by its reciprocal! In this lesson, you'll discover why that's true, and then get some practice with this interactive video from the School Yourself Algebra series. (Grades 4-9)

Fetch! Science Activities: What's the Buzz? -- All sound is made up of vibrations (rapid back-and-forth movement), which produce sound waves that travel through the air to our ears. When you play a kazoo, air carries the sound waves from your mouth down the tube, making the waxed paper vibrate. You can feel those vibrations if you touch the waxed paper. With this "Fetch!" activity, make an instrument that anyone can play - a kazoo - and get the buzz on sound vibrations! (Grades: 1-6)

The Fate of Carbon -- Students examine the importance of carbon and learn about two Earth systems, the solubility pump and the biological pump, which cycle carbon from the atmosphere into the oceans and back again. In this interactive lesson, students watch short descriptive videos about this topic. They read and highlight video transcripts and complete short writing assignments that reflect what they've learned. As a final assignment, students recreate the steps involved in both pumps and then write a clear, descriptive paragraph or two describing one of the pumps. (Grades 9-12)

LPB's Weekly Top 5 Picks in The Advocate

LPB's Weekly Top 5 Picks will continue through the fall starting Monday, August 3rd!

Each week, The Advocates' websites and social media channels will feature a top five list of resources for students in all grade levels, plus tips for parents and educators. Just click on the grade level and program name to go directly to that resource.

LDMA: Back to School

It’s Back to School time!  As a new and uncertain school year begins for Louisiana students in August, the LDMA is highlighting LPB’s educational programming.  From the very beginning, LPB has produced Louisiana-specific instructional programs for teachers to use in their classrooms.  Explore a wide range of topics in the areas of foreign language, history, math and science. 

LDMA: 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

The LDMA is commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage with a look back at the fight for women’s rights in Louisiana.  On August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment was officially adopted, granting women the right to vote in the United States.  While a major milestone, many women in Louisiana found other issues to fight for in the 20th century, including the repeal of the head and master law and the attempted ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.  Watch coverage from LPB’s Louisiana: The State We’re In on these issues from the 1970s and 1980s, as well as a recent report on the state of women’s rights in Louisiana.

Media Literacy Educator Certification

Need to develop your skills first?

The KQED Media Academy is your pathway to earning micro-credentials and certification.

These free, instructor-led courses on KQED Teach include:

  • Online instruction delivered through videos and activities on the KQED Teach platform. Set your own schedule for working on assignments
  • Individual support and feedback provided by expert instructors on the platform and in regular, online live check-ins
  • A certificate from KQED indicating you completed 20-40 hours of professional development

Earn eight media literacy micro-credentials and automatically become a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator

PBS Certified Media Literacy Educators have demonstrated mastery with 

  • evaluating, creating, and sharing media effectively to support their own learning
  • designing and implementing instruction and assessing student learning of these same skills

Once certified, you'll receive a letter of recognition from PBS to share with your school and district leaders. 

Certification is free.  Click HERE for more information.

Louisiana Statewide Virtual Edcamp -- October 10th! Register NOW!

Registration is now open for the Louisiana Statewide Virtual Edcamp (LSVE) on October 10, 2020 from 9AM - 12PM.  

This LSVE provides a unique opportunity to connect with other educators while strengthening and developing relationships between us all. Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, EdCamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions and questions. Teachers who attend a virtual EdCamp can choose to lead sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions.

Register HERE!