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Happy Holidays and many blessings to each one of you! It's a joyous time of the year, especially during your well-deserved holiday break! Enjoy your time with family and friends. Hopefully you'll have some to time to check out this month's resources and opportunities. Please follow our LPB LearningMedia Facebook page! This way you won't miss any opportunities that might pop up that weren't in the newsletter and you'll get daily curriculum resources in your feed.

1. Teachers, join us in a live discussion with the producer of Let's Go Luna, Joe Murray! Joe Murray is an illustrator, animator, writer, director, and producer. He is the creator of “Rocko’s Modern Life”, “Camp Lazlo” and “Let’s Go Luna!”

This virtual professional learning experience was designed for our Pre K-2 educators. You will gain valuable insights on how to integrate media within the classroom for your early learners. Designed by educators, this professional learning series will introduce you to a number of teaching models and strategies to help your students develop global awareness. What can this look like in your classroom? The possibilities are endless! Join us and come prepared with questions for producer Joe Murray for an interactive session and “live learning”. Register now

2. Computer Science Education Week is December 3-9th. Check out these resources from PBS LearningMedia. Sign up at and create an account for FREE! Why Teach Coding to Young Students? | PBS KIDS ScratchJr, Grades K-3: "Coding to learn is this idea that we're not just teaching kids to code for the sake of coding, but we are teaching them to code so they can do more things with those skill sets: critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, creating sequences, identifying patterns, persistence." PBS KIDS ScratchJr, Grades K-3: Teachers! Looking to introduce your students to coding in a fun, easy way? Try @PBSKIDS ScratchJr! PBS LearningMedia has all of the resources and teaching guides you need to get started!
Computer Programmer | A - Z Career Lab: While many students love to use computers and tablets, do they know that someone has to create the games and apps they use on a daily basis? Introduce students to careers as computer programmers, with this video from @PBSTeachers. Is the Universe a Computer? | PBS Idea Channel: What would it mean if Douglass Adams was onto something in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"? What if the Earth and the rest of the universe were a computer? @PBSIdeaChannel explores.

2. Time is running out to win $10,000 for your school! Children do not magically become money smart, but the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Contest could make some magic for your school by awarding it $10,000 to implement financial literacy education! In addition, the winning school will also receive the chance to teach students the importance of donating to those in need, as the grand prize winner will also receive $1,000 to donate to the charity of your choice. Enter now

Up your chances of winning by following these three rules:
• Enter today by taking the pledge to teach kids how to earn, save, spend, and donate their money. 
• Vote daily until the contest ends on December 13th. Pro Tip: multiple educators from the same school are allowed to enter daily! 
• Share the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Contest with parents and encourage your students' families to vote every day, too!  
P.S. Tell us what your school would do with $10,000 to put toward financial education using #MoneySmartKids on Twitter! 

3. Get HER Engaged in STEM Through Our First-Ever Girl-Led Virtual Field Trip from Girl Scouts of the USA and Discovery Education! Experience a brand-new kind of camp — it's not just swimming, sun, and s'mores — but STEM! This first-ever girl-led virtual field trip will transport students, with Girl Scouts as guides, on an adventure to the STEM Center of Excellence. Join us to see STEM come to life in new and exciting ways! NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

4. Join Sesame Street in Communities via Facebook Live and YouTube Live at 3 p.m. CST on Thursday, December 13. Sesame Street in Communities invites you to an interactive conversation with a panel of expert providers discussing how homelessness affects young children. Gain tools and resources to use in your work and share the incredible work that you do to serve families with our Sesame Community. Invite your friends and colleagues and register here

5. LPB sponsored statewide Edcamps are coming in January! Find one near you! Through this partnership, local Edcamps and LPB will bring together teachers in communities across Louisiana to elevate their voices and empower them professionally. Edcamp is the “unconference” professional development model, in which teachers lead their own learning experiences. Edcamps are free to attendees, ensuring that all local educators have access to them. Edcamps are open to all grade levels, but we'd like to extend a special invitation to those who work in various learning environments, including informal and childcare settings. Early childhood educators will have an opportunity to share in professional experiences and discuss best practices for fostering early childhood development and kindergarten readiness. Check out an Edcamp near you and register for FREE today! 

6. Join us for a Louisiana Christmas Journey in December! During December, the LDMA is heading out on a virtual Louisiana Christmas Journey. Louisiana is the home to a variety of unique Christmas celebrations around the state. LPB’s Louisiana: The State We’re In has captured the sights and sounds of these special events through the years. As you prepare for this year’s festivities, relive the memories of past Christmases with the LDMA!  

7. December Programming Highlights:
LET'S GO LUNA!: CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD - Premieres Monday, December 10 at 8:30AM on LPB and 4PM on LPBKIDS, When Circo gets stuck at the South Pole on Christmas Eve, Leo, Andy and Carmen are convinced that Santa will never find them. With the help of their friend Luna, the kids endeavor to save Christmas, learning about the holiday traditions from around the world along the way. 

Celebrate all season long with holiday specials from WILD KRATTSTHE CAT IN THE HAT KNOW A LOT ABOUT THAT!PEG + CAT and CURIOUS GEORGE

CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR FEATURING SUTTON FOSTER & HUGH BONNEVILLE - Premieres Sunday, December 17 at 8PM, Join Tony Award-winning actress Sutton Foster and Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, guest musical artist and narrator for this year's Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER:New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve with Renée Fleming - Monday, December 31 at 8 & 10:30PM, A New Year's Eve tradition continues with the New York Philharmonic, led by new Music Director Jaap van Zweden, welcoming opera great Renée Fleming for an evening of elegance and sophistication celebrating the intersection of classical music and dance. From the great waltzes and polkas of Johann Strauss II to musical pearls from composers like Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, and acclaimed film composer Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water), the Philharmonic conjures the splendor and sparkle of a night at the Ball. 

ACL HALL OF FAME NEW YEAR’S EVE - Monday, December 31 at 9:30PM, Celebrate the induction of new Austin City Limits Hall of Famers Ray Charles, Los Lobos and Louisianan Marcia Ball, with performances by Boz Scaggs, Gary Clark Jr., Norah Jones and more. Hosted by Chris Isaak. 

I hope you and your families have a blessed holiday season! Enjoy your time off with family and friends. See you in the New Year! Take care, Nancy Tooraen