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 Explore These Resources To Fill Your Back To  School Year!


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.

VOICES IN EDUCATION Tools to Be More Present With Students - When a child is upset and the adults in their life are able to emotionally meet them in their distress, the child is more easily able to co-regulate back to an optimal state. This is good in theory, but how do we accomplish this when we can’t always decipher when we are present or not?

Teaching with Tunes - Invite your students to sing, dance, and learn alongside their favorite PBS KIDS friends! Discover new and fun ways to integrate music into lessons, routines, and activities to inspire everyday learning. The curated songs center around themes like: social emotional learning, literacy, math, science, and life skills. Bring music into your classroom as you teach with tunes!

Smithsonian: Resources for Teaching and Learning - Bring the rich collections and expertise of the Smithsonian to your students—no matter where you are! Explore this growing selection of teaching and learning media resources from across history, art, culture and the sciences.

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 account, sign up now!

Ziggy's Arts Adventure--Out of this World Art Education

Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) will premiere a new digital-first children’s educational series, Ziggy’s Arts Adventure, that aims to teach young learners fundamental artistic and academic concepts through the magic of storytelling, puppets, and Louisiana culture. The 9-episode series premieres on Monday, August 2 on its YouTube channel and lpb.org/ziggy, with a new episode, released weekly.  The first episode will be broadcast on LPB on Thursday, August 19th at 7 PM.

Ziggy’s Arts Adventure follows the experiences of a 9-year-old-alien named Ziggy, who comes from a planet where art does not exist because everyone communicates telepathically through “emoticles.” However, Ziggy’s emoticle does not work, making him different from his peers. When the NASA spacecraft Voyager I lands on his planet and Ziggy hears music for the first time, he discovers new ways of expressing emotion. Determined to learn more about art and music, he builds a rocket ship and heads to Earth. Landing in a Louisiana junkyard, he meets a group of friends who share his love of music and become his bandmates. Together, this unlikely group of friends meet Louisiana artists and learn a lot, developing lifelong friendships along the way.

Sesame Street In Communities  Presents  Sesame Strong - A Scope And Sequence To Support Your Family Engagement

Sesame Strong is a scope and sequence designed to support your family engagement efforts! It includes eight bundles full of resources you can use to connect with, celebrate, and support parents and caregivers. Use these resources to host mini-sessions with parents, or simply infuse key messages and big ideas into your everyday interactions with parents.

Each bundle includes:

  • A Key Caregiver Strategy.
  • Supporting resources for caregivers: a parent reading, two video clips, a digital storybook, and a hands-on activity to try.
  • Facilitation cues and activity ideas for hosting parent sessions in your setting.  Launch Interactive Guide Here


 Discovery Education   - Welcome Back To School 2021

Over the summer, Discovery Education released many enhancements to save teachers time and engage students with exciting new tools! Available now, log-in and discover Video Quizzes, Activity-Builder Tools, QR Code sign-in for students, and updated Educator Supports!  To support your learning, we highly recommend our live webinar series. Each 45 minute sessions descriptions, dates, times.

 Registration can be found here : Discovery Education Experience: Back-to-School Webinars

All Webinars are 45 minutes in length and 15 minutes for Q&A Registered participants will receive a certificate of completion after the webinar.

LDMA : Back To School

Back to School

It’s Back to School time!  As a new 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.  

 Jolie Louisane (1975) - A 20-episode series that teaches the French language to students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade.  It also highlights unique aspects of Cajun culture, including the boucherie and the Courir de Mardi Gras.

North Star (1985) - A 14-episode series that highlights African American history in Louisiana.

The Power of Algebra (1988) - A 10-episode series for middle and high school students that follows the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they use algebra to solve their cases.

ABCs of French (1990) - This animated series help students in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades to review basic words in French.  

ABCs of Spanish (1990) - This animated series help students in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades to review basic words in Spanish.   


 August Programming Highlights

****Ziggy’s Arts Adventure Special  ***** LPB SPOTLIGHT Thursday, August 19 at 7PM --  Ziggy has landed on Earth…now he’s coming to a television set near you! Get a look at this LPB digital series and learn more about how the creators combine entertainment and education for a one-of-a-kind children’s puppet show! Encores: Saturday, August 21 at 9:00 AM & Sunday, August 22 at 5:00PM. 

Louisiana Public Square: Louisiana’s Early Learners Wednesday, August 25 at 7PM --  In some Louisiana parishes, more than 90% of children enter kindergarten unprepared to learn. Statewide, the figure is close to 50%. What will it take to shrink those numbers? Louisiana's Early Literacy Commission says $15 million annually is needed to solve the problem. What actions are being taken? Currently $2 million has been approved for 12 pilot projects in urban and rural districts. New Orleans has put funding for early education in its budget. And federal COVID dollars are coming directly to the state's school districts. Will they go towards literacy needs or to improve broadband connectivity?

Wicked In Concert Sunday, August 29 at 8PM -- PBS marks Broadway’s return with this musical event celebrating the songs from one of the most iconic hits in Broadway history. This special performance will feature reimagined, never-before-heard musical arrangements created just for this broadcast, performed by celebrity artists from the worlds of film, pop music and television.